The same ethical rules apply to the Eiffage Group and to its suppliers and subcontractors. These include integrity, fairness and respect for the rights and obligations of all those involved, but also a contribution to the local economy and support for jobs and integration measures.
The Eiffage Values and Goals Guidelines are a common federating base for all Group entities and set out the intangible principles applicable within the Group. Its main values are:
- responsibility towards employees and their superiors and towards customers and partners;
- trust in all employees, between the core businesses of the Group and between operational and functional departments;
- transparency as a prerequisite for trust and responsibility,
- leadership by example;
- due respect for customers, employees, suppliers and all partners; and
- lastly, no conflicts of interest.
The use of consortiums in tender procedures is governed by in-house rules drawn up by the Eiffage Group and it goes without saying that all competition laws must be complied with in full. The Group has developed a specific Business Practice and Ethics module for the training provided by the Eiffage University, mainly designed for executive and supervisory staff. The aim of that mandatory training is to present the Group’s competition policy and to ensure that it is understood and applied in practice.
The Eiffage Group does not tolerate any practices involving an offer or acceptance of unwarranted payments or the provision of unjustified advantages, directly or through a third party, to or from any person with a view to obtaining preferential treatment or influencing the outcome of negotiations of interest to the Group. Only gifts of low value may be accepted or offered, in accordance with standard business practice and applicable laws or regulations. On an international scale, all partnership agreements entered into by Eiffage include a clause requiring compliance with anti-bribery and anti-corruption regulations.
Guidelines for responsible supplier relationships were drawn up in 2010, setting out ten responsible purchasing commitments:
Suppliers and subcontractors are major contributors to the Group’s value (almost 50% of its turnover) and play an important role in terms of innovation and responsible purchasing. A powerful economic and social lever, they are an essential part of the Group’s development strategy and a source of local jobs in the areas where Eiffage operates. More generally, the Group is committed to maintaining sustainable, fair relationships with suppliers and subcontractors sharing its values. It also rewards expertise and local and regional strengths when listing and awarding contracts to suppliers and subcontractors, supports purchasing practices promoting the integration and employment of disabled workers and actively advocates innovation.
After an initial phase of switching to electronic invoices and electronic validations, the Group has rolled out a supplier portal allowing all types of electronic transfers of invoices and providing suppliers with information on the status of their invoices and the payments made. It is a crucial development for an international group, receiving approximately 2.4 million supplier invoices a year. Intervening before the invoice stage, an e-procurement tool is also being rolled out to facilitate the purchasing process and allow purchase orders to be validated electronically.