Giving something back

SUEZ upgrades silver for gold with latest award for its support to the armed forces community

Just a year after its silver award, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has received the gold 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.

SUEZ’s armed forces community of over 250 veterans and reservists are a valued part of its workforce, bringing a wealth of transferrable skills, including skills in high demand in the UK’s growing green economy, such as HGV driving and engineering.

Veterans working for SUEZ have the opportunity to join its active veterans' network, which offers tailored training and peer support, and advises on how SUEZ can continually improve its support for the armed forces community.

Employing veterans contributes towards SUEZ’s efforts to create social value, bringing benefits to individuals, to the organisation and to wider society, and has consistently featured in the company’s top five social impact indicators since it started measuring the social value it creates in 2018.

To be considered for a gold award, organisations must provide additional 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. They must also support causes related to the Armed Forces and be an advocate for supporting the community.

Dr Tracey Leghorn, Chief HR and H&S Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have received the prestigious gold award in recognition of our support for the armed forces community. Our veterans are a great asset to SUEZ and we are committed to helping them develop fulfilling careers with us.”

Dave Shaw, Veteran of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Fleet Manager for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “An incredible amount of hard work has gone into the development of SUEZ’s veterans' network since its inception in 2018. The level of support that SUEZ gives to the armed forces community is fantastic and it continues to be reviewed and improved with input from veterans.”