Corporate responsibility

Since its inception in 1985, NEURONES has endeavored to pursue responsible and sustainable development within its environment. This is one of the company's key commitments.


  • Regarding its No.1 asset, human resources

    Right from the outset, the Group established an ambitious and innovative Human Resources policy that fosters diversity: 65 nationalities represented, a variety of academic backgrounds, including young, seasoned and senior professionals, 420 apprentices, interns and professionalization contracts in 2021, of which more than 93% were open-ended contracts.

    Numerous job creations:

    • net job creation each year, including in 2021 (+280 at constant scope), in addition to the jobs created at subcontractors;
    • company growth and acquisitions are handled without ever using layoff plans,
    • an IT retraining program helps young graduates to find a job.

    Longstanding capital sharing scheme:

    • around 40 company managers and executives hold stakes in the capital of the companies they are developing,
    • distribution of bonus-shares and schemes to open up capital,
    • new key executives are regularly given the opportunity to acquire stakes in their companies and/or the Group.

    Ongoing career management:

    • lateral moves encouraged between different job fields and different functions, preference for internal promotion (especially for managerial and executive positions),
    • annual performance reviews and interviews every few years are standard practice.

    Long-term training policy:

    • sustained advanced training actions (technical, management, languages, etc.),
    • training plans are easier to carry out because they use the Group’s own training centers,
    • employees encouraged to obtain qualifying certifications (editors, new technologies, etc.).

    Motivating working environment:

    • an environment that empowers people and lets them build their own future
    • bonus share and performance share plans in progress in eight entities,
    • group management holds a majority shareholding, which rules out decisions made by financiers or uninvolved shareholders.

  • Regarding its Clients

    Service lines are continuously improved in all activities in an effort to constantly adapt solutions to decision-makers’ needs.

    Industrialized and pooled services:

    • in 2020, € 7.4m of industrial investments were channeled primarily into the service centers (expansion in France and abroad) and the cloud computing line of services (hardware and software, and reserved areas with third-party hosters).

    Active quality development:

    • the three main companies in the Infrastructures business are ISO 9001 certified,
    • the three companies in the Infrastructures segment with their own managed services centers and regular ISAE 34-02 audits are ISO 27001 certified,
    • one entity is SecNumCloud certified,
    • one entity is Health Data Hosting (HDH) certified.

    Constant tailoring to needs:

    • the creation of specialized companies and mergers with fellow companies with complementary areas of expertise are continually enhancing the quality of the services and expanding the scope of expertise.

  • Regarding its subcontractors
    • the company includes CSR criteria in the evaluation of its main subcontractors,
    • employees of companies employing disabled people in protected and special facilities are integrated into the group's teams on recurring contracts via temporary business groups (TBG).

  • Regarding Markets ands Shareholders

    Profit reinvestment:

    • for a long time (before the company was listed), profits were reinvested in full. Today, a large percentage of the profits is set aside to enable the Group to achieve its ambitions, irrespective of trends in the financial markets, the economic situation or bank policy.

    Regular, transparent communications:

    • the annual (audited) results are published within ten weeks of the end of the financial year. The (unaudited) results are published every quarter. The Group has also issued a twice-yearly Shareholders’ Newsletter since 2000.

    Proven resistance to cyclical uncertainties:

    • the diversified business portfolio and the recurrent nature of certain core businesses have allowed the company to come through the years of market contraction without too great an impact on profitability and without having to resort to staff cuts.

  • Regarding the environment

    Given the nature of its core businesses, NEURONES’ environmental footprint is only marginal. However, the Group:

    • calculates its carbon footprint,
    • ensures that it uses data centers with good energy performance (low PUE),
    • has installed low-energy systems (lighting, HVAC, etc.),
    • systematically recycles consumables (printer toners, electric batteries, etc.),
    • recruits, as far as possible, in labor market areas close to its service centers to limit daily commutes,
    • encourages the use of video-conferencing.

 

280
net jobs created in 2021
(with constant structures)

75%
of the profits of the last 20 years set aside to finance future developments

65
nationalities represented among employees

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