2011 Communication on Progress

Participant
Published
  • 2011/07/13
Time period
  • July 2010  –  July 2011
Format
  • Stand alone document – Basic COP Template
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Active level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
 
  • Statement of continued support by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Statement of the company's chief executive (CEO or equivalent) expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the company's ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.

  • Dear Stakeholders
    ATOS decided in 2010 to support the ten principles of the Global Compact with respect to human rights, labor standards, protection of environment and anti-corruption and to advance those principles within our company and entities controlled by it, such as ATOS, ATOS WORLDLINE, ATOS CONSULTING and SANTEOS.
    We are today happy to confirm our continued support for the Global Compact and renew our ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.
    Practical actions taken by our group in the last year are summarized in our Communication on Progress, and more detailed in our Corporate Responsibility Report 2010 (available on www.atos.net); please note that this report has been rated Level A+ in line with the guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - the international standard for sustainability reporting.
    Sincerely yours,
    Thierry Breton
    Chairman & CEO

Human Rights
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of human rights for the company (i.e. human rights risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on Human Rights.

  • Protection of Internationally recognized principles including Human Rights is expressly part of Atos Code of Ethics, which is distributed to all employees in the group, and available to third parties via Atos web site. A formal training including this issue is given to core target employees.
    Business Partners and Suppliers are requested to adhere to this principle and to all those listed in the UN Global Compact, which are also part of the Atos Suppliers Charter that suppliers are required to sign and encouraged to implement. Business Partners such as agents or external consultants must undergone a screening on ethics.
    The Atos Corporate Governance Report 2010 and Atos Annual Report 2010 give a report on Atos actions in this part, with express reference to UN Global Compact principles in the Key Performance Indicators part.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement Human Rights policies, address Human Rights risks and respond to Human Rights violations.

  • Employees and third parties can use any tool to report potential claims, such as hierarchy, employee representatives, external auditors, public authority … The majority of suppliers assessed through the Ecovadis assessment are not located in countries which are identified as risky.
    Atos regularly consult with Employees representatives, at local or regional level.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • No claim regarding Human Rights was reported in the period covered by the COP.
    All purchasers have signed the Atos Code of Ethics and the purchasing Code of Ethics.
    In 2010, 37.5% of the total suppliers have been assessed through Ecovadis, compared to 35% in 2009.
    Please refer to the Corporate Responsibility Report 2010 (available on www.atos.net) for more details on policies, actions and results, including specific KPIs.

Labour
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of labour rights for the company (i.e. labour rights-related risks and opportunities). Description of written policies, public commitments and company goals on labour rights.

  • Protection of Internationally recognized principles including Labor Standards is expressly part of Atos Code of Ethics, which is distributed to all employees in the group, and available to third parties via Atos web site. A formal training including this issue is given to core target employees.
    Business Partners and Suppliers are requested to adhere to this principle and to all those listed in the UN Global Compact, which are also part of the Atos Suppliers Charter that suppliers are required to sign and encouraged to implement. Business Partners such as agents or external consultants must undergo a screening on ethics.
    The Atos Corporate Governance Report 2010 and Atos Annual Report 2010 give a report on Atos actions in this part, with express reference to the Global Compact principles in the Key Performance Indicators part. Details of other programs and initiatives are given in the Corporate Responsibility report, especially in the “Building a Great Place to Work” chapter (pages 29 to 42).
    In 2011, Atos competes for the “ Great Place to Work” certification in three major countries (the U-K, India, Brazil).

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions taken by the company to implement labour policies, address labour risks and respond to labour violations.

  • Atos values good labor relations and ensure that a continuous communication with employee representatives exists. Atos management regularly exchange with local and regional employee representatives, especially in the European Work council, and had 3 formal meetings with this EWC in 2010.
    Atos launched at the end of 2010 a global survey in order to measure the “Well Being at Work” initiative and employees satisfaction. Atos also held various events to increase awareness about disabled employees and professional integration.
    Workshops were held in order to develop a new equality and diversity policy for the group in order to harmonize several existing initiatives and set a global framework compliant with international Human rights and labor standards; this policy will be available in 2011.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • No claim regarding breach of Human Rights was reported in the period covered by the COP.
    The survey performed end of 2010-beginning of 2011 indicated that the group is perceived as a responsible group: 62% of respondents indicate that staff are treated fairly regardless of gender, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation, only 15 % disagree.
    Please refer to the Corporate Responsibility Report 2010 (available on www.atos.net) for more details on policies, actions and results, including specific KPIs .

