Veolia made inclusivity one of the key strategic priorities in 2013, starting at the executive team level. Our Executive Committee currently comprises 30% female and 16% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic members. We want to improve these ratios and are working with partners like Stonewall, the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, and Business in the Community’s gender campaign, Opportunity Now (see our talking points on this).

The Fortune 500 reveals that businesses with the highest representation of women in management are among the highest financial performers with returns on equity of over 35%. So we are proud that 38% of graduate applications and 31% of apprenticeship applications are now from women, and 83% of women at Veolia stay in employment after maternity or adoption leave - all well above the industry average.

We employ people from over 90 nationalities, some of whom may have come from marginalised pockets of our communities through our Back2Business programmes. Inclusivity is championed by our Executive Vice President, Estelle Brachlianoff, who has promoted careers within the industry on platforms as diverse as Responsible Business Week, the Institute of Civil Engineers and the London Business School. We want the sector to become more attractive to new recruits from all backgrounds, as it is viewed as the innovation-driven catalyst for the circular economy.

In 2014, we will be focusing on the quality, depth and diversity of our management team. We are also working towards a plan to improve diversity at a regional level, and we are implementing an action plan based on results from Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

16% Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Board members


“Despite significant workforce challenges such as a large non-office-based workforce, Veolia is committed to finding innovative solutions that work for its business and people.”
Hayley Parker, Client Account