For the ENGIE Group, the respect for human rights is an ongoing commitment at the heart of the responsible growth model we have developed. This commitment drives the Ethics Policy of our Group.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Message of Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE.
“Human rights: commitments and implementation” Referential

A ethical long-standing commitment

Human rights are part of the four fundamental principles that define ethics of the Group: “respecting others”. Taking human rights into account in the exercise of its activities is a fundamental requirement. The human rights approach is fully integrated into the ethical approach of the Group and therefore benefits from a dedicated and well-structured organization and is driven at the highest level. 

A dedicated Human Rights policy, based on the respect of the United Nations Guiding Principles’ requirements 

The “Human rights: commitments and implementation” Referential, approved in May 2014, formalize a due diligence process, in line with the requirements of the United Nations Guiding Principles. It recalls and explains the Human Rights commitments. The first one is to respect internationally recognized human rights wherever the Group operates. The Referential also defines the operational implementation of the due diligence process. 

Assess risks and give operational answers specific to the Group’s activities

Each Business Line and each Business Unit has to ensure compliance with the Group’s commitments at local level. On this basis, they have to: 

  • Assess annually human rights risks of their activities  and establish an action plan to manage any risk identified
  • Taking into account human rights criteria for the analysis of new investment projects, and for the development of a new activity or when setting up in a new country
  • Give particular vigilance in “at-risk” countries

Mechanisms for dialogue and consultation, as well as grievance mechanisms are put in place at the operational level. They are available for anyone.

Ask business relationships to respect the Group’s commitments. 

The Human Rights Referential explicitly states the integration in contracts with suppliers; contractors and partners of a provision requiring the respect by them of the Group’s human rights commitments.

This commitment completes existing actions of the responsible purchasing policy in relationships with suppliers: integration of ethical criteria on the procurement process, an “ethics and sustainable development” clause in the general conditions of purchase, “Ethics in purchasing” training. 

Include Human rights into ethics compliance systems

The monitoring of the Human Rights commitments is included into processes of ethics compliance, especially: 

  • Human rights risks are specifically identified as a Group ethical risk and so are annually assessed.
  • Criteria linked to the deployment and the application of the Human Rights Referential are integrated into the annual compliance procedure and into the internal control.
  • The internal ethics incident procedure covers human rights incidents.