Mutual respect and discrimination



Deputy Director - Group HR Development



The diversity of origins and cultures among all Group employees, along with gender equality in our business lines, are performance drivers for Lagardère.

To promote communal wellbeing and ensure respect for each person's identity, it was crucial to define clear rules of conduct that are shared by all.
In the amended article of the Code of Conduct entitled "Mutual respect and discrimination", the Lagardère group asserts that "objectivity, fairness, common sense, open-mindedness and dialogue must form the basis of all actions and decisions taken by management".

The article also deals with religious diversity, reasserting the Group's neutrality with respect to all religions, ensuring equal treatment of staff and reiterating that no religious practice may undermine the smooth running of the company.

In this complex area, the Group started a procedure in June 2016 to raise awareness across the Group's HR function of cultural and religious diversity in the workplace, involving Patrick Banon, professor at Paris-Dauphine university and specialising in managing religious diversity at work.

HR meeting to raise awareness about religious diversity in the workplace, June 2016 – Paris
HR meeting to raise awareness about religious diversity in the workplace, June 2016 – Paris

The group's values

Lagardère's values and corporate culture are founded on two pillars: its rich and varied history and the commitment of the people, past and present, who represent it.

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The group's activities


Created in 1992, Lagardère is an international group with operations in more than 40 countries worldwide.
It employs some 28,000 people and generated revenue of €4,439 million in 2020.
Since 2018, under the impetus of the Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arnaud Lagardère, the Group has undergone a strategic refocusing around two priority divisions.


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Message from Arnaud Lagardère

2019 was a year of transformation and refocusing for the Lagardère group.
Our strategy is now concentrated on two priority areas: Lagardère Publishing, our power engine, and Lagardère Travel Retail, our growth engine.