Governance, management, monitoring and actors of the vigilance plan

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Integrating the vigilance plan into the ethical approach

ENGIE has set up a governance, an overall coordination and a specific monitoring of the vigilance plan at the highest level of the company to ensure the proper deployment of the plan throughout the Group and to effectively meet the objectives of the law. The Group's vigilance plan was validated by the Group's Executive Committee on 22 January 2018, which entrusted the Ethics, Compliance & Privacy Department with its management, under the responsibility of the Legal, Ethics and Compliance Department, itself attached to the Corporate Secretariat.


Fully integrated into the company's ethical organization, the vigilance plan benefits from the governance, monitoring systems, resources and actors involved and is monitored at the highest level of the Group. A report on the effective implementation of the plan is presented annually to the Ethics, Environment and Sustainable Development Committee of the Board of Directors to present the results and priority areas for improvement.


A transversal monitoring committee

To ensure the deployment of the vigilance plan and to globally coordinate the various approaches involved, a specific inter-directional committee was set up as soon as the law was adopted in 2017. Initially responsible for reviewing existing policies in relation to the law and defining the Group's vigilance plan, it is now responsible for monitoring the plan and ensuring that it is correctly distributed, that the various measures are coordinated, that the entities are made aware of it and for facilitating the reporting of information to the Group. The committee also has a monitoring role, and role of alert on weak signals to entities.

In 2023, like every year, the monitoring committee met several times and made it possible to recommend areas for improvement as well as to share the actions and best practices implemented at entity level.

The members are:

ECPDESGProcurement DepartmentHealth and Safety DepartmentSecurity DepartmentHuman Resources DepartmentInternal ControlRisk
Regions / operational members (Legal & Ethics direction)


Monitoring of the plan deployment and measuring performance

Aware of the need for distribution and adoption as close to the field as possible, specific actions related to the deployment of the vigilance plan at local level, such as the organization of exchanges between the various departments in charge of the application of the vigilance plan or the application of the new ethics and vigilance clause in the context of contractual relations, have been requested from the entities. Each entity must ensure that the vigilance plan is effectively deployed within its scope. 

The monitoring of these actions by the entities is integrated into the ethical compliance processes of internal control and the annual ethical compliance report.

Since 2020, an internal control review dedicated to the deployment of the vigilance plan was implemented. It includes the following controls:

  • Ensuring that the obligations of the law and the vigilance plan are known to all (direct and indirect subsidiaries)
    • Presentation and discussion within the Excom committees of each entity
    • Information for employees
    • Presentation and discussions with the Employee Representative Institutions
  • Ensuring that the plan is deployed in all entities (direct and indirect subsidiaries)
    • Organisation of regular discussions with the various departments in charge of deploying the vigilance plan.
    • Reporting on the progress of actions and their implementation in all entities
  • Ensuring that the whistleblowing system is communicated to internal and external stakeholders

In addition to this overall internal control review, internal control reviews specific to the various actions (human rights, health and safety, ESG, procurement) are used to monitor the deployment of the various approaches of the vigilance plan.

These controls are developed within each vigilance approach of this plan.