Policies

By ENGIE - 17 February 2022 - 09:57

Environment

 

ENGIE evolves in a world where environmental issues are multiplying. Risks related to climate change, overexploitation of natural resources including water, biodiversity loss and air pollution are central concerns for the Group and the resilience of its activities. Environment is one of the key CSR issues for a leader in the world of energy and energy services like ENGIE.

 

ENGIE is committed to identifying its impacts on the environment, implementing action plans to avoid, reduce and, if necessary, compensate them while optimally managing the resources at its disposal. The environment covers multiple dimensions such as:

  • Climate change, in particular the global warming of the atmosphere and oceans but also the increase in frequency and intensity of extreme climatic events. Climate change is now the major environmental challenge for our societies in general and for ENGIE in particular. To meet this challenge, the Group has embarked on a program to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to adapt its business model to make it resilient to climate change while meeting the constraints of a just transition in accordance with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
  • Change in the atmosphere with increased emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • The management of water resources whether it is fresh, drinkable or wastewater treatment or wastewater.
  • Biodiversity management in different environments or territories potentially impacted by our activities.
  • The management of air quality and the issues of green mobility.
  • The more general problem of intelligent management of all resources consumed and waste produced for an circular economy.
  • The sustainable management of forests is subject to commitments by the Group, both for the biomass sector and for the projects.
  • ENGIE's action to fight climate change also involves responsible lobbying.
  • Fugitive methane emissions from the Group's gas infrastructures are a major issue for global warming (see attached document)
 

Taking multiple actions to protect the environment with ENGIE

The energy sector is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, which is why ENGIE is taking action to preserve the planet, by reducing its emissions and protecting biodiversity. Developing renewable energies, creating a Sustainable Energy Transition label, supporting the decarbonization initiatives of our customers in all sectors, increasing the use of sustainable funding with green bonds, investing in innovative technologies, such as synthetic fuels, etc. 

Societal

 

ENGIE Group is doing more to help overcome the challenges faced by businesses and wider society. Its work is intensifying in three areas: enhanced dialogue with stakeholders in every area of its business, human rights in a globalized economy, and the increased responsibility companies bear towards their upstream (suppliers) and downstream (customers) supply chains. ENGIE considers these issues to be risks that could turn into problems but also, and perhaps more importantly, as opportunities to see our business grow through more responsible and sustainable methods.
 

On a corporate level, ENGIE Group is developing a human resources strategy that aims to achieve best practices and is committed to continuous improvement. The policy is based on constructive and transparent social dialogue, as can be seen through the collective bargaining agreements which are regularly signed with organisations that represent our employees.

 

This HR policy sets out to recruit, train, and foster the loyalty of our employees, making sure we obtain real diversity by improving the inclusion of the most vulnerable and minorities, and guaranteeing a good quality of life in the workplace for all of our people, male and female.

 

This HR policy includes a Health & Safety policy committed to excellence.

 

While the health and safety of the Group’s employees and subcontractors is an absolute priority, the safety of our facilities is also a fundamental priority for the Group, not only for our own facilities but for all of those we run without necessarily owning them.

 

The increasing role digital technology plays in the work of the Group and the wider world means that we are enhancing cybersecurity in everything we do. The more stringent requirements for the protection of personal data, especially that of our customers, has led the Group to bolster its data protection processes and rules.

 

As for wider society, ENGIE Group is making stakeholder dialogue the keystone of its project management and business strategy, with a view to creating sustainable, shared value. This dialogue is the basis of ENGIE's societal policy (download the stakeholders engagement policy) and is based on a structured approach that has been tried and tested in the field, benefitting from feedback from past experience.

 

The dialogue is founded on an understanding of and respect for local communities, their culture, working conditions, and salaries, as well as any issues arising from compliance with fundamental Human Rights. Aware of our size and the importance of our work, wherever we do it, the Group has decided to improve how it measures and tracks the socio-economic impact of our work, so that we can better understand our ecosystem and sphere of influence and share this analysis in total transparency, and do business more responsibly.

 

The transition to a carbon-neutral economy also has important social implications, particularly in the energy sector. The notion of Just Transition stems from the belief that a transition to a more carbon-neutral and sustainable  economy should be conducted in a way that is fair to all stakeholders: workers, consumers, local communities and  suppliers, and should aim to minimize the negative effects of the transition while maximizing its positive effects.

 

Amongst the Group’s key concerns for wider society, issues with energy poverty and access to sustainable energy more generally in communities with poor connections to the energy grid, or that are just too isolated to properly benefit, occupy an important place.

 

ENGIE has developed a social impact fund, ENGIE Rassembleurs d'Energies, endowed with 50 million euros at the end of 2019 (38 million euros committed at the end of 2021), whose mission is to invest in projects that aim to provide sufficient and sustainable access to electricity for currently unserved populations in developing countries.

Consult ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies 2022 Report

 

As part of the Energy Volunteers Program (EVP), the Group is also mobilising its own employees, encouraging them to invest their time as volunteers on humanitarian programmes and initiatives, working on the ground as impartial volunteers, embodying ENGIE’s values of solidarity with the most vulnerable members of society. The ENGIE Foundation is also expanding its work in patronage, mutual support, and funding for social and humanitarian projects that play a de facto role in the Group’s general CSR policy.

 

Finally, the ENGIE Foundation develops patronage, mutual aid and financing actions with a social or cultural vocation. The Group's global policy in this area.

 

The ENGIE Foundation carries out actions in favour of children and young people and supports energy access projects.

In 2021, the Foundation monitored 110 projects that reached more than 400,000 beneficiaries