Equans' main ethics principles
A message of “zero tolerance” with respect to our ethical principles shortcomings and particularly any forms of fraud, corruption or cartel is regularly communicated by our top management including our CEO.
All managers at all levels of the Group convey the same message.
The two fundamental Ethics Policies are:
- Ethics Charter: a reference source defining the framework of the Group's values and ethical commitments
- Practical Ethics Guide: provides concrete examples of the application of the framework defined in the Charter.
All Group employees are required to read and comply with the Group's key ethical principles, which form part of the Equans Group Management System.
These principles apply in all circumstances within the three main areas in which the Group conducts its business, being:
- Our Group - all employees, entities and subsidiaries, together with their shareholders
- Market - customers, suppliers and competitors
- Society - communities, local authorities, different cultures, and the environment.
The principles are rooted in international conventions, in particular (but not limited to):
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Additional Protocols
- The Standards of the International Labour Organisation
- The Guidelines for Multinational Corporations laid down by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
- The United Nations Convention against Corruption
We built a strong Ethics, Compliance & Privacy (ECP) network that oversees the incorporation of ethics into the Group’s strategy, management and practices. It proposes ethics and compliance policies and procedures for the Group. It supports their implementation at all levels of the Group.
This network is coordinated by the Ethics, Compliance & Privacy Department and the Group Ethics Officer.
Since the beginning of EQUANS, the ECP network is effective across the entire Group:
- More than 90 people in Ethics & Compliance
- More than 50 people in Data Privacy