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Professional ethics at the BRGM

The BRGM's ability to meet the needs of its private and public partners relies both on its know-how and on its capacities for applying the founding principles of its code of ethics in practice.

Since its creation, the BRGM has endeavoured to abide by a code of ethics acknowledged by all interested parties. This commitment is a driving force of the BRGM's culture, and this is why it has now been transcribed into a Code of Ethics that explicitly sets out the principles adhered to by all BRGM employees.

The BRGM's Code of Ethics is based on the five fundamental principles that underpin the conduct by all employees of their professional activities, guided by a constant awareness of their contribution to the exercise of the BRGM's corporate social responsibility. 

The 5 fundamental principles of the BRGM's Code of Ethics

The 5 fundamental principles of the BRGM's Code of Ethics


Integrity / Loyalty / Probity

By virtue of its specialisations and activities, the BRGM is by definition a player in sustainable development. It conducts its activities with integrity, abiding by its undertakings, with respect for people, property and the environment and  in compliance with regulations.


Dialogue / Attentiveness / Mutual assistance

The strength of the BRGM lies in its capacity for dialogue and attentiveness to each and every one of the widely diverse interested parties it works with prior to harnessing its multidisciplinary competences to undertake the research and expert study projects entrusted to it.


Reliability / Professionalism / Thoroughness

The BRGM's competence rests on its capacity for harnessing the combined strengths of its scientific disciplines and fields of expertise and capitalising on the wealth of its scientific heritage of data, technologies and knowledge accumulated over nearly 60 years. This competence is expressed by the guaranteed thoroughness and integrity of its scientific approach and by the quality of results produced in compliance with both deadlines and budgets.


Communication / Disclosure of interests / Freedom of expression

The BRGM discloses all affiliations it may have with interested parties and endeavours to share all scientific knowledge produced with public funding. It reports all uncertainties, knowledge gaps and controversies that may arise from these affiliations. It develops objective, verifiable, open and accessible communication materials on its scientific and technical work.


Impartiality / Independence / Neutrality

The BRGM conducts its tasks independently of any particular political, economic or commercial interests  


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