Association with trade unions at both group and local level
ENGIE’s vigilance plan and its operational implementation are regularly presented to the employee representative bodies and representatives, via the existing committees: the Group European Works Council, and entities are also required to make a presentation according to applicable national law. Moreover, the plan is presented to the Ethics, Environment and Sustainable Development Committee for the Board of Directors. This approach was implemented as soon as the first vigilance plan was adopted within ENGIE.
At local level, entities must present the vigilance plan and the obligations arising from the law to their employee representative organisations. For entities that do not have employee representative institutions, entities are encouraged to present the approach directly to employees. The monitoring of these actions by the entities is integrated into the ethics compliance processes that are internal control and the annual ethics compliance report.
Since 2020, as part of each annual internal control campaign, a section has been specially dedicated to the vigilance plan in order to assess the level of deployment of the vigilance plan within the Group's entities, knowledge of the plan and of these obligations by the different managerial levels and the employees (presentation and exchanges within the Management Committees and institutions representing the personnel of each entity; Information of employees, etc.).
New global agreement on fundamental rights and social responsibility
ENGIE signed, on January 20, 2022, with the global trade union federations (GUF) BWI, IndustriALL and PSI, as well as with representative French trade unions at ENGIE level (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CGT and FO), an agreement on fundamental rights and social responsibility. The agreement is in line with the global agreement signed in 2010.
The new global agreement is a tool to help the deployment of the vigilance approach. It was negotiated and signed with all the social partners of the Group at the global level. Within the framework of this agreement, ENGIE's duty of vigilance is the subject of a strengthened social dialogue: working group discussion sessions were organized with the global trade union federations (GUF) in 2022. These exchanges led to the adoption of the process described below. The Global Forum, a body that monitors the agreement, meets once a year. These discussions also allow us to monitor the vigilance process in consultation with the social partners.
Process for GUFs' contribution to the vigilance approach
The concertation provided for in the global agreement resulted in the following arrangement:
1) An association of GUFs and the Secretary of the Global Forum with the 2022 ENGIE’s vigilance plan through:
- Sending the draft 2022 vigilance plan before its publication in the Universal Registration Document (URD);
- Communication of the risk map prior to its publication.
An exchange on these documents organized within the Global Forum contact group during a meeting in February 2023.
2) A general summary of the ethical alerts (by type and GBU) is presented and discussed at the annual meeting of the Global Forum.
3) The global agreement provides for annual meetings for exchange and dialogue at the level of the managerial entities (most of the time at the country level, under the aegis of the country manager); these meetings focus in particular on the development and implementation of the Group's vigilance plan and ensure that the vigilance plan has been presented and discussed with the employee representatives of each entity, with the risks and the actions implemented.
Summaries of the presentations of the vigilance Plan and the local risk analysis will be produced at the Group's regional hubs (Southam, Northam, AMEA and Europe) and presented to the Global Forum along with the other elements of the vigilance Plan.