Worldline - 2020 Universal Registration Document
EXTRA-FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF PERFORMANCE Ensuring business ethics within our value chain
Monetary contributions as part of D.4.3.2 our public and regulatory affairs The payment industry must organise itself in order to assert and promote its interests. Worldline’s positioning in Europe now implies organising and structuring the following missions, from strategy to operational implementation: regulatory and political monitoring, interest representation and lobbying. The multiplication of Worldline representations can alter the scope of the Company’s messages, or even harm its interests. Moreover, future European projects imply that from now on Worldline must be able to share its vision and ambitions at the highest level of political and financial authorities, both locally and at the European level as well as in the rest of the world. Indeed Worldline is now present in more than 50 countries. Public and Regulatory Affairs are clearly positioned in the internal organisation with a direct report to the CEO and structure to promote the Company’s interests. The strategy of influence managed by the Public and Regulatory Affairs department aims to: Anticipate regulatory changes and react to public ● decisions; Directly promote the expertise of the Company; ● Orchestrate the workflow of information among the ● Company on the key topics; Enhance the Company’ image by generating positive ● opinions and commitment. Worldline does not make monetary contributions to candidates for elected office, political parties or Election Committee in any country. Moreover, in its Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption, Anti-Fraud Policy, Worldline prohibits the provision of money, gifts, entertainment or anything else to any government or public officials and/or family members or persons known to be close associates of government and public officials (“Officials”) for the purpose of influencing such officials in order to obtain or retain business or a business or commercial advantage, or otherwise in relation to decisions that may be seen as beneficial to Worldline’s business interests.
Regarding the management of the voting rights attached to membership in associations and professional organisations, a preliminary analysis of the topics to be voted in General Assembly is done especially concerning the election of the Chairman in an autonomous manner to avoid conflict of interest by our representatives. In May 2020, Worldline founded an association named the European Digital Payments Industry Alliance with other key players. The founding process was monitored by Fleishmann Hillard based in Belgium which had been selected according to an official procurement process to avoid duplication over the world and to identify the highest result from this membership. Also Nexi and Nets are part of this Alliance. Worldline’s current strategy of influence tackles in priorities the following topics as discussed with the experts of top management of Worldline and approved by the EXCOM: Digital single market strategy: engage in the public debate ● for topics that are relevant for payment service providers; Payment/cyber-security/cloud/data localisation: input in ● the upcoming legislation on cyber-security for Financial Services, as payments are likely to be an important aspect of this new legislation; Paytech/fintech in API world: develop and publicly ● communicate a view on the impact of the API regime under PSD2 and the workable solutions in this area; Topics as they emerge: the list of key topics can be ● amended over time as new topics of relevance arise. Worldline has deployed different tools to monitor this new activity and thus increase transparency and coherence of its actions relating to public and regulatory affairs. As an example, the registration of Worldline in the transparency register held by the European Commission under the Identification number 257888538969-50 can be underlined. This transparency register shows the amounts received from the EU Commission as grants for projects.
2020 1 2 117,432
Lobbying, interest representation or similar
Contributions to political campaigns, organizations or candidates
Trade associations or tax-exempt groups
Other potential spending related to policy influence
Total contribution 1,333,389 The PRA function was created in January 2020 and that therefore the centralisation of this type of information has only been 1 available since 2020. The total amount of membership de in trade association and EDPIA contribution are based on assessment after the merger with 2 Ingenico on the December 31, 2020. This amount corresponds to 99 trade associations. 3
Universal Registration Document 2020
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