Ethical conduct in relations with others

In this respect, action in favour of human rights is interpreted in a very broad sense. For example, this may include initiatives improving the access of disabled people to television programmes or involvement in schemes for coverage of blind spots.


Bouygues Construction

Bouygues Construction has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2006 and endeavours to implement its guidelines in all its business activities through the Code of Ethics, compliance policy and the Supplier CSR Charter.

Bouygues Construction entities operating in emerging countries take action in a number of spheres, such as enabling local staff to benefit from Bouygues Construction’s occupational health and safety standards, which are stricter than local requirements in many countries; providing decent working conditions and accommodation while respecting different cultures and communities; and introducing controls to ensure that subcontractors and suppliers do not use forced or child labour. Bouygues Construction also has strict procedures in place to combat illegal labour, including systematic checks of identity documents and work permits in liaison with the authorities, and personalised worksite-access passes.

Bouygues Telecom

Bouygues Telecom, in partnership with other operators, plays an active part in network-sharing programmes. By pooling existing infrastructure, such programmes aim to reduce the digital divide while keeping environmental impacts to a minimum.

The company provides 2G coverage of blind spots and is bringing 3G high-speed mobile services to areas with a low population density. Since 2005, the company has been working hard to improve accessibility to electronic communication services for people with disabilities. It provides information on choosing a handset for different types of disability, available as a leaflet in stores, or on the website. Its customer service is accessible to people with total or partial hearing loss. In addition, in partnership with HandiCaPZéro, it offers the free installation of software for customers with impaired vision, along with suitable documentation. Lastly, Bouygues Telecom is part of the “Bea” electronic bracelet independence project, an innovative telecare service for the elderly and their families.


With operations spanning 50 countries on 5 continents, Colas focuses on permanent operating units that employ local staff. As such, Colas does not employ many expatriate workers, namely 307 from a total of 24,000 staff outside France. The employment of local personnel and a respectful approach to staff both aid in furthering human rights.

Both in France and internationally, the Colas group pledges to comply with laws and regulations, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Through the work of its audit department, it ensures that it is not complicit in human rights abuses. There is no indication that Colas is highly exposed to such issues. Colas is primarily active in OECD countries, which account for 90% of its business. Moreover, its vertical-integration policy automatically shields it from systematically using external sourcing and subcontracting.

Colas is in a special position because the nature of its activity does not allow for outsourcing. The end result is that purchasing policy in high-risk countries is carried out by Colas teams themselves, located directly in the countries. This, along with the management systems that Colas has put in place, reduces the risk of doing business with suppliers that violate human rights.

The audit department at Colas has precise instructions to issue an alert in the event that a problem of this kind is detected during one of its assignments, even if no actual complaint is lodged. In 2010, an external audit for rating purposes by BMJ, a CSR agency, did not reveal any weak points with regard to these issues.


Public trust is a core issue for TF1. The quality of the information broadcast by its channels and its websites, and the compliance of its programmes with its commitment to the community are therefore key issues in its societal impact.

Combating stereotypes is at the forefront of its concerns, especially through the main TF1 TV channel, with all parties involved in these issues. All staff involved in programme production follow diversity training. As a major mainstream television broadcaster, TF1 is duty bound to ensure that its programmes are accessible to everyone, especially people with impaired hearing or vision. In 2013, all TF1 programmes were subtitled, and 86 programmes using audio description were broadcast.

(Updated: January 2016)


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