A vast array of constantly changing laws and regulations apply to the Bouygues group’s business segments.
To make sure it complies with them, special compliance programmes, with supporting employee awareness initiatives, have been introduced focusing on the following issues:
- Anti-corruption legislation
- Financial information and securities trading
- Conflicts of interest
- Export restrictions and embargoes
A Code of Ethics was first drafted in 2006 setting out the core values that should guide employees in their working lives. The Code of Ethics and compliance programmes are regularly updated to help employees address real-life situations.
In 2020, the Group also published a “Gifts and hospitality” policy clarifying the arrangements under which employees may give or receive corporate gifts or hospitality.
The Ethics, CSR and Patronage Committee is systematically informed whenever serious breaches are observed and monitors the remedial measures. As with the parent company, each business segment has its own ethics committee and ethics officer.
Duty of vigilance, a top priority for the Group
The vigilance plan aims to identify risks and prevent violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, of the health and safety of people and the environment caused by the activities of Bouygues and of its subsidiaries or by their sub-contractors and suppliers.
The main risks for the Group are related to:
- Environmental and climate issues, such as pollution produced by its business segments’ operations
- Violations of rights, such as population movements caused by works, or by excessively long working hours,
- Safety, workplace accidents, occupational illnesses, Covid-19 health issues
- Risks relating to purchasing and supplier relations
After identifying the risks it faces, the business segment can step up existing measures and implement, risk prevention and mitigation measures. These measures are governed by a cross-departmental governance framework specific to each of the Group’s business segments. A positive effect of this approach is that it fosters greater collaboration between the various departments involved.
CSR Charter for suppliers and subcontractors
This charter, which was updated in 2022, sets out the key commitments suppliers and subcontractors wanting to do business with the Group must uphold. Failure to abide by this document, which is appended to orders and/or contracts, may lead to measures, up to and including contract termination.
Under the arrangements introduced by the Group, all whistleblowing reports may be made to the relevant business segment’s ethics officer. This system can be used by anyone and keeps the identity of the whistleblower and those individuals identified by the report confidential.