Zero tolerance

Egis is a group built on the values of ethics, transparency, quality, respect and integrity. These values are the basis of our reputation and represent our ethical capital. Over and above respecting the applicable laws and regulations in the countries where Egis operates, the Group has defined a standardised set of rules. Upholding our values in our business practices is a constant concern.

The Egis ethics policy is based on three main documents:

  • An Ethics and Compliance charter,
  • A Code of Integrity,
  • A Business Partners’ Code of Integrity .

To download the code and charter, available in various languages :  click here

See our extra-financial reporting to see our Ethics indicators

 

Find out more about egis’s ethical approach

Highlights

  • An action plan relating to risk management was reviewed in the first quarter of 2018. It is organised until December 2019 and includes consideration of the French «Sapin 2» law and the Duty of Vigilance law. Egis has put in place an alert system that applies to the entire Group on the subjects covered by these two laws.
  • Integration of a disciplinary procedure into the Internal Regulations in the event of ethical breaches,
  • Revision of the Code of Ethics in 2018
  • Regular meetings of the three organising bodies for Ethics (the Ethics committee, the ethics policy steering committee; the network of Ethics Correspondents),
  • Publication of the “Partners” Code of Integrity that complements and clarifies the Code of Integrity and the Code of Ethics ; This commitment from the partner must be formalised through the signing of an Ethical Commitment in the Tender phase and the Ethics clause in the contract completion phase.
  • The “Ethics” training courses that have been extended in France and in international subsidiaries: Business Ethics/Anti-corruption and on project management cycles France – Ethics and compliance in India and Brazil. In each country, two sessions were held, in Delhi and Hyderabad in India, and São Paulo and Curitiba in Brazil. These courses were conducted by the Group’s Ethics and Compliance Director, with the support of Egis’ Ethics Correspondents and local consultants. In 2016 two training sessions were organized in the Middle East. In 2017 sessions were organized in Poland and Romania. In 2018, continuation of tutor-led ethics training  in France, India and Mexico,
  • Two e-learning modules on business ethics were developed in 2017. These modules are deployed to all Egis employees. The first module aims to raise awareness of business ethics and present the Egis policy in this area and the second focuses on three topics: corruption, personal integrity, and conflict of interest.
  • The e-learning course is now included in the mandatory training for newcomers from 01/01/2019.
Warning procedure
If an incident (corruption or other incident) occurs, Egis has set up an «incident» procedure in its management system which is used to list all the significant incidents experienced by the Group’s subsidiaries, to draw lessons from them and to determine any action plans that may prove necessary (preventive and corrective). In practical terms, this procedure aims to:
• Give Egis the tools it needs for «day-to-day» management of its operational risks in addition to work on assessment,
• Collect and maintain data to quantify operational risks, and to gather the necessary resources,
• Support business line managers and operational staff in the management of incidents,
• Characterise incidents by evaluating the financial impacts in particular,
• Generate analyses and summary reports at any time for General Management and Caisse des Dépôts (our majority stakeholder),
• Prevent their occurrence and/or contain the consequences..

Respect for human rights is fundamental

ethiqueRespect for human rights is one of the fundamental principles shared at all levels of the Egis Group, whose mission is to contribute to improving the living conditions and facility levels of all the regions where we work. Egis Group companies and their employees must respect the laws and regulations applicable in all the countries where they carry out their business. Each employee must refrain from any form of behaviour which could lead that person or other employees, or his or her company or the Egis Group into illegal or unfair practices.

Over and above compliance with the applicable laws and regulations in the countries where Egis operates, the Group has defined a standardised set of rules, set out in:

  • an Ethics and Compliance Charter, available on the Corporate intranet. This charter highlights values such as integrity, loyalty, ensuring free competition, and transparency.
  • a sustainable Charter. This Charter This charter aims to list the fundamental principles of the group’s work to ensure visibility in the eyes of its stakeholders, as well as to unite teams around its strategy and values. This charter is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the key conventions of the ILO, OECD guidelines, and the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.
  • a human ressources management code. The Human Resources Management Code, aligned with the United Nations Global Compact, defines the main principles of the Egis Group’s HR policy. This HR policy is then implemented in the various countries in which the group operates, according to local regulations and constraints. An action plan, divided between the internal control department and the group’s human resources department, was also defined. To start, a self-reported verification of the fundamental principles of labour legislation applied in the different entities of the Business Unit International Regions has been engaged. The sites covering the various regions of the world in which the group operates have been evaluated. Following this evaluation, it was decided to create rules  that must be applied uniformly throughout all country  in terms of working conditions, integration, remuneration, mobility, etc. These actions have been complemented by  an annual self-assessment for each  international entities; random checks system are  planned.
  • By committing to the 10 principles of the Global Compact in 2011, Egis wishes to ensure the advancement of these principles in its zones of influence and is committed to integrating them into its strategy, its culture, and its operating procedures.

An alert system

In addition to the alert system (see above – according to the french laws Sapin 2 and Duty of vigilance), Egis has appointed an HR referent to manage alerts relating to breaches on human rights issues.