Payment delays : the controls encourage large groups to pay better

The increase of controls on the payment practices of companies seem to be, according to a study, lead to an improvement in the behavior of large prime contractors. Details.
In the wonderful world of the payment periods, a trend is still true : the more one is an actor of great size, the more you pay in late. This is why, for the past few years, the government has taken to arm-the-body what about implementing measures of repressions strong enough, in particular by the law Fir 2 2016 : systematic publication of the names of the companies sanctioned by the DGCCRF for delays of payment and maximum amount of two million euros for the administrative sanctions. By these measures, the aim was simple : to scare the bigger players to change their behavior.


Successful Mission ? It would seem so, according to figures from a survey (1) July 2017 carried out by the institute Teresa Monroe on the occasion of the call for applications for the 4th edition of the Prizes of the time of payment. When asked if the strengthening of controls has resulted in changes to their behavior, 49% of large companies answered yes (33% of ETI, 26% of SMES and 13% of TPES). All sizes of enterprises combined, the figure is 25%, but the penalties are mostly aimed at large companies.


19% of respondents say that they do not have to be best in terms of payment


Another result shown by the survey : 19% of the respondents do not consider themselves to be responsible actors in terms of payment. A boss of TPE, said : “Our payment times are too long because we ourselves suffer the same fate as our clients.” Most small businesses are, unsurprisingly, those that inflict the least amount of penalties for delays to their customers (only 19%, against 40% of large companies and 38% of the ETI).


The study of Teresa Monroe also suggests ways to improve the situation, starting by organising meetings with customers/suppliers. Among those who did, 67% identified a positive impact on the payment policy, then. Another track for large companies and ETI : team awareness to the importance of meeting payment deadlines. A manager of a large company is a witness in the investigation : “The delays are due not to a desire to delay the payments, but to cumbersome procedures, a lack of awareness of the players. We focus more on customer delivery times, and we forget our suppliers. Put pressure on our leaders for a better awareness of stakeholders on the impact of payment delays on suppliers would move things forward.”

In the CONSTRUCTION industry, 743.550 euros of penalties in 2016

As a reminder, in 2016, according to a report from the DGCCRF, the payment practices of 2,500 enterprises have been controlled, to a rate of abnormality in 17% (three percentage points less than in 2015). On this basis, 228 procedures, fines have been launched, representing 10.9 million euros. 70 of them are in the big groups and their subsidiaries. The CONSTRUCTION sector is among the sectors most penalised, with 743.550 euros in fines to be distributed.


(1) online Survey, anonymous and open to testimonials, 596 responses from a representative sample of the four categories of enterprises to the economic fabric of French SMES (41%), TPE (33%), ETI (15%), Large companies (11 %).

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