Social responsibility & ethics

Eiffage put in place an ethics and business conduct policy that applies to all its stakeholders, within the Group and beyond. The policy concerns in particular demonstrating respect for people, suppliers, business ethics and sustainable development.

Ethics & Commitments Guide

In 2011, the fundamental elements of Eiffage’s ethical approach were detailed in the Ethics and Commitments Guide.

Respecting people

Eiffage respects people primarily by preventing risk and ensuring safety on worksites, as well as promoting gender equality, professional integration and non-discriminatory behaviour. We follow these principles in all our operating regions. In 2005, Eiffage signed up to the UN Global Compact, which encourages businesses and firms worldwide to adhere to a number of fundamental principles including freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour, the effective abolition of child labour and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

In a specific statement, our CEO, Benoît de Ruffray, recalled the Group's commitment to the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking.

Respecting suppliers

Suppliers and sub-contractors contribute considerably to the Group’s operations, which is why Eiffage has extended its responsibility to all its partners, both in France and around the world. We implemented a responsible purchasing policy that integrates stringent criteria and regulations in relation to ethics and sustainable development in our framework agreements, general terms and conditions of purchase, supplier listing and contract attribution decisions.

Business ethics

The Eiffage Group complies with codes of business conduct and regulation in each of its operating countries, with respect to matters such as competition, conflicts of interest, corruption, influence peddling and beyond. Furthermore, we promise to sanction any infringement we identify, independently of any legal proceedings that may be brought in the country in question.

In France, new measures were implemented or bolstered in 2018 with the introduction of the Sapin 2 law that sets additional requirements to prevent and combat corruption. In this ever tighter regulatory environment, the Group’s Code of Conduct, which sets out the ethical rules to uphold, was rewritten in order to define and illustrate the kinds of behaviour deemed to be unacceptable. Ultimately, the code seeks to provide clarity, set an example, and ensure everyone is aware that these rules are non-negotiable.

Moreover, the “Business and ethics” training module provided by the Eiffage University is mandatory for all Group managers and employees in direct contact with customers.

Sustainable development

Eiffage has made the environmental transition and innovation two key components of its strategic plan. All the Group’s innovation and R&D efforts focus on bringing about a low-carbon economy. We have made minimising the impact of our operations on the environment an outright priority, for example by developing alternative construction methods, using biosourced materials, protecting biodiversity and championing the circular economy.

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