Sustainable development

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not a passing fad - it’s here for good

    Social cohesion, climate change, preservation of resources and biodiversity, improvement of quality of life: the expectations and motivations of stakeholders, Group Colas workers and Spac especially, are significant.

    Spac answers these concerns through its culture that is focussed on the human dimension, dovetailed with its values of respect, boldness and sharing – as well as the proximity of its worksites to settlements and its capacity to innovate.

    Our approach

    Spac’s social responsibility approach is built upon the dual conviction that the business of Spac contributes to meeting core needs and aspirations, and that these can and should be executed responsibly. Spac strives to integrate contemporary expectations and contradictions - including social cohesion, climate change, loss of biodiversity, preservation of resources, accommodation and travel needs, improvement in quality of life, energy transition, management of resources, and increasing expectations around ethical issues

    Concerns around notions of risk and opportunity

    Spac is implementing this approach around several major issues based on notions of risk and opportunity, be that to do with specific details of what Spac does, or requirements around the progress incumbent upon all business across every sector.
    Our approach, objectives and actions are in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the United Nations. Half of those goals are directly related to what the Colas Group does, and therefore to Spac – particularly in relation to: access to health, sex equality, use of renewable energy, access to decent jobs, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable communities and towns, responsible consumption, combatting climate change, and the protection of flora and fauna on the land.

    Impacts and risks

    Analysis of risks and opportunities

    Spac identifies the strengths and weaknesses of its management system, the aim being to draw out of it the risks and opportunities. When these risks and opportunities are identified, then actions to be undertaken can be prioritised.
    The management of these risks and opportunities also means that Spac can reduce the incidence of unwanted events, and bolster the desirable effects of what it does.
    These elements are an opportunity to determine performance-related goals in relation to the business’s context, and to implement the means necessary to the realisation of these goals.

    Ongoing improvement

    Spac undertakes action plans that are ongoing and sustainable to improve processes by strengthening the benefits and best practices that generate value, and by eliminating dysfunction.
    Spac re-evaluates the practices it has integrated and continually examines its processes in order to evolve the business on an ongoing basis. The goal of that initiative is to boost performance at every level of the organisation, to capitalise on the business’s know-how, to reduce costs, and to enhance the business’s efficiency, productivity and profitability. 

    The ACT business plan

    Act & Commit Together

    In 2020, CSR became an ambitious and demanding plan that was named ACT – Act & Commit Together – around Spac’s 8 CSR commitments in respect of its stakeholders.
    For nearly 20 years, a social responsibility initiative incorporating the primary sustainable development issues has been in play – and wherever we are, the men and women of Spac are right now involved in a wide range of local initiatives.
    Today, ACT is a great opportunity to better co-ordinate, share and communicate these actions in a transparent and concrete way, with objectives and indicators that make it possible to measure the progress that has been made. 


    The CSR Directorate drives and rolls out the ACT plan. Every one of the 8 CSR commitments is piloted by a project manager who handles the roll-out of their roadmap in partnership with establishment managers and the corresponding CSR elements within operational units.  Each business unit is then responsible for the roll-out of the actions, and the monitoring of their progress.
    Everyone at Spac is fully mobilised for the purposes of bringing to fruition the 8 CSR commitments made by the business and by the Colas group.