The Veolia Group applies a sustainable development policy which aims to promote human rights, to facilitate social welfare and to preserve the environment.
In this context, all suppliers undertake to respect scrupulously the regulations applicable in these domains as well as the standards fixed by the Veolia Group, in particular in Veolia Commitments to Sustainable Development, in the declaration of commitment to Diversity and in the declaration of Commitment to accident Prevention and Health & Safety. Respecting the sustainable development clause constitutes one of the essential obligations of any agreement entered into.
1) Respecting ethics and labour law regulations
The Supplier undertakes to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as International Labour Organization conventions.
The Supplier undertakes to respect rigorously all the imperative regulations applicable by virtue of labour laws, in particular regulations governing undeclared work, child labour, forced labour and trade union rights.
The Supplier undertakes to respect the objectives of the Prevention, Health & Safety policy in force at Veolia, in particular as regards the safety regulations applicable at the work place, to deliver products and services in conditions that make it possible to minimise danger to the health and safety of its own employees as well as to the employees of Veolia, and to strive to continue to improve the health and working conditions of its employees.
The Supplier undertakes to comply with the principles of the Diversity Action Plan implemented at Veolia, which is based on the principle that promoting pluralism and the search for diversity via recruitment and career management is a progress factor for the company. The Supplier undertakes to:
- Comply with all applicable legislation concerning non discrimination, whether direct or indirect (within the framework of its internal management, and in particular in terms of Human Resources, at each stage of the assignments entrusted to it by Veolia);
- Ensure that its personnel are familiar with and promote the principles of non discrimination and of fighting against prejudice.
The Supplier also undertakes to ensure that its own suppliers and subcontractors respect the same obligations.
2) Protection of the environment
The Supplier undertakes to respect regulations relating to the protection of the environment and to implement the action necessary to reduce its impact on the environment, in particular via the reduction of its consumption of energy and primary resources; the reduction of waste introduced into water, the air or the ground; the elimination of accidental pollution; the reduction of waste generated by its activity and the traceability of its elimination; controlling the impact and emission of substances that are dangerous for the environment and for health.
The Supplier also undertakes not to use any subcontractors who do not respect these obligations.
3) Monitoring by the Groupe Veolia of the action taken by the Supplier
The Supplier undertakes to inform Veolia regarding the current state of progress of its actions in terms of sustainable development and to update this data on a yearly basis.
Within the framework of the steps taken by Veolia to evaluate sustainable development actions implemented by its suppliers, the Supplier agrees to be evaluated and undertakes to place at the disposal of the group all the information and resources which may be required.
The Supplier also undertakes to take into account recommendations made following such evaluations, and to take the action necessary to ensure compliance and/or improvement.
This anti-corruption clause forms part of the terms and conditions between Veolia and any supplier. Any supply of product and services to Veolia incorporates these terms by reference.
- In carrying out the supply, Supplier hereby undertakes to strictly comply with applicable laws prohibiting the bribery of public officials and private persons, influence peddling, money laundering that may in particular entail a public contract debarment, including:
1.1. the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States,
1.2. the 2010 UK Bribery Act,
1.3. the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions of December 17, 1997.
Supplier undertakes to put in place and implement all necessary and reasonable policies and measures to prevent corruption.
- Supplier declares that to its knowledge, its legal representatives, directors, employees, agents, and anyone performing services for or on behalf of Veolia do not and will not directly or indirectly offer, give, agree to give, authorize, solicit, or accept the giving of money or anything else of value or grant any advantage or gift to any person, company or undertaking whatsoever including any government official or employee, political party official, candidate for political office, person holding a legislative, administrative or judicial position of any kind for or on behalf of any country, public agency or state owned company, official of a public international organisation, for the purpose of corruptly influencing such person in their official capacity, or for the purpose of rewarding or inducing the improper performance of a relevant function or activity by any person in order to obtain or retain any business for Veolia or to gain any advantage in the conduct of business for Veolia.
- Supplier further undertakes to ensure that neither Supplier nor any of its legal representatives, directors, employees, agents, sub-contractors and anyone performing services for or on behalf of Veolia under this Agreement has been, or is listed by any government agency as being debarred, suspended, proposed for suspension or debarment, or otherwise ineligible for participation in government procurement programs and/or bidding following invitations to bid advertised by the World Bank or any other international development bank.
- Supplier undertakes to retain for an appropriate period following termination of this Agreement, accurate supporting documentation of its compliance with the terms of this clause.
- Supplier agrees to notify any breach of any term of this clause, to Veolia within a reasonable time.
- If Veolia notifies Supplier that it has reasonable grounds to believe that Supplier has breached any term of this clause:
6.1 Veolia is entitled to suspend performance of this Agreement without notice for as long as Veolia considers necessary to investigate the relevant conduct without incurring any liability or obligation to Supplier for such suspension;
6.2 Supplier is obliged to take all reasonable steps to prevent the loss or destruction of any documentary evidence in relation to the relevant conduct.
- If Supplier breaches any term of this clause:
7.1 Veolia may immediately terminate this Agreement without notice and without incurring any liability.
7.2 Supplier undertakes to indemnify Veolia, to the maximum extent permitted by law, for any loss, damages, or expenses incurred or suffered by Veolia arising out of such breach.