The world’s third largest container shipping company, CMA CGM and all its subsidiaries operate their businesses in a responsible, transparent and ethical way in accordance with clearly stated values. The Group also has in place a rigorous policy regarding safety, security and defense of the environment which is governed by international and national regulations. Last time, we discovered social actions and achievements for the environment. Today, we focus on the societal perspective and business ethics.
From a societal perspective, the numerous actions undertaken by the CMA CGM Corporate Foundation, particularly the ‘Containers of Hope’ operation, are evidence of this commitment. The Foundation’s 2013 prizes were awarded to the Trisomy 21 Bouches du Rhône Association and the Institute of Audio-Phonetic Reeducation (IRAP) in Lebanon. We should also mention SEDEX, a non-profit British organization that through a process of evaluation seeks to identify suppliers that may be deemed “at risk” based on criteria in four key areas: labor standards, health & safety, the environment and business ethics, and naturally CMA CGM has been audited.
Regards business ethics, the Group’s “compliance” policy (sanctions and embargoes), corruption prevention procedures and anti-competitive practices are broadly encompassed by our Ethics Code, in place since 2009. Concerning supplier relations, we should mention the Responsible Purchasing policy implemented by CMA Ships which manages fleet and the integration of social and environmental criteria into any new contract.
As can be seen, within the CMA CGM Group, Corporate Social Responsibility is not an abstract concept but the opposite – a reality based on tangible data to which all staff members are committed in their day-to-day operations worldwide.