Human rights referential
The human rights referential provides a framework for implementing our principle of “respect others” and brings together all of ENGIE’s commitments in the area of human rights. The referential aligns with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN, 2011).
ENGIE's human rights commitments
ENGIE is committed to respecting internationally recognized human rights wherever the Group operates around the world, including in all its relations with public authorities.
The Group makes sure that the fundamental rights of its employees are respected, in accordance with the conventions of the International Labor Organization: it rejects all forms of forced or compulsory labor, of child labor, of discrimination and recognizes freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. The Group pays particular attention to guarantee the highest standards of health and safety in the workplace, and working hours and holidays in accordance with international standards.
ENGIE rejects all forms of harassment and violence in the workplace and makes sure that its employees are provided with a working environment that is respectful of their individual freedoms and privacy.
The Group ensures that its activities do not infringe the rights of local communities surrounding its sites, and that assignments related to the security of its employees and assets are conducted with respect for human rights.
Finally, the human rights referential requires to include in every Group contract with suppliers, service providers, subcontractors and partners a clause requiring these contracting parties to respect the Group’s commitments in terms of human rights. This provision is also reminded in ENGIE’s Code of conduct in supplier relations.
The human rights referential calls for implementing a due diligence process in terms of human rights, which covers all of the company’s activities.
Human rights are integrated into the relevant Group processes (eg Purchasing, Health and Safety), in relation to the risks specific to certain functions, businesses or activities. Thus identified, they are subject to appropriate risk management and treatment measures.
The infringement on human rights risk is considered as priority for ENGIE. As a result, all operating entities ensure compliance with the Group's commitments: the infringement on human rights risk must be assessed on a yearly basis, and all identified risks must be subject to a corrective action plan. Any new project, any new business relationship, when developing a new business or setting up in a new country, must also be the subject of a prior analysis of human rights risks.
The human rights referential also provides grievance mechanisms, at operational and/or Group level, so that any person who considers himself or herself affected by the Group's activities can freely address his / her questions, remarks or requests.
Human rights commitments are integrated into ethics compliance processes: they are reflected in the annual compliance report and in the internal control system.
The Group's internal ethic incidents reporting system (INFORM'ethics) explicitly includes human rights incidents.
NB: GDF Suez Ethics & Compliance documents available on www.engie.com apply within the ENGIE group until they are replaced.