A common frameworkA sustainable development policy can only be effective if it is implemented within a framework and with instruments that enable all companies to take it on board. This framework is notably provided by the eight commitments of the VINCI Manifesto
and by the Group’s Code of « Ethics and Conduct ».
A network involving the Group’s grass rootsOverseen by the VINCI Executive Committee, the sustainable development policy is headed by a dedicated delegation, a streamlined structure working with all Group operational and functional departments and with a broad range of external stakeholders. The policy is implemented under the aegis of a 30-member international committee that sets the targets and defines and assesses the major programmes. Other bodies (coordinating units, working groups, themed clubs) round out the system.
A self-assessment tool for companiesThe Advance programme enables the operational managers of the Group’s companies to track their sustainable development action. They can also use the continual improvement programme’s online self-assessment tool to identify strategic priorities, which are then formally set out in action plans.
Visible, analysed resultsThe United Nations Global Compact, introduced in France in 2003, is an initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General. It brings together businesses, labour organisations and civil society to support 10 universal principles grouped in four fields: Human Rights, Labour Standards, Environment and Anti-corruption. In joining the Global Compact in 2003, VINCI undertook to comply, and to involve its suppliers in complying, with these 10 principles. The Group is also an active member of sustainable development networks such as the Comité 21 and the French Association of Businesses for the Environment (EPE).
Every year, VINCI fills in questionnaires from extra-financial rating agencies such as SAM (DJSI), Vigeo, CDP Carbon and CDP Water. The Group maintains direct relations with socially responsible investors, who are then able to base their evaluations on discussions with the Group’s management.