Equal opportunities

Lyonnaise des Eaux (France)

Responsible employer approach

Lyonnaise des Eaux, a SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT subsidiary, received the responsible employer certificate awarded by Vigeo, an independent social and societal rating agency, in June 2013. The audit covered 14 criteria grouped into four themes, namely preventing discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity, promoting the development and quality of jobs, encouraging high-quality relationships with stakeholders, and promoting well-being at work. Ten of the 14 criteria were assessed as being at a “confirmed” level, i.e. a rating of three out of four. Lyonnaise des Eaux was joined by Sodexo, Efidis, Orange, and the French Navy in founding the Vigéo Responsible Employers’ Club.


United Water (USA)

A career driver for women

The Group’s US subsidiary launched the “Women’s Leadership Network” in 2012 in order to simplify the hiring of women and retain their loyalty by encouraging their personal development. This network, which was created by the United Water Diversity and Integration Committee, claims to be a true career driver for women. It meets once a month, and its members – men and women – are able to benefit from training, mentorship programs and a contact network.

Find out more
Read the article “The Women’s leadership network”



La Maison pour Rebondir, a gateway to successful integration

In 2012, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT launched a pilot program in Bordeaux that was funded by the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Initiatives Fund. The mission of La Maison pour Rebondir is to help the long-term unemployed move closer to finding a lasting employment or to assist them in establishing their own businesses. Through its activities, La Maison pour Rebondir contributes to reinforcing the social and economic fabric of the territories.

To achieve this, it takes the best from the two spheres whose skills are essential to the success of projects: the private sector, and the public social sector. 

In 2013, La Maison pour Rebondir helped 86 people achieve lasting employment, including 30 “Jobs for the Future.”



SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT receives “Top Employer” certification for the second year running

In 2013, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT received once again Top Employer certification out of 46 participating companies in France. This certification, awarded on February 14 by the Top Employers Institute (1), recognizes exemplary human resources practices in the areas of compensation, benefits and work practices, training and professional development, talent development and management, and managerial practices (ability to establish a strong corporate culture among employees: vision, values, CSR, communications, etc.)

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT obtained extremely high marks for all of these criteria, and particularly for remuneration practices, working conditions, training and professional development. All participating companies responded to a 65-question survey. The responses were analyzed and audited by the international firm Grant Thornton.

Top Employer certification allows companies like SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT to compare their own human resources practices with other companies but also to strengthen their employer brand.


(1) – Established in 1991, the Top Employers Institute is the result of a joint initiative of human resources professors, journalists, associations, researchers, and international publishers. The Top Employers Institute’s mission is to provide independent analysis and information regarding the HR policies, programs, and practices of the certified companies.