On Friday 19th December at Challenger, employees had the opportunity to explore a photo exhibition dedicated to the Compagnons du Minorange, held in the heart of the Atrium.
The aim of this exhibition is to trace the history of the Order since its creation in 1963, and to showcase the Compagnon du Minorange of yesteryear—with hitherto unpublished archive photos, the Compagnon of today, and the Compagnon of tomorrow. Modernisation doesn't prevent us from maintaining our foundations, expertise, behaviour, and values. This exhibition was created as a tribute to all the Compagnons du Minorange from all of the Orders within Bouygues Construction and the Group's other activities, but also as a fitting tribute to Francis Bouygues who left us such a rich legacy.Rachid Kriche Secretary of the Ordre des Compagnons du Minorange
The members of the Bouygues SA Group Council met the same day at Challenger and were able to enjoy the event.
Twenty one Compagnons du Minorange were also present and had the opportunity to spend some time with Martin Bouygues, who took the time to greet them one by one and talk to each of them.
It was a truly powerful moment!
The Ordre des Compagnons du Minorange was created in 1963 by Francis Bouygues to promote loyalty and reward his best craftsmen (Compagnons). Learn about the history of this emblematic and highly principled Order.
“1963: the Ordre des Compagnons du Minorange has just been created, and our best Compagnons are members. They will interact, manage themselves, and demonstrate the quality of the entire company through their professional and ethical values.
Of all the things I have done in my construction career, the Ordre des Compagnons du Minorange is the initiative and organisation that I consider to be the most successful, and the one of which I am most proud. It gives me great satisfaction to have contributed to the cause of these Compagnons who, like me, are fully-fledged, proud, happy builders. A deep and sincere bond of friendship unites us.Francis Bouygues Founder of the Bouygues Group
• Increase loyalty among the best Compagnons within the company,
• Involve them in the company's development and success,
• Make them proud of their work,
• Establish a bond among them,
• To set an example and inspire other Compagnons to do the same,
• Represent the Company and bolster its reputation.
This institution represented a breakthrough at a time when the status of employees in the construction sector was precarious. It helped develop employee loyalty, workplace safety and stability, and a sense of pride in their work.
Being a Compagnon is a traditional part of the construction industry. Cathedral builders passed on their knowledge to each other on building sites by constructing masterpieces and inspiring their assistants to broaden their knowledge and become better tradesmen. The passion for high-quality work was traditionally passed on from generation to generation by the Compagnons du Tour de France. This tradition continues today through the Compagnons du Minorange, who are present throughout the Group's companies.
A Compagnon du Minorange is characterised by a profound desire to carry out high-quality work as part of a close and loyal team.
A driving force on construction sites, they are technically, professionally, and socially proficient. They are active participants in the Group's major concerns: safety, professionalism, and training.
Indeed, one major role of the Compagnons du Minorange is to welcome young workers, support them, mentor them, and crucially, become role models to them. A Compagnon du Minorange seeks to inspire young people to one day join the Order and therefore become outstanding in their chosen profession.
Minium is an anti-rust paint that was introduced in 1963 to avoid the need for a second coat of paint on construction equipment.
For those who are not near Paris—a virtual tour will soon be available in digital format!