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Code of ethics

The Foundation has developed a code of ethics which presents the guidelines governing its actions. It is based on social, environmental and business ethics principles.

Since 2011, the Foundation has also been ISO 9001:2015 certified for all its programming, selection and monitoring of research projects, guaranteeing a transparent and operational approach to its partners and beneficiaries.

The seven social principles considered refer to the standards defined by the International Labour Organization:

  • The effective abolition of child labour
  • The elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour
  • The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Safety and health at work
  • Respect of working time
  • Equal pay

These principles focus on the following points:

  • The preservation of natural resources:
    • Production: reducing energy consumption and developing the use of renewable energies
    • Transport: reducing fuel consumption
    • Water: reducing water consumption
  • Chemicals: reducing the use of chemicals and fertilisers, and banning the use of chemicals and fertilisers that are harmful to consumer health
  • Climate change and greenhouse gases: working on a tool to measure direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions
  • Environmental management: measuring and monitoring environmental risks, measuring transported, imported and hazardous waste, implementing an environmental management strategy recognised by the national and international authorities
  • Compliance with the best ethical, moral and good practice standards
  • Compliance with all legal and contractual obligations relating to activities
  • Non-acceptance of practices (including by omission) that are illegal or violate such obligations


Carine Karailiev

Mylène Aycard-Gueydan
Secretary General