Championing local sustainability
Promote and enable sustainability at every SUEZ location
Our company has over 300 facilities and sites across the country. While all locations and operations are managed to the same high standards of environmental protection, the level and type of activities undertaken to enhance the environment or support the community vary widely.
In 2020, we committed to increasing the local environmental and social contribution we make at every SUEZ site, whether it be an office, treatment facility, transfer station or closed landfill.
Recruit a network of sustainability champions and launch our 10 sustainability principles to inspire action at local level
Our Chief Executive Officer, John Scanlon, launched the initiative, inviting colleagues to volunteer as Sustainability Champion at their location.
The role’s main responsibilities are to design and deliver an annual action plan, based on 10 sustainability principles identified by our employees in a company-wide consultation. These range from avoiding single-use plastics to boosting nature on site or engaging more with local communities.
Volunteers are supported with training and resources, and by regional sustainability champions who provide advice and guidance. Workshops were organised to explore each sustainability principle in turn, sharing ideas from subject-matter experts and colleagues who have successfully implemented projects.
Templates are provided for developing the action plan and reviewing site progress to date. Champions also have an online forum to share ideas and best practice, and seek support.
The network is now well established and still growing. 90% of operational sites have a Champion leading local action and more than 1,000 activities to improve our environmental and social impact had been recorded by July 2021.
Examples of the progress made on the sustainability principles include: