SUEZ is committed to diversity and well-being in the workplace, promoting equal opportunity through our Diversity Program initiated in 2012.
Diversity is an essential component of our company’s wellbeing, allowing each employee to play a decisive role in the resource revolution and the transformation of our business. We offer dedicated training courses and comprehensive monitoring and measurement of wellbeing, ensuring a homogeneous system of internal investigations and progress plan implementation.
At SUEZ, we believe that safety shouldn’t be taken for granted. Increasing the safety of our employees remains imperative and our safety targets are amongst the most ambitious in our industry. We aim for zero fatal accidents in liability, regardless of the person's status.
Our ambition is to further reduce the frequency rates in the water and waste sectors, both for SUEZ employees and our subcontractors. Safety results are essential elements in assessing the performance of our managers.
Effective organisational ecosystems thrive on collaboration. As a producer of collective intelligence and innovation, we aim to encourage this movement on three levels. At employee level, we’re fostering new collaborative methods such as Skype, Yammer and SharePoint to enable employees to build internal interest-based networks; at innovation level, we aim to facilitate openness to the world of startups; and at customer level, we’re reinforcing the principles of shared management, guaranteeing efficiency and performance for industry and local authorities.
In an increasingly globalised world, our responsibility lies in precautionary measures such as the security of personal data of employees and customers, and also the promotion of our wholesome values and convictions.
Social rights are fundamental to human rights: wherever SUEZ is present, we commit all our subsidiaries to securing and strengthening mechanisms of social dialogue. We’re implementing a vigilant plan for respect for human rights within our supply chain and are taking steps to further promote CSR in our supplier relations.
We subscribe to the two-degree trajectory by raising the ambitions of our previous roadmap.
We’re determined to limit the carbon footprint of our business activities around the world with absolute GHG emission reduction targets. We’re equipping all storage sites with biogas recovery systems, reinforcing the clean vehicle policy and increasing the energy performance of our business activities to help reach this goal.
We are also committed to helping our industrial customers and local authorities avoid GHG emissions through dedicated circular economy solutions for material and energy recovery. We’re also doubling the recycling of plastic – a major economic and environmental issue for everyone.
If we do not act now to secure water resources, 40 per cent of the world's population will live in water-stressed areas by 2035.
We’re saving water through improved leak and consumption management and maximising supply by increasing available volumes of alternative sources of water, such as wastewater reuse and desalination.
Prevention is as important as adaption. We provide industry with solutions to limit its water footprint and develop predictive tools for flood risk prevention for communities of all sizes. We’re also working to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on water through the Business Alliance for Water and Climate.
We have engaged all our employees in the resource revolution; everything we do is a reflection of this strategy.
The circular economy makes it possible to decouple growth from the consumption of natural resources while reducing GHG emissions. We’re renewing our objective to increase the proportion of waste transformed into secondary raw materials and applying it worldwide.
Combating climate change and deploying the circular economy on a global scale requires the creation of a new economic model that considers external environmental and social factors.
We are developing this model by adopting an internal carbon price, systematising remuneration based on global performance, establishing material circularity indicators for more robust measurement of the impacts of the new model and promoting the revolution of thought through implementation of a circular economy.
Our circular economy and water resources treatment solutions reflect the expectations of our industrial customers and local communities regarding economic and environmental performance.
Using existing tools, notably environmental and social life cycle analysis, we will implement a homogeneous and comprehensive measurement system so our new solutions contribute to meeting the key challenges of sustainable development: water, biodiversity, climate change, health and citizen expectations.
The resource revolution is aided by the digital revolution. We’re digitalising our operations, with 3 million sensors installed on SUEZ-managed networks and household waste bins. We aim to grow this to guarantee optimised management and performance of water consumption and waste collection and accelerate the development of predictive tools for sustainable cities, such as our new Advanced Solutions Line. Digital enhancements improve the quality of life and comfort of citizens and enable new interactive services and e-commerce platforms.
Though our company is global, our operations are inherently local. This decentralisation enables us to implement tailor-made solutions adapted to specific challenges, the size of local authorities, the constraints of farmers and the location of industry. SUEZ is committed to developing tailored solutions, from mobile water treatment units delivering access to water in remote locations, to mobile desalination or sanitation units.
Trust is an essential asset for our business, and dialogue is the surest means of nurturing and sustaining it. We’ve built robust tools for analysing local issues and stakeholder mapping and place governance at the heart of our processes, whether this involves accompanying strategic contracts or conducting annual reviews of the sustainable development policy and its outcomes. The results of our new reputation indicator and satisfaction surveys will play a critical role in this.
We believe that protecting the ocean is a top priority for the 21st century, requiring the reduction of land-based pollution primarily caused by plastics. The issues are as much behavioural as they are technological. In partnership with NGOs, our employees and the community, SUEZ is working to avoid and reduce the amount of plastic discharged into oceans and is developing solutions for the treatment of microplastics in wastewater. Air quality is also an essential component of environmental health and we’re committed to continuously maintaining discharges into the air below the limits set by local regulations.
Climate change has many implications for biodiversity, with an interdependent relationship with water resources and multiple ecosystems. Biodiversity must be preserved and promoted – on land, on the coastline and in our oceans. In France, SUEZ draws inspiration from the national biodiversity strategy to propose strategic policies and action plans adapted for localised issues in countries in which we operate.
Access to essential water and sanitation services remains a major challenge worldwide, both in developed and developing countries. SUEZ mobilises a range of solutions contributing to the achievement of SDG 6, supporting projects for access to essential services in countries with the greatest needs via Fondation SUEZ Initiatives, sharing our expertise with water and sanitation officials in developing countries and promoting sustainable access to these services in the context of our contracts.
We contribute to the local development and attractiveness of the territories in which we operate and measure our socio-economic footprint. We intend to reinforce this by increasing the share of purchases made with SMEs and supporting suppliers from the social economy, diversity, disability or integration depending on the particular issues of the region. We will increase our partnerships with social and environmental entrepreneurs to ensure the adequacy of water services and waste recycling in line with the expectations of communities.