Ethics: actions speak louder than words

Egis’ approach to ethics reflects the values and ambitions of its shareholders. Ethics constitutes a common core inside the Group. All Egis companies share common values that are at the heart of our company culture.

Over and above respect for law and regulations in force in counties where Egis conducts business, the Group has defined standards of behaviour applicable to all. Respect for our values in business activities is a constant preoccupation.

The ethical policy of Egis is built around two key documents:

  • A code of ethics, in effect for more than 15 years, within which ethical values of the Group are defined. Organized under four themes (offer the best service to our clients, apply principles of a balanced and productive community life, communicate with the same objectives, strive to make a responsible world),this charter states principles to respect in terms of quality, loyalty, probity, respect for fellow employees and sustainable development. It’s available for all, in french, english, spanish and portuguese.
  • A code of integrity, which has as its objective to state the major rules which Egis imposes on itself with regards questions of integrity and business ethics. It sets out the behavioural standards that Egis expects from each of its employees on subjects concerning corruption prevention, respect for free competition, conflict of interest, integrity in our assignments, and financial transparency. Our employees commit to respect these principles, and have a responsibility to make known instances where these principles have not been observed. These documents are available in french, english, spanish, portuguese.
  • Partners' code of integrity describes the values Egis wish to share with its partners, and the rules with which they agree to comply when collaborating with Egis on the project or service concerned. This code applies to Egis’ subcontractors and suppliers, its sales agents, consultants and representatives. It also applies to Egis’ co-contractors in temporary consortia led by Egis. It deals with the prevention of corruption and the respect of free competition, as well as personal integrity, conflicts of interest, confidentiality and communication, and social and environmental responsibility. Egis partners formalize their commitment to respect these rules on integrity by signing an ethical commitment. This document is available in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

In order to ensure these values are integrated in strategy and operations, Egis has put in place a structure specifically responsible for promoting and consolidating a culture of integrity and developing the Group’s ethical capital.

The Ethics and Compliance Director develops and implements, under the supervision of a specific pilot committee, a policy of integrity in its various components: risk analysis, procedures, training and monitoring.

The committee has recourse to a network of ethics correspondents. Genuine ethical ambassadors in the Group’s subsidiaries, they are trained to manage the risks linked to business ethics.

The ethics committee ultimately supervises the implementation of the ethics policy throughout the Group. It is the highest authority in its field and is responsible for ensuring the ethical principles of Egis are respected.

Human rights and working conditions: going beyond the current laws and regulations

Human rights integral to the vocation of Egis

Respect for human rights is fundamental and strived for at all levels of the Egis Group. It is after all our vocation to contribute to improving living conditions through infrastructure.

Companies in the Egis Group and their employees must respect laws and regulations applicable in all countries where they carry out their business. Each employee must refrain from any form of behaviour which could lead that person or other employees, or his or her company or the Egis Group into illegal or unfair practices.

Above and beyond complying with the laws and regulations in force where Egis operates, the Group has defined codes of conduct applicable to everyone. They are included in a professional ethics charter available from the company Intranet. This charter highlights values such as integrity, loyalty, ensuring free competition, and transparency.

Working conditions, Egis committed to the United Nations Global Compact

The skills and motivation of employees are what drives the Group's performance. The rights of employees are guaranteed by mechanisms which focus on, labour law, working conditions, equal opportunities, and professional mobility.

By committing to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact in 2011, Egis aims to ensure the advancement of these principles in its zones of influence and is committed to integrating them into strategy, culture, and operating procedures.

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