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GDF SUEZ University recognized for its personal development and training programs

GDF SUEZ University recently received accreditation from CLIP (Corporate Learning Improvement Process), an acknowledged quality label for internal company personal development and training programs. The award, made by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), distinguishes groups that offer their employees best practices and high performance programs for personal development, training, and apprenticeship.


The CLIP label represents acknowledgement by a recognized, prestigious institution of the high standards and quality learning programs offered and dispensed by the Group’s in-house university for training and individual personal and group development. Following evaluation by professionals, only 16 companies, including GDF SUEZ, have been recognized at the European level.


According to Gordon Shenton, Deputy Director of EFMD, “The peer review team was impressed by GDF SUEZ University’s level of quality in terms of impact within the Group and by the overall level of its programs and activities. The University clearly makes a significant, strategic contribution to the Group’s integration. Its role as a laboratory for ideas is exemplary.”


GDF SUEZ University was created in 2000 at the initiative of Gérard Mestrallet, the Group’s Chairman and CEO. It plays a key role for GDF SUEZ executives and managers in terms of the Group’s development, training, and construction. Its missions align with the Group’s strategic priorities. GDF SUEZ University is a genuine tool for integration, cohesion, and know-how sharing and also models itself as a laboratory for ideas and strategic planning within and for the benefit of the Group.


Since the program’s creation, over 30,000 promising performers and managers from all Group backgrounds have received training from the company university. Close to 6,000 participants are received each year in the some 200 sessions organized in 15 countries. CLIP accreditation offers the occasion to highlight the particularity of GDF SUEZ University, which made the conscious decision not to outsource its programs. In fact, in addition to the regular participation of over 200 Group experts and executives, the University’s 22 staff members work in close collaboration with some 40 outside partners in the design and implementation of “in house” programs. 



One of the leading energy providers in the world, GDF SUEZ is active across the entire energy value chain, in electricity and natural gas, upstream to downstream. It develops its businesses (energy, energy services and environment) around a responsible-growth model totake up the great challenges: responding to energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources. GDF SUEZ relies on diversified supply sources as well as flexible and high-performance power generation in order to provide innovative energy solutions to individuals, cities and businesses. The Group employs 200,650 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €79.9 billion in 2009. GDF SUEZ is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe and ASPI Eurozone.


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