Sustainable Procurement Policy




Our vision is to work with suppliers, business partners, customers, and stakeholders who act with the same awareness and direction, as well as organizations’ social and ethical business practices, awareness of environmental impacts, and positive steps taken in these areas.




Semtrio, as a company that provides sustainable living and business practice consultancy to organizations, measures its environmental, social, and governance impacts and, most importantly, has adopted the basic principle of reflecting these values in its supply chain and setting an example. Sustainability is the cornerstone of Semtrio’s foundation, and its primary mission is to observe and develop this awareness at every step in its procurement processes.




Semtrio is deeply committed to creating sustainable value together with its stakeholders. It aims to establish fair, impartial, and transparent business relationships with all suppliers, customers, and business partners. The company identifies social, economic, environmental, and ethical risks in its supply chain and aims to partner with companies that comply with the basic rules of conduct expected from its purchasing operations and business partners, have environmental sensitivity, are conscious of social responsibility, respect human rights, provide fair working conditions, act with the principle of diversity and inclusion, and have high standards in areas such as ethical business practices and positive impact on its own supply chain in order to create a sustainable and responsible supply chain. It considers criteria such as accessibility, physical proximity, quality and variety of the product supplied, price performance, and the supplier’s corporate structure. In this context, supplier selection criteria include long-term and sustainable partnerships with companies that comply with relevant guidelines and standards. 


Semtrio integrates a sustainable procurement approach into companies that play an important role in the international supply network and provides support to its external stakeholders as well as its own business processes. While Semtrio provides services such as corporate sustainability consultancy, environmental footprint monitoring and awareness raising to its clients, it emphasizes these values and supports them to adopt sustainable business practices. In this way, it has an impact on every step of the supply chain and plays an important role in raising this awareness in organizations and individuals.




Candidates who want to become a business partner of Semtrio. go through the “Supplier Evaluation” process. Within the scope of this process, suppliers are evaluated from the perspective of the Sustainable Procurement and Responsible Purchasing Policy. 


This policy applies to the suppliers, stakeholders, customers, and business partners with whom Semtrio cooperates within the framework of all its activities. 


Semtrio has the right to terminate/stop the procurement and business relationship contract in case of violation of issues that do not belong to our policy and perspective, for which we have zero tolerance. 




Semtrio supports ways of working that comply with all national and international standards and legislation below, including 2015: 


  • UN Global Compact,
  • UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • World Economic Forum




This policy was created with the participation of Semtrio’s Sustainable Trade Committee, employees, and stakeholders and is reviewed every year. It is updated by the Sustainable Trade Committee, which has duties such as following the changes in legislation, keeping the supplier risk analysis up to date and ensuring its follow-up, verifying compliance with international standards, and working according to the principles of the supplier code of conduct. All Semtrio employees and managers act in accordance with this policy and provide our suppliers, customers, and business partners with the necessary information, guidance, and follow-up regarding compliance with this policy. The applicability of the policy, actions taken, performance targets, and compliance processes are examined by communicating with customers, suppliers, and employees, and necessary revisions are made to make it most effective. 


Climate Solutions Director 
Sustainability Solutions Department/Climate Solutions Department - Project Manager 
Accounting Department 
Purchasing and Administrative Affairs Executives 
Sales and Business Development Executives 


With its responsible procurement and sustainable purchasing practices, Semtrio sets out with goals such as protecting brand value, setting standards in the supply chain and keeping the chain cohesive, exploring new markets, making local purchases, and raising awareness of important social issues. It first subjects the company with which it will establish a business relationship to supplier evaluation criteria. Semtrio maintains business relations with companies that it confirms comply with these criteria and codes of conduct. It expects 90% or more of all business relationships to comply with the supplier code of conduct fully. The company also meets with the procurement departments of the companies in its supply chain and ensures continuous internal monitoring. It also expects its suppliers to comply with the guidelines in the policy and the supplier code of conduct and to establish their operations and fields of activity in this direction.


