Bouygues’ corporate social responsibility policy aims at limiting and then reducing the impact of its operations, namely to protect eco-systems, help develop the areas where its entities operate, take account of stakeholder expectations, respect employees, and improve accessibility of offers and services, etc.
CSR issues are handled separately by each business segment, which are closer to the specific issues pertaining to their operations. Monitoring and overall coordination of initiatives is provided at parent-company level by the Group Sustainable Development-Quality Safety Environment (QSE) department, which coordinates several Group-wide themes (Sustainable development, QSE, extra-financial reporting, Energy & Carbon, Purchasing and CSR).
In 2016, the Group conducted its second materiality assessment to identity and map out its priority sustainable development challenges.
26 significant Group-wide challenges were identified. These challenges were then ranked, after consulting internal and external stakeholders (see matrix). The six most relevant challenges are:
- safeguarding business ethics;
- minimising the environmental impact from business processes, operations, and purchased products and services;
- promoting the energy transition and limiting GHG emissions;
- upholding human rights in all aspects of decision-making;
- acting as an integrator and planner for sustainable land management;
- promoting useful and sustainable innovations.
The detailed findings of the materiality assessment, including the methodology used, are available here. The policies and action plans connected with these issues are detailed in chapter 3 “Human resources, environmental and social information” of the Bouygues group’s Registration Document.
The Bouygues group is a partner and founding member of The Shift Project, a think tank bringing together scientific experts and economic players in order to propose solutions for a low-carbon energy transition.