At year-end 2012, Veolia Environnement had a global workforce of 219,739. These men and women work hand in hand with our customers in local authorities and businesses and are in close contact with the people we serve. A central feature of the company's human resources policy hinges on a drive to take into account local circumstances and the interests of our people.
Recruiting and training employees
Jobs in our line of business require increasing technical know-how and ongoing skills development. That's why Veolia Environnement promotes a recruitment policy that combines hiring and training for employees, whatever their qualifications. The company gives all employees the chance to develop their career through the likes of annual performance reviews and Campus Veolia training programs.
Promoting cross-company mobility
Veolia Environnement encourages job mobility within the company and does a lot to promote international mobility for executives based on the belief that this helps broaden knowledge-sharing and strengthens our presence in major markets.
With the signing in February 2011 of the agreement on management of jobs and skills (GPEC in French), Veolia Environnement in France reinforced its ability to anticipate and adapt its employment policy to changes in its business environment.
The agreement takes on added importance in the context of the transformation process, helping to shape Veolia Environnement's approach to internal mobility, training, management and employability — key factors in constructing the "New Veolia."
In July 2010, Veolia Environnement received France's "Diversity Label" from the French Government, following a positive assessment by AFNOR Certification, an international service-delivery network. The company focuses on four key areas: benchmark employee-employer relations; socially responsible growth; equal opportunity; and well-balanced diversity management on a daily basis.
Veolia Environnement pursues a recruitment policy designed to make it easier for those "out of the employment loop" (unqualified young people and the long-term unemployed) to find work. It has also made a point of focusing on priority groups, such as women, older workers and employees from different ethnic backgrounds. The company seeks to secure jobs and promote employment of disabled people.
Improving labor relations and fair compensation
Veolia Environnement's compensation policy is based on the same principles worldwide. It strives to offer fair remuneration that rewards individual efforts; ensure attractive compensation packages relative to local standards; and increase health and insurance coverage, notably through additional guarantees on existing pension plans. The company is also committed to continuously forging stronger labor relations.
The international Campus Veolia network
A desire to develop skills, anticipate changes in our industry and cultivate a stronger corporate culture prompted the company to create the Campus Veolia network in 1994. Responsible for orchestrating training policy, the network trains employees and apprentices in the skills required by all parts of the company.
Campus Veolia constantly adapts its courses and workshops and coordinates an international training network in 11 countries spanning Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, the United States and the Middle East.