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HÉLÈNE VALADE SUEZ SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
The year 2018 was marked by growing public expectations of concrete, verifiable commitments from companies in response to societal challenges. 95% of people in France, 89% in Germany and 77% in Poland expect companies to be involved in society , i.e. to engage proactively with social issues.
The goal of the SUEZ Sustainable Development Roadmap, applied by all its Business Units, is to commit the company to targets for its contributions to the public interest, whether this means reducing its carbon footprint, helping to protect the oceans from plastic pollution or supporting local development and regional vitality. As the bedrock of the Group s strategy, the Roadmap has led to 2018 results that bear witness to the now-intrinsic link between financial and extra-financial performance: the SUEZ Group s commercial successes in 2018 are based on its capacity to reinforce the environmental leadership of its customers and partners, while digital technology strengthens their operational and commercial performance. Circular economy solutions, for example, have avoided emissions of over 10 million tonnes of CO
2 , while 55% of contracts with suppliers
include CSR clauses. In 2019, SUEZ has chosen to index the financial terms of its main credit line to four targets representing the priorities in its 2021 Sustainable Development Roadmap: Priority 1/ Achieving a level of 33% of management positions filled by women Group- wide; Priority 2/ Cutting the Group s direct and indirect emissions by 30%; Priority 3/ Avoiding emissions of over 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gases by our customers; Priority 4/ Developing
Sustainable Development Roadmap for the Asia Business Unit
* Survey conducted by Ifop among representative samples of 1,000 people in France, Poland and Germany between 8 and 23 November 2018 as part of the Materiality Observatory (an organisation representing Air Liquide, Engie, Michelin, Sanofi, Solvay and SUEZ within the Institute of Responsible Capitalism).
LOOKING AT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP S 2018 RESULTS
sustainable access to essential services in developing countries while increasing the Group s revenue in the targeted countries by 26%.
The results still reveal room for progress (particularly on the issues of biodiversity and the reuse of recycled plastic), but they also show that SUEZ acts with consideration for the environmental and social stakes of its activity , as required by the recently approved Pacte law, which also encourages companies to define their purpose. This is a subject that requires a rigorous, in-depth approach and SUEZ is engaged in a thought process with stakeholders and experts, building on the bricks that have made SUEZ a company that contributes to collective challenges over recent years: a clearly defined mission of securing and providing access to resources reinforced by 17 commitments to be achieved by 2021; formalised processes for regular dialogue; sharing the value created with all stakeholders. For example, 94% of Group revenue was redistributed to local stakeholders in 2018 and a job at SUEZ creates over two more with its subcontractors and suppliers. A new way of being and of conducting business is taking shape and making employees want to come together to design a positive vision of the future.
PERFORMANCE REDISTRIBUTION INSIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES REGIONS ENVIRONMENTAL CONSUMERS INVESTORS AGENCIES43