Being part of an energy group that operates globally is a great ethical and transparency challenge. For this reason, we have defined a guide of principles that allows us to work correctly, regulating the transparent management of information and governing the relationship between the Enel Group and its stakeholders, including its suppliers.
For our company, it is essential to have collaborators who share our values and who contribute to guarantee the acquired commitment in the future. Therefore, we ask our suppliers to know and apply our eight ethical principles in all their processes:
The commitment to respect the law and the rules of conduct based on the principles of righteousness, loyalty, good faith and transparency in all phases of the preparation, negotiation and execution of contractual relationships, represents the first pillar of a responsible company. This also implies constant diffusion and consequent formation on the ethical principles that strengthen the value of the latter and the ability to impact, which goes beyond their mere fulfillment.
The culture of legality and the competitiveness of companies are reinforced by commercial relationships based on behaviors oriented towards integrity, responsibility and mutual transparency.
Moral integrity, honesty, good faith, respect for the other and the environment, and rectitude in daily business should inspire the activities of the company.
Therefore, they are contrary to:
- Bribery and other benefits that are (or may be understood as) aimed at favoring unfair, illicit or improper behavior;
- Any type of involvement in operations that favor money laundering and income from criminal activities;
- Relations with companies that participate in criminal organizations or that are involved in crimes related to terrorism, child labor, corruption, serious fiscal violations, or against the environment.
Transparency and sharing important information with the community is a basic principle, as we are aware that conceal and the lack of clarity are fertile ground for incorrect practices and behaviors.
4. Zero Tolerance Against Corruption
It is recognized that corruption, in any of its forms, can cause serious and negative effects at a social, reputational, economic and civil level, capable of harming companies and their stakeholders.
In business relations, the following is important:
- Adopting measures to prevent corruption and protect the integrity of the organization (E.g., ethical codes or risk prevention models);
- Respecting contractual commitments;
- Ensuring truthfulness and transparency of all information provided to business partners, stakeholders, and civil society at large.
5. Conflict of Interest
It is necessary to avoid any conflict of interest with determination and attention and, should it occur, to manage it with responsibility and transparency.
Loyalty to colleagues, business partners, competitors and institutions translates into correct conduct that, in addition, respects the principles of fair competition.
Maximum responsibility is promoted in the performance of activities that may have repercussions on the community and civil society, respecting human rights, safety at work and the environment.
8. Culture of Legality
A work environment that respects the applied ethical principles reinforces in employees the recognition and adherence to the company’s values.
This recognizes the importance of implementing internal reporting (whistleblowing) systems in companies for eventual irregularities and/or non-compliance of employees/suppliers, as well as that of having internal rules and the regulations governing their activities, ensuring confidentiality of the identity of the complainant.
Likewise, the use of different channels (mailbox, specific e-mail address, a telephone line and, if possible, an IT platform) to present alerts that, although anonymous, are sufficiently detailed, without facilitating the circulation of defamatory information.