Being a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, Vivendi is committed to comply with and to promote its ten principles, concerning human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption.
On December 10th, Vivendi communicates towards its headquarters employees about the Human Rights Day. Indeed, the two first principles of the Global Compact are directly inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed on December, 10th 1948.
Each year, Vivendi reports on the implementation of the ten principles in its Communication on Progress, which is published on the Global Compact website.
Communication on Progress 2013
The UN Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption.
Those ten principles enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
- The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
- The United Nations Convention Against Corruption
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
In July 2013, Vivendi signed the Responsible Supplier Relationship Charter. Under the charter, the group must meet a number of commitments to sensitize economic players of the challenges of responsible procurement and the quality of customer-supplier relationships.
In 2013, the CSR Department of Vivendi led various actions that are part of this approach:
- the reporting protocol for non-financial data has been revised to reflect the CAC commented on the group’s purchasing policy
- a meeting was organized with the Sextant cabinet, appointed by the Group Committee to analyze the supply chain policy at group level
- a CSR committee brought together the group’s subsidiaries to discuss the latest regulatory developments in vigilance of parents and order donor companies towards suppliers
- in collaboration with the legal department, questions on suppliers have been integrated into the COSO questionnaire and in the questionnaire sent to subsidiaries to prepare the annual follow up report on the Compliance Program
Implementation of the Responsible Supplier Relationship Charter is based on the active involvement of the subsidiaries in France. In 2014, a CSR committee meeting was held with representatives from the legal and technical departments of Vivendi’s headquarter and of the French subsidiaries of Canal+ Group and Universal Music Group on implementing the mediation arrangements, in the presence of the national ombudsman. An assessment of commitments was presented on that occasion.
The Compliance program, adopted in 2002 and updated in 2005, formalizes Vivendi’s commitments in the form of rules of conduct regarding
- employees’ rights,
- fairness and protection of information,
- the prevention of conflicts of interest,
- commercial ethics,
- the protection of property and resources belonging to the Group,
- financial ethics
- respect for the environment.
Abiding by these rules of conduct is a condition to joining Vivendi. An evaluation report on their implementation within the Group’s entities is drawn up each year by the General Counsel and submitted to the Audit Committee. This evaluation report was presented to the Audit Committee in February 2014.
This charter, adopted in 2008, defines Vivendi’s commitments regarding collection and management of personal information on customers and protection of content. This is a strategic issue for the Group, 75% of whose revenues rely on the subscription model.