Our ambition translates into 9 commitments with 12 key indicators and objectives for 2020. Collaboration at every level in the Group has clarified and identified the priorities in Veolia’s CSR strategy. This long-term approach to progress goes right to the very top of the company.
- Commitments 1-3: Resourcing the planet
Sustainability is in the DNA of Veolia. It encompasses all that we do : providing access to resources, protecting and generating resources for generations to come. We are in a unique position where, due to our expertise and specialization, we are able to make a tangible difference towards the sustainable development of our planet.
We believe that everyone has a right to have access to resources. We strive to deliver this wherever possible, undertaking various activities across Africa to make this possible. As well as providing access to resources, Veolia is also concerned with the preservation of these resources, which are being depleted at an unprecedented rate. We have put innovation at the center of our activities and are working hard to develop new solutions for our customers which help to preserve these resources.
These solutions encourage resources to be recovered and reused wherever possible, through closed loop solutions. We also use our technical solutions to generate resources, such as energy and clean water. As with all our services, we are focused on creating solutions that reduce the footprint of our activities and those of our customers. This enables us to help to combat climate change – one of the most pressing challenges of the future.
- Commitments 4-6: Resourcing the region
We take our role in the local community seriously. Ongoing stakeholder engagement allows us to identify local issues, understand our customers’ challenges and strengthen local relationships. This ongoing dialogue helps us to have a greater and more targeted impact.
Socially, we put a large emphasis on training and health and safety to ensure we have a safe and skilled workforce and our community engagement supports local charities and groups.
Environmentally, we undertake activities to preserve resources and enhance local biodiversity.
Economically, we help to support and boost local economies by prioritizing local employment and procurement and providing access to resources, such as drinking water, to those who cannot afford them.
We are also focusing on developing industries in the region such as oil & gas and mining.
We are using our expertise to help to develop cities, and provide more innovative solutions to local customers to help to preserve natural resources.
- Commitments 7-9: Women and men we employ
Their skills and technical expertise are the chief assets of our company, so taking good care of our employees and developing their skills has become the cornerstone of our strategy.
As a leader in sustainable development, Veolia has always had a strong focus on its people.
All of our employees are united around our key core values. These values are crucial to our success both in the present and the future: entrepreneurship, responsibility and responsiveness.
We use their innovation, efficiency, creativity, professionalism and expertise to serve our customers across Africa and we work on specific development programs to maximize the potential of each and every member of our team.