Assystem - 2018 Register document
NON-FINANCIAL INFORMATION STATEMENT CSR-BUSINESS ETHICS GOVERNANCE AND STRATEGY
3.2 CSR-BUSINESS ETHICS GOVERNANCE AND STRATEGY
We are convinced that high quality governance helps to drive business performance. For this reason, we have made commitments and set up an organisation that respond to our standards in terms of responsible business practices and the management and control of ethics risks. To fulfil our commitments, we leverage three core values: ● our teams’ creativeness when it comes to finding solutions, resolving complex situations and supporting innovations; ● solidarity between seasoned experts and engineers starting out on their careers, working together in multicultural teams serving industrial and economic sectors with different cycles; ● our teams’ responsibility for meeting the highest standards of excellence and professional performance in the execution of a project or engagement, and also the Group’s corporate social responsibility. PREVENTING CORRUPTION AND INFLUENCE PEDDLING We conduct our business ethically and with integrity, in compliance with the applicable laws in our host countries. Employing fair business practices is one of our key priorities. We apply a zero-tolerance policy with respect to corruption and influence peddling. This policy is led by senior management and applied by employees in their day-to-day work. In accordance with the requirements of France’s “Sapin II” Act (Act no. 2016-1691 dated 9 December 2016) and the recommendations of the Agence Française Anti-corruption, we have established a Code of Conduct addressing corruption and influence peddling issues. The Legal Affairs & Compliance Department is tasked with deploying the Code throughout the Group by implementing internal policies based on an updated corruption and influence peddling risk map. These policies are as follows: ● a policy for preventing and detecting corruption and influence peddling, covering areas such as corporate gifts and invitations; ● a whistle-blowing policy. LIMITING TAX EVASION RISKS We have not set up any vehicles, organisations or mechanisms for the purpose of transferring profits to low-tax jurisdictions. The effective tax rate paid by the Group consistently stands at over 20%, which is close to the weighted average of the tax rates applicable in France and our other host countries on the contributions to consolidated profit of our operations in these countries. Our foreign entities that receive services from and/or are owned by French entities are required to pay management fees and dividends (to the extent possible) to the French entities. ● a corporate sponsorship and philanthropy policy;
Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy is built around our commitment to complying with the laws and regulations in force in our host countries and our belief that this is the best way of conducting our business. The strategy, which is based on a process of continuous improvement, is compatible with our businesses’ economic imperatives. As such it is promoted by management and supported by all employees. We communicate regularly about our CSR programmes and their results. In 2018, we were awarded Gold status by EcoVadis for our social, environmental, ethical and supply chain management processes.
A CSR STRATEGY ORGANISED AROUND FOUR PILLARS
Our CSR strategy is organised around four pillars that promote and support our Group’s business strategy and ambitions. We are also contributing to achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). Our business model and CSR commitments primarily support four of these goals: SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).
BE A RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYER
BE AN ETHICAL MARKET PLAYER
MANAGE THE GROUP’S ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
CREATE VALUE FOR CLIENTS AND SOCIETY
Be an ethical market player Integrity, fairness, intelligence-sharing and teamwork are central to our CSR governance. Assystem has developed a strong culture that is continuously enhanced by the integration of new teams and by our responses to challenges.
REGISTRATION DOCUMENT 2018
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