November 24, 2014

By signing the United Nations Global Compact, BOURBON is committing to promoting and enforcing a set of 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. This approach, both globally and locally complements the group's civic action.

Launched in 2000 by Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, the "Global Compact", is a voluntary international initiative intended to bring together businesses, United Nations agencies, the world of work and civil society centered on ten universal principles. BOURBON, which includes in its approach to corporate responsibility the core values of professionalism, responsibility, enthusiasm and solidarity, is thereby reaffirming its commitments in terms of:

  • Safety: the goal of "Zero-incident" remains the top priority of the group through strengthening safety standards and through internal awareness campaigns conducted among all employees.
  • Environmental policy: BOURBON is vigilant in optimizing its fuel consumption in order to reduce the environmental footprint of its fleet of vessels. Also, for over 30 years, the group has been ensuring protection of the French coast by its tugs, Les Abeilles, and three service vessels.
  • Ethics and compliance: the slogan "Compliance, no compromise" exemplifies the compliance and ethics policy which is based on the group's compliance Program. All BOURBON personnel undertake to exercise their activities with integrity and transparency, in conformity with the laws and the most stringent international regulations, and in strictly respecting our own policies and internal rules. By the end of 2015, 100% of personnel will have had compliance training.
  • Local connections: the group favours local recruitment and has nearly 70% local personnel from 83 nationalities. Emphasis is also placed on local purchases, particularly in West Africa and in Asia.
" By signing the United Nations Global Compact, BOURBON endorses continuous improvement and progress for the benefit of all its stakeholders, with due respect for environmental and societal considerations."
Christian LefèvreChief executive officer of BOURBON
Bourbon behind the scenes