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FReD is based on the three sets of standards established by the business lines (i.e. the three CSR pillars: economic, social and environmental) to create a framework for their entities’ actions:
Each of these themes is associated with 20 progress areas. Entities must choose five areas for each set of standards and organise at least 15 projects.
Action plans are drawn up once the priorities have been set. To be operational, they must have five characteristics: a governance structure, a deadline, a budget, an indicator, and quantified targets. FReD is more than just a support tool; it is also a yardstick designed to assess and monitor the progress of each project. Action plans are divided into five stages to simplify progress assessment
One progress point is earned when the plan moves to the next level. Because FReD was conceived to be objective, it assesses progress rather than absolute values. Year after year, the average of each entity’s self-assessments will be used to compute the Group’s overall progress on the FReD Index.