Sonepar is an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services.
Through a dense network of 100 brands spanning 40 countries, the Group has an ambitious transformation agenda to become the first global B-to-B electrical distributor to provide a fully digitalized and synchronized omnichannel experience to all customers. Drawing on the skill and passion of its 45,000 associates, Sonepar had sales of €23 billion in 2020. Sonepar makes its customers’ lives easier, over the counter, visiting customers, by phone or online, – however we’re needed. Sonepar’s ambition is to become “La Référence” – the standard-setter for all its stakeholders. www.sonepar.com
At Sonepar, in 48 countries, we strive daily to invent tomorrow’s solutions. Our associates’ innovative initiatives drive the Group forward and open up new horizons for our customers and for the planet. Sonepar wants to unify all stakeholders around a great vision of Social Responsibility including ambitious sustainability objectives. Philippe Delpech, Sonepar CEO, said “Since its creation, Sonepar has demonstrated its unique ability to continuously anticipate trends and turn them into business opportunities. Given that the digital transformation is probably the single greatest challenge the business world has ever faced since industrialization, the entire company created “impact”, our very first compliance-based strategic plan with four pillars: People, Performance, Customer and Planet. With impact, Sonepar will successfully navigate its digital transformation and consolidate its position as world leader.”
Sonepar is publicly releasing its worldwide Code of Conduct, in keeping with current practice within the Group.
Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette, Chairman, said: “Integrity has always been a key value and a compelling behavior at Sonepar. Today, in a world where compliance becomes increasingly essential, the Group is launching a substantial pro compliance and anti-corruption program, both to impress upon everyone the importance of combatting those evils and to help everyone avoid, detect and stop any non-compliant action.”
Philippe Delpech, CEO, added: “Compliance is a challenge for everyone at Sonepar, every day and in everything we do. To help everybody understand Sonepar’s expectations, we are issuing our Code of Conduct, which supplements all existing policies and instructions applicable in the Group. We want all our stakeholders—associates, customers, suppliers and third parties—to know and understand Sonepar’s compliance objectives and focus. Our mission is to communicate continuously, making sure our associates feel comfortable about reporting any event they believe is not in line with our Code of Conduct.”
Sonepar encourages every natural person, whether employed by a Group company or not, to report, selflessly and in good faith, any serious and obvious breach of law or regulation, or any threat or severe harm to the business integrity, such as acts of corruption or influence peddling, and any behavior or situation that violates the Group’s code of conduct, which the individual personally gained knowledge of.
Sonepar is, therefore, launching its Sonepar Whistleblower Procedure ensuring the whistleblower’s identity, the information provided and the identity of the person(s) involved in the reported facts remain confidential. The procedure, inclusive of a secured channel, makes it possible to communicate documents in support of the alert. The channel is outsourced, whereas assessment and monitoring of the alert are not.
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