At SNECI we have had a SILVER certified CSR approach since 2015 by ECOVADIS twice in 2018 and 2021. But what is the CSR approach? Why is it important for companies and employees?
Definition of CSR ?
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined as an approach aimed at integrating the issues of sustainable development within companies, in the medium and long term.
CSR consists of taking initiatives that respect the environment, reducing the ecological impact and having a positive impact on society, while maintaining a viable economy. It is a voluntary approach on the part of companies.
The goal of this one being to improve the quality of life of all people entering in contact with the company.
CSR concerns all types of companies, (from small companies to large corporations) concerned about problems related to sustainable development and who feel concerned by environmental standards
The purpose of CSR :
CSR has multiple objectives regarding social, environmental and ecological concerns.
Among its environmental concerns, CSR advocates respect for the environment and respects the populations living near its sites.
Socially speaking, it advocates and insists on the good treatment of its employees as well as their integration into the company. Moreover, it promotes diversity and bans discrimination.
On the economic level, CSR favors local employment and pays its taxes in France.
What does CSR bring to companies?
The CSR approach offers several advantages to companies. Indeed, a company concerned and aware of the ecological cause will be more attractive to customers and service providers and will have a direct impact on the company’s results.
On the other hand, CSR favors the activity of a company, both socially and economically.
The employees, through their well-being in the company, will improve their production and their involvement.
It should be noted that for companies, it is their durability that will be questioned if they do not take into account the environmental impacts, either because of climate change or because of their bad entrepreneurial image that they will send to their partners-customers.
CSR is not only about environmental concerns but also about social and ethical standards.
CSR is based on several pillars:
- the first is the environment: having an eco-responsible approach and commitment
- the social pillar, one of the major aspects of CSR: giving priority to the respect and the collective of the employees. It includes respect for fundamental human rights and diversity policies such as age, gender and disability.
- the last pillar concerns the economy: supporting a local economy and being transparent with its customers.
CSR at SNECI?
At SNECI, we have for many years implemented a complete CSR approach which commits to the respect of Human Rights, the standards of the International Labour Organization and all environmental and social regulations.
Indeed, we comply with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and are committed to the abolition of child labor, the elimination of forced or compulsory labor, the elimination of all forms of discrimination, as well as the respect of freedom of association and collective bargaining. We also fight against all forms of corruption.
HR policy and employee well-being :
Moreover, SNECI strives to maintain a good collective understanding within the company. The development of each person is essential, so many actions are put in place, whether during recruitment (always based on diversity and mix without discrimination, cooptation) or once in the company.
Indeed, integration programs are set up at each arrival in order to promote professional agreements, advantages in the premises (open-spaces, cafeteria, break room with table soccer and piano, terrace…) are offered to employees.
On the other hand, at SNECI, gender diversity is the order of the day with our 10 subsidiaries and 450 employees around the world.
Currently, 43% of our workforce is made up of women, and we would like to recruit more women in order to achieve parity.
Since 2010, we have been involved with the association “Elles Bougent”, which aims to fight against stereotypes in the world of industry by encouraging and enabling young women to enter the industrial job market.
We are a multicultural company and we strive to defend diversity through our employees and the 20 nationalities present in our workforce. Moreover, our employees are between 20 and 66 years old.
With regards to the environment, we also have a role to play. Within SNECI, employees strive every day to reduce the environmental impact by implementing certain actions, both internal and external to the company.
Waste sorting, replacement of light bulbs by LEDs, installation of light sensors in common areas…
Moreover, at SNECI we communicate on eco-gestures and intervene in the recovery and recycling of batteries and printer cartridges.
Among the eco-gestures, the following are presented:
- Do not abuse the air conditioning and heating
- Clean your mailbox regularly
- Prefer a video conference to a business trip when possible
- Respect the sorting instructions implemented in the company
- Reducing paper consumption
Since 2018, SNECI has created a Responsible Purchasing Policy and a Code of Conduct for its suppliers, wishing to make all its client-partners aware of their responsibilities.
SNECI SILVER certified by ECOVADIS:
Finally, SNECI has been certified SILVER by ECOVADIS in 2018 and 2021. Only the top 25% companies get a rating of SILVER and above.
EcoVadis works as follows: the global score is decided between 0-100 and reflects the quality of the company’s CSR approach.
Depending on the score, the company will be certified with a medal. The certification goes from the Bronze medal (global score between 45 and 53) to the Platinum medal (when the global score is between 73 and 100), along with the Silver (between 54 and 65) and Gold (score between 66 and 72) medals.
No medals are awarded for overall scores below 45.
In order to receive a medal, the evaluation form must not include more than three observations with a major negative or serious negative impact. In some cases, if the number of “360 Watch” observations with minor negative impact becomes too large, it may be taken into account and therefore affect the awarding of medals.
On the other hand, the EcoVadis score and award program should not be considered as a substitute for specific certification programs or environmental initiatives such as ISO 14001.
Having a SILVER rating is a proof of our CSR commitment. This allows us to be all the more relevant when we audit the CSR component of a company, as part of our ISA referential.