Devoir de Vigilance: Reforming Corporate Risk Engagement

Corporate Compliance with the Devoir de Vigilance Law, UNGP Conformance, and Transparency in Vigilance Plans published in 2019.

Find out where your company stands.

Devoir de Vigilance in France – An Introduction 

 

Passed in 2017, the French Devoir de Vigilance law (LOI n° 2017-399 du 27 Mars 2017) is the only “legislative example to date which imposes a general mandatory due diligence requirement for human rights and environmental impacts.”*

 

This legislation notably obliges large, publicly-traded companies above a certain threshold of employees to undertake mandatory due diligence comprising five specific measures (risk mapping, evaluating commercial partners for risks, risk prevention and mitigation, setting up an alert mechanism, and monitoring and evaluating implementation). Furthermore, companies’ Vigilance plans must be developed in association with civil society stakeholders and be published along with an implementation report (compte rendu). Moreover, the law strengthens the accountability of parent companies for the actions of subsidiaries, imposes civil liability in case of non-compliance, and allows stakeholders with a legitimate interest to seek remedy or injunctive relief in the case of a violation of the law.

 

The Report

 
With funding by iPoint-systems, in June of 2020, not-for-profit organization Development International e.V. released the most systematic study to-date assessing the 134 confirmed in-scope French corporations under the law. Each statement, published in 2019 and concerning 2018, was subject to rigorous analysis on the basis of 42 key performance indicators comprising 3 dimensions: the degree of legal compliance (17 indicators), UN Guiding Principles conformance (14 indicators), and disclosure transparency (11 indicators).

The study found that while many of the essential requisites of the law are met, most companies were identified to have legal compliance gaps that could, inter alia, leave them vulnerable to legal challenges. Generally, corporate duty of care reporting is still immature, especially with regard to UNGP performance and disclosure transparency. While the study detects a reforming effect due to the law, it simultaneously points to the need for improvement. In light of the considerable public interest, subject companies would do well to address the shortcomings identified in this study.

 

 

* The Study On Due Diligence Requirements Through The Supply Chain was conducted by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law on behalf of the European Commission (p. 19).

Webinar

 

In collaboration with iPoint, Development International will be presenting the key findings of the study in a one-hour webinar. There will also be room for your questions. Register now, and we'll keep you informed about the date and time of the webinar.

Corporate Scorecard

 

For each evaluated company, a Corporate Scorecard has been created, showing how the evaluated companies scored on key performance indicators in each of the three dimensions:

  • Legal compliance;

  • UN Guiding Principles conformance;

  • Disclosure transparency.

Has my company been evaluated?

 

Check the list of evaluated brands:

 

 

