Each brand has a well-defined identity, with a specific values which are reflected in the product offering, features and design, as well as in appropriate communication mechanics.
We remain convinced that our balanced business model, combining profitable growth and a resolutely responsible approach, creates value for all and plays a full part in our contribution to better living in households around the world.
Our main ethical drive is to apply the prevailing laws in each of our operating countries.
We also comply with international rules, including:
To formalize our ethical policy and values at international level, in 2012 we drafted our code of ethics addressing 18 topics. Our code of ethics is translated into the Group's 11 main languages and disseminated to all our employees. It sets out the alert procedure to be followed, including a contact email address:firstname.lastname@example.org.
An e-learning module introduced in 2018 will serve to train employees on the 18 ethical principles and help each one to develop the ability to ask themselves questions when faced with an ethical dilemma.
An integral part of our code of ethics, the respect for human rights is one of our key commitments, underscored by the signature of the Global Compact in 2003. In addition to training for our international human resources managers, since 2007 we have led a policy on assessing the practices of our subsidiaries with more than ten staff members, conducted every two years.
Because all our products must be produced under ethical conditions, our purchasing policy is governed by information and inspection systems. These last ensure the respect of ethical, social and environmental requirements of ethics audits.
Since 2012, this policy has been strengthened by:
• our responsible purchasing charter
• ethics, social and environmental audits