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Code of ethics

The Foundation has developed a code of ethics which presents the guidelines governing its actions. It is based on social, environmental and business ethics principles.

The seven social principles considered refer to the standards defined by the International Labour Organization:

  • The effective abolition of child labour
  • The elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour
  • The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Safety and health at work
  • Respect of working time
  • Equal pay

These principles focus on the following points:

  • The preservation of natural resources:
    • Production: reducing energy consumption and developing the use of renewable energies
    • Transport: reducing fuel consumption
    • Water: reducing water consumption
  • Chemicals: reducing the use of chemicals and fertilisers, and banning the use of chemicals and fertilisers that are harmful to consumer health
  • Climate change and greenhouse gases: working on a tool to measure direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions
  • Environmental management: measuring and monitoring environmental risks, measuring transported, imported and hazardous waste, implementing an environmental management strategy recognised by the national and international authorities
  • Compliance with the best ethical, moral and good practice standards
  • Compliance with all legal and contractual obligations relating to activities
  • Non-acceptance of practices (including by omission) that are illegal or violate such obligations


Marie-Christine Cormier-Salem

Mylène Aycard-Gueydan
Secretary General