#    Company    URL
1    Accor SA   URL to report
2    Air France-KLM SA    URL to report
3    Airbus Group SE    URL to report
4    Alstom SA    URL to report
5    Alten SA    URL to report
6    Altice France SA    URL to report
7    Altran Technologies SA    URL to report
8    ArcelorMittal Atlantique et Lorraine SAS    URL to report
9    Arkema SA    URL to report
10    Atos SE    URL to report
11    Auchan Holding SA    URL to report
12    Axa SA    URL to report
13    Banque Fédérative du Crédit Mutuel SA URL to report
14    bioMérieux SA    URL to report
15    BNP Paribas SA    URL to report
16    Bolloré SA    URL to report
17    Bonduelle SA    URL to report
18    Bouygues SA    URL to report
19    Bureau Veritas SA    URL to report
20    Burelle Participations SA    URL to report
21    Caisse D'epargne et de Prevoyance Ile-de-France SA    URL to report
22    Capgemini SA    URL to report
23    Carrefour SA    URL to report
24    Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA    URL to report
25    Catering International & Services SA    URL to report
26    Christian Dior SA    URL to report
27    Club Med SAS    URL to report
28    Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA    URL to report
29    Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin SCA    URL to report
30    Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH    URL to report
31    Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank SA    URL to report
32    Crédit Industriel Et Commercial SA - CIC    URL to report
33    Crédit Mutuel Arkéa SA    URL to report
34    Cromology SAS    URL to report
35    Danone SA    URL to report
36    Dassault Aviation SA    URL to report
37    Dassault Systemes SE    URL to report
38    Decathlon SA    URL to report
39    Derichebourg Propreté SA    URL to report
40    EGIS SA    URL to report
41    Eiffage Infrastructures SAS    URL to report
42    Electricite de France SA    URL to report
43    Elior Group SA    URL to report
44    Elis SA    URL to report
45    Enedis SA    URL to report
46    Engie SA    URL to report
47    Eramet SA    URL to report
48    Essilor International SA    URL to report
49    Europcar Group SA    URL to report
50    Faurecia Automotive Holdings SE    URL to report
51    Financière de l’Odet SA    URL to report
52    FNAC Darty SA    URL to report
53    Galeries Lafayette Haussmann SA    URL to report
54    GFI Informatique SA    URL to report
55    GRDF SA    URL to report
56    Groupama Assurances Mutuelles SA    URL to report
57    Group Crit SA    URL to report
58    Groupe ADP SA    URL to report
59    Groupe BPCE SA    URL to report
60    Groupe LDC SA    URL to report
61    Groupe SNEF SA    URL to report
62    Hermès International SA    URL to report
63    HSBC France SA    URL to report
64    ID Logistics Group SA    URL to report
65    Iliad SA    URL to report
66    Imerys SA    URL to report
67    IPSOS Group SA    URL to report
68    JCDecaux SA    URL to report
69    Keolis SA    URL to report
70    Kering SA    URL to report
71    Kiabi Europe SAS    URL to report
72    Korian SA    URL to report
73    La Poste SA    URL to report
74    Lagardere SCA    URL to report
75    L'air Liquide SA    URL to report
76    La Banque Postale SA    URL to report
77    Legrand SA    URL to report
78    Les Mousquetaires SA    URL to report
79    Lisi Aerospace SAS    URL to report
80    L'Oréal SA    URL to report
81    LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton SE    URL to report
82    Maisons du Monde SA    URL to report
83    Mobivia Groupe SA    URL to report
84    Natixis SA    URL to report
85    Naval Group SA    URL to report
86    Nexans SA    URL to report
87    Nexity SA    URL to report
88    Onet SA    URL to report
89    Orange SA    URL to report
90    Orano SA    URL to report
91    Orpea SA    URL to report
92    Pernod Ricard SA    URL to report
93    Pierre & Vacances SA    URL to report
94    Plastic Omnium SA    URL to report
95    PSA Automobiles SA    URL to report
96    Publicis Groupe SA    URL to report
97    Rallye SA    URL to report
98    Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens SA    URL to report
99    Renault SA    URL to report
100    Rexel Electrical Supply & Services Holding Limited    URL to report
101    RTE Reseau de Transport d'electricité SA    URL to report
102    Safran SA    URL to report
103    Sanofi SA    URL to report
104    Savencia SA    URL to report
105    Schneider Electric SE    URL to report
106    SEB SA    URL to report
107    Société Bic SA    URL to report
108    Société Générale SA    URL to report
109    Sodexo SA    URL to report
110    SOMDIAA SA (Société d'Organisation de Management et de Développement des Industries Alimentaires et Agricoles)    URL to report
111    Sopra Steria Group SA    URL to report
112    Spie Batignolles SA    URL to report
113    STmicroelectronics SA    URL to report
114    Stahl GmbH    URL to report
115    STEF SA    URL to report
116    Suez Water Technologies and Solutions SA    URL to report
117    Tarkett SA    URL to report
118    Technicolor SA    URL to report
119    Teleperformance SE    URL to report
120    Thales SA    URL to report
121    Total SA    URL to report
122    Transdev Group SA    URL to report
123    Tsebo Solutions Group Proprietary Limited    URL to report
124    Ubisoft Entertainment SA    URL to report
125    Unibel SA    URL to report
126    Valeo SA    URL to report
127    Vallourec SA    URL to report
128    Veolia Environnement SA    URL to report
129    Vinci SA    URL to report
130    Vivarte SAS    URL to report
131    Vivendi SA    URL to report
132    Wendel SA    URL to report
133    Worldline SA    URL to report
134    XPO Logistics Europe SADIR    URL to report