Veolia Environmental Services has achieved a top 'Platinum' Rating (99%) in Business in the Community’s (BitC’s) Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI) – the most improved company nationally in 2012.
The UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of responsibility, the CRI is published in today’s Financial Times and enables companies from all sectors to accurately measure and improve their social and environmental performance.
Veolia’s ranking reflects the successful launch of its 'Go further together' strategy encompassing a wide range of initiatives across its 12,000 strong workforce. These include extensive health and safety and training development programmes, outstanding carbon performance and through its employees giving over 10,000 hours of community investment through employee volunteering.
A 'Platinum Rating' means Veolia has integrated corporate responsibility into its business model and has clear CR responsibilities and incentive structures at board and operational levels. Platinum companies have a structured approach to data collection and social and environmental impact assessment and can demonstrate ongoing improvement across their key impacts.
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said: “Veolia Environmental Services has come a long way in a relatively short space of time. They have made significant improvements over the past three years to ensure CR is embedded across their organisation and this has paid off with a Platinum Rating.
“It is incredibly encouraging to see a company progress so quickly and in a year move from a Silver Rating to Platinum. This shows that embedding real changes to your business model can be done both meaningfully and rapidly and clearly shows that Veolia Environmental Services are totally committed to improving their impact on society in a measured and sustainable manner."
Jean-Dominique Mallet, Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc added: “I am extremely pleased that our collective efforts in 2011 have seen us achieve a ‘Platinum’ rating as it shows how a culture focused on corporate responsibility can be quickly transmitted and owned by all within the company and deliver measurable and immediate impact."
"This year we will continue our journey and invest in sustainable growth which includes supporting three hundred apprentices, opening four new recycling and recovery treatment facilities and opening the doors of forty of our sites to local communities." Read Jean-Dominique's blog to find out more.