Ethics and vigilance
Ethics at the heart of the Group's strategy
- 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 and of Entreprises pour les Droits de l’Homme (Corporations for human rights).
The SUEZ ethics charter
SUEZ practical guide: ethics in commercial relations
Acting stringent and effectively
The ethical approach is coordinated by the General Secretary, the Group's ethics specialist, with support from the Ethics and Compliance Department, which reports to him. To guarantee that the approach is implemented effectively, the Group has set up a network of over seventy ethics officers responsible for ensuring that the approach is deployed within their units and that ethical questions and alerts are properly addressed.
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).