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Ensuring the Group's ethical principles are respected

Respecting ethical principles in terms of corporate, social and environmental concerns is at the heart of Groupe SEB priorities, throughout the entire scope of its business activity and regardless of the speed and extent of Group’s growth.

The top priority when it comes to ethics is to enforce the laws in force in each country where Groupe SEB operates. Groupe SEB also adheres to the international standards set out by the UN, and particularly to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the OECD’s guidelines for multinational enterprises. It has also signed the UN’s Global Compact and the CECED’s Code of conduct.

Within the context of a particularly strong acquisitions programme, the Group is also aiming to set up a common reference system upon which all of the new entities are expected to converge. With this in mind, since 2012 Groupe SEB widely distributes its Code of Ethics to employees all over the world, establishing a reference of the good practices in force and expected conduct. Other key actions in terms of ethical principles include the introduction of better procedures for monitoring suppliers, such as the publication of a responsible Purchasing Charter and the deployment of social and environmental audits by specialist group Intertek. Finally, since 2007, Groupe SEB evaluates the practices of its teams in terms of Human Rights.