Main parties involved in Ethics
ENGIE’s ethical commitment is managed at the highest level of the Group, under the impetus of the Group’s Board of Directors and general management.
The Group's senior executives, particularly the Chief Executive Officer and all other members of the Executive Committee, including the General Secretary, drive and oversee ENGIE's ethical and compliance policy and ensure that it is properly applied.
For Group CEO Isabelle Kocher: “Our policy is very clear: zero tolerance, particularly regarding fraud and corruption, and complete commitment to compliance with ethical rules – those of the countries in which we operate and those we set for ourselves.” (introduction of ENGIE’s Ethics charter).
The ENGIE Board of Directors' via its Ethics, Environment and Sustainable Development Committee (“EESDC”) oversees the ethics and compliance organization and monitors respect of the individual and collective values underlying the Group's action, and of the rules of conduct to be followed by every employee. It ensures that the Group has adequate means to apply these values and rules.
The Compliance Committee
The Compliance Committee supports ENGIE’s ethics and compliance actions. Chaired by the Group’s General Secretary, it is made up of the Group Audit and Risk Director, the Group Legal Director and the Group Ethics and Compliance Director.
The committee evaluates the treatment of ethical incidents and monitors the process for updating the Group’s Ethics & Compliance system.
The Group Ethics & Compliance department
Within the General Secretary, the Group Ethics & Compliance department manages the integration of ethics into the Group’s strategy, management and practices. It proposes the policies and procedures in terms of ethics and compliance and drives their application by BUs, Métiers and functional departments.
It provides managers and employees with the required tools: ethics training, documentation, reporting tools, solutions for raising alerts in case of potential ethics breaches, etc.
The Group Ethics & Compliance department monitors ethics incident declarations and their treatment within the Group.
It centralizes the various elements in the Group’s ethics risk analysis, manages the annual ethics compliance process and, in collaboration with the Audit and Internal Control Department, evaluates the effective implementation of the ethics and compliance policies defined by the Group.
The Ethics & Compliance network
Led by the Group’s Ethics & Compliance department, the network comprises more than 250 people actively involved in the operational implementation of the Group’s ethical commitments. It is composed of members of the Ethics & Compliance line, as well as ethics correspondents.
Members of the line include the BU ethics and compliance officers, their deputies and ethics and compliance officers from each entity. Most members also carry out other missions (legal, health & safety, HR, etc.). In Ethics & Compliance matters, they report to the line, so called authoritative. Line members are responsible for relaying the Group Ethics & Compliance department’s missions throughout their BUs and entities.
The Ethics & Compliance network also relies on ethics correspondents, who relay the missions of the Group Ethics & Compliance department within Métiers and functional departments at ENGIE’s headquarters.
Mobilizing all of these parties contributes to the Group’s exemplary practices in ethics and compliance.
Responsibilities in ethics and compliance are exercised at all levels of the management line. Ethics and compliance officers and ethics correspondents at each level of the organization advise and support their manager who guarantees that Group ethics is applied.