The Group's human rights approach

Respect for others is one of the 4 principles that are the foundation of ENGIE’s ethics and compliance policies. The Group's human rights approach provides a framework for implementing our principle of “respect others” and brings together all of ENGIE’s commitments in the area of human rights.


It constitutes the foundation on which the pillars of the Group's overall approach are based, a foundation that includes the United Nations guiding principles on business and human rights (UN, 2011) and recalls the Group's various policies, all of which contribute to the fulfilment of its 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's commitments are based on human rights violation risks that may arise from the Group's activities (either through direct action or through its business relationships).


The Group's commitments are based on the mapping of human rights issues updated in 2018 as part of the Group's vigilance plan.


Mapping of the Groups' human right issues


Our human rights commitments

  • The Group makes sure that the fundamental rights of its employees are respected, in accordance with the fundamental 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.


To ensure that it respects all of its human rights commitments and to meet French and international requirements, the Group relies on different general and issue-specific policies, particularly the human rights policy which aims to implement a vigilance process for identifying and preventing risks across all company activities. The health and safety, CSR, and purchasing policies complement the human rights policy, covering specific commitments that fall within their particular scope.


Today, the Group vigilance plan, adopted in 2018 as required by the French law on the duty of vigilance of parent companies and ordering companies, aims to identify and avoid serious risks to people and the environment. It is based on the Group's human rights approach policies, and also generally covers the Group's commitments in terms of human rights, helping to realise them on an operational level.


Human rights policy and vigilance approach

The Group human rights policy, the first version of which was drawn up in 2014 under the name in 2014 “Human Rights Referential”, aims to define the means to ensure compliance with the Group's commitments in all its activities by implementing a global vigilance approach.


It is now the foundation of the Group's vigilance plan for human rights.

Methodology for risks identification


The Group exercises vigilance by identifying and managing any risks to people that arise from its activities.


Its vigilance approach is guided by the UN Guiding Principles and French law on the duty of vigilance of parent companies and ordering companies. The human rights policy calls for vigilance processes at the Group level and at the operational level to ensure that human rights risks are managed as part of all activities, in particular:

  • Annual risk analysis: the risk of human rights violations is seen as a major risk for ENGIE. As a result, all operational entities must ensure that the Group's commitments are being respected: human rights violation risks must be evaluated annually, and corrective action plans must be established for any identified risks.
  • Risk evaluations for any new activities: any new project, any new business relationship that arises from the development of a new activity or from starting business in a new country, must be subject to a preliminary human rights risk analysis.
  • Due diligence for partners and suppliers: human rights risks that are part of business relationships are fully covered by ethical due diligence.
  • Creation of grievance mechanisms at the operational and/or Group level, so that anyone who believes they have been impacted by the Group's activities can freely submit their questions, comments, or requests.
  • The internal Group ethical incident reporting system (INFORM’ethics) explicitly includes human rights incidents.
  • Human rights policy monitoring and the implementation of the required processes are part of the general ethics compliance process: they are included in the annual compliance report and are part of the internal audit system.


You can find the Human Rights Policy and ENGIE's Declaration on modern slavery using the links below:

NB: the GDF SUEZ Ethics & Compliance documents that are currently available at will continue to apply to the ENGIE Group until they are superseded.

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