Governance and compliance

Continuing to develop our management policies and processes

Compliance with Statutory Rules and Other Binding Regulations

GVA expects all of our people to strictly comply with the law, regulations, and our company policies.

Ethical conduct

Business conduct is ethical wherever it corresponds to the general principles of integrity and decency, and where the people we deal with perceive it to be right.

At GVA we believe our responsibility is greater than simply complying with statutory rules and other regulations. We expect our people to conduct themselves ethically in all of their business activities and in any situations that such activities entail.

Supervisors must act as role models. Anyone working with external partners on behalf of GVA bears responsibility as a representative of the company.

Ethical conduct also means understanding and complying with the spirit of our policies and refraining from any attempts at circumventing them.

Combating corruption

Corruption has devastating effects on societies, markets, and businesses all over the world, and may cause significant damage to GVA. We are committed to combating corruption and to preventing even the slightest impression of corruptive behaviour.

Seeking to gain influence or advantage by the giving or receiving of benefits is unethical and is prohibited by law, regardless of where it is done and who it is done with.

In light of the potential for giving and receiving benefits to be perceived as corrupt behaviour, all benefits e.g. hospitality, gifts and donations over certain thresholds, are subject to scrutiny and must be reported authorised and recorded.

GVA also recognises that money laundering is a risk when processing and completing property transactions. We have appropriate risk management and processes in place to mitigate the risks of facilitating money laundering activities.

Fair competition

GVA is committed to ensuring that all competition is fair. Our clients choose us because of the high quality of our work, at competitive prices. We refuse to be party to any agreements that result in the restraint of trade.

Social interaction within the corporation

We are committed to the principles of respectfully dealing with one another in a fair and loyal way. All people at GVA have equal opportunities when they are hired and in developing their careers within the Group. Discrimination of any form is prohibited.

In particular, no one may be harassed or placed at a disadvantage due to their national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs, disability, or age. We expect all of our people to contribute to a productive working environment by treating each other with respect, tolerance, and consideration.

Fair employment

GVA will not accept any form of illegal employment and exploitation of people. Illegal employment undermines the labour market and the social security system of our society. It jeopardizes legal employment and prevents the creation of new jobs. Child labour and the exploitation of people cannot in any way be reconciled with our ethical values.

Dealing responsibly with confidential information

Handling confidential information requires care and good judgment on the part of the people receiving information in the context of their work duties. Information may not be misused for personal purposes, nor may it be forwarded to third parties without the consent and knowledge of the owner. Personal data of any kind must be carefully protected against access and misuse by unauthorised parties, also internally within the company.

Independent verification

To demonstrate our commitment to these principles, we have submitted to third party verification of our management systems through ISO certification programmes for:

ISO 9001:Customer focusISO9001
ISO 14001:Environmental sustainabilityISO14001
ISO 27001:Confidentiality and data protectionISO27001
OHSAS 18001:Health and safety (facilities management)OHSAS18001