Business ethics

Equans is committed in all circumstances to act in accordance with the local laws and regulations in force in the countries where it operates, in accordance with the ethical principles of the Group.

These ethical principles accompany us all on a daily basis: in the strategic decisions of our management, as well as in the various professional practices of our employees.

’ For Equans, ethics is an integral part of its strategy, management and professional practices. It is a vector of performance.’
Jérôme Stubler
Equans CEO

Equans' main ethics commitments

We have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for non-compliance with our ethical principles, in particular against any form of fraud, corruption or cartel.

All managers at all levels of the Group convey the same message.

The two fundamental ethics documents:

  • Code of Ethics: a reference source that sets the framework for the Group’s values and ethical commitments.
  • Practical Ethics Guide: provides concrete examples of how to apply the principles set out in the Code of Ethics.

All Equans Group employees are required to read and comply with our Code of Ethics.

Equans member companies and employees comply with international and
local laws in all circumstances.

Integrity means avoiding conflict between personal interests and the interests of the Group. It creates an atmosphere of trust and acts as a shield against corrupt practices.

Group employees carry out their duties with complete diligence. When they
communicate inside or outside the company, they do so constructively and in good faith, with the intention of providing genuine, accurate and comprehensive information.

This principle also applies to the rights, dignity and diversity of individuals,
respect for other cultures, equality between men and women, and the property of others. No form of sexual harassment will be tolerated.

These principles apply in all circumstances in our three main areas of operation:

  • Our Group – all employees, member companies, together with the shareholders
  • Market – customers, suppliers and competitors
  • Society – communities, local authorities, different cultures, and the environment.

The principles are rooted in international conventions, in particular (but not limited to):

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Additional Protocols
  • The Standards of the International Labour Organisation
  • The Guidelines for Multinational Corporations laid down by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • The United Nations Convention against Corruption

We built a strong Ethics, Compliance & Privacy (ECP) network that oversees the incorporation of ethics into the Group’s strategy, management and practices. 

It proposes ethics and compliance policies and procedures for the Group. It supports their implementation at all levels of the Group.

This network is coordinated by the Ethics, Compliance & Privacy Department and the Group Ethics Officer.

Since the beginning of EQUANS, the ECP network is effective across the entire Group:

  • More than 90 people in Ethics & Compliance
  • More than 50 people in Data Privacy

Group alert system

Equans benefits from a whistleblowing system available to its employees and stakeholders in order to provide easily accessible tools for everyone to report a situation that is inappropriate or does not comply with our principles or with applicable laws and regulations. This system complements the existing channels and strengthens the Group’s Ethics, Compliance & Privacy approach. It offers everyone an easy, confidential and anonymous means of reporting, if necessary, and is committed to protecting whistleblowers.

Protection of personal data

Equans is committed to complying with regulations on the protection of personal data by applying the Group Policy on the Protection of Personal Data, which defines the objectives, means and governance for complying with regulations in this area.