GL events
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ETHICS & COMPLIANCE

 

GL events business activities are conducted with integrity and in compliance with French and international standards concerning ethics and compliance.

With this in mind, GL events has implemented a wide-ranging ethics and compliance programme:

 

 

  • 3 - Third-party relations

  • To support these actions in terms of ethics and compliance, GL events has put in place an internal process and governance bodies:

 

 

 

 

 

1 - CHARTER OF ETHICS AND BUSINESS CONDUCT

 

Four values

Through this charter, GL events aims to promote the essential values for conducting business in the Group, both in France and around the world.

These values are the following:

  • Pioneering spirit, to encourage each employee at GL events to take initiative and responsibility
  • Imagination, to combine audacity and innovative solutions to meet our customers’ needs,
  • Respect, as regards all the stakeholders who interact with GL events,
  • Group mindset, to ensure everyone at GL events acts with integrity and loyalty in the common interest of the Group.

 

Ten principles

This Charter sets out ten essential principles that structure our initiatives and guide how we  conduct our business and projects in all the countries where the group operates, either for occasional events or through a permanent office.

ETHICS CHARTER

The role of the governance bodies is to monitor and support the implementation of the Charter of Ethics and Business Conduct.

 

 

 

 

2 - PREVENTION OF CORRUPTION

 

GL events has implemented a programme to combat corruption and influence peddling, in line with the provisions of the French Act of 9 December 2016 (known as the SAPIN 2 Act).

This programme draws primarily on the following tools and actions:

  • The Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct, directly taken from the document proposed by Middlenext. The Code specifies all forms of prohibited conduct, and the practical rules that are to be applied by all GL events employees. Finally, the Code gives a summary of the various training courses, alert procedures and sanctions.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • The Ethics Charter, which sets out the principles that structure and guide how we conduct our business. It notably addresses the management of conflicts of interest (no. 7) and combating corruption (no.10).

 

  • The implementation of specific actions and programmes, which are defined by the provisions of the French Act of 9 December 2016 concerning transparency, the fight against corruption and the modernisation of economic life (known as the SAPIN2 Act). At regular intervals, the Group maps out or updates the list of potential risks.

 

  • The creation of an Ethics committee, whose main mission is to manage alerts relating to corruption, influence peddling and any other matter in relation to the Group’s Ethics Charter.

 

  • The appointment of an Ethics Officer, responsible for coordinating a network of correspondents working in the operational entities in France and abroad.

 

 

3 - THIRD-PARTY RELATIONS

 

As regards third parties who may be involved in working with the Group, its subsidiaries and employees, GL events undertakes to follow a set of rules of conduct that comply with accepted practices and standards.

As such, GL events has established a Code of Business Conduct, specifically aimed at governing its relations with third parties.

GL events aims to promote relationships with third parties (whether they be public entities, public or private service providers, or commercial partners) based on respect.

GL events seeks to establish relations with all stakeholders based on loyalty, integrity, confidentiality, and all the values required to ensure respect for people and the environment.

 

CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT

 

 

4 - ETHICS COMMITTEE

 

Members

The Ethics Committee is currently composed of the following members:

  • Mr. Olivier ROUX, Vice-Chairman of GL events and Chairman of the Ethics Committee
  • Ms. Sylvie FOUILLOUSE, Human Resources Director at GL events
  • Ms. Alexandra ROUSIER, Operations Legal Director,
  • Mr. Damien TEMPERIO, Managing Director of GL events business in Brazil,
  • Mr. Maxime ROSENWALD, Managing Director of GL events business in the Middle East and South Africa.

 

Missions

The Ethics Committee is responsible for the following:

  • Receiving ethics alerts, in particular those relating to the prevention of corruption and influence peddling
  • Dealing with ethics alerts by conducting the necessary investigations, within the requisite deadlines, and scrupulously ensuring the protection of the whistle-blowers,
  • Sending regular reports to the Chairman and CEO of GL events and the Group’s Board of Directors, according to the needs identified.

In addition, according to the needs, the Ethics Committee interacts with the Ethics Officer, in order to adapt the operational training courses and prevention schemes.

The operating rules of the Ethics Committee are defined in a specific Charter, expressly accepted by each of the members. The following email address is to be used to report any alerts: compliance@gl-events.com.

 

 

5 - ETHICS OFFICER AND CORRESPONDENTS

 

In line with the recommendations of Middlenext, GL events has appointed an Ethics Officer, with general responsibility for Ethical issues.

Ms. Patricia SADOINE is the Ethics Officer of GL events. Ms. Patricia SADOINE is also the Corporate Legal Director of GL events. 

To summarise, the Ethics Officer is in charge of the following missions:

  • Contributing to and ensuring the effective implementation of tangible actions aimed at preventing corruption and influence peddling,
  • Ensuring the deployment of international and internal legal requirements and standards,
  • Ensuring exposed personnel are appropriately trained,
  • Contributing to the coordination and management of the network of correspondents.

A network of correspondents is currently being put in place. At the request of any employee, the correspondents’ role is to intervene in order to provide assistance in examining any situation relating to corruption and influence peddling, or any ethical issue in general.