Environment
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of environmental protection for the company (i.e. environmental risks and opportunities). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on environmental protection.

  • Protection of Internationally recognized principles including Environment is expressly part of Atos Code of Ethics, which is distributed to all employees in the group, available to third parties via Atos web site and to be shared by Partners and Suppliers.
    Atos ensures sustainability in the management of all its activities and is committed to minimize its impact on the environment. Atos also designed a specific portfolio to help companies to integrate measures to reduce carbon as part of their business model.
    The Atos Corporate Governance Report 2010 and Atos Annual Report 2010 give a report on Atos actions in this part, with express reference to un Global Compact principles in the Key Performance Indicators part. Details of policies and initiatives are given in the Corporate Responsibility report, especially in the “Green Commitment ” chapter (pages 43 to 52) and the “Helping to Build the Firm of the Future” chapter (pages 53 to 60).
    Atos has decreased its carbon footprint by over 15% for the last two years (at same scope), and has rolled out of its ISO 14001 certified environmental management system. Objective is i to have 35% sites certified in 2011, 80 % by 2013.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement environmental policies, address environmental risks and respond to environmental incidents.

  • As examples of its “Green ambition”, Atos went on implementing its actions towards greener data center, through virtualization of servers, cloud computing, reducing electricity consumption.
    Atos decided to roll out a carbon audit initiative across all Atos data centers.
    Atos also adopted in 2010:
    - a specific car fleet management policy which prohibits renting of cars exceeding 120g CO2/km;
    - a waste management policy ensuring that collection, storage, transportation and disposal of waste was properly managed and recycled as far as possible;
    - remote conferencing technologies.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates environmental performance.

  • No claim regarding Environment was reported in the period covered by the COP.
    The Atos Campus in Bezons (France) was the first office building in France to obtain the triple certification HQE for Construction, THPE and HQE for Operation. All data centers in the UK obtained the Carbon Trust Standard Certification.
    Please refer to the Corporate Responsibility Report 2010 (available on www.atos.net) for more details on policies, actions and results, including specific KPIs, results regarding high increase of recycled paper .

Anti-Corruption
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of anti-corruption for the company (i.e. anti-corruption risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on anti-corruption.

  • Protection of Internationally recognized principles including combating corruption, is expressly part of Atos Code of Ethics, which is distributed to all employees in the group, and available to third parties via Atos web site. A formal training including this issue is given to core target employees.
    Business Partners and Suppliers are requested to adhere to this principle and to all those listed in the UN Global Compact, which are also part of the Atos Suppliers Charter that suppliers are required to sign and encouraged to implement. Business Partners such as agents or external consultants must undergone a screening on ethics which includes questions on potential links with political parties or place of payment for their services.
    A compliance department has been created in January 2010, which defined update of code of ethics and anti corruption policy as first goal. The Business Partners Compliance tool developed by Siemens will be implemented in the second semester 2011.
    The Atos Corporate Governance Report 2010 and Atos Annual Report 2010 give a report on Atos actions in this part, especially in the “Corporate Governance” Chapter, with express reference to UN Global Compact principles in the Key Performance Indicators part.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement anti-corruption policies, address anti-corruption risks and respond to incidents.

  • Training on the Code of Ethics adopted by the Board of Directors in October 2010 started in December 2010. It is dedicated to more exposed people in support functions, sales organization and purchasing, and insist on internal regulations, examples of corrupt practices and court decisions. Information on at risk countries (and reference to Transparency International rating) is given.
    “Adequate procedures” as referred to by the 2010 UK anti bribery law were developed in the first semester 2011 by Atos UK, with a strong involvement of the UK top management, additional trainings and explanations.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates anti-corruption performance.

  • No claim or request for monetary sanction for corruption was reported in the period covered by the COP.
    Training on the new code of ethics started end of 2010 and is deemed to be rolled out on the whole 2011 year, no figure are yet available.