Code of Ethics
Governing principles applicable to the whole Lagardère group
The 2020 Code of Ethics is one of the fundamental documents underpinning the Lagardère group’s policy regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Anyone who works for the Group, in any capacity, is required to comply with the code which may be used as a decision-making tool when the need arises. It is intended to draw attention to the framework in which our day-to-day activities belong.
Made up of seven chapters (Upholding fundamental rights; Relations within the Group; Relations with external partners and competitors; Relationships with clients; Respect for shareholders; Social responsibility; Environment), it ends with a “statement of compliance to be signed by employees” that each person must fill in and return to its company’s Human Resources manager.
This code is available on the intranet portal in English, French, Spanish and German.
As part of our approach to ethics and in line with our regulatory obligations, Lagardère has set up a groupwide whistleblowing system – the online “Ethics Line” – that can be used by all and accessed from anywhere.
Ethics Line allows anyone to raise an alert about behaviour they observe in connection with the Group’s activities that breaches business ethical standards. You are invited to familiarise yourselves with the accompanying whistleblowing procedure, which is also available on the platform. Ethics Line is available online at the following address : http://ethicsline.lagardere.com/
The Code of Ethics fosters Ethics Line as a confidential platform for reporting suspected unlawful, unethical activities or behaviour within the Group.
By putting social, environmental and ethical considerations at the heart of our strategy, the Lagardère group hopes to contribute to creating corporate value as part of a sustainable and inclusive growth dynamic.