At Elior Group, our goal is to set out an example of transparent and responsible leadership in business. Therefore, we are committed to promoting ethical business practices and ensuring that our employees follow them in order to prevent corruption in any shape or form. 

Because we understand that corruption might be a difficult concept to grasp, we believe that is essential to educate our employees and stakeholders on this issue. 

To that effect, we encourage them to read the Integrity Guide in order to find important theoretical and practical information on the different types of corruption and all other unethical behavior.

What is corruption?

Corruption refers to the act of offering a gift or a payment to another party in order to obtain an improper advantage. 

Benefits widely vary in nature, including money, gifts, meals, invitations, services, material or monetary loans or hiring preference. French law does not provide a specific list of the different forms of corruption.

Nevertheless, it distinguinshes between passive and active corruption. 

  • Active corruption: the corrupter offers or promises advantages to the potentially corrupt.
  • Passive corruption: the corrupt person initiates the corruption pact.

What is influence peddling?

Influence peddling is a form of public corruption committed with an intermediary. It is defined as granting an undue advantage to a third party so that he/she can use his/her influence with a public authority or administration to secure the award of a contract, a position or an investment decision.

What is incriminated is the pressure that is put on the public official, not the decision made following that pressure.
Influence peddling is punishable in the same manner as public corruption.