Ethics and compliance
Saur is committed to building and developing trust-based relationships within the Group and with all its external stakeholders.
A business ethics commitment worthy of our ambition
Over nearly 90 years, the men and women of the Saur Group have created and shared a history underpinned by the unifying values of responsibility, service awareness, transparency, solidarity and local presence.
The strong core values of our corporate culture give us a competitive edge by building strong bonds of trust throughout our ecosystem.
Consistent with its Ethics Charter published in 2014, and with an ambition enhanced by an ethical commitment to long-term success, Saur published its Code of Conduct in 2018.
Our Code of Conduct formally sets out the commitments of the Group and the behavior expected of its employees.
It makes us collectively and individually responsible for our behavior, which – regardless of circumstances – must be irreproachable and exemplary in our working environment, in the relationships we have with our partners, and in respect of society as a whole.
The Supervisory Board, Executive Committee and employee representative organizations have all formally approved this code, and support its implementation by every one of us.
Its principles are implemented on the basis of operational procedures that apply equally to all Group entities.
A policy to counter all forms of corruption
Fully aware that corruption and dishonesty of any kind are highly detrimental to every part of its ecosystem, Saur has implemented a set of measures to combat all forms of corruption.
The Code of Conduct sets out the key fundamentals that apply to all Group entities and employees in respect of corruption prevention, and covers the acceptance of gifts and invitations, conflicts of interest, the use of commercial intermediaries, sponsorship and political involvement.
A corruption and influence peddling risk map has been prepared to identify those situations that pose the highest risk, and must therefore be the priority focus for our prevention, detection and control systems.
Regular training sessions around these issues are attended by senior management and all those working in positions that make them particularly exposed to corruption-related risks.
Saur pays particularly close attention to its choice of business partners, and has implemented assessment procedures designed to identify potential risks and/or concerns around issues of integrity.
To go further still, Saur took the decision to ensure ISO 37001 anti-corruption certification for all its entities in France. That certification was granted in July 2019.
An appropriate governance structure
The Group’s executive management teams define the key principles that govern these systems, and provide the supervision required to ensure that they are effectively implemented. The Group business ethics and compliance system is overseen by the Group General Secretary, who is also a member of the Management Committee.
The Compliance Department reports directly to the Committee, and has responsibility for formalizing and implementing policies, procedures and other formal frameworks and guidelines. It also contributes to training initiatives designed to further strengthen the shared culture of business ethics and compliance throughout the Group. Its work is informed by a network of representatives working in the main entities and operating countries of the Group.
All operational and central services departments are involved in implementing and ensuring compliance with those procedures as the apply to their specific areas of activity.
The Group Audit Department has responsibility for ensuring system compliance, and provides the executive management teams with regular progress reports and updates.
An employee whistleblowing scheme
Saur operates an internal whistleblowing scheme for use by all Group employees to report any ethical issues they become aware of. Employees are free to use this scheme or to report their concerns to their line manager, the Group executive management team or the Group Chief Compliance Officer.
No employee is ever sanctioned or subject to discriminatory measures for having acted in good faith to report breaches of the Code of Conduct or applicable regulations of which he or she has personal knowledge.
Conversely, any abusive and/or malicious use of these provisions may result in disciplinary action.
Principles shared with stakeholders
As a committed partner, Saur has relationships with many stakeholders whose profiles and challenges differ: these include customers, suppliers, partners and others. The Group places particular emphasis on ensuring that all of these share its own high standards of business ethics and integrity. Special clauses to this effect are included in all its contracts with third parties.
Committed to the UN Global Compact
In 2003, Saur became a signatory of the Global Compact international voluntary corporate social responsibility initiative launched in 2000 by the United Nations..
Signing the Global Compact means sharing the conviction that business practices based on a number of universally recognized principles will contribute to the emergence of a more stable, fairer, more open global market and prosperous, dynamic societies. Saur is therefore committed, within its sphere of influence, to upholding and promoting the 10 universal Global Compact principles covering human rights, labor standards, the environment and the need to combat corruption. Every year, Saur publishes its commitments and achievements in relation to these principles on the Global Compact website..