In doing so, by setting an example for suppliers and business partners in more sustainable endeavors, Semtrio is: 


  • Complying with the economic, environmental, and ethical laws and regulations of the country in which we operate,
  • Promoting the highest standards of economic, social, ethical, and environmental practices,
  • Prioritizing the identification and management of risks associated with our procurement process, and
  • Complying with all the basic requirements, such as communicating our policy and perspective with stakeholders (internal and external) and raising awareness.




This policy has been developed in recognition of the diversity and different characteristics of Semtrio’s suppliers. Semtrio expects the practices to be in accordance with the characteristics of the supplier and to be shaped according to the standards. Semtrio requires its suppliers to comply with this policy and closely follow the processes. Semtrio states that it will cooperate for the solution of policy violations and that all relevant parties are responsible for the implementation of the policy. 


7.1. Environmentally Sustainable Procurement Principle 


Semtrio is one of the most successful representatives of its field with its sustainability consultancy services to institutions, environmental training for the benefit of society and institutions, environmental footprint calculations such as water and carbon footprint, creation of science-based future targets, product life cycle processes, and providing environmental, social and economic perspectives on sustainability. Semtrio expects institutions and organizations in the supply chain to carry out holistic studies on the climate crisis, environmental footprint, greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to innovative and low-energy technologies, etc. It encourages, controls, and ensures their implementation. It expects all its large-scale suppliers to work within the framework of these standards. 


Semtrio aims to provide training to its customers on environmental footprint, monitoring, and reduction and thus contributes to the environmental awareness of individuals and institutions. It aims to provide high standards of service quality in the environmental consultancy processes it provides. At the same time, it endeavors not to make product and service expectations from its suppliers that may cause environmental violations. Semtrio expects its suppliers to play an active role in carbon footprint calculations and contribute to the reduction of Scope 3 emissions. 


  • Having an environmental management system and integrating it into all business practices.
  • Acting in accordance with the laws and environmental legislation, having an awareness of waste management, regularly sorting waste, collecting it according to the relevant legal regulations, and sending it to recycling services
  • Eliminating the use of harmful chemicals and eliminating risk at source
  • Adopting renewable energy and process optimization practices
  • Producing and using environmentally friendly products and expecting the same from their supply chains in their purchasing practices
  • Developing practices to control greenhouse gas emissions and wastewater generation
  • Providing regular training to employees to raise awareness on combating climate change
  • Emphasizing waste reduction, the widespread use of sustainable resources, and carbon offsetting/ reduction practices as of primary importance
  • Having a perspective on protecting all living species, especially endangered and endemic species, and acting accordingly
  • Concentrating on preventing land degradation, and protecting natural ecosystems, and continuously improving and developing them
  • Protecting biodiversity and changing our impacts on ecosystems in sustainable ways
  • Protecting and utilizing the forests and biodiversity of our suppliers in industries such as paper, cardboard, etc., which utilize nature as a raw material source, in accordance with the law and with a sustainable perspective
  • Making recycling awareness a part of the culture and protecting and using the forests and biodiversity of our suppliers in industries such as forestry and biodiversity in accordance with the law and with a sustainable perspective


7.2. Sustainable Procurement Principle for Labor Practices and Human Rights 


Semtrio encourages its suppliers to provide working conditions in accordance with human dignity, to actively participate in practices that prioritize occupational and public health and safety, and in training and awareness-raising activities and expects them to demonstrate full compliance with these ethical standards. 


Semtrio aims to provide training on sustainable procurement practices to all its employees in units such as sales, business development, project management, administrative affairs, and accounting, who play an active role in sustainable procurement and supply practices. At the same time, the company has created a systematic, active, and effective request/complaint Ethical Hotline mechanism and ensures that the requests and complaints received through these methods are resolved in the most appropriate, fastest, and ethical manner. Semtrio aims to provide human rights and labor training to 100% of its suppliers by 2026, increasing every year.


