Naval Group Whistleblowing hotline

Naval Group offers staff and stakeholders (customers, suppliers, partners, etc.) dedicated contacts and a hotline for the confidential reporting of any event they have witnessed or in which they were the victim

  • in the areas of accounting, finance, banking or the fight against corruption, or
  • of discrimination, harassment or the breaking of health and safety or environmental protection law.

The Hotline aims to hand responsibility to staff and directly involve every employee in risk prevention.


The Naval Group whistleblowing hotline uses a transparent and strict procedure to ensure that all processed data remains confidential, that rights of all the involved parties are respected and that there is zero tolerance for offences and inappropriate behaviour within the group.

The whistleblowing hotline can also be used to obtain information or to raise questions or concerns about the application or interpretation of rules in the Code of Ethics or the Compliance Code of Conduct.

Use of the hotline is not compulsory and its implementation complies with the regulations in force in each country. Once processed, reported data is destroyed, kept or archived in accordance with legal requirements.

What is a whistleblower?

Article 6 of the French “Sapin II” Act defines a whistleblower as “an individual who without personal interest and in good faith discloses or reports an offence, a serious and manifest violation of an international commitment that has been duly ratified or approved by France, a unilateral act by an international organisation based on such a commitment, the law or a regulation, or a threat or serious harm to the general interest, of which that individual has personal knowledge”.

Who has access to the Hotline messages?

Naval Group’s Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (CERSE) deals with all reports received. Hotline e-mails can be accessed only by the Chairman or Secretary of the Ethics Committee via a secure link. The Chairman or Secretary of the Ethics Committee will decide on a case by case basis whether reports received are admissible.

What are the rules on admissible reports?

  • The whistleblower must be clearly identified, must make a clear report and must be acting in good faith.
  • The whistleblower must be a direct witness of all the facts reported and the facts themselves must be directly connected to, and fall entirely within the scope of, the whistleblowing system.
  • Article 6 of the “Sapin II” Act states that “Facts, information and documents, whatever their form or medium, that are covered by national defence secrecy, medical confidentiality or lawyer/customer privilege do not fall within the whistleblowing regime described in this chapter.”