In May 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed Sanofi's website for information on how the company managed workers' rights in its supply chain. On the basis of what was found, Sanofi was rated as follows:

Supply chain policy (rudimentary)
A strong policy would include the following commitments: no use of forced labour, permission of freedom of association, payment of a living wage, the restriction of working hours to 48 hours plus 12 overtime (without exception), no use of a child labour (under 15 or 14 if ILO exempt), no discrimination by race, sex or for any other reason.

The company's supplier Code of Conduct had adequate clauses on child labour, freedom of association, forced labour and discrimination. The clauses on living wages and working hours were not considered adequte as they only required compliance with the local law. This policy was rated as rudimentary.

Stakeholder engagement (poor)
Ethical Consumer deemed it necessary for companies to demonstrate stakeholder engagement, such as through membership of the Ethical Trade Initiative, Fair Labour Association or Social Accountability International. Companies were also expected to engage with Trade Unions, NGOs and/or not-for-profit organisations which could systematically verify the company's supply chain audits, and for workers to have access to an anonymous complaints system, free of charge and in their own language.

No evidence of any of these things could be found. Sanofi was a member of several industry groups but they were not considered to be sufficient.

Auditing and Reporting (poor)
Ethical Consumer deemed it necessary for companies to have an auditing and reporting system. Results of audits should publicly reported and quantitatively analysed. The company should have a scheduled and transparent audit plan that applies to their whole supply chain, including some second tier suppliers. The company should also have a staged policy for non-compliance. The costs of the audit should be borne by the company.

The company stated that it audited its suppliers based on level of risk determined. It provided details of the number of audits carried out in the last year and the number which passed but not details of the remediation that happened to suppliers that had failed. It did not mention who paid for the audits, or give a clear comittment to audit its entire suppy chain including some second tier suppliers.

Difficult issues (poor)
Ethical Consumer also deemed it necessary for companies to address other difficult issues in their supply chains. This would include ongoing training for agents, or rewards for suppliers, or preference for long term suppliers. It would also include acknowledgement of audit fraud and unannounced audits, and measures taken to address the issue of living wages, particularly among outworkers, and illegal freedom of association.

The company did not address difficult issues.

Overall Sanofi received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Supply Chain Management.


Sanofi website (7 May 2019)

In May 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the pharmaceutical Transparency Index run by the campaigning organisation All Trials, started by Dr Ben Goldacre and Dr Sile Lane at Sense About Science. All Trials argued that transparency in clinical trials was not being sufficiently respected by pharmaceutical companies, with seriously detrimental effects on medicine.

The Index rated 46 pharmaceutical companies on their commitment to transparency.

Ethical Consumer marked down all companies who appeared below the top ten. This included ViiV Healthcare, which was in 36th place, Sanofi, in 25th place, Johnson & Johnson, in 15th place, and Bayer, in 11th place.


Transparency Index (14 May 2019)

In May 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the Sanofi family tree on the Hoovers website. Sanofi had operations in the following countries that Ethical Consumer viewed as being governed by oppressive regimes at the time of writing: China, Thailand, Venuezuela, Pakistan, Columbia, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Russia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Jordon.


Generic Hoovers ref 2019 (2 January 2019)

According to IndusriALL GlobalUnion, between April and May 2018, Yves Rocher dismissed a total of 115 workers at their Turkish subsidiary Kosan Kozmetik Pazarlama ve Ticaret AS for exercising their fundamental right to join a union.
Turkish union Petrol-Is, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, conducted an organising campaign at Kosan Kozmetik, who produced for global cosmetics brand Yves Rocher.

In April 2018, local management dismissed 14 members of Petrol-Is due to their union membership, according to IndustriALL. In addition, it was claimed that management continued to pressure and intimidate workers, undermining their legitimate rights to join a union at the plant.

As the workers refused to give up their affiliation with Petrol-Is, management dismissed six more union members on 11 May. On 15 May, Kosan Kozmetik sacked 65 workers over their involvement in trade union work, bringing the total number of dismissed workers to 85.

Local management of Yves Rocher continued to dismiss union members and by 18 May 2018 a total of 115 workers had been dismissed, leading to picketing of the factory by Petrol-Is and its members, and initiation of legal steps for all cases of dismissal as the termination of contracts due to union membership was unjustified.

IndustriALL Global Union called on Yves Rocher’s management to respect trade union rights, reinstate the dismissed union members and enter into dialogue with Petrol-Is.

Valter Sanches, IndustriALL general secretary said:
“It is completely unacceptable for such [a] well-known global brand not to respect fundamental rights in its subsidiaries. We expect Yves Rocher to immediately address the situation. Kosan Kozmetik’s behaviour is in blatant violation of Turkish labour law, as well as fundamental international labour standards.”

Based in Rennes, France, Yves Rocher was described as a worldwide cosmetics and beauty brand with a presence in 88 countries and workforce of 13,500 people, not including more than 215,000 people employed through indirect jobs. Kosan Kozmetik employed 400 workers, and produced the brand Flormar, the number one make-up brand in Turkey with a 21 per cent market share.


French cosmetics brand Yves Rocher dismisses 100+ union members (24 May 2018)