SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT places diversity at the heart of its human resources management policy. It is also a natural ingredient of the Group, which is proud of its 80,410 employees and its multitude of nationalities in over 70 countries across 5 continents. In 2010, the Group launched a concrete action plan with precise targets and huge resources. Called “Equal opportunities – social progress – commitment”, it is based on five strategic priorities:
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has set out a framework and quantified targets for 2012. To ensure the programme is properly monitored and governed, the Group sought a very high level of commitment by creating a Diversity and Social Development Department. This department is tasked with setting up and running diversity programmes and monitoring the results. The Group has run convincing actions to promote the integration of people with disabilities, and gender equality in its business lines. Its subsidiary Lyonnaise des Eaux for example, has created a national back-office platform for collection and customer management in partnership with the French Association for Paralysed Persons (APF). This initiative has created 25 jobs for people with disabilities. Agbar has also taken the initiative and launched a programme to support women who have fallen out of the job market. The subsidiary has deployed a mechanism to help women acquire new skills and enter operational roles that have traditionally been filled by men.