Ethics

Being an ethical and fair player within Atos’ sphere of influence

Our responsibilities go beyond our own Company. We strive to imbed our values in the relations with all of our employees, customers, partners and across our supply chain. We are enhancing our ethics and compliance program to minimize potential risks and maximize the positive impacts of our activities. As one of the first IT company to receive approval from European data protection authorities for our Binding Corporate Rules. Atos is also a world leader in implementing data protection principles, notably by ensuring the security of data. This allows us to be the trusted partner of our clients in their digital journey.

Ethics challenge

Conducting business in an ethical and responsible way in all of its spheres of influence is part of Atos strategy, as a “must have” to be integrated into the Company’s thinking and processes. This principle applies throughout the organization and includes Atos’ supply chain operations and involvement in developing local economies.

Our ambition

Atos is committed to align its operations and strategies with the ten universally principles defined by the United Nations Global Compact.

Atos aims for ethical excellence embracing its responsibility to follow the highest standards of ethics and be compliant in all the jurisdictions where the Group operates. We also expect our suppliers to comply with the strictest standards of ethical behavior following the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and to develop local economies (particularly with the signature of the Supplier Sustainability Charter).

A strong governance framework supports this ambition by key strategies:

  • Direct involvement of Group Top Management through the Group Compliance Steering Committee (“Tone from the Top”).
  • A cross-functional approach represented by the Operational Compliance Committee.
  • Harmonized implementation of the Compliance Program through the GBU Compliance Committees.

Atos’ commitment to compliance and ethics is demonstrated by the fact that it was  the first IT company to obtain the approval of its Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) both as a controller and as a processor, by European data protection authorities.

EvoVadis evaluates and monitors the performance of most of Atos’ top suppliers. In addition, Atos was granted Gold status for its Corporate Responsibility performance in May 2016 by EcoVadis confirming its leadership position in the IT Industry as a trusted partner.

Results

As a fast growing Company, we adopt common and shared ethical business and compliance culture with a 360° governance framework to several trainings. In 2015, Atos approved a new version of the Code of Ethics which aims to drive the way we do business in all countries and to reinforce its compliance governance framework. We hold an annual data protection day and ensure the training of network of experts and security officers.  Atos is also encouraging its top suppliers to achieve excellence by being annually assessed by our partner EcoVadis.

71%

Percentage of employees who successfully performed
the Code of Ethics e-learning.

74%

Percentage of employees who successfully performed
the Safety and e-security e-learning.

78

Gold recognition for Atos CSR performance by EcoVadis
with an overall score of 78/100

Our Code of Ethics

Illustrates Atos ambition on business conduct in line with best practices and ethical standards.

General business integrity principles

Atos applies the highest standards of professional integrity internally and with its dealings with third parties, based on merit and qualifications, without consideration to race, nationality, gender, age, disability or any other distinctive trait.

No bribery or corruption

Atos shall not tolerate any form of bribery or corruption, i.e. providing something of value to influence someone in our favor or accept something for acting against Atos’ interest, nor participate in any form of money laundering.

Fair competition

Atos treats its partners with respect and shall not take unfair advantage nor apply discriminatory conditions.

Conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest arise when Atos employees (or members of their family) can potentially benefit personally from their role in company business. Atos employees’ personal interests or obligations should never be in conflict or interfere with the company’s business activities, and employees must always act for the company’s benefit.

Protection of Atos assets

Atos has many valuable assets, on which its future depends. Among the most important assets to be protected are Atos information, hardware, tools and intellectual property rights, and this is an obligation pertaining to all Atos employees.

Duty to act in Good Faith and protection of confidentiality

As a general rule, Atos protects the confidential information it owns or which is made available to it by its partners during the performance of business operations. In their decisions and actions, Atos employees shall exercise good judgment and comply with the obligation to act in good faith.

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