Sustainable Development Strategy

For CGG, sustainability means the ability to successfully deliver geoscience services and provide geophysical products to the market in the long term while caring for and protecting our employees and the communities in which we have the privilege to operate and also preserving the environment. We help our clients gain access to today's energy resources while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their energy needs.

Every three years, CGG takes a fresh look at its approach to sustainable development in order to identify the most important success factors in achieving sustainable performance in our business. We hope to improve our transparency and accountability on sustainable development issues by identifying the themes most pertinent to our business and stakeholders.

Our analysis is based on a Sustainable Development materiality study. Our references are the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the French Grenelle 2 regulatory framework. We carry out a broad-based internal consultation with CGG executives, managers, staff and social partners and an external consultation with third-party stakeholders including clients, investors, an NGO and our industry association. The consultations are designed to identify the Sustainable Development issues and themes that are most pertinent to CGG. The below chart gives an indication of the sustainability themes considered most important to our business for the timeframe 2016-2018.

Materiality 2016 Download the full size image,
 Download the full size image of major issues/themes.

Using the Results

We work closely with Business Lines, HR teams and Group R&D to foster innovation and continue strengthening CGG's capacity to deliver sustainable services and equipment. The results of the materiality study provide an important foundation for developing a focused Sustainable Development strategy. Based on the study and on ongoing consultations with our stakeholders, we have focused our Sustainable Development efforts on the following five major themes:

Our People

  • Ensuring the Health, Safety and Security of our employees and subcontractors, further protected by our strict adherence to fundamental rights and principles at work.
  • Remaining an attractive and responsible employer in a difficult business cycle.
  • Fighting corruption in any form so that all our operations are conducted with integrity.

Communities

  • Managing community relations in the areas where we operate so as to avoid or mitigate potential detrimental impacts on their activity and our operations.
  • Striving to further local economic and social benefits (local content) through our recruitment, training and purchasing decisions.

Subcontractor Management

Managing contractors which are within our prevailing influence and rigorously selecting them to ensure that they are prepared to meet our HSE and SD standards:

  • Establish the level of induction, training and supervision required 
  • Implement measures and audits to assure that subcontractors adhere to our anti-corruption standards expectations, notably through the respect of our Business Code of Conduct and  Supplier Code of Conduct (PDF).

Environment

Tackling the tremendous Improved Oil Recovery opportunity so as to contribute to indirect environmental and social benefits. Innovations in Geoscience are critical to better image the subsurface, optimize field development and achieve more efficient oil and gas production. This will have a positive impact on the availability of resources for future generations.

Sound Emissions

As part of our global footprint minimization approach, further investigating the impact of sound from marine acquisition on marine life and mitigating it if necessary.

Sustainability Governance

CGG has implemented governance structures and initiatives to ensure that our ethics, codes and standards are widely adhered to throughout the organization.

While HSE and SD are the ultimate responsibility of line management, CGG employs HSE professionals in every Business Line and at a corporate support level to support its HSE-Operating Management System.

Board HSE & Sustainable Development Committee

Four Board members

  

Corporate Committee (C COM)

Five members: CEO, CFO, the two Group Chief Operating Officers and the Executive Vice President, HR

  

Sustainable Development Committee

Six members: COO/SEVP Equipment, EVP Marine Business Line, SVP Risk Management HSE & SD, SVP Group Communications, VP Environment and SD, VP HR Sercel

  

HSE & Sustainable Development Community

The Sustainable Development (SD) Committee pilots the sustainable development program and reports on progress made to the Corporate Committee (C COM) and the Board HSE & SD Committee. Periodic management reviews are held at Business Line, Corporate Committee and Board HSE & SD Committee levels to ensure continual improvement. They identify areas for improvement and the corrective measures to be applied, and finally ensure that adequate resources are available to achieve the expected results.

Encouraging and Recognizing Excellence

In 2014, CGG launched an Above & Beyond Care+Protect award program. This annual program recognizes and rewards teams which have fostered an innovation or excellence in HSE and sustainable development through their leadership and visibility, risk management, subcontractor management or competence and training achievements. A special prize is also awarded to a subcontractor or partner who has demonstrated excellence in HSE.

In 2015, CGG rewarded seven projects, one partner and one subcontractor:

  • Health, Safety and Security Excellence category
    The Jury made two awards under this category...each award recognized three winning teams: 
    • CGG Health and Fitness Programs: Fit for Life Workplace Health program in Singapore, Health Week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Mission Slim Possible / Push Yourself challenge / Walking works programs in Houston, USA.
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    • CGG HSE Training Portfolio: GGR HSE e-learnings, HSE-OMS e-learning modules and Safety Intervention Training Video
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  • Sustainable Development Excellence category
    • QuietSea - Marine Mammal Monitoring System
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  • Partner Award
    • PTSC CGGV Joint-Venture
  • Subcontractor Award

In 2014, CGG rewarded two projects and one subcontractor:

  • Health, Safety and Security Excellence category
    • Fresh Whole Blood Transfusions based on CGG Walking Blood Bank
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  • Sustainable Development Excellence category
  • Subcontractor/Partner Award
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UN Global Compact

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Ethics

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Sustainability - 8th Communication on Progress

8th COMMUNICATION ON PROGRESS

Published in July 2016, check out our most recent publication!

Sustainability - Sustainable Development Report 2013

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
REPORT

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY

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HSE POLICY (HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT)

See how CGG is committed to achieving excellence in HSE.