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Ethics and transparency

For SUEZ, ethics has always been pivotal line to improve its performance and competitiveness. Ethical values lie at the heart of its mission to safeguard resources.

Our ethical values

Four fundamental principles

SUEZ is committed to implementing high standards.

The Group's values are based on four fundamental principles defined in the Ethics Charter: excellence, commitment, audacity and collaboration.

In practice, these four fundamental principles apply to the three circles in which SUEZ operates: 

  • the Group itself, i.e. SUEZ employees, shareholders and entities;
  • the market, in which the Group maintains relations with its customers, suppliers, partners and competitors;
  • the environment, made up of the world around it, in the countries where the Group is implemented.
In addition to the Ethics Charter, the Group publishes manuals and procedures aimed at clarifying these rules and ensuring compliance with them.

To reaffirm its commitment to ethical values, SUEZ is a member of the Global Compact Initiative, which is based on the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact, and is one of the most advanced companies (COP Global Compact Advanced). SUEZ is also a member of the French section of Transparency International.

The SUEZ ethics charter

The SUEZ ethics manual

Ethical governance

Stringent and effective governance

The Board of Directors' Ethics and Sustainable Development Committee is tasked with monitoring the ethics policy and ensuring employees' respect of the individual and collective values underlying the Group's actions.

The ethics policy is coordinated by the General Secretary, who is the Group's ethics officer. To ensure that this policy is implemented, the Group has a network of about 30 ethics officers whose role is to implement the policy within their entity and ensure that ethics-related questions and alerts are properly handled.


> See Board of directors and its committees 


Responsible lobbying: a matter of transparency and integrity

Lobbying is increasingly attracting the attention of stakeholders. To strengthen responsible lobbying practices, in 2013 SUEZ adopted an internal code of conduct, in line with its Ethics Charter, which contains eight key commitments for each employee or consultant acting on its behalf in lobbying activities. 

SUEZ maintains continuous dialogue with public institutions at the local level, and at the national, European and international level. 

SUEZ, which is committed to transparency, is listed in the Register of Interest Representatives vis-à-vis the European institutions and publishes a large amount of information annually on the website of the European Commission and the French Parliament, such as the Group's areas of interest or costs related to representation activities vis-à-vis the European institutions (personnel expenses, membership fees paid to professional associations, external service providers). These costs totaled approximately €800,000 in 2015.
Ethics officer contact

For all ethics-related questions, please contact the Group ethics officer

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