  • Complying with international standards and targets, such as ILO (International Labor Organization), UNSDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), etc., and establishing working conditions (working hours, salaries, leave entitlements, etc.) in line with workers’ and human rights
  • Not creating any form of unethical practices such as slavery, human trafficking, bribery and corruption, use of money of unknown origin, fraud, betting, etc., in the working order and business relations
  • Adopting a fair, livable, and equal work, equal pay policy
  • Providing decent working conditions with ideal occupational health and safety measures and decent working conditions for its employees, respecting human rights, and aiming to prevent possible occupational accidents by reducing or minimizing the risk
  • Having a positive impact on their own supply chains and working with suppliers who adopt ethical working practices, respect human rights, and have environmental awareness
  • Respecting ethnic and cultural differences and taking measures to protect them, adopting the principle of equal opportunity, and creating a working environment that values human rights without discrimination in terms of religion, language, race, gender, age, political opinion, disability, union membership, etc. in processes such as recruitment, promotion, and termination of employment
  • Not tolerating any form of harassment, violence, and abuse, and not tolerating forced or compulsory labor; respecting freedom of association
  • Providing regular training to employees on issues such as social compliance perspective, environmental processes, and occupational health and safety measures, and raising continuous awareness
  • Not using child labor and practices in any of their operational processes
  • Upholding the commitment to adhere to the supplier code of conduct
  • Verifying business practices with 3rd party audit institutions when deemed necessary


7.3. Compliance with Ethical Laws 


Semtrio conducts its business activities transparently within the framework of honesty, compliance, and high ethical & moral norms. Semtrio is aware that compliance with ethical standards is an indispensable criterion for sustainable and continuous business relationships. In this respect, the company expects its suppliers to share this responsibility while assuming leadership in their business activities. The following principles will be taken into consideration within the scope of the procurement policy:


  • Making accurate and timely payments, adhering to invoice terms and contracts, and complying with the law
  • Avoiding unethical practices such as breach of confidentiality and non-protection ofsu personal data, bribery and corruption, fraud, money laundering, conflicts of interest, and unfair competition, and report any such situation as soon as possible
  • Not offering any privileges or demands at any stage of the business relationship with Semtrio that would undermine the impartiality of the business relationship
  • Expecting employees to be trained in ethical business practices




  • Continuing to work with suppliers that adopt the Zero Waste principle and consider it among their 2030 targets. Currently, more than 50% of our purchases are made from organizations with sustainability reports in line with international standards, fair trade logos, and net-zero targets. Maintaining supply relationships with companies such as Microsoft and Amazon, our largest service providers, which transparently share their ethical values, environmental processes, and social labor practices with the public and have quantitatively proven their continuous improvement targets for these issues with their annual reports.
  • By 2024, when building the supply chain, prioritizing women entrepreneurs or women-owned businesses, businesses owned by minorities and vulnerable groups, and businesses that value and aim to increase diversity and inclusion in the workforce.
  • By 2024, integrating the “Semtrio Training and Consultancy Services Supplier Code of Conduct” document into 100% of the business contracts with suppliers, customers, and business partners, including a commitment stating that the suppliers’ senior management have read and understood it.
  • Suspending business relations with customers who are associated with issues such as child labor, oppression, harassment, discrimination, and irreversible damage to the environment, which are considered zero-tolerance issues according to international standards, until the customer takes action that will be accepted by the law and society.
  • During our corporate sustainability and ESG consultancy, carbon and water footprint calculation, CDP, SBTi, etc. services we provide to our customers, we can access their documents such as 3rd party assessment reports, internal audit and internal evaluation reports, risk analyses, emergency action plans, etc. within the framework of confidentiality, so we can indirectly learn the perspectives of different mechanisms on the working practices of our customers. In addition, by 2025, we aim to make on-site visits to at least 50% of our business partners identified by the Semtrio Supplier Risk Analysis Standards and to determine their environmental and social processes and awareness.
  • Providing special discounts on our services to encourage our customers with high sustainability performance by caring that our customers have certifications such as ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ECOVADIS, B-CORP, SMETA (SEDEX), etc.
  • Providing training on sustainable procurement standards to all departments which work closely with suppliers and customers, such as sales, business development and purchasing.



Revision Number: 1.1

Date of Revision: 17.08.2023

Date of Preparation: 15.06.2023