Electricity is no ordinary commodity, which is why its generation, transmission, distribution and sale bring with it a mission to act in the best interests of the public. This has been the mission of EDF throughout its history: providing secure supplies of electricity, ensuring a level playing field for access to energy, and contributing to long-term regional development.
The EDF Group has set itself the ambition of becoming the world's leading electricity generator and supplier. Its companies operate on every continent, and employ around 160,000 people whose expertise, innovative skills and professional commitment underpin the performance of the Group: creating economic and social value for communities, and for its customers, suppliers and shareholders.
Regardless of operating location, this corporate responsibility involves the sharing of ethical values and commitments designed to provide permanent inspiration and guidance for all EDF Group employees.
The performance and integrity of the EDF Group is built around and ensured by its three key values of: respect, solidarity, responsibility
On the basis of its values, the EDF Group is therefore committed to:
ensuring the health and safety of people involved in, and affected by, its business
protecting the environment and reduce the impacts imposed by its business
developing the skills of its employees
preventing discrimination and harassment
respecting the opinions of others
combatting fraud and corruption in all their forms
being attentive to others
acting in an ethical fashion
ensuring the right to alert others to breaches of the ethics policy
Every EDF employee gives a personal commitment to:
acting with integrity
protecting the property of the Group
respecting Group stakeholders
upholding and promoting Group ethics
Ethics charter deployment, dissemination and awareness are primary responsibilities of management. The Chairman and CEO of EDF set the end of 2013 as the target date by which everyone in the company should be familiar with its contents. Every manager is responsible for promoting the Group Ethics Charter and sharing its commitments, with particular emphasis on leading by example in word and deed. Similarly, managers must seek to prevent any employee-related behaviour or situation with the potential to breach the Group ethics policy.
The EDF ethics and responsibilities committee
To coordinate its ethics policy, the EDF Group has put in place an ethics and responsibilities committee, whose role is as follows:
to submit recommendations to the senior management team on any issue related to the Group ethics policy
to respond to any approach from inside or outside the company, and to any ethics alert raised within the Group
to report on its work to the chairman of the EDF Group and the Board of Directors' Ethics Committee
It is supported in its work by a network of ethics representatives in every Group company. An associated administrative office ensures that the committee's decisions and recommendations are implemented. The committee's report is published annually on edf.com.