To expand its panel of suppliers, Naval Group is constantly looking for new partners who share its ambitions and challenges but also its values and commitments in terms of CSR

Naval Group’s performance in naval defence is closely linked to that of its panel of suppliers. This panel represents one of the group's veritable assets and contributes to its value chain: two-thirds of its revenue comes from the purchasing activity.

€2.2 billion

worth of purchases


international purchases


referenced suppliers


basic ordering agreements

Purchasing categories at Naval Group

  • Non-production purchases

    - Infrastructures
    - Operating overheads
    - IT and telecommunications

  • Production purchases

    - Design and innovation services
    - Industrial services
    - Materials
    - Platform equipment and supplies
    - Energy and propulsion
    - Combat system

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Responsible purchasing

In the naval sector, Naval Group is committed to a proactive CSR approach in several areas of the naval sector: social, environmental, ethical and anti-corruption and economic. Sustainably nurturing responsible purchasing practices in order to maintain the ties that unite us with our partners, in France and abroad, reflects this commitment. 

Naval Group is a partner of the Grouping of employment assistance establishments and services (GESAT) network and seeks to perpetuate purchases made from companies in the sheltered employment sector, in particular industrial companies.

Commitments to our suppliers

Having signed the responsible relations charter with its suppliers, Naval Group is committed to developing fair and mutually beneficial relations with its suppliers over the long term.  

The group has included them in the Suppliers and subcontractors relations charter, which also defines the principles and values to be implemented in terms of ethics and contractual relations. It applies to all group employees who deal with suppliers and subcontractors.

In case of doubt, the Ethics Committee can be contacted via a secure and confidential e-mail address:

Expectations in return

Naval Group expects its suppliers and subcontractors to comply with the principles of the code of supplier conduct. It sets out the group’s expectations in terms of governance, compliance, environment, human rights and social requirements.

The adherence of suppliers and subcontractors to this code of conduct is materialised by the signing of a “commitment document”.

Responsible supplier relations and purchasing

Naval Group’s “Responsible supplier relations and purchasing” label has been renewed each year by the jury of the French business mediation office since 2014.

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Working alongside SMEs

Naval Group builds long-lasting relationships with its stakeholders. In December 2010, the group affirmed this commitment by signing the inter-company charter of best practices between major contractors and Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). 

The group continues to implement these best practices as part of its responsible purchasing development approach.

Collaborative innovation

By signing France's charter of public enterprises in favour of the emergence and development of innovative SMEs, the group, like the other signatories, has made a commitment on several points and, in particular, to ensure that these innovative SMEs have simple access to its areas of innovation and to support them in their projects.

To deliver excellence to our customers in the areas of naval defence, Naval Group relies on ambitious and collaborative innovation. The group is particularly interested in SMEs that develop technologies and skills in some thirty target areas based on our six Research and Development (R&D) pillars:  Smart naval force, Invulnerable ship, Smart ship, Blue ship, Smart availability, Smart industry

To find out more about them and apply, click here


The group pays particular attention to ensuring that the companies listed in its supplier panel, and in particular SMEs, are treated fairly.

If this were not the case, and to enable companies to easily speak out about any matters, an SME mediator has been appointed to ensure a favourable and satisfactory outcome for all.  



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3D illustration of a Barracuda submarine at sea

Managing supplier relations

Naval Group is continuously seeking new partners that can open up potential in terms of operational and economic performance improvement, innovation and international development to meet local production challenges. The Naval Group supplier panel is structured according to the impact of its suppliers on its performance or development. For each supplier in the panel, a lead buyer manages the relationship for the group.

Le pilotage de la relation fournisseur

From pre-selection to supplier development

    1. Pre-selection

    Naval Group identifies suppliers based on market monitoring and spontaneous supplier applications.
    The potential for collaboration is then assessed with respect to Naval Group's needs in order to preselect suppliers.


    2. Qualification

    The pre-selected supplier completes a pre-qualification file that allows Naval Group to validate the supplier's ability to meet its requirements in terms of compliance, Health and Safety at Work and Environment (H&SW/E), quality, technique, industrial capacity, etc.
    A technical and/or quality audit may complete the qualification.

    3. Assessment

    Supplier performance is analysed annually according to group criteria: technique, quality, costs, lead times, H&SW/E, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance, etc.
    If this performance measurement exhibits shortcomings, areas for progress can be identified.


    Naval Group identifies the suppliers to be developed according to their importance, their criticality for its activities and the result of their annual assessment.
    Naval Group supports its suppliers in this approach, set out in development and quality improvement plans.



Suppliers - purchasing - quality requirements and forms


Suppliers code of conduct


Corporate social responsibility supplier agreement


Suppliers and subcontractors relations charter

Referenced suppliers’ space

Once suppliers have been referenced, they gain access to the secure exchange platform SUPPLIERS4NAVALS.


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Becoming a supplier

Would you like to join Naval Group’s panel of suppliers? If your business matches the areas of competence sought by Naval Group, you can introduce your company and your activities via the application form.

Go to the application form

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