Recycling and recovery

SUEZ celebrates silver award for support to the armed forces community

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has received the silver award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme for its support for reservists, veterans, cadet force volunteers, spouses/partners and the wider armed forces community.

Employing over 200 veterans and reservists, SUEZ joins over 900 other employers recognised by the scheme for their support for the Armed Forces Covenant since its launch in 2014.

To be considered for a silver award, organisations must provide 5 extra days leave for Reservists and have in place supportive HR policies for employees who are Veterans, Reservists, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

With skills such as HGV driving and engineering in high demand in the waste and resources sector, a career with SUEZ offers former service men and women the opportunity to put the skills and qualifications gained during their service to new use serving local communities, with development opportunities to gain new skills and experience.

SUEZ’s 200 strong active veterans network established in 2018 provides peer support to veterans as they develop their career paths with the organisation. The network facilitates networking and offers dedicated training sessions for veterans.

Dr Tracey Leghorn, Chief Human Resources and H&S Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, collected the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony at HMS King Alfred and HMS Victory on 01 September 2021: “I have the highest respect for our Armed Forces and was delighted to receive the silver award on behalf of SUEZ. At SUEZ, we value the skills and experience that those who have served bring to enhance our organisation. We also recognise the important role we play as an employer, in supporting veterans in their transition to civilian employment and in developing a fulfilling career path.”