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21/05/2010 | Paris, May 21, 2010

PSA Peugeot Citroën renews its worldwide agreement on corporate social responsibility

PSA Peugeot Citroën has signed, on the 20th May 2010, along with its two international social partners, FIOM* and FEM, an agreement renewing and improving the agreement on worldwide corporate social responsibility.

This agreement commits all Group subsidiaries around the world to respect and promote the fundamental human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to ensure the application of good practice in the management and development of employees. The Group has committed to share these demands with its partner companies, suppliers and independent distribution networks.

This new agreement also refers to the Group’s revised Charter of Ethics, which will be distributed to all employees in the near future, after being presented to the social partners.

A section has been added on the actions taken to: protect the environment, respect the use of natural resources, and minimise the environmental impact of the Group’s activities. Given the importance to the wider society of these issues, the actions and good practices in this area will be presented annually to trades union organisations at Group level and at Group sites.

Since 2006, this agreement has been in force in 31 countries and in all of the Directions of the Group, encompassing some 110 ‘filiales’. It is the basis for annual assessments and the action plans by its divisions and by the trades unions.

Among the programmes of actions, are: the prevention of physical and verbal ill-treatment, or harassment, the recognition of trade union rights, the integration of young people into the world of work, Health and Safety at work, with the introduction of the Group Safety Management System SMST, the improvement of working conditions, the promotion of well-being at work, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, and the training and development of all employees.

Jyrki Raina, the General Secretary of the FIOM, welcomed the improvements to the agreement of 2006. He said that this new agreement is an essential tool for promoting sustainable industrial relations and working conditions at PSA Peugeot Citroën, its suppliers and sub-contractors.

Bart Samyn, Deputy General Secretary of the European Metalworkers’ Federation, stated that he is very satisfied by the signing of this international agreement. He added that it introduces new and significant challenges, notably concerning the environment. He also stated that he is eager to see how these will be implemented.

Denis Martin, Group Director of Human Resources and Systems of Excellence, said that this new agreement is an important stage in the development of the Group’s policy on corporate responsibility and forms part of the Group’s Vision of responsible development.

*FIOM : Fédération Internationale des Organisations de Travailleurs de la Métallurgie (International Metalworkers' Federation) and FEM : the Fédération Européenne des Métallurgistes (European Metalworkers' Federation)

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