The ENGIE group operates in almost 70 countries. Group businesses often have a major impact on the economy and development of these countries, and the well-being of their inhabitants. Building on this position, and aware of its responsibilities, the Group plays a proactive role in environmental, social and societal debates touching on its activities, and is publically committed to supporting civil society organizations and movements and the long-term mobilization of key stakeholders.
The Group's management team regularly intervenes on subjects for which it has an environmental or social responsibility either as a function of its activities or changes in the environment or society in which they are performed.
Because of its energy activities, their impact on the environment and on climate change, ENGIE was one of the first energy companies to give broad-based support to efforts by companies to control their greenhouse gas impacts, to announce targets to reduce these emissions in conjunction with governments, and to promote green investment projects.
- In 2016, ENGIE threw its support behind a carbon incentive pricing option put forward by the CPLC (Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition), an initiative launched by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
- More recently, in response to recommendations made by experts from the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) published in June 2017, under the leadership of the G20, to ensure financial transparency around climate-related issues, ENGIE committed in October 2017 to communicate more on the impact that global warming could have on its activities, on associated risks and how it intends to take them into account in order to adapt its activity and strategy.
- ENGIE is also regularly present on the margins of COPs (Conferences of the Parties) - yearly conferences of State Parties convened by the UN to support national action plans to tackle global warming. At COP23 in November 2017 in Bonn (Germany), ENGIE announced that it was moving towards a development scenario for its power generation fleet compatible with the Paris Agreement, that is, in line with the 2-degree trajectory.
- ENGIE promotes the growth of sustainable finance, in particular the green bond market, of which it is one of the world's leading corporate issuers, and the alignment of the Group's long-term vision with the sustainable development goals of investors. In December 2017, ENGIE signed a commitment to actively support the green bond market and in April 2018, it signed the membership charter of Finance for Tomorrow - an initiative led by Paris EUROPLACE.
Because of its industrial activities, their potential impact and the growing threat to the planet's biodiversity, ENGIE aims at providing concrete solutions to avoid, reduce or offset its impacts as part of a proactive approach.
- ENGIE has therefore decided to provide each of its priority sites with a biodiversity protection action plan to meet local challenges, identified in consultation with stakeholders. ENGIE is committed to following the recommendations set out in the SNB (National Biodiversity Strategy) plan implemented in France.
- As part of the Act4nature initiative, on July 10, 2018, ENGIE joined forces with some sixty companies to protect biodiversity by adhering to the 10 common commitments and adding Group-specific commitments.
In terms of water and sanitation management, ENGIE is committed to reducing its withdrawals of fresh water for energy production and implementing action plans for its sites located in water stress areas.
From a social or societal point of view, ENGIE has adopted, supports and applies the 10 fundamental principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labor rights, the environment and the fight against corruption.
- In the social field, ENGIE supports the fundamental principles of equal opportunities, the fight against discrimination, and diversity. In 2017, ENGIE renewed its Diversity label for four years and signed the Charter of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Commitments, an initiative led by L’Autre Cercle.
Lastly, in the field of innovation, ENGIE and Solar Impulse, through the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, are committed to promoting 1,000 concrete energy solutions that are both economically and ecologically viable. ENGIE intends to present innovative solutions at COP24 in Katowice (Poland)
The partnerships developed by ENGIE in the CSR field are consistent with its commitments.