- Time period
- January 2004 – December 2004
Suez communicates with stakeholders on sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) and its implementation of the Global Compact principles in three medium - the 2003 Activities and Sustainable Report, the sustainable development website and the Annual Report 2003.
The 2003 Activities and Sustainable Report describes the Group''s Environmental policy (p. 20) and Social policy (p. 24). The report also addresses the Group''s sustainable development strategy as part of its core business (see The day-to-day activities of SUEZ, 2003 highlights, Electricity & Gas Europe, Electricity & Gas International, Energy and Industrial Services and SUEZ Environment on pages 28 through 67 of the report).
The Annual Report 2003 addresses the group''s environmental policy with regards to climate change (p. 51), nuclear power (p.52), access to renewable energy sources (p. 52), Acid emissions, Pathogenic organisms, PCB and ISO 14001 certification (p. 52). Environmental aspects of the group?s business are also addressed in the Risk Management section of the report (see p. 87). The report also addresses the group''s Social Responsibility and Management of Social Issues (see page 70).
In the sustainable development section of their website, Suez identifies four actions that constitute the group''s contribution to Global Compact:
- to evaluate the impact on health of access of deprived populations to Group services;
- to develop and promote worldwide the International Social Observatory, whose mission, among others, is to experiment with social initiatives within partner companies;
- to create a training kit in cooperation with UNEP (United Nation Environment Program) to be used by cities in developing countries to help them implement an environmental management system and to support their certification;
- to establish a partnership between SUEZ and the United Nations Volunteers, to cooperate with Energy Assistance and Aquassistance.
Starting in 1999, SUEZ began implementing a specific reporting system to oversee the roll-out of its environmental policy, manage environmental risks and promote communication of its environmental performance to stakeholders. The reporting system is based on work performed by international bodies such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) (please see page 22 of the Activities and Sustainable Report). Social and environmental reporting procedures are detailed on page 63 of the Activities and Sustainable Report.
The Activities and Sustainable Report provides sustainable development performance indicators - Environmental indicators (environmental management, emission, water resource management and waste recovery) and Social indicators (workforce, safety and training) (see pages 65-68). Next the report includes auditors? report (Ernst & Young and Deloitte) on the review of environmental and social indicators (p. 69-70).
International Social Observatory has developed a strong multistakeholder network of local leaders and institutions in Argentina aiming to strengthen and promote social dialogue within a context of crisis. Its framework agreement with National Secretariat for Environment and Sustainable Development give the appropriate framework for the development of future sustainable development initiatives.
The sustainable development section of Suez website gives an opportunity for stakeholders to provide their feedback on issues such as SUEZ commitment for sustainable development (economic, social and environmental), performance indicators, etc.
- Principles covered
- None reported