SPIE demonstrates its values through its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, focusing efforts primarily on four major issues. In health and safety, the Group aims to achieve zero risk for all of its staff and service providers. To encourage diversity, it ensures equal opportunity for all. In ethics, it works to promote transparency at every level. Lastly, it is committed to achieving tangible objectives concerning the environment.
Prevention, Health and Safety: achieving zero risk
For SPIE, the health and safety of its employees and partners is a top priority. For this reason, the Group has set procedures to reach its goals and continuously improve its performance in this area. Within the company, a culture of prevention helps ensure that employees follow the best possible safety measures. With a rate of work-related accidents at half the average for its sector, SPIE is now the safety leader in its industry.
Several different processes are in place to increase safety at the company, along with safety standards that are more demanding than current legal regulations. For example, the Group has made preventive safety visits a standard on its worksites. Teams also attend training sessions on safety management. Frequent communication campaigns provide teams with the information they need to promote safety, while workshops and brainstorming sessions are conducted to identify hazardous situations. A Prevention Director for Health and Safety was also designated to coordinate all existing procedures and standards, as well as to explore new options.
Concerning health, SPIE works with social partners to take into account important factors like occupational stress and fatigue. These efforts have led to several agreements on stress prevention.
Diversity: ensuring equal opportunity for all
Through the efforts of the Diversity Committee, created in 2008, SPIE has stepped up its commitment to equal opportunity, surpassing even today’s requirements set by French law.
Diversity experts are designated within each subsidiary, working as a network to share best practices and coordinate the Group’s efforts in this field: workshops intended to raise awareness among teams; partnerships with specialised organisations like AGEPHIP and ADAPT; participation in the French week for employment for the disabled; and events for disability month in April 2013. Tutoring and training efforts are also offered by senior employees for junior employees.
To encourage the diversity of backgrounds at SPIE, initiatives are set up in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, such as the partnership with Plaine Commune in Seine-Saint-Denis, France. Gateway to employment efforts and initiatives with the École de la deuxième chance are also in place.
Finally, to increase the number of women on its teams, SPIE has signed partnerships with engineering schools such as EPF, one of the first engineering schools in France to admit women.
Ethics: promoting transparency at every level
SPIE’s businesses demand a high degree of proximity to its customers. For this reason, the Group ensures that each of its employees fully understands his or her responsibility. This effort has led to the adoption of the zero corruption rule, which is applied by every team. This focus on ethics also led to the creation of the ethics management system in 2003, which was later expanded following the passage of the Bribery Act in the United Kingdom in 2010.
In addition, business ethics training has been set up for all managers, in collaboration with the independent organisation Vigéo. The goal is to help managers improve the way they respond to real issues they may face in the context of their business. In their willingness to ensure full compliance with our rules and procedures, the members of the Executive Committee have reviewed and adjusted the ethics policy, basing on both the "Principles of business ethical conduct" and the "Ethics principles implementation guide". Concerning suppliers, audits for all partners are performed by EcoVadis. An internal and external communications system has also been set up for this issue.
Environment: committing to tangible objectives
SPIE is committed to minimising its environmental impact. This commitment has led to a set of different measures: sustainable purchasing, strict carbon accounting, an internal management system for compliance with ISO 14001, and employee awareness campaigns. SPIE also committed to wide-scale action by signing the Global Compact in 2003. The United Nations Global Compact encourages member businesses to apply fundamental values, notably in environmental matters.