Contribute to the development and attractiveness of the regions
Maintaining expenditure reinvested in the regions above 80%
Veolia’s expenditures reinvested in the local
economy represented 85.4% at the end of 2017 against 84.8% in 2016 on average over the main regions.
Veolia contributes to the economic and social development of the municipalities and regions it serves, both through the delegated public services it provides and the substantial investments it makes to develop, maintain and repair infrastructure. Veolia offers and implements local, innovative and economically efficient solutions that meet the sustainable development needs of local communities and industry. These solutions, applied to water materials and energy management, cover all aspects of the sustainable city of the future.
« SMART » solutions
Based on digital technology, smart solutions are designed to improve the information and convenience for users, and to optimize the environmental and economic performance of the services provided by Veolia. Operating at the heart of the local territories, Veolia has naturally become a manager of urban flows (energy, drinking water, wastewater, liquid or solid waste flows) and of information related to these flows. Consequently Veolia has now positioned itself as a natural player in smart city solutions and the sustainable city of the future.
Resilience of the regions
Veolia is committed to contributing to the resilience of the regions, particularly in relation to climate change. Actions are both international and local - on Veolia sites - or through collaboration with communities (e.g. Monteria Ciudad Verde 2019 climate plan, in Colombia).
Veolia, employment, regional development and solidarity player
The Group acts as a responsible employer, an economic development player in the regions and in social solidarity (employment, training and local economy). The initiatives developed by Group companies have major social and societal impacts in the regions:
- Priority given to work-study in external recruitments (2396 work-study students in 2017)
- Policy of openness to education sectors (schools, universities) and hosting trainees (3807 trainees in 2017)
- Partnerships between the regional Campus Veolia network and professionals working in the fields of training, career guidance and employment, especially aimed young people furthest from work
- Hiring employees with disabilities
- Support for social reintegration programs
- Solidarity initiatives tailored to a specific local context: Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2016 in Australia focusing on Aboriginal peoples (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples), the work undertaken with Kamalini and Shakti Shalini in India (empowerment of women, domestic violence), Veolia’s support for the efforts of the Agencia Colombiana para la Reintegración, etc.
- Economic impact
Through the employment generated by its activity (green jobs to a large extent), the Group contributes to the dynamism of the local areas, their economies and their human potential. Veolia's involvement in the economic development of the regions is also reflected more broadly through:
- Economic Partnerships with local stakeholders
- Support mechanisms for innovation and entrepreneurship (the Veolia Innovation Accelerator for example)
- Processes promoting social entrepreneurship, such as those conducted with the IISS, Ashoka, and Ticket for Change. These collaborations produce entrepreneurial triggers and help social entrepreneurs to make their businesses more efficient, more effective and sustainable (the Pop Up approach) based on co-construction and creating shared value between the various players: local authorities, citizens, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship players.
- Veolia Foundation solidarity actions
Support into work and creating social ties is one of the Veolia Foundation’s three priority areas. In this respect it supports initiatives and structures that help people suffering from exclusion to return to work. The beneficiaries of these projects are mainly young people in great difficulty, long term unemployed people, people receiving social assistance. At the end of 2016, 378 projects were being supported in this area. Through its multi-year partnership, Veolia Foundation supports organizations working for the social and workplace integration of the most disadvantaged people, such as Lulu dans ma rue Elise, Adie, Acta Vista and Ares
Expenditure invested in the regional economies
The majority of the Group's expenditure is made in the regions it serves. It relates to expenditure incurred in respect of the company's employees (salaries in particular), external suppliers and service providers, local and national tax authorities, banks, etc.
Consequently Veolia’s expenditure is mostly reinvested in the regions’ economies:
Veolia contributes to development in the regions through in innovation, training, recruitment and support for community projects.
 Germany (excluding VWT), Australia (excluding Energy and VWT and New Zealand), United States and Canada (excluding VWT), France (Corporate, Water France excluding SEM, VRVD, SADE, SARP, SARPI and SEDE, VIGS and VWT in France, IEV Sense), UK / Ireland (excluding VWT), Poland (excluding VWT, water and waste), Czech Republic, Japan. These areas represent nearly 68% of Group sales.
 Colombian agency for reintegration (as part of the peace negotiations between the FARC and the Colombian government)