Vigeo is the leading European expert in the analysis, rating,
audit and advisory services for organizations where their
approaches, practices, and results relating to environmental,
social, and governance, or “ESG” issues, are concerned.
The Group was assessed as part of the “Water and Waste
Service Operators” category, and it obtained the highest rating in all categories except for “Corporate Governance.” It was
ranked first in its category (which included seven companies
in 2013) when it was first rated in 2011 and then again in 2013.
The Vigeo assessment in the six “ESG” categories covered
the appropriateness of the policies implemented, the consistency of their roll-out, and the effectiveness of their results.
The results of the 2013 assessment were as follows:
Regarding its impacts on environment, the Group’s performance was driven by its system to prevent environmental
risks, which covers over 90% of its activities in the Water
and Waste sectors. Furthermore, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
stood out due to its advanced performance in waste
management and local pollution. However, the Group
must make further progress in the management of water
demand and energy consumption.
The Group’s performance in the social area was above the
sector average. The resources allocated to improve health
and safety conditions in the workplace, as well as the quality
of social relations, were particularly highly rated.
The Group’s performance was also highly satisfactory in the
field of human rights notably thanks to the formalization of
a commitment to respect the freedom of association, the
negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, respect
for human rights and the prevention of discrimination.
In the societal commitment field, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
remained above the sector average due to its ambitious
commitments to promote access to water through effective resources that include a dedicated foundation and the
transfer of know-how and technology in some countries.
The performance in the corporate governance area remained
stable and within the sector average, even though there is
progress to be made, primarily in terms of the independence
of the members of the Board of Directors and of the transparency of senior management’s compensation.
Performance in terms of behavior relating to tenders
improved as a result of the training regarding corruption
and competition rules in the European Union that was
provided to managers. The Group also took effective and
responsible measures where its lobbying activities are concerned (Vigeo noted the transparency and integrity of its
lobbying practices, and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT was the
only French company ranked among the top 10).