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Groupe SNEF‘s organization is based on decentralized structures whose prime objective is to bring together our corporate clients’ decision makers so as to ensure reactivity, quality, safety and profitability.

Each project must be profitable while fairly balancing the interests of both customers and suppliers. For our Group, responsibility goes hand in hand with the results it generates, and all of our managers are asked to look for cost savings and profitability in the long term.

Each manager must have the opportunity to reach his/her potential in an environment of responsibility and autonomy. The resulting trust is an essential factor in our strategy. Our Group's proven success has never rested on any foundation other than the positive view we have of the people in our organization.

Delegating does not exclude General Management, nor is control, and the establishment of rules and compliance with said rules are integral to this responsibility-based strategy.

Our Group is not a federation of autonomous entities -- quite the contrary. Managers work as a network set up as a matrix organization structure.

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Our QHSE management

Quality/Safety/Environment are the values that forms the bedrock of Groupe SNEF's management system, with a primary focus on :

  • the control of risks related to our work
  • customer satisfaction
  • continuous performance improvement
  • reducing environmental impacts

All Group's subsidiaries and agencies are ISO 9001 certified, 18% of the Group's worldwide employees work under the 14001 certification, and 24 entities operating in the industrial sector are MASE certified.

The ongoing efforts deployed by the Groups' teams when it comes to safety are regularly honored by our customers.

Zero accidents objective !

Zoom on our safety plan

Safety is a core value for the Group, and fully integrated in its operational production. In this area, Groupe SNEF has one single goal: achieve zero accidents.

For SNEF, anticipating risks goes through both the deployment of means specific and tailored to the project at hand, and through prevention and awareness-raising campaigns. Our teams, the true high performance players of the organization, and their professionalism contribute to meeting this objective.

The Group's prevention policy is based on the prior and detailed analysis of risk factors and concern for permanent improvement, including reliance on feedback, lessons learned and best practices.

Our safety policy is driven by our General Management. It is coordinated by a department dedicated to this task at the Group's headquarters, backed by management and some sixty safety coordinators throughout the entities.

This policy is deployed by SNEF on a daily basis in multiple ways :

  • training activities adapted to each category of employees. In 2010, 55,000 hours of safety training were conducted throughout the Group,
  • audits performed in each entity to ensure safety management systems compliance and efficiency,
  • powwows, including more than 4,000 powwows conducted on construction sites in 2010,
  • worksite visits,
  • deployment of common processes, such as the display of a safety dashboard for each major project,
  • safety flashes,
  • development of custom-made tools, tailored to specific activities,
  • safety challenges,
  • prevention materials made available to employees.


Code of Ethic & commitments

Groupe SNEF has made a formal commitment to comply with the OECD provisions pertaining to anti-corruption and business ethics.

To that effect, a Code of Ethics was adopted by the Board of Directors and distributed to all managers of the Group.

A Compliance Officer is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Code's provisions; he issues an annual report and a whistleblower procedure directly to the Board of Directors.

Compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

"Act to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures made pursuant to securities laws, and for other purposes.” Extract from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (July 30, 2002).

True to its commitments, and although not subject to financial markets regulations, Groupe SNEF has adopted the transparency and internal control provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley report.

Groupe SNEF publishes yearly consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS standards, as well as a risk factor report.


"Act local, think global" (René Dubois, 1972)

Resolutely committed to a sustainable development policy, Groupe SNEF implements global solutions that are environmentally friendly, and have the capacity to optimize its customers' energy expenditures through eco-friendly devices. Resolutely committed to a sustainable development policy, Groupe SNEF implements global solutions that are environmentally friendly, and have the capacity to optimize its customers' energy expenditures through eco-friendly devices.

The Group has adopted a systematic approach to limiting environmental impacts.

By the very nature of its service activities, Groupe SNEF works daily to limit its environmental footprint.

This commitment is structured around three axes calling for a number of initiatives, ranging from waste processing training, the elaboration of an array of "energy packages", a campaign encouraging eco-driving, to setting up customer portals.

Axis 1- Waste reduction and waste recovery and reuse

  • Establishment of selective waste sorting in all our entities and our worksites.
  • Development of a waste identification guide distributed to the entire staff.
  • Developing management tools to reduce paper consumption.

Axe 2 - Prevention and control of air emissions

  • Limiting travel thru territorial meshing, developing networking, video conferencing, audio conferencing, e-learning training.
  • Systematic monitoring of CO2 emissions, a decisive factor when purchasing vehicles for the Group. 100% of the vehicles purchased in 2010 emitted less than 130g of CO2
  • Implementation of trade-specific procedures concerning environmental engineering maintenance activities.

