Awareness and Structured Dialogue with Every Stakeholder
As part of its responsibility to help build a future that combines high quality of life with responsible economic growth, the GDF SUEZ group strives to develop special and sustained relationships with all of its stakeholders.
In order to ensure the longevity of its activities, GDF SUEZ strives to satisfy stakeholders expectations in all aspects of social responsibility in (as defined by ISO 26000). It does this by listening to them and establishing a structured dialog with every one of its stakeholders.
Creation of a Sustainable Development panel at GrDF
Last September, under the leadership of its CEO, Gaz Réseau Distribution France – GrDF (France Gas Distribution Network) brought together 11 experts to consult on sustainable development. The objective was to question the company’s policy in this field. GrDF hopes to enrich its strategic vision of external monitoring, install a dynamic of dialog and co-construction with stakeholders, and demonstrate its desire for openness and transparency. This first meeting covered various topics in a brainstorming session, particularly in the field of energy insecurity.
Industrial development and quality of life in Thailand
In Thailand, Glow, a GDF SUEZ subsidiary, has joined with four manufacturers (PTT, SCG, Banpu and Dow Chemical) to launch the Community Partnerships Initiative, a joint project aimed at ensuring sustainability in the Map Ta Phut industrial region. They hope that the project will become a benchmark in terms of social responsibility – promoting environmental initiatives balance industrial development and the quality of life of local communities in terms of health and education.
Local participation in developing a wind power project
In 2009, as part of the Deux Côtes offshore wind project, La Compagnie du Vent, a GDF SUEZ subsidiary, launched the Commission Nationale du Débat Public – CNDP – (National Commission for Public Debate). The aim was to canvass the opinions of local people from Picardy and Normandy (France) about the development of an offshore wind farm set to become one of the largest in the world.
Locals who participated in this exchange actively contributed to a major project in terms of regional development. The conclusions of the debate persuaded La Compagnie du Vent to present 14 proposals to promote economic development and jobs, fishery, tourism, fauna and respect for hunting.
On January 26, 2011, the government announced it was launching a call for tenders for the installation of 3,000 MW of offshore wind turbines. The call for tenders covers five zones, including Tréport (750 MW), which roughly corresponds to the zone in which La Compagnie du Vent conducted the Deux Côtes studies.
Working with schools and universities: the example of Fondaterra
GDF SUEZ is a strategic partner of Fondaterra, a European foundation for regional sustainable development. Created in September 2004 under the 1901 charities law, Fondaterra has been a partner foundation to the university of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) since 2009. To support the development of local sectors and markets associated with green growth, Fondaterra develops joint public-private projects at a regional level. As part of its public interest mission, and based on the theme of energy efficiency in buildings, it runs various projects that include urban development, sustainable mobility, regional adaptation to ecological change, and various cross-disciplinary activities, with two specific targets: local authorities and establishments involved in higher education and research. In this, it benefits from privileged partnerships with l’Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie – ADEME (Agency for the Environment and Control of Energy) and the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités -CPU (Conference of University Presidents).
Based on experimentation and support for change, the projects proposed by Fondaterra constitute a formidable pool of tools and innovations in which the Group participates.