INSEE and ministerial statistical offices are partners in the "Official statistics and enterprises" approach.
Their five commitments cover all stages of the relationship with enterprises, from the questioning process to the dissemination of statistical information: economy, reciprocity, proximity, reliability, confidentiality.
"The official statistical system shall work to minimize the number and volume of questionnaires submitted to enterprises, by optimizing samples and achieving better coordination between offices in charge of surveys. It also pledges to make questionnaires more reader-friendly, both in wording and layout."
1- to avoid double questioning:
2- to verify the relevance of statistical surveys:
3- to alleviate the response burden for small enterprises:
4- to simplify survey response:
"The official statistical system shall expand information feedback to enterprises: feedback of individualized information, communicated as quickly as possible to survey participants; offering of products and services specially designed for enterprises."
to inform enterprises of the use of data gathered:
to promote the use of business statistics, free online access to statistical results:
to facilitate access by enterprises to services:
"The official statistical system shall facilitate paperwork for enterprises by expanding its information services and local services. Its specialized survey-takers can assist them in filling out questionnaires."
to facilitate questionnaire completion:
to offer enterprises better guidance on available information:
"The official statistical system shall work continuously to improve the reliability of disseminated results. This reliability is obtained by applying a rigorous methodology to each stage of a survey: sampling, data collection, processing, validation, analysis and interpretation of results."
1- to adapt to the business world
2- to improve the quality of statistical products
3- to offer comparable data within EU
"The official statistical system reasserts its commitment to statistical secrecy and confidentiality of data collected from enterprises. These data shall not be disseminated in any manner potentially harmful to the enterprises concerned. The official statistical system shall continuously adapt its means of protection to developments in information and communication technologies."
This commitment is enshrined in Act no. 51-711 of June 7, 1951 (amended) on legal obligation, coordination, and confidentiality in the field of statistics. The statistical offices shall ensure their strict compliance with statistical confidentiality. This is a specific form of professional secrecy, whose violation is severely punished by the penal code.
INSEE and ministerial statistical offices are aware of the workload entailed in responding to their questionnaires, and are therefore coordinating their activities to ease the response burden for enterprises.