Axis 3 - Reducing environmental impacts
in customers' premises

Energy impact :
  • Energy efficiency: implementation in 2009 of an array of "energy packages" as part of our maintenance services.
  • Each of the Group's regions has been awarded the "Energy Efficiency" label by Serce (the French Association of Electrical Engineering Companies).
Noise impact :
  • Installing less noisy equipment.
  • Reflecting on the organization of construction sites in an occupied setting or when working alongside parallel activities.
Landscape impact :
  • Optimizing the location of outdoor equipment (workstations, refrigeration units, heat pumps) to reduce visual impacts
Ground/air impact :
  • Controlling waste and emissions particularly in cases of maintenance operations. Establishing storage areas to limit the number of deliveries.
  • Proposing equipment or using products with a lesser impact on the environment.

The Group intends to have all its activities eventually ISO 14001 certified.

In continuation of its sustainable development efforts and in accordance with & all legal obligations, SNEF conducted a Greenhouse Gas Emission Evaluation (BEGES) for all its entities and their activities in 2011.


Groupe SNEF code and commitments

Our employees spend over half their waking life at work. Taking an active part in civic life is essential. Civic action is also the way we look at others outside the company.

For SNEF, the Group's commitment is above all achieved through respecting the men and women who contribute to build and grow our daily business.

In this perspective, the Group's responsible social approach can be witnessed through its numerous solidarity actions, notably with the establishment of sports and cultural partnerships and the creation of a SNEF company Foundation.

For many years, Groupe SNEF has conducted proximity actions by participating in the community life and local life of its territories, via the fine-meshed geographical network of its entities.

SNEF acts as an active operator in associative dynamics, bringing life to cities and neighborhoods, and supporting the development of regional attractiveness. But above all, these initiatives aim to strengthen social cohesion as vehicles for individual and collective fulfillment and well-being.

This initiative falls under the initiative of our local managers. Among the many different solidarity actions we have undertaken, SNEF participated in the clean-up of the Calanques inlets in Marseille along with the Charte du Plaisancier (recreational boaters for clean waters) or the Suresnois Rugby Club, which provides support in the training of our Group's young apprentices.

Social Report

"There is no valid commitment without demonstration of its application."

This principle governs Groupe SNEF and is expressed via the publication of its Social Report. It keeps track of the key indicators of its social commitment to sharing values, as witnessed by a steadily increasing earnings curve, by the many and regular recruitments coupled with the maintenance of a balanced age pyramid, with the perspective of further building staff loyalty.

Since its creation, Groupe SNEF has adopted a dynamic approach to building the future. Thanks to this collaborative and daily commitment, Groupe SNEF has never been subject to a restructuring plan despite the crises that have punctuated its history.

Today Groupe SNEF is proud to have been able to double its workforce in France in less than 10 years, a sign of the company's dynamism; it is a company that places Human Resources at the heart of its concerns.

Employee Shareholding

Since 1993, more than 20% of the capital is held by company employees. In keeping with its commitment, Groupe SNEF has deliberately placed itself under the rules of The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French Financial Markets Authority).


Central Workers Council and Works Committee : 38 elected coworkers

HSWCC, Staff Representatives, Central Workers Council : 30

Representative unions :
5 elected coworkers

Trade Union Delegates and Central Delegates: 18 elected coworkers

Social Dialogue

Some of the 2010 agreements :
  • Complementary Healthcare Insurance Agreement with regards to the reimbursement of healthcare costs,
  • Men/Women Equality Agreement,
  • Performance Participation Agreement,
  • Company Savings Plan Agreement,
  • Occupational Stress Agreement.
Some of the 2009 agreements :
  • Agreement on the Functioning of the Central Works Council,
  • Profit Sharing Agreement,
  • Job and Competency Planning and Management Agreement (GPEC).
Some of the 2008 agreements :
  • 13th Month Salary Agreement ,
  • Discretionary Overtime and Comp Time Agreement,
  • Working Time Organization and Arrangements Agreement.

Global Compact

In July 2011, Groupe SNEF joined the Global Compact established at the instigation of the UN in 2000.

The Global Compact asks companies to participate in the globalization process, by applying, within their sphere of influence, a set of ten core values in the areas of Human Rights, Respect of the Individual at Work, Environment and Fight against Corruption.

The Group's commitment to the Global Compact bears witness to the policies historically pursued by its leaders in France. Its expansion on several continents justifies this commitment and demonstrates SNEF's willingness to ensure virtuous development wherever the Group's women and men are expected to work.