Ethical dealings: contributing to the quality of the world

Our company originated in and from the world and is inextricably linked to it. The quality of the world determines the quality of our company and also that of our lives as individual employees and as private citizens. Ethical conduct makes an important contribution to this quality. In addition, ethical conduct is now rightly the key to attracting orders and to our relationship with like-minded customers.

We therefore work according to business rules of conduct that clarify our ethical principles and practices through values and standards. Of course, they also form the basis for our cooperation with subcontractors and suppliers. They are used by all our business units, all over the world and therefore also in the Netherlands. VINCI has drawn up two codes of conduct, the Ethical Code of Conduct and the Human and Social Rights Codes of Conduct. These form part of our business conduct rules. Our rules of conduct are not free of obligation. They may form part of reviews and our internal controls and audits.

Working on the basis of ethical standards from international treaties

The 8 promises in our Manifesto – one of which is ‘Complying with Ethical Principles’ – are derived from the objectives of the United Nations Global Compact, which has been signed by VINCI. All employees of VINCI and VINCI Energies thus adhere to standards arising from the following international agreements and treaties:

  • the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
  • the UN guidelines on business and human rights
  • the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
  • the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR)