Saint-Gobain is proud to share strong values with its employees around its code of ethical conduct for a fair and responsible practice of the business. Featuring 9 Principles of Conduct and Action, translated into 31 languages, this code of conduct is a condition for belonging to the Group, a common basis for all employees to adhere to.
5 Principles of Conduct unite our managers and employees:
- professional commitment,
- respect for others,
4 Principles of Action govern their actions:
- Respect for the law,
- Caring for the environment,
- Worker health and safety,
- Employee rights.
These Principles are reflected in our relationships with our partners. It is with the same high standards in mind that we collaborate with those who share our environmental, social and societal commitments.
TO GUARANTEE THE RESPECT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
The respect of human rights is at the heart of Saint-Gobain's DNA.
Our Principles of Conduct and Action explicitly refers to the relevant International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Anti-Bribery Convention and the International Bill of Human Rights. Saint-Gobain has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact since 2003 and we are committed to respecting the United Nations guiding principles on business and human rights.
In its code of conduct – the Principles of the Conduct and Action – the Group commits to respect freedom of association and employees’ right to organize convention, to favor diversity, and to fight against forced labor, child labor, discrimination and harassment.
In order to ensure our progress, a human rights risk map has been drawn up following the standards recommended by the UN. The Group has therefore defined salient risks and established corresponding action plans. For more information, please consult the Group's human rights policy and our duty of vigilance plan.
WITH A DEMANDING COMPLIANCE PROGRAM
Our compliance program is embedded in our code of ethical conduct and is currently structured around 3 main themes:
- prevention of corruption
- compliance with competition law rules
- compliance with the rules on economic sanctions and export controls.
In constant evolution according to current events, it allows us to achieve best practices and stand as a permanent obligation for all our employees.
WITH OUR ALERT SYSTEM
Our alert system is open to all: employees of Saint-Gobain, temporary workers, and subcontractors, but also stakeholders such as individuals, suppliers, clients, unions, NGOs or public bodies. This system is operated through a highly secure platform and can be used to report (including anonymously) breaches of our code of ethical conduct (General Principles of Conduct and Action), of the law and of our internal Group policies, procedures, and commitments.
Alerts issued in good faith are systematically investigated by a dedicated group of Saint-Gobain employees who have been specially trained in the matter and are bound by enhanced confidentiality obligations.
The Group is committed to protecting issuers who acted in good faith via :
- No disciplinary action
- No legal proceedings
- No retaliation
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