The policy CSR for Business Guidelines is explicit and demanding on the three aspects related to the application of the law on the duty of care: human rights and fundamental freedoms, health and safety of people, environmental impacts.
This policy is included as an appendix to all calls for tenders and is part of the contractual clauses signed between Publicis Groupe and its suppliers. This document is publicly available in CSR Smart data and is communicated to suppliers when contracts are renewed. Non-compliance with any one of these 12 guidelines is a non-selection criterion. For certain activities, such as security and cleaning, which are carried out by small local businesses, the Groupe makes sure that it regularly assesses its local suppliers regarding their respect of human rights, and all social and societal criteria. In several countries, the Groupe has signed specific commitments such as the Modern Slavery Act in the United Kingdom, or the BBBEE – level 1 (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) in South Africa, which requires specific local compliance on certain human rights issues such as the fight against human trafficking, or related to labor law such as the fight against all forms of discrimination.
CSR assessment: this is structured as follows:
CSR assessment by an independent third party
The CSR assessment is worth 20% of the final rating awarded to tender responses submitted by suppliers.
The Groupe and agencies’ procurement policy is proactive in terms of eco-responsible, eco-designed products from the circular economy or that have been responsibly sourced or have a recognized environmental certification.
Publicis Groupe works with a large number of local SMEs and VSEs, and recognizes that diversity among suppliers is essential because it is a source of innovation and agility. As such, and in compliance with the legislation in force in each country where the Groupe operates, the Groupe encourages so-called diverse suppliers (led by an ethnic minority, women, LGBT people, disabled people, etc.) to participate in tenders, as well as suppliers from the social and solidarity economy or social entrepreneurs. This proactive approach is conducted in many countries such as the United States or Canada (companies run by minorities), the United Kingdom or India (companies managed by women or with disabled employees) or in South Africa. In France, the Groupe works with companies in the Social and Solidarity Economy, or sheltered-workshop organizations and companies (ESAT and EA). In 2020, the Groupe continued its project to increase the share of purchases made from this type of supplier, and implemented a new, more comprehensive system to improve efficiency, which will be fully operational in 2021.
The Groupe has made specific commitments on the inclusion of suppliers headed by women, as part of the Women’s Forum and Women & Business Daring Circle, in partnership with WEConnect International, and UN Women through the “We Empower” program in the G7 countries.
In the United States, the Groupe has been active for several decades in a number of areas: