Corporate Social Responsibility

Aware of our responsibility in each of the pillars of sustainable development, we have gradually devised a CSR policy that contributes to shared economic and social development and the preservation of human equilibrium

Divided into 4 pillars and cascaded in 13 commitments, ESI’s CSR strategy aims at providing sustainable solutions for CUSTOMERS, while being committed to its EMPLOYEES, acting ethically and responsibly with CIVIL SOCIETY and limiting its environmental footprint and the one of its customers on the PLANET.

Read more below about the following topics: CSR commitments, our support of the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as our materiality assessment.

Global Compact
Since 2018, ESI Group signed the Global Compact (United Nations Global Compact) and thus undertakes to align its CSR strategy on the 10 United Nations principles, relating to human rights, international labor standards, the environment and the fight against corruption. The Group also undertakes to yearly communicate its progress to its stakeholders through the release of a Communication on Progress (COP).

Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the United Nations defined a list of 17 sustainable development goals ("SDGs"), meeting global challenges such as poverty, inequality, education and environmental degradation. Throughout its value chain and its CSR strategy, ESI Group addresses 10 different SDGs.

ESI's Materiality Matrix

In 2020, ESI Group has updated its materiality matrix: a key tool in the execution of the company’s CSR strategy, making it possible to define its priorities according to their importance for the Group’s stakeholders, as well as their impact on ESI’s performance. For more information, please refer to the 2020 Universal Registration Document, available here.

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Gaïa Index

Being rewarded for its continuous improvement approach to its social, societal, environmental and governance practices, ESI Group has once again ranked first in the 2020 Gaïa campaign for mid-caps with annual revenues under €150 million. Also achieved between 2016 and 2018, this his distinction reflects, once again, the Group’s continuous commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Communication on Progress (COP)

Click on the picture below to download the 2021 COP statement on extra-financial performance extracted from our 2021 Universal Registration Document.

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Commitment On Progress (COP)

Download below the 2020 COP statement on extra-financial performance extracted from our 2020 Universal Registration Document.


Our Values inspire our daily relations with our colleagues and fortify ESI’s commitment to be a united Company.


PASSION – We have a passion for innovation and excellence
The heart of our organization is our capacity for innovation, supported by our drive to achieve excellence. Our passion for Virtual Product Engineering is the key to our motivation and success. We strive to build a supportive environment that fosters innovation and creativity, allowing us to better serve the needs of our customers. Passion is the reason ESI delivers the highest quality every day.
Ultimately, we measure the success of our innovations through our customer’s success.

GLOBAL – We are rich in diversity
The power of our highly innovative solutions enables us to be successful on a global scale. Being a global company, we are proud to have a multicultural and diverse workforce.
We value differences and encourage our people to share their ideas across borders for creating an efficient and cutting-edge workplace, allowing us to better serve our global customers.
Founded in France over 40 years ago, ESI is now present in more than 20 countries. We seek to extend our know-how and expertise by finding the best talents across the globe.

CHANGE – We are committed to improving ourselves every day
To us, change means constantly improving and innovating as new technologies and ideas come about. We welcome new challenges with enthusiasm and see them as opportunities for growth and improvement.
Innovation knows no routine! New joiners and our experts appreciate global creativity and are always taking part in change.

TRUST – We believe in one other
We spend time developing and nurturing trusting relationships to ensure our organization is successful and harmonious. Mutual respect, team spirit and healthy relationships are key to our work ethics.
We pay close attention to all beliefs and strive to demonstrate professionalism, loyalty and integrity in all of our interactions.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – We respect people and contribute to inclusive growth and sustainable development
With the support of ESI’s Virtual Product Engineering software and services, our customers are committed to developing better products, reaching the highest standards of environmental protection, while significantly limiting waste and gas emissions.
ESI’s teams participate in social value-added applications in domains such as safety, health and contributing to a greener environment.
Within our walls, we work every day to create a respectful and ethical workplace to contribute to the well-being of all. We create a stimulating and open work culture that promotes people for their knowledge, skills and experience as essential team members.

Also, ESI has been embracing a deeply multi-cultural path from its very beginning, deepening on our geographic diversity and leadership from all continents. We also developed high ethics standards which are reflected in the specific section below. Furthermore, our employees received a mandatory training to ensure a better understanding of this Charter and be aware of our engagements.

ENERGY – We meet every challenge with energy and determination
Energy is the source of our determination. We work together in a united spirit, actively collaborating to solve tough challenges and to develop innovative solutions.
Our energy drives our enthusiasm and motivation, qualities that characterize each and every colleague here at ESI. It is in this spirit that we approach our task of meeting our customers’ goals.


In a context which is becoming increasingly global and complex, it is essential to establish an Ethics policy that provides a real reference structure, and shares principles and practices.

Read more below about the following topics: the Ethics Charter & Committee, Gender equality, Anti-corruption and  Non-discrimination policy.

Ethic Charter

Guiding each person to conduct their mission in the same spirit, the ESI’s Ethics Charter sets out the fundamental principles and the rules of conduct to be adopted by every one of us to ensure compliance with the law and delivery on our commitments.
This Charter also sets out the kind of relationships that we wish to maintain within the company to ensure a strong internal teamwork, and constructive collaboration and cooperation with our stakeholders (clients, suppliers, shareholders, partners…).

Download the 2021 Ethics Charter here.

Furthermore, our employees received a mandatory training to ensure a better understating of this Charter and be aware of our engagements.

Ethic committee

The Ethics Committee is responsible for creating conditions to help our employees embrace the principles of our Ethics Charter and making sure its principles are applied by everyone in their day-to-day work.
The Committee listens and helps individual employees to discuss any topic related to implementing or complying with the Ethics Charter and makes sure that all our subsidiaries implement the principles set out in the Charter.
The Ethics Committee is composed of the following members:

  • Olfa Zorgati, EVP Operations & Chief Financial Officer
  • Corinne Romefort-Régnier, SVP General Secretary & Governance
  • Joaquin Castano Teso, Group Quality Director
  • Yannick Charron, VP Human Resources

The Ethics Committee can be reached at ethics [at]

Gender equality

For several years, ESI Group has been implementing a CSR approach into all its actions and strategies. In fact, the Group has formalized a strategy organized around 4 pillars: Employees, Customers, Civil Society and the Planet.

To strengthen this initiative, ESI joined the UN Global Compact in 2018. Thus, the Group has strengthened and reorganized its CSR strategy by integrating 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations. One of these Goals is gender equality.

Commit to disclose their efforts to support gender equality through policy development, advocacy, and transparency.

"Gender equality" is fully integrated into the Group's strategy.

In France, "Equal pay for equal work" has been a principle of labor law for several decades. Nevertheless, gaps persist. In this respect, the Avenir law aims to eliminate the pay gap between men and women.

In this perspective, each year, companies with 50 employees or more must calculate the gender equality index and publish the obtained score.

This index is calculated on the basis of various indicators:

  • the gender pay gap;
  • the difference in individual salary increase rates;
  • the difference in promotion rates between women and men;
  • the rate of female employees who received a salary increase in the year following their return from maternity leave;
  • the number of employees of the under-represented gender among the 10 highest paid employees.

The goal is for each company to reach a minimum score of 75/100. If a company does not exceed this threshold, it has three years to comply, failing which it may be sanctioned up to 1% of its payroll.

In accordance with this regulation, the ESI Group UES (ESI Group, ESI France & Civitec) in France has calculated its Gender Equality Index.

Below are the results:

  • The gender pay gap: 35/40;
  • The gap in individual rates of pay increase: 20/20;
  • The gap in promotion rates between women and men: 15/15;
  • The rate of employees having benefited from a salary increase in the year following their return from maternity leave: 15/15;
  • The number of employees of the under-represented sex among the 10 highest paid employees: 5/10.

TOTAL: 90/100.

ESI Group has calculated this result considering the following principles:

  • The reference period used is the calendar year: from January 1 to December 31, 2022;
  • The scope of the analysis is 259 employees;
  • The calculations of the various indicators, in particular salary raises and return from maternity leave, are made at the level of socio-professional categories.



Every ESI employee must show integrity and to honor the commitments undertaken in their dealings with other employees, clients, suppliers, and other partners of our Company. All decisions must be made based on objective and transparent criteria. Any illegal and/or morally unacceptable action or practice is strictly prohibited.
Among the Actions taken to prevent corruption:

  • prohibition of any form of corruption in its relations with its business and institutional partners and with the administration,
  • no financial or in-kind gratuities may be given with a view to obtaining an advantage, nor may such gratification be received to benefit a company or person,
  • if an employee makes facilitation payments or influence-peddling in the course of their professional activities, he is likely to be subject to criminal penalties and its contract of employment will be terminated,
  • prohibition to receive, give, promise or solicitate facilitation payments or influence-peddling undue benefits with a view to granting, obtaining or maintaining a contract or any other advantage.


Non-discrimination policy

The Group's highly innovative solutions enable ESI to successfully develop its business throughout the world. As an international company, ESI Group is proud to be able to have a multicultural and diversified workforce. The Group has always valued differences and encouraged its employees to share their ideas across borders in order to create a modern and efficient work environment, able to better support its international customers. ESI Group strives to daily develop its know-how and expertise in recruiting the best talent from around the world.

In order to promote diversity and reduce inequalities within the Group, ESI is committed to:

  • promote diversity and multicultural exchanges;
  • increase the proportion of female employees with permanent contracts;
  • comply with laws and regulations prohibiting any discrimination based on age, race, sex, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, health, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political or philosophical opinions, union membership or other characteristics protected by locally applicable law;
  • not tolerate any form of sexual, physical or moral harassment, coercion or persecution.


Responsible Purchase

ESI Group desires to work in an ecosystem and an environment that shares its values. The purpose of the Responsible Purchasing Charter is to clarify our expectations from our Suppliers (current or future) in terms of human rights and working conditions, ethical business conduct and governance, and environmental responsibility.  The capacity of suppliers to engage and translate these commitments into appropriate practices is part of the evaluation criteria retained by the Group throughout the relationship with the eligible suppliers.


Global Sustainable Performance & Compliance

Our Purpose is to boost human creativity to drive industrial performance to the upper level. This is reflected in our core commitment to enable clean, safe, and productive industry globally.

With a fundamental goal to bringing satisfaction to our customers and meet their expectations for the quality of the products and services we provide.

The performance of our operations and the compliance with the applicable laws and regulations and with the requirements from customers are the two key elements on which our management system is based.

The certifications achieved by ESI over the past years are the proof of the alignment with those key elements.

The ISO 9001 help us to set:

  • the Processes Approach aligned with the context of the organisation,
  • the voice of the customer integrated into or operations,
  • the compliance with the laws and regulations applicable (GPDR, Anti-Bribery, Export Compliance, Corporate Social Responsibility, etc…)
  • the performance in our execution to ensure the results are in line with the expectations

The ISO 27001 focuses us on:

  • the Performance of Processes linked with the Security of our information (internal and external)
  • the implementation of the best practices to guarantee adequate physical, human and IT security measures

The TISAX® brings our efforts to:

  • securing of the exchanges point to point with our customers and partners in the automotive sector.
  • complementing the ISO 27001 with extra requirements to elevate the performance of our processes to secure our operations.

The final objective being to win the trust of our customers and partners in our products and solutions, taking each interaction as an opportunity to demonstrate our engagement towards the above-mentioned principles.


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