Ethics & Compliance

 

Sopra Steria’s action falls within a framework of strong ethical principles and compliance with the entirety of the rules governing its business.

This commitment forms the bedrock of the relationship of trust between the company and its stakeholders.

The Group is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (GC Advanced) and it abides by the fundamental principles and rights in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The Group also reaffirms its fundamental principles and its values in its Code of Ethics. With the support of Management, which ensures compliance with the rules as laid down, this Code applies to all the Group’s employees in order to guarantee the proper conduct of its activities.

The compliance system in the Group is also founded on a common core of rules and procedures, including a new Supplier Code of conduct.

Sopra Steria has put in place in all its entities a programme for preventing and fighting corruption and influence peddling, which is underpinned by:

  • An undertaking by the Group’s Management recalling the importance of prevention and the policy of zero tolerance where corruption is concerned.
  • Horizontal governance under the authority of the Internal Control and Risk Management Department, which is reliant upon a network of Internal Control Managers charged with compliance and risk management in each of its entities.
  • Code of Conduct for the prevention of corruption, illustrated by concrete examples and issued in ten languages, covering all Group entities.
  • training programme comprising an e-learning module intended to raise the awareness of all employees and classroom-based sessions for employee categories deemed to be more exposed to risks of corruption.
  • Strengthened procedures and controls for the whole of the programme.
  • An internal whistleblowing system available to all Group employees in local languages that takes into account the requirements of the Sapin II law and the law on the duty of vigilance (confidentiality, whistleblowers protection etc.).

Furthermore, the Code of Ethics has been supplemented by Insider Trading Rules relating to securities transactions and the prevention of insider trading compliant with the EU market abuse regulation.

And lastly, the Group’s commitment and performance in the area of Corporate Responsibility have been recognised with the award of the advanced CSR Gold Medal by Ecovadis, a global rating platform applying 21 social, ethical, environmental and supply-chain criteria.


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Code of Conduct

Apr 9, 2019, 11:32 AM
Title* : Code of Conduct

What is the Sopra Steria Group Code of Conduct?

The Code of Conduct sets out the Group’s policy for preventing and fighting corruption and influence-peddling.

It lists and describes the various types of behaviour to be adopted by all members of staff, both internally and with our stakeholders. It also acts as a point of reference to guide you in your decisions.

The Code of Conduct is not intended to provide an answer to every ethical question that may arise. It lays down the fundamental rules and guidelines that should govern all your decisions. Additional information may sometimes be needed to gain a better understanding of a particular subject.

The rules set out in this Code do not replace the national and international legislation and regulations that apply in each country, with which the Group complies insofar as these rules are more stringent.

If need be, the principles of this Code can be adapted, clarified or supplemented in consideration of local legislation and regulations, or where there are other codes or charters that apply locally.

 

Whom does this Code concern?

Each and every one of us, without exception. It applies to all directors, managers, staff, and company officers of Sopra Steria and the companies under its control.

All Group staff members, regardless of their role and geographic location, and all company officers, are personally responsible for implementing the values and principles set out in this Code and following the rules specified. This Code is disseminated across the entire Group, including via the intranet and at training sessions.

Managers have a particularly important role concerning their teams in terms of upholding the Code of Conduct, as they must exemplify its values, promote awareness, follow the rules, and ensure that others follow the rules.

Therefore, everyone is responsible for reading and taking on board this Code, and demonstrating judgement and common sense when responding to the various situations that may arise.

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