To nurture the wellness, development and morale of our people

Employee safety and wellbeing have been central to the SUEZ culture for a long time, but we recognise the need and value of continuous improvement. Among other initiatives, we set out to broaden our approach to wellbeing and training and development.

Engaging and developing our employees

Our Wellness Charter was launched in late 2019. Modelled on our award-winning Safety in Mind programme, the charter was developed by employees for employees. People across the business shared their ideas and experiences, and then agreed the charter and priorities for promoting wellness.


The first focused on psychological wellbeing. Our mental health awareness training course was rolled out initially to 100 people, and now company-wide.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched a weekly Wellness for All webinar open to all employees, including those on furlough and their families. These ongoing sessions – led by invited experts – deal with stress, emotional resilience, financial wellbeing, sleep and other topics.


Our priorities for training and development were to widen our programme of courses, avail of digital channels and invest more in honing the skills of new recruits and all our people. The inhouse team dedicated to training developed our own training platform to provide a comprehensive choice of courses with many e-learning options.


Meanwhile, we have utilised the UK Apprenticeship Levy to bring on new talent and upskill our existing workforce.

The results

The first wellness training course in mental health awareness was well received, as were the webinars, which attracted high audiences, live and recorded.


Our training team ran more than 1,152 internal courses and 2,841 e-learning courses in 2019 and nearly 4,000 employees benefited from the programme.


At the time of writing, there are 94 employees at various stages of their studies for apprenticeships, ranging from Level 2 to 7.


In February 2020, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK was named – for the second year – among The Sunday Times Top 25 Best Companies to Work For. We received our highest 2020 ranking (14th) for wellbeing.

Supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Our work here supports SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).