In practice, these four fundamental principles apply to the three circles in which SUEZ operates:
The Board of Directors' Ethics and Sustainable Development Committee is tasked with monitoring the ethics policy and guaranteeing employees' respect of the individual and collective values underlying our actions.
The ethics policy is coordinated by the General Secretary, who is the group's ethics officer. To make sure this policy is implemented, we have 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.
Lobbying is increasingly attracting the attention of stakeholders. To strengthen responsible lobbying practices, we adopted in 2013, 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 our lobbying activities.
We maintain 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.