As a company committed to the environment, GDF SUEZ supports projects that aim to conserve ecosystems and biodiversity and to raise public awareness on these topics.
France Nature Environnement (FNE)
France Nature Environnement (FNE) is a federation of non-profit associations founded in 1976. It brings together nearly 3,000 environmental protection associations on the national, regional and local levels. For 40 years, the FNE has worked under the guidance of elected non-profit association managers. The federation’s policies all pursue a single concern: integrating environmental protection into efforts that promote the interests of the general public.
GDF SUEZ has partnered with the FNE since 2009 to:
- organize collaborative brainstorming sessions on conserving and managing natural environments,
- provide field support to GDF SUEZ in its commitments to conserving biodiversity, notably in relation to “implementing biodiversity action plans at all of the Group’s sensitive sites in the European Union by 2015,”
- raise awareness among GDF SUEZ employees on environmental protection, notably in relation to conserving biodiversity,
- discuss and share points of view on the GDF SUEZ Group’s sustainability policy.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. Formed in 1992, the French Committee of the IUCN is a unique partnership that brings together two French ministries, 13 public agencies, 40 non-governmental organizations and more than 250 experts working in specialized commissions and workgroups on various themes. Its two primary missions are to address issues of biodiversity in France and enhance French expertise abroad. IUCN France builds partnerships with companies to encourage the private sector to increase its involvement in conserving biodiversity.
GDF SUEZ has partnered with IUCN France since 2008. The partnership pursues four objectives:
- Integrating biodiversity into the company’s policy
- Providing technical and scientific support for its biodiversity action plan
- Raising awareness among GDF SUEZ employees on biodiversity issues (regulations, corporate image, financial stakes, etc.)
- Discussing and sharing points of view on biodiversity with other companies
Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB)
The Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité is a meeting point for various scientific groups and organizations working in biodiversity. It was officially launched in 2008, following the Grenelle Environmental Plan, by the French Ministries in charge of research and ecology and eight public research institutions (BRGM, CIRAD, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA, MNHN). The foundation’s aims are to encourage innovation, promote scientific projects that pursue society’s goals and develop studies, reports and expertise. To date, more than 110 organizations, associations, companies, operators and communities have joined the FRB to pursue a common objective: meeting the scientific challenges related to biodiversity.
The partnership between FRB and GDF SUEZ began in 2010. Its goals are to:
- promote the communication and use of biodiversity research results,
- take part in the research and reflections led by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EPE)
EPE is an association of around 40 French and international companies that work together to increase the role of the environment in their strategies and daily management. The association coordinates collaborative projects on environmental issues in the following fields:
- Energy and climate change
- Health and environment
- Environmental planning
- Environmental management methods
GDF SUEZ is a member of EPE and takes part in its dialogue with NGOs, government ministries, elected officials, scientific groups and universities with three main ambitions:
- Anticipate and analyze, as an internationally recognized think tank
- Improve the knowledge and practices of its members, encouraging innovation
- Enhance the image of companies in environmental matters by highlighting their major projects
EPE is the French partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The Bettercoal initiative
GDF SUEZ is a founding member of the Bettercoal initiative, which is a global not-for-profit initiative established by the largest European energy utilities. The aim is to improve corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain, with a specific focus on the mines themselves. The Bettercoal vision is a coal supply chain that protects the environment, respects the rights of people and contributes positively to the livelihoods of workers and communities. The mission of Bettercoal is to advance the continuous improvement of the ethical, social and environmental performance of coal mines by improving business practices through engagement with stakeholders and based on a shared set of globally recognized principles. Through our membership we have committed to implementing the Bettercoal tools and mission into our due diligence processes in our supply chain management. This way we are working on the continuous improvements of on the ground performance at mining level, through a dialogue with mining companies.
GDF SUEZ purchases its hard coal directly from coal mining companies but also through screen trade on the spot market. This screen sourced coal cannot always be traced back to its origin because it may be blended and traded several times before delivery at the ultimate buyer. This means that we cannot know always exactly from which mining company and mine the coal we purchase originates.
GDF SUEZ is a member of the Bettercoal initiative. Membership in Bettercoal will offer additional support in our efforts to raise the level of sustainability performance throughout the coal supply chain. For example, through Bettercoal we aim to have site assessments at coal mines conducted through an external audit company. GDF SUEZ will get access to the results and use this is our due diligence process.