At the Positive Economy Forum in Le Havre
The PEF’s goal since 2012 is to participate in the emergence of a positive society that redirects the economy toward the consideration of generations to come. Veolia has been a partner since 2014, and for the 2017 forum, it coordinated one of eight “positive labs” on the program, focusing on deploying the circular economy in regions.
At the UN’s High-Level Political Forum
Veolia was in New York for this annual event, which brought together representatives from governments, United Nations agencies and civil society to reflect on how to implement the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Present as part of the official French delegation, Veolia contributed to a Business Forum session on the importance of collaboration. Its participation was a show of its engagement and contribution to achieving these global goals.
At the Veolia Institute conference in Oxford
The theme of this latest conference, organized in partnership with the Oxford Martin School, was “resource availability in a low-carbon world.” The event attracted nearly 200 people. The theme revealed the scale of the issues surrounding the transition to low carbon; experts from academia, politics and the business world acknowledged, as did Lord Nicholas Stern, the need for greater collaboration between the different communities of players.
At the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris
Almost 2,000 people attended the 13th edition
, the theme of which was “Engage for impact! Daring to lead in a disrupted world”. Antoine Frérot was a guest speaker at the plenary session, “Taking a stance: How businesses are taking the lead on social and environmental issues”. He insisted on the importance of innovation for a clean, low-carbon economy and pointed out that, as well as helping drive the economy, businesses are laboratories where economic models and new technologies are invented.
At COP23 in Bonn
The 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference
took place in Bonn, Germany. For the first time, it was presided over by a small-island developing state, Fiji. The 2017 goal was to take another step forward in fighting climate change and putting the world on a safer, more prosperous track. During the conference, Veolia organized an event at the French Pavilion: “Resilience of the territories: together protecting and building the city of tomorrow,” which recalled several recent extreme climate events in Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean. It was an opportunity to emphasize that there is no clash between mitigation and adaptation. Instead, the two strategies must reinforce one another as part of a regional strategy to deal with climate change.
Worldwide recognition of our CSR commitment
In 2017, Veolia met with a double success when it was included as sector leader in both the DJSI World and DJSI Europe indexes. Only 4 companies among 34 major players in the “multi and water utilities” sector and 2 out of the sector’s 11 biggest players in Europe joined these indexes in 2017.
With over 600 indicators analyzed, this distinction rewards the ongoing commitment of Veolia and its employees in matters of environmental and social responsibility.
More recently in February 2018, Veolia was doubly honoured in the RobecoSAM 2018 Sustainability Yearbook.