Consultation initiative

  • Stakeholders sessions

    SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT endeavours to foster its development with all stakeholders. Hence the creation of the Stakeholder Sessions, a unique consultation initiative introduced in 2007.

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT considers open and constructive dialogue on sustainable development with its stakeholders and partners as essential. The creation of the Foresight Advisory Council (FAC) as a consultation structure in 2000 is part of this initiative.

Opening dialogue with civil society

FAC is a permanent committee of independent experts set up by SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT in 2000. They include scientists, academics, top civil servants, corporate executives, members of NGOs, local authorities and international institutions. FAC comprises 25 high-profile figures from various backgrounds and nationalities. The Committee’s biannual meetings are chaired by Margaret Catley Carlson who is also Chair of the Crop Diversity Trust. The FAC consists of two specialised sections:

  • The Business and Development Committee made up of experts (in management, governance, socioeconomics and law) with the majority of representatives from emerging countries (India, Brazil, Algeria, Morocco, Oman, etc.). The Committee provides a platform where members can express their expectations and explain the difficulties in their countries.
  • The Science and Technology Committee mainly comprises scientists from western countries (agronomists, hydrologists, microbiologists, epidemiologists, etc.)

Free debate about the company’s choices

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT presents its strategy, research and initiatives to the members of the FAC. The committee’s experts then discuss freely before formulating their recommendations. This is one way of going beyond the company’s specific technical and economic issues and placing human beings at the centre of our thinking. For example, this group of specialists helped draft the messages that SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT upheld at the 2009 World Water Forum in Istanbul, and in 2006 in Mexico.

In 2007, this work was followed by the launch of a formal process for co-operation with a wider group of civil society representatives: the Stakeholder Sessions. A panel of 26 external French and international stakeholders met in late 2010. This was an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the waste industry and on all aspects of sustainable development (social, societal, environmental). Various stakeholders also presented detailed reports of community action plans for universal access to water. Furthermore, the external assessment of the process shows the stakeholders’ commitment to this original structured approach.