Achilles Group Limited
Achilles is a leading global provider of integrated supplier management and supply chain solutions. We help companies to significantly reduce risks, costs and time spent on procurement activities, through our flexible range of supplier qualification and management solutions. Our evaluation and qualification model is central to our offer and we undertake thousands of on-site audits and desktop assessments to ensure suppliers’ compliance is maintained.
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- Business Type:
- Service provider
- Industry Type:
- Environmental Management
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Achilles identifies, qualifies, evaluates and monitors suppliers on behalf of some of the world’s largest corporations. Achilles UVDB is the UK utilities industry supplier pre-qualification scheme used by buyer members to manage risk within the supply chain and comply with EU regulations and suppliers to find new opportunities.
Our model raises industry standards globally, by forming communities of buyers and suppliers across a wide range of industries – including automotive, construction, ICT, finance, mining and cement, oil and gas, public sector, service industries, transport and utilities.
- Value - your team can focus on delivering business operations
- Access to new business opportunities
- Visibility of the whole supply chain
The power of buyer-supplier communities
Our business is based on collaboration. We help buyers and suppliers to form communities, led by dedicated steering groups from experts within the industry. This allows buyers and suppliers to share best practice and to help shape the future development of their community solutions.
We work together with almost 800 of the world’s best-known companies including Shell, Balfour Beatty, Unilever, Toyota, E.ON, EDP, Vale and Rio Tinto.
Achilles was founded in Norway in 1990 with the goal of helping organisations to identify, assess, qualify, and monitor suppliers throughout the supply chain. Our first success came with the launch of a supplier pre-qualification service for Norway's oil and gas industry.
The principal driver was to reduce operating costs. It was established 'by the industry for the industry' against a background of $10 per barrel oil price. The concept was that if you can collect and provide information once only and share it with all, it avoids the significant duplication of effort and the associated resource time consumed in doing that.
From this simple business model, which is applicable to any industry or geography, Achilles has rapidly expanded into 23 countries across all continents. We now operate in multiple industries and sectors, from automotive to transport with a group turnover in excess of £54m.
As supply chains become more globalised, buyers and suppliers need greater visibility of supply chain risks. Achilles also offers complementary procurement services including on-site supplier audits, carbon footprint data, Sustainability and CSR information and EU legislation advice.
International with a local touch
Our extensive network of local offices serves our buyers and suppliers in over 130 countries. With our 'global/local' approach, our customers benefit from the backing of an international organisation while receiving local support and attention.
Our vision and values
Our independent, collaborative and neutral stance sets us apart within the procurement value chain and from other organisations. Achilles is dedicated to becoming the leading provider of global supply chain management systems that help buyers and suppliers reduce time, cost, risk and carbon associated with procurement activities. Underpinning all Achilles activities are three core values. Together, these values help us to develop services for sustainable procurement.
Achilles establishes and manages key buyer and supplier communities around the world, creating strong global networks. In bringing these communities together, we act as an informed source of global procurement expertise, offering sector-specific understanding and local knowledge – delivering just what's needed to enable organisations to build stronger, more sustainable procurement relationships.
To make the right procurement decisions, organisations need access to the right information. Achilles' proven supplier management services help buyers and suppliers reduce information-related risk, providing the accurate, up-to-date data essential in making procurement activities sustainable.
Achilles is a name trusted by procurement communities the world over, and you'll find us open and unbiased, with a reputation for neutrality and fairness. We're dedicated to delivering equal treatment and total objectivity to the thousands of buyers and suppliers in the communities we manage. As a result, our principles are fast becoming the recognised standard in every sector we serve.