Ethical practices with employees
Through our purpose “Making the World a Better Home”, we base our development on strong values embodied in nine Principles of Conduct and Action, which constitute a true code of ethics. Formalized in 2003, translated into 31 languages, and distributed to all employees, these principles constitute an ethical reference applicable in action. They are a condition of belonging to the Group.
To ensure that our employees adhere to our ethical code, the Principles of Conduct and Action, we have set up an e-learning training program:
- Adhere: training program dedicated to the Principles of Conduct and Action, the Group's code of ethical conduct
- Comply: training program dedicated to antitrust law
- Act: training program dedicated to the prevention of corruption
Goal: Train 100% of new managers in Adhere, Comply and Act training programs in their first year of employment
TO ENSURE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Respect for human rights is at the heart of our DNA.
Our Principles of Conduct and Action make explicit reference to the relevant International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the International Bill of Human Rights. We have been a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2003 and are committed to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Through the Principles of Conduct and Action, in particular Respect for other, Respect for the Law and Employee rights, we are committed to respecting employees' freedom of association and the right to organize, to working towards diversity and against forced labor, child labor, discrimination, and harassment.
Annually, a questionnaire is sent to all the countries in order to collect information on the local actions to disseminate and explain the Principles of Conduct and Action to all employees. The questionnaire includes information on incidents that are disclosed in the social part of the ESG reporting in the universal registration document.
In order to ensure our progress, a human rights risk map has been drawn up in accordance with the UN guidelines*. The Group is present in 75 countries, some of which are located in areas less favorable to human rights. We used the indices of human development, human development of women in relation to men, perception of corruption and presence of modern slavery to identify the regions in which we were going to evaluate certain elements more precisely via a questionnaire.
*due diligence to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for actual and potential human rights impacts they may be causing, contributing to or directly linked.
We have identified the possibility of exposure to the risks concerning our employees:
- by analyzing incidents reported to the alert system: psychosocial risks and the risk of isolated practices undermining freedom of association and the principle of non-discrimination, harassment;
- the risk of employing migrant workers in situations that could amount to forced labor, the risk of excessive working hours, the risk of paying less than a decent wage, the risk of dangerous work being carried out by children under the age of 18;
- inability to meet our commitments in terms of freedom of association or non-discrimination in countries at risk (in particular UN Global compact).
A specific questionnaire based on salient risks was sent in 2021 to the identify entities. Risks in terms of working conditions, inclusion and diversity, housing, working with recruitment agencies, use of security forces, impacts on local communities, in addition with potential exposure to the limitation of the freedom of association, forced labor, child labor and personal data protection.
To consolidate the actions plan developed to mitigate risks, some additional recommendations were sent in the form of practical information.
To find out more, consult the Group's human rights policy and our compliance plan.
WITH A DEMANDING COMPLIANCE PROGRAM
Our compliance program is currently based on three main themes:
- compliance with competition law rules,
- prevention of corruption,
- compliance with economic sanctions and embargoes.
Constantly evolving in line with current events, it enables us to achieve best practices and is a permanent obligation for all our employees.