Creating collaborative communities
Achilles creates and manages a global network of collaborative industry communities, allowing trading partners to share high quality, structured, real-time data.
Using cloud-based technology and industry expertise we act as an independent partner, providing validated data and insightful analytics to enable buyers across a sector to identify and manage risk and suppliers to increase market reach while increasing compliance and minimising costs for the network as a whole.
The Power of a Network of Communities
Our community structure provides:
- buyers with access to a broader range of verified, compliant suppliers
- suppliers with access to a broader range of potential buyers
The required verification and data gathering processes are standardised within the community and are facilitated by our local support teams based around the world.
The result is a significant reduction in the work required by both suppliers and buyers to manage and reduce risk within their community and a substantially lower cost of compliance for the community as a whole.
Our communities range in scope from large individual enterprises seeking to improve compliance and risk management across their multi-national base of subsidiaries to broad, industry-wide communities of over 100 major buyers and 10,000 suppliers.
Our global network produces additional benefits by sharing best practice in compliance and risk management between industry sectors and across geographies and allows buyers and suppliers to open up trading opportunities in new markets.
We provide our communities with:
- A SaaS-based buyer and supplier compliance, risk and performance management platform
- Expertise in the specific industry sector and in procurement compliance and risk management issues in general
- Support to assist suppliers in compiling the relevant information and achieving compliance
- Resources to continuously update, verify and, if required, audit the information
Around 800 of world’s leading buying organisations and 90,000 key suppliers currently benefit from being members of the Achilles’ network of over 40 different communities in 11 industry sectors. We are continuously expanding our services into new markets.
Our network of communities is supported by over 950 dedicated employees, providing local support in 29 different languages, based in 22 different countries.
We work with some of the world’s best-known companies including Shell, Balfour Beatty, Toyota Motor Europe, E.ON, EDF, Vale, ABB, Santos, Petrobas, Chevron, Maersk, Skanska, Statoil, Vattenfall, Repsol YPF, Alstom, Iberdrola, Acciona, Abertis, National Grid, BHP Billiton, Yamana Gold, Halliburton, Anglo American, Aston Martin, Jaguar Landrover Petrobras and Exxon Mobil.
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 low oil prices. 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 utilities with a group turnover of around £70m.
As supply chains become more globalised, buyers and suppliers need greater visibility of supply chain risks. The Achilles solution today is not just about reducing operating cost. We offer a broad range of procurement risk management tools and services including on-site supplier audits, carbon footprint data, sustainability and CSR information, multi-tier supply chain mapping and procurement legislation advice.
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 global provider of supply chain compliance and risk management systems that help buyers and suppliers reduce time, cost, and risk. 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 manage risk effectively, 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.