ESDW 2020: concrete examples of ENGIE’s social and societal commitment

By ENGIE - 29 September 2020 - 17:11

ENGIE is facing up to the increasing expectations of civil society and the authorities. To understand and meet these expectations, the Group has adopted a social and societal policy that is inseparable from its commercial strategy, aimed at supporting change in society and optimising value creation for all its stakeholders. ENGIE thus promotes the strong principles of equal opportunity, combating discrimination and encouraging diversity.


Storengy’s social and societal policy

Storengy is a committed player in energy transition in the regions, with strong ambitions for human development, dialogue and consultation, preservation of biodiversity, offers to clients, energy efficiency and the climate.

Education and solidarity

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Commitment to education and solidarity by Storengy


Highly involved in CSR, Storengy has set out 13 societal and environmental responsibility commitments in tune with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. European Sustainable Development Week gives Storengy an opportunity to share information about its strong commitment to civic solidarity and in particular its partnerships with Institut Télémaque and Planète Urgence.


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Storengy works for youth integration with Institut Télémaque

Created in 2005, Institut Télémaque works in favour of equal opportunities. Through a mentoring programme, it supports young people from modest backgrounds until they graduate from high school with their Baccalaureate. Institut Télémaque acts in favour of upward social mobility by sponsoring deserving young people who wish to succeed in their studies. Each sponsored student is accompanied by a mentor from the business world and an educational specialist.


Storengy invites its employees to sign up to mentor young students by providing support and accompanying their personal and academic development. The goal? To let young people discover new horizons and take on social and cultural codes through activities that are not easily accessible to them. In short, to facilitate their integration into the world of work.

International solidarity

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Storengy commits to international solidarity with Planète Urgence

Planète Urgence is a public-benefit non-profit association created in 2000 by professionals from NGOs (Médecins du Monde and Humanity & Inclusion) working for international solidarity and protection of the environment. Storengy invites its employees, through the Congé Solidaire® (solidarity leave) programme, to commit to a 2-week international solidarity mission to meet the needs of a local Planète Urgence partner in a developing country: an association, cooperative, group of villagers, school, craftsman, entrepreneur, scientific team, etc.


Watch video stories from employees who have taken part in missions:


Concrete actions from CNR to raise employee awareness 

CNR holds the Rhône concession for hydroelectricity production, river transport and agricultural water use, and is France’s leading producer of exclusively renewable energy. CNR’s strategy is part of a global vision serving the regions, energy transition and the development of renewable energies.


CNR has chosen to use the opportunity of ESDW to implement concrete actions among its employees in favour of society, focused on various aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility.


During ESDW, CNR is therefore sorting and archiving items from its offices, and working with a local association that collects objects initially intended for scrap, and then sorts, recycles and sells them at a low price. This is a job integration workshop (ACI) that forms part of the social and solidarity economy circuit.


In addition, on 22 September, 800 CNR employees took part in the Mobility Challenge organised by the Auvergne Rhône Alpes Region. The idea is to avoid commuting alone by car, promoting “clean” modes of transport such as cycling, walking, train, bus and also car-pooling and teleworking. Working from home is considered to be a “saved journey” that reduces the environmental impact of commuting.


Waste collection in the backwaters of the Rhône using paddle boards is also planned, as is the cleaning/archiving of computer data (mailboxes and servers) to remove duplicates. Eco-friendly gestures are also in the spotlight with a focus on print-outs, disposable tableware and plastic bottles and air conditioning/heating of offices.


Finally, from 28 September to 2 October, “5 days, 5 preconceptions” will take place, aiming to demolish received wisdom about CSR (“I’ve got better things to do than CSR”, “it’s a minority issue”, “CSR doesn’t benefit employees”, etc.) through video stories from representatives of CNR’s internal CSR network.


There is a host of concrete actions taking place at ENGIE, during Sustainable Development Week and every other day of the year. The Group’s commitments are even included in its new purpose statement