At the core of our mission and ambitions lies our workforce, standing at the forefront of everything we do. It is our employees who will enable us to achieve our purpose of ecological transformation, and we are committed to ensuring they are in an environment in which they can succeed. That’s why we emphasise the importance of health and safety, diversity & inclusion and fostering a strong requirement process.
HEALTH, SAFETY & WELLBEING
Veolia’s true wealth comes from the health of our employees. We recognise the importance of creating a positive work environment that supports the physical, mental, and emotional health of our workforce. From our safety champions to our training and communication campaigns, we have a proactive safety culture, aspiring to zero incidents.
Safety Week serves as a significant occasion for our people to reaffirm their dedication to fostering a culture of risk prevention and places health and safety at the centre of what we do day to day.
StreetKind focuses on fostering a safe workplace environment and includes an extensive training programme to equip staff with the skills to defuse situations and handle incidents effectively.
Wellbeing Series which in 2022 included employee learning sessions on everything from managing loneliness to preventing burnout and saving financially at Christmas time.
EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (ED&I)
Veolia has worked hard to promote and enhance ED&I across our business and within our supply chain – efforts that are helping to attract and retain the very best talent.
In 2022, for the first time we made a voluntary request for employees to share their diversity data, aiming to gain a better understanding of diversity across our organisation. This data has been used to improve our understanding of the diversity of our workforce, and is being integrated into a new ED&I strategy for 2023-2027.
Our data reflects an increase in ethnic minorities working across all pay grades since we introduced our inclusion strategy, including;
We are prioritising inclusive practices that will not only attract but also support a diverse and inclusive workforce.
A list of inclusion and diversity questions has been established that agency suppliers must answer before they are able to work with us. Following a review of the responses, we are confident our recruitment agencies have robust diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies in place. We have also reviewed our recruitment channels and job adverts so that we can reach a wider range of candidates. Since we introduced our inclusion strategy, we have seen an overall increase in woman applicants across all job functions.
Modern slavery At Veolia, we recognise that we all bear a collective responsibility to be vigilant and attentive when it comes to potential victims of modern slavery.
In 2022, we launched a new ‘talking head’ video to engage and inform our frontline teams on how to stay alert to any suspicions or instances of exploitation in the workplace and within local communities. This was supported with a toolkit for our managers and face-to- face training for the teams that act as additional visible contacts for our frontline teams.
Our modern slavery escalation policy outlines the clear steps our people should take when they suspect a case of modern slavery, no matter where they are, within Veolia, or in the local community.
Download our modern slavery and human trafficking statement and policies