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Internal Control summed up in a few words

Internal Control allow the level of management of the risks faced by organisations to be assessed, by mapping out these risks in particular. Internal audits are an effective strategy for protection against risks and their associated developments, and over the years have been adapted to the way modern companies operate. From the mid 20-th century, this approach took the form of an organisational system with the objective of guaranteeing respect for the core values of a company in order to ensure that these were continued.

The self-assessment campaings

This is a real source of learning, both for the employees and the company. The group has set up an annual self-assessment drive in order to assess how well its procedures are being implemented. This drive, which is led by the Internal Control referents, focuses on three main areas:

1. Ensuring the conformity of procedures and of the management of activities according to a framework of principles developed by Bouygues SA. This framework is updated annually and includes general, accounting and financial principles. It also includes legislative and regulatory changes and changes in company procedures (e.g. compliance rules).

2. Ensure the continuous improvement of organizations and employees through self-assessment campaigns. With the help of the Internal Control Principles, each employee can reflect on his or her daily operations and those of his or her immediate environment in order to ensure the control of his or her activities. Self-assessment workshops are organized by the campaign's facilitators and bring together those involved in the same process for a given organization. The exchange and confrontation of points of view in a self-assessment logic allows for an inventory of the situation and the identification of possible / necessary areas for improvement. These workshops also enable participants to re-appropriate the fundamentals of the reference framework.

3Identifying and listing existing and future ‘macro-risks’ by risk mapping at the level of each of the Group's companies. This makes it possible to share these major risks on a large scale and in a common manner and to increase their control by establishing a process for improving and reducing the Group's exposure.

Beyond its initial role of analysing, processing and anticipating risks, Internal Control is proving to be an added benefit for the Group and its employees. As an aid to decision-making and the implementation of strategies and actions to mitigate identified risks, internal audits engage employees and managers, helping them to manage their objectives and continuously improve their performance.

Find more information on the Internal Control SharePoint page.

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