Dassault Systèmes is deeply committed to sustainable innovation and growth, an ambition which affects all aspects of the company and the economy as a whole, as well as being committed to nurturing social equilibrium and protecting the balance of the natural world. In a nutshell, we aim to produce innovations that "harmonize product, nature and life". Achievement of this aim is built on integrity, collaboration and mutual respect. For Dassault Systèmes, pursuing ethical and sustainable growth is a fundamental value and one of the pillars of our corporate social responsibility policy: “If we bring our community together, we can build harmony to achieve our goals”. Having established ourselves as a strategic player in technological, industrial and economic innovation over the past 30 years, Dassault Systèmes nurtures long-term, trust-based relations with our customers, partners, shareholders and government bodies. A deep-rooted culture of ethics (fair business practices) and compliance (compliance with laws and regulations) informs all aspects of company management and the decisions made by our 13,000-strong workforce each and every day.
Our commitment to ethical and responsible behavior is reflected in:
- rules that are applicable to all Dassault Systèmes employees;
- our governance system;
- employee awareness campaigns and training .
Ethics and compliance rules applicable in Dassault Systèmes
The Dassault Systèmes Code of Business Conduct and Corporate Social Responsibility Principles set out our ethics and compliance principles. Certain Code of Business Conduct principles are supplemented with specific implementation policies or charters. Some examples include topics such as the fight against corruption, the protection of intellectual property, confidentiality obligations, personal data protection, IT security, and measures to ensure fair competitive practices. Dassault Systèmes’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles are based on the fundamental international principles of human rights, social rights and environmental protection, such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Labour Organisation's fundamental conventions.
All these documents are intended to serve as the reference for all Dassault Systèmes employees to guide them in their day-to-day work and to serve as inspiration for our partners and suppliers.
Ethics and compliance governance
Dassault Systèmes established an Ethics Committee and an Ethics & Compliance Department responsible for oversight of ethics and compliance in the Group. The scope of their work spans all relevant ethics and compliance issues, notably protection of intellectual property, confidentiality, the fight against corruption and fraud, compliance with competition and data export rules, personal data protection, IT security, and ethics in labor relations (specifically with respect to countering discrimination and harassment, use of social media and networks, and monitoring of potential conflicts of interest).
The Ethics Committee
The Ethics Committee meets at least once a month and is tasked with ensuring all employees adhere to the Code of Business Conduct, which defines the individual and group ethical behavior rules. The Ethics Committee's mission is to investigate any cases of non-compliance that may come to its attention.
The Ethics and Compliance Department
Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the Ethics and Compliance Department is responsible for defining and implementing Dassault Systèmes' ethics and compliance program, working closely with the Ethics Committee. Specifically and in cooperation with other departments in the Company, it is responsible for:
- promoting a culture of integrity in the Group, notably by raising employee awareness and providing training;
- assessing and preventing ethics and compliance risks, and resolving or assisting the local teams to resolve any issues that may arise;
- evaluating the Dassault Systèmes' ethics and compliance program and submitting proposals to the Ethics Committee with respect to any adjustments required to such a program.
The Department focuses on empowering local teams, which in turn ensure it is informed of any cases brought to their knowledge and may request advice as appropriate.
Employee awareness campaigns and training
All employees are trained in ethics and compliance matters, notably through an online training program consisting of 14 modules, each of which is broken down into theory, followed by practical applications in the form of questions and answers. The topics covered relate to all issues referred to in the Code of Business Conduct.
This training is an integral part of the on-boarding process for all new hires.
It is supplemented by specific training courses designed for the employees who are most exposed to intellectual property, corruption, export control and competition risks.