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Putting corporate social responsibility into practice

Corporate social responsibility is an integral part of VINCI Construction's design-build activity. It includes striving for better energy efficiency and investing in the community.

MINIMISING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

Since the very first legally binding universal climate agreement was adopted in Paris in December 2015, the struggle against global warming has become a shared priority. At the COP 22 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2016, non-state actors came together to take practical global steps to protect the climate. In keeping with the objectives of the VINCI Group, VINCI Construction several years ago introduced a policy designed to minimise our environmental footprint. Our more specific commitment is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions per square metre in the construction phase by 30% between now and 2020. Against this backdrop, we are resolutely focusing on eco-design of buildings. The new connected photovoltaic facades developed by VINCI Construction in a joint venture with Sunpartner Technologies are an outstanding example of energy efficiency and a way to contribute to the city of the future. Similarly, to meet urban environmental goals, VINCI Construction is expanding the use of the Biodi(V)strict. diagnostic tool as part of the AgroParisTech-VINCI scientific partnership. The innovative measurement and decision support tool can be employed in the design stage of an urban or suburban construction or development project to take biodiversity on board and implement appropriate solutions.    

In another example, along the alignment of the SEA Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line, for which VINCI holds the concession and which it built, 850 ecological structures were built with the help of local nature conservation partners, who are also involved in tracking the effects of the biodiversity protection measures.
VINCI Construction Terrassement, meanwhile, set up an environmental engineering unit designed to conserve and expand biodiversity through suitable action (studies, works, management) in the ecosystems affected by its work. The unit was responsible for a number of commercial and operational successes. VINCI Construction Terrassement also worked with training and research organisations to develop training courses in environmental engineering.
Outside France, the Lewis and Clark Bridge (East End Crossing project) received an Envision™ Platinum Sustainability Award for its strong teamwork and collaboration on sustainability aspects. It was the first time a French company had been awarded the high distinction. 

STEPPING UP OUR CSR PROGRAMME

Civic engagement is also part of VINCI Construction’s corporate social responsibility programme. Everywhere we build structures and infrastructure, we strive to become a long-term partner of the region. This goal is a special focus of the network of VINCI Group corporate foundations. All provide financial support for the projects of non-profits sponsored by employees that are designed to facilitate access to jobs, housing, and mobility and to create social bonds in priority neighbourhoods. In France, the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité, supported 184 non-profit projects – including 52 projects sponsored by VINCI Construction employees – with €2.6 million in funding in 2016. Outside France, in Africa, the Issa (Sogea-Satom initiatives for Africa) programme initiated 23 economic and social development programmes in 2016, for which it provided nearly €412,000 in funding. VINCI Construction Terrassement introduced SolidariTerr’, a similar system, in 2016. It uses a payroll micro-donation operation and a company contribution to fund projects carried out by non-profit organisations that are proposed and supported by company employees. Once a project has received approval, the employee may work with the local non-profit for a day to help set up the project.

Meanwhile, construction joint venture COSEA’s Sillon Solidaire endowment fund supported 25 projects designed to combat social exclusion in the departments along the SEA Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line, which was inaugurated on 28 February 2017. In a similar move, VINCI Construction created the Chantiers et Territoires Solidaires fund to support the municipalities along the future Grand Paris Express line, part of the Grand Paris programme.