SUEZ in the UK has been a pioneer of the circular economy as a concept and business model. Now we are playing our part in the SUEZ group’s mission to lead the resource revolution that will help create it. To get to this point has meant reinventing and diversifying our UK business to become a resource manager, energy generator, fuel manufacturer, commodity trader and supplier of products – from compost to closed water systems and bespoke biocides.
We are committed to:
We must continue raising resource efficiency to integrate SUEZ and our customers fully in the circular economy, and so create a sustainable business.
Environmental protection has always been at the core of the SUEZ business in the UK. Like all group companies, we strive to go beyond compliance, surpassing minimum environmental standards where we operate.
Our business model also revolves around conserving and managing precious natural resources, while enabling the low-carbon economy.
Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our age. The SUEZ Sustainability Road Map commits the group to the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to two degrees, and sets us targets for reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions and those of our customers. We are also working with the Carbon Trust to reduce our footprint year on year.
Activities that contribute toward this and our other environmental goals include:
Being collaborative and contributing to the common good are SUEZ group priorities and twin pillars of our social responsibility.
We see collaboration as central to the development of SUEZ in the UK and our dealings with all stakeholders.
Our first duty of care is for the safety of our people. We set targets for continuous improvement in safety performance, underpinned by robust safety management systems. Our award-winning behavioural programme, Safety in Mind, complements this safety framework.
We invest heavily in training and development, and consult our employees regularly through surveys on opinion – which show high levels of engagement – and other topics, such as wellbeing. Employees at all levels are represented on our UK Works Council, which influences decision-making in various areas, including safety management and apprenticeship training.
We also engage with wider society for the greater good.
Our Giving Something Back programme encourages every employee to get involved with local causes.
The programme does this in three ways:
This not-for-profit body channels a share of the landfill tax we collect to worthy projects. More than 4,000 have shared some £110 million since its creation in 1997.
Through the SUEZ Advancing Aspirations programme we build links with schools and colleges in disadvantaged areas. Our staff coach employability skills and we provide work experience placements with a view to reducing the numbers of school leavers who are not employed, in education or training (NEETs).
And, our people volunteer on clean-up days and get involved in other community activities.