Ethics impact toward the SDGs

We advance the following SDGs in support of ethical business practices and human rights — not just within our company, but for suppliers and partners worldwide.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Solidifying uncompromised values

We work with every strategic supplier in a continuous improvement process based on the ISO 26000 guidelines, including human rights and labor practices. This involves on-site audits, ethics and human rights education, and in-person workshops for suppliers, procurement teams, and others.

A living wage is a human right

We ensure our employees and associates are compensated with a living wage in every country in which we operate. We also make a concerted effort to close gender pay gaps using common global methodology:

  • We’ve implemented a Pay Equity framework to identify and correct gender pay gaps. At the end of 2019, it was implemented in all countries, covering 99% of our workforce.
  • We’ve initiated a global process to analyze wages and employment practices against local living standards, as determined by an external consultant (BSR). At the end of 2019, it covered 63 countries — that's 99% of our footprint.

By 2020

By 2030

5.5 pts/100
increase in average score

of ISO 26000 assessment for our strategic suppliers

350
suppliers

under Human Rights & Environment vigilance received specific on-site assessment

95%
of employees covered

under the Pay Equity Framework

Advance
sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N.Global Compact

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Prioritizing people everywhere

By viewing well-being holistically — as physical, mental, social, and emotional — we develop programs that empower and support employees. In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re continuously adjusting our policies to protect our people, their livelihood, and the communities in which we operate.

Safety first, for all

  • In our Principles of Responsibility, we express that nurturing a safe, clean, and orderly work environment is both our collective responsibility and a function of every Schneider employee, partner, and affiliate. This is also true for our suppliers, contractors, and customers.
  • With our Safety and Occupational Health Policy and the S.A.F.E. First program (Self check, Activity check, Facility check, Environment check), we continuously aspire to the highest standards of safety excellence.
  • We mobilize our suppliers on health and safety first through the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct, secondly through the Schneider Supplier Quality Management system to select new suppliers, and thirdly with our three-year, on-site audit program for 350 suppliers identified as “high risk.”

By 2020

By 2030

0.88
medical incident

per million hours worked

350
suppliers

under Human Rights & Environment vigilance received specific on-site assessment

90%
of employees

had access to a comprehensive well-being at work program

Engage
with sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N. Global Compact

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Promoting global values

Our ambition is to offer equal opportunity to everyone, everywhere. This is reflected in our Principles of Responsibility, Human Rights, and Diversity & Inclusion policies.

  • We’ve implemented a Pay Equity framework to identify and correct gender pay gaps. At the end of 2019, it was implemented in all countries, covering 99% of our workforce.
  • As explained in our Responsible Business Alliance Code of conduct, we don’t tolerate any discrimination or harassment in our suppliers’ workforce. We also pay special attention to the respect of human rights in our supply chain, which is embedded in our Supplier Quality Management process to select new suppliers.
  • In 2018, we began a three-year on-site audit program for 350 suppliers identified as “high risk.” The audit framework addresses topics such as human rights, including discrimination.

By 2020

By 2030

25%
of sales roles

were held by women

40%
of new hires

were women

30%
of leadership roles

were held by women

Engage
with sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N. Global Compact

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth; full and productive employment; and decent work for all

Building a sustainable supply chain

The Schneider Supplier Quality Management process helps us select new suppliers and continually ensure our values align. This qualification process, based on the ISO 26000 standard, focuses on people, social responsibility, and environmental management.

  • We’ve begun a three-year on-site audit program, including guidance and training, for “high risk” suppliers regarding labor standards, environmental management, and ethics.
  • We’re deeply concerned about social and environmental conditions in mines that could supply such “conflict minerals” for our products. At the end of 2019, more than 80% of the relevant purchases were “conflict free.” The remainder are still under analysis, due to suppliers who are themselves developing this initiative.
  • In addition to our Pay Equity Framework, we’ve initiated a global process to analyze wage levels and employment practices against local living wage standards set by an external consultant (BSR). At the end of 2019, this analysis covered 99% of our employees.

By 2020

By 2030

5.5 pts/100
increase in average score

of ISO 26000 assessment for our strategic suppliers

350
suppliers

under Human Rights & Environment vigilance received specific on-site assessment

95%
of employees covered

under the Pay Equity framework

Engage
with sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N. Global Compact

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Recognizing inclusion as a business essential

We want our employees to feel uniquely valued and safe to contribute their best. This is reflected in our Principles of Responsibility, human rights, and Diversity & Inclusion policies. We want to ensure our employees are paid a living wage, and we enforce these values in our supply chain as well.

  • Through the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct, we require suppliers to comply with all applicable laws on wages.
  • We enforce our Pay Equity framework in all countries, covering 99% of the total workforce.
  • We’ve initiated a global process to analyze wages and employment practices against local living standards, as determined by an external consultant (BSR). At the end of 2019, it covered 63 countries — that's 99% of our footprint.
  • We engage our suppliers in a continuous improvement process based on ISO 26000 guidelines. This entails in-person workshops with suppliers on vigilance topics, including human rights and ethics. In 2019, 70 suppliers participated in these workshops.

By 2020

By 2030

95%
of employees covered

under the Pay Equity framework

5.5 pts/100
Increase in average score

of ISO 26000 assessment for our strategic suppliers

350
suppliers

under Human Rights & Environment vigilance received specific on-site assessment

Engage
with sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N. Global Compact

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development; provide access to justice for all; and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels

Ensuring ethical business conduct

We respect the International Human Rights Principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our policies are served by this foundational belief. 

  • We have zero-tolerance for corruption. This means no unauthorized or hidden payments, kickbacks, or facilitation payments, as adherence to our Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct is non-negotiable.
  • We do not tolerate money laundering or processes that obscure transparent payment.
  • In 2018, we developed a mandatory anti-corruption e-learning program for employees whose job functions expose them to such risks.
  • We take a clear stance on responsible lobbying, political activity, and donations.
  • We respect the rights of workers to form and join unions.
  • We stand for equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTQ+ people everywhere. 

By 2020

By 2030

100%
of sales, procurement, and finance

employees trained every year on anti-corruption

Engage
with sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N. Global Compact

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Taking collective action to fight climate change

We know that we're stronger when we work together. That's why we've teamed up with global initiatives that celebrate and advance the values that we believe in:

  • Since 2002, we’ve fully supported the 10 principles of the U.N. Global Compact. In 2018, our Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Jean-Pascal Tricoire was appointed to the Compact’s board.
  • We’ve joined with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in their Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) initiative. In this partnership, we co-lead the working group, “Advancing human rights in direct operations and supply chains.”
  • To advance human rights practices, we’ve joined EDH (Entreprises pour les Droits de l’Homme/Companies for Human Rights), a leading French coalition of businesses. We’re also a member of the Responsible Business Alliance.
  • We’re an active member of Transparency International, a global NGO dedicated to combating corruption.

By 2020

By 2030

5.5 pts/100
increase in average score

of ISO 26000 assessment for our strategic suppliers

350
suppliers

under Human Rights & Environment vigilance received specific on-site assessment

100%
of sales, procurement, and finance

employees trained every year on anti-corruption

Engage
with sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N. Global Compact

References

*RE100 is a corporate leadership initiative led by The Climate Group and CDP that seeks to establish zero-emissions grids globally. 

**EP100 is a joint effort between The Climate Group and the Alliance to Save Energy that challenges corporations to continuously maximize their energy productivity.

***EV100 is The Climate Group’s global initiative to make electric vehicles the primary mode of transport worldwide by 2030.