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TGS Global is proud to be a signatory of the UNGC
You are now certainly aware that this year TGS Global has become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, which is based on four principles: Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. To what extent is TGS working to uphold the UNGC principles and what do we have to do about it?
Well the answer is simple. We have to publish a “Communication on Progress” where we share all the initiatives currently active within TGS member firms.
During workshops at our regional conferences this year, our members were asked to work on this topic, and their answers are summarized in the following article.
President of Global Compact France, Fella Imalhayene
Our members seem particularly in line with the gender equality principle. The aim is to achieve a 50/50 gender split when it comes to hiring employees. Furthermore, many firms are involved with Charities (Orphaned Children, SOS Children village, the Red Cross) which often includes pro-bono work.
TGS members are also keen to respect and promote employee welfare: non-traditional holidays, training, bonuses, and reward systems based on respect and mutual assistance.
This is undoubtedly the bone of contention of the 21st Century. TGS members are attached to a “no paper policy”, as it is absolutely in line with the digitalisation of their activity / sector. It would also apply to recycling as much as possible. In order to reduce the environmental costs of transport and save some money at the same time, here is what some members would like to promote: public transportation, teleworking, bicycle or walking to the workplace. This is something you can do daily, just like stopping smoking!
When it comes to structural changes, our future workplaces should be designed in a sustainable way, for instance without conditioned air.
Again, gender (and more general) equality seems to be at the heart of all concerns. But our members want to go further, by preventing mothers from being under pressure if they are on maternity leave, of course, many fathers are also taking paternity leave. Employers could also be in charge of the kindergarten fees, so that the employees are relieved from this burden. Also, work is being done to help women report sexual harassment.
Disabled TGS employees are also benefitting from adapted working structures and increased job opportunities. They are also on the same page as UNGC regarding the salaries, and are working to ensure that their employees receive a fair salary.
We assume that anti-corruption mainly depends on the good understanding of our clients: you have to deal with clients you can trust. A checklist is often used in order to say whether a client is trustworthy or not so that questionable practices (opaque, unethical) can be rejected.
TGS employees are also being encouraged to report any dubious behaviour or actual bad behaviour (corruption, bribery, etc…).