4 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY Sopra Steria: A committed and responsible Group, making a sustainable, human and enlightened contribution
Executive Management on key committees overseeing corporate responsibility. That being the case, he chairs the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development (CR&SD) Committee and the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Board, both of which are described later in this document. In conjunction with the CR&SD Director, he oversees analysis of risks and opportunities relating to corporate responsibility issues. The CR&SD Director acts as the Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer. As a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since 2020, she manages the Group’s corporate responsibility programme and her compensation takes into account targets linked to performance under this programme. Governance of corporate responsibility is structured around this Group department and four interdependent units supported by functional and operational departments. Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development (CR&SD) Department Reporting directly to Executive Management, the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development (CR&SD) Department establishes the framework governing the Group’s corporate responsibility strategy. It coordinates action plans, manages reporting, and analyses and assesses performance. It is supported by the relevant departments and divisions and a network of representatives within each entity. Its role is, in particular, to help entities take account of corporate responsibility goals and manage risks so as to: Structure policies; p Define shared indicators to improve the consistency and p coordination of the corporate responsibility strategy. Each year, the strategy, issues and key achievements relating to corporate responsibility are presented for discussion to the Nomination, Governance, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors. Market Responsibility unit This unit works with operational departments to help respond to requests from the Group’s clients and partners. The unit is coordinated by the CR&SD Department at Group level. It is managed in close cooperation with Group departments responsible for overseeing programmes that fall within their scope: Internal Control, Legal and Purchasing. Responsible Employment unit Responsible employment is overseen by the Group Human Resources Department. This department coordinates work on issues linked to attracting talent, developing skills, fostering workplace well-being and promoting equal opportunity and diversity. It works with Executive Management to determine employee policy and implement associated programmes. It produces annual reporting covering all its actions. Environmental Responsibility unit This unit manages the programme to reduce the environmental impact of the Group’s activities and its action to combat climate change. It works day-to-day with departments, both central (such as Real Estate and Purchasing, Information Systems, Industrial) and operational, and reports its activities and achievements annually. The unit, which is overseen by the CR&SD Department, is supported by a network of environment correspondents spanning all entities and countries. The Group Environmental Sustainability Committee (GESC) is responsible for the Group’s environmental programme, including climate issues. It works with the network of environment correspondents in each country. The GESC meets every two months
to address environmental issues and risks identified by the network. It brings together functional expertise on climate issues to develop a strategy, implement actions and report on results. Lastly, an Environmental Sustainability Unit was set up in 2020 to provide the Group’s clients with access to expertise and tools developed in-house. Community Engagement unit This unit’s activities are overseen by the Group CR&SD Department, which determines an engagement framework for the Group and coordinates the network of local stakeholders. In accordance with the framework laid down, each entity defines and implements community action programmes suited to the needs of its local communities. This unit oversees the actions of the Sopra Steria-Institut de France Foundation. Two bodies rounding out the oversight system Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Committee The Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Committee (CR&SD Committee) is chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and coordinated by the CR&SD Director. Other members of this committee include the Sustainability Officer (who chairs the GESC), the Group Purchasing Director, the IT Director, the Internal Control Director, the Property Director, the Marketing and Communications Director, business and operations representatives, and representatives of the subsidiaries. The Committee’s role is to monitor the roadmap and progress against associated action plans, in relation to strategic priorities. It monitors progress on the Group’s various corporate responsibility programmes. Corporate Responsibility Advisory Board The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide external feedback on the various components of the Group’s corporate responsibility approach. It consists of four external experts and key Group managers with responsibility for business units and major issues. In light of the coronavirus crisis, the Board met only once in 2020. In 2020, the Advisory Board’s membership included the following four independent experts: Marie-Ange Verdickt, former Director of Research and Socially p Responsible Investment at La Financière de l’Échiquier, a company director working with institutions that champion social development; Patrick Bourdet, former founder and Chairman and CEO of Areva p Med, an executive consultant and coach working with educational and child welfare bodies; Mark Maslin, Professor of Climatology at University College p London (UCL), an expert in climate change and author of numerous studies and publications on climate issues; Frédéric Tiberghien, an honorary member of France’s Council of p State, Chairman of Finansol and Honorary Chairman of ORSE (Observatoire de la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises – Observatory of Corporate Social Responsibility). A new environment and climate expert, Jan Corfee-Morlot, joined the Committee in January 2021. Having previously headed up the OECD’s environment and climate development programme, Jan Corfee-Morlot is now a Senior Advisor to the New Climate Economy project and lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Group’s corporate responsibility policies and strategies, including their social and environmental aspects, are subject to the same governance process and the same controls and disclosure procedures that apply to financial management.