Positive and collaborative relationships are vital to our success. We build long-term relationships with our clients, supply chain and local stakeholders. As a national business, we recognise the importance of a local focus when delivering our projects, with a particular focus on local purchasing and employment.
A new generation of skilled workers
It is essential that we pass on our skills and expertise to the next generation. We are proud to have an apprenticeship scheme that has a real impact on young people’s skills and career development. Our scheme results in a NVQ (Level two) qualification. Run in partnership with the National Construction College, it combines class learning with on-site experience to provide the perfect balance of technical skills and practical experience.
Meet the buyer initiatives
To support the communities in which we work, we create opportunities locally wherever possible. We are proactive in organising and seeking out ‘Meet the Buyer’ business events in the regions in which we operate. These events provide opportunities for local suppliers and subcontractors to gain an in-depth understanding of our work and local projects. We explain our tender and preferred supplier processes and the range of tender opportunities available. Our specialists in local employment, subcontracting, suppliers and projects attend and provide an overview of our operations for local businesses, maximising the potential for mutually beneficial commercial relationships.
WWF Global Forest and Trade Network
In a five-year partnership with WWF, the environmental NGO, we are a member of its Global Forest and Trade Network. We have committed to source the wood we purchase from sustainably managed forests. We use wood across our operations for a wide variety of purposes, and supported by the Global Forest and Trade Network, we are targeting the best supply streams and supplier partnerships, whilst maintaining economic competitiveness. We meet every six months to assess and monitor the implementation of the action plan.
Code of Ethics
As part of a global Group, we take our responsibilities very seriously; responsibilities to clients, employees, shareholders, our private and public sector partners and to society in general. By following the Bouygues Group Code of Ethics, we affirm and uphold our Group’s core values:
We adhere strictly to laws, regulations and internal standards, particularly in regard to health, safety and the preservation of the environment.
We respect all employees, by complying with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the fundamental principles of the International Labour Organisation.
We behave with honesty, equity and transparency towards clients, shareholders and partners.
We ensure accuracy and reliability of internal controls, accounts and financial information.
We comply with rules that ensure free competition, and we reject corruption in all its forms, in particular those prohibited by the OECD.
We are loyal to our company, and avoid conflicts of interests, breaches of confidentiality and all prohibited stock market transactions involving listed Group shares.
We value and nurture our positive team spirit for intra-Group relations.
We protect Group assets, in particular by refraining from all personal use.
We aim to consistently maintain high quality and sustainable development.
We ensure our company remains politically neutral, in particular by avoiding contributions to the financing of political activities.