All Committed, All Compliant!
Our ambition to stand as “la Référence” applies to compliance and integrity as well.
Sonepar is committed to the highest ethical, social and environmental standards and aims to behave as a responsible corporate citizen in all countries where it operates.
"Since Sonepar’s creation in 1969, complying with the rules of ethics and good governance, as embodied and passed down by our founder, has always been a priority for the Group."
In 2019, Sonepar became the first group in France to have been officially declared compliant with all the requirements of France’s Sapin II anti-corruption law. The decision was handed down on July 4, 2019 by the Enforcement Committee of the French Anti-corruption Agency (Agence Française Anticorruption – AFA). Sonepar has rolled out all of the eight measures and procedures required: code of conduct, whistleblowing scheme, risk map, third party due diligence procedures, accounting control procedures, training program, internal disciplinary procedure, procedure for internal monitoring and assessment of these measures.
“Compliance is everyone’s responsibility at Sonepar, every day and in everything we do.”
Sonepar’s Code of Conduct
The Group Code of Conduct is the reference document for global compliance and integrity within Sonepar.
After the first issue in 2017, an updated version was released in early 2020. It was enriched on the basis of the latest regulatory developments, best practices and Sonepar’s corruption and influence peddling risk mapping.
All Sonepar Regions and support functions have contributed to this reader-friendly Code of Conduct, which has been approved by the Sonepar Executive Group, the Audit Committee and the Corporate Board.
It sets out the principles and rules of good conduct that must guide all Sonepar’s associates in their daily business, everywhere and every day.
Each associate has access to the digital version of the Code of Conduct in his/her language and receives access to a copy upon joining the Group. To ensure understanding and adherence by all, it is available in 20 different languages.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Sonepar expects its business partners to commit to the same high level of ethics. As such, specific standards are set out in a dedicated Supplier Code of Conduct and the Group has deployed procedures and tools to assess the integrity of its business partners.
Compliance Policies and Procedures
In order to effectively implement the principles and standards set out in Sonepar’s Code of Conduct, various topics are dealt with more specifically in Group as well as local Compliance Policies and Procedures, such as promoting fair competition, preventing corruption, protecting data privacy, or complying with embargos and international trade regulations.
Sonepar’s Compliance Program
Sonepar’s Code of Conduct and its related Policies and Procedures are part of a comprehensive Group Compliance Program, which also includes educational and information campaigns, risk mapping, reporting, whistleblowing, evaluation of business partners, books and records obligations, assessments and audits.
Sonepar has established a whistleblowing policy to provide a way for those who are aware of circumstances or behaviors which they believe, in good faith, could represent violations of Sonepar’s Code of Conduct, Supplier Code of Conduct, Policies and Procedures and/or applicable laws and regulations, to identify and share those concerns.
How to raise a concern?
For associates, referring the matter to his/her manager is the preferred option. She/he can also contact Sonepar’s HQ or Local Human Resources Department or the Group General Counsel’s Office at groupcompliance(at)sonepar.com.
A confidential external whistleblower reporting system is also available. It is provided by an independent third-party provider selected by Sonepar. Reports can be made 24 hours a day, in 20 different languages. The reporting process is encrypted and password protected. Communication with the whistleblower takes place on this secured platform.
A Dedicated Organization
The Group VP Legal and Compliance promotes the principles and best practices set out in the Group Code of Conduct and its related Policies and Procedures along with the Regional General Counsels.
Each Regional President is responsible for the implementation of the Group Compliance Program in the Region falling under his/her responsibility along with countries’ and operating companies’ managers.
A worldwide network of Compliance Champions also plays a key role by providing support to Sonepar’s operating companies in implementing the Group Compliance Program.
The Sonepar International Legal & Compliance Committee (SILCC)
Chaired by the General Counsel, the SILCC is composed of senior members of the Group’s Legal, Risk and Compliance community.
Meeting physically once a year as well as through regular conference calls, it is inter alia a forum for best practices sharing, decision-making and follow up to ensure that the Group’s Compliance Program is fully respected.