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.
Four fundamental principles
Our 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 company itself, i.e. SUEZ employees, shareholders and entities
- The market, where we maintain relations with our customers, suppliers, partners and competitors
- The environment, in the countries where we are implemented.
To reaffirm our commitment to ethical values, we are also 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). We’re also a member of the French section of Transparency International.
The SUEZ ethics charter
SUEZ practical guide: ethics in commercial relations
Acting stringent and effectively
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.
Responsible lobbying: a matter of transparency and integrity
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.