Veolia Environnement: promoting solidarity.
Veolia works to combat insecurity and ensure access to essential services
- Veolia supports the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN and campaigns to provide access to essential services:
- Using innovative financing mechanisms such as Social Business (with Grameen-Veolia Water in Goalmari, Bangladesh), microcredit, reinvestment of local revenues, and experimenting with financing through partnerships such as the innovative Output-Based Aid initiative with the World Bank in Tangier
- In the space of just a few years, over two million people have gained access to water, in line with the Millennium Development Goals
- In France, Veolia has introduced steps to ensure universal access to essential services through a wide range of measures including water vouchers (Chèques Eau Solidarité), financing through the housing association Fonds Solidarité Logement, cooperation with social action centers (Centres d'Actions Sociales), and a network of information and intermediary services for public utility users known as Points d'Information Médiation Multi-Services (PIMMS).
Veolia Environnement: promoting social integration and inclusive employment
- Veolia promotes a fairer society through its commitments to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), reflected in tangible initiatives to promote equal opportunity:
- Helping young people find work, despite an initial lack of qualifications, through a far-reaching work-study training program run by the Campus Veolia Environnement network
- Inclusive employment (by creating a number of local jobs for less qualified people and providing concrete commitments to diversity)
- Raising awareness among stakeholders (particularly through labor standards and best practices in employee-employer relations among suppliers and subcontractors)
The Veolia Environnement Foundation and Veoliaforce
In addition to incorporating social integration into its activities, Veolia Environnement contributes to individual well-being and social equity through two dedicated bodies:
- The Veolia Foundation, which provides support through a combination of funding and skills-based sponsorship (allocating €8 million to over 1,000 initiatives since 2004 to support projects involving outreach, employment, environmental protection and improvements to people's living environment), working alongside key solidarity campaigners (examples include partnerships with the Red Cross—renewed for five more years in January 2012—and the Global Alliance Against Cholera)
- Veoliaforce, a network of 600 employee volunteers working to provide emergency aid for victims of conflicts and natural disasters. Veoliaforce assisted the French Red Cross and Action Against Hunger in Haiti in January 2010, organizing the supply of drinking water for 270,000 people by truck.