Individual engagement is changing
For Antoine Frérot, the end of the great ideologies has redirected individual engagement towards new themes, such as ecology, and towards concrete actions. Changes that will be led by the younger generations, who in an increasingly uncertain and unstable world need to even more doggedly pursue their convictions.
Companies that engage and are engaging
Companies are being asked to play a broader and more inclusive role in the societies in which they operate. The era encourages companies to commit to being more altruistic, more equitable, greener, and more virtuous.
Three examples of Veolia’s engagement:
- In terms of alleviating poverty and local redistribution of wealth: more than 80 % of its spending is reinvested in the territories where its activities are located.
- In the fight against climate change, over the period 2015-2020: the Group is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 100 million tonnes and to avoiding 50 million tonnes of CO2 among its customers;
- In education: over the past five years, Veolia has welcomed 15,000 work-study students in order to give those who have not been able to train full-time the opportunity to acquire the qualifications they need within the company.