Veolia's Sustainability Report 2022

Creating a sustainable future.
Sustainability Planet

In December 2023, Veolia will celebrate 170 years of delivering sustainable solutions to communities across the world. In that time we have positively affected billions of lives in many different ways: from providing the means for clean, safe water, to recycling waste and, more recently, generating much needed renewable energy.

"I am immensely proud to play a part in that legacy. But while I feel it is important to draw on past experiences, our focus must be on the future. Specifically, on delivering an ecological transformation that will improve many more lives for generations to come.

This means taking an holistic approach to life, for our people and the planet. We recognise the direct link between our natural and social environments; and how biodiversity loss or pollution, for example, impacts the communities and cultures we live in.

When we say that we put ecology at the heart of our business, we are referring to how we consider all the impacts that our decisions make. We do this with our multifaceted performance (MFP) framework, which helps us make commitments to our five key stakeholders: our planet, clients, employees, society and shareholders.

None of these stakeholders exists exclusively – much like our natural and social environments. So by committing to combating climate change, building a circular economy, and protecting biodiversity for our planet, we are also actively listening to the concerns of society; meeting the needs of the communities in which we work.

Our employees need to work in an environment where they can grow and develop, but also be true to who they are, and feel fairly treated. This ultimately makes for a more innovative, motivated workforce; one that better helps its clients to meet their sustainability goals and environmental ambitions.

Our shareholders – the majority of whom are now Veolia employees – are best served when our contribution to the world is useful. Our financial health allows us to reinvest in our business; which in-turn closes the loop on all of our stakeholders and edges us closer to truly changing the world.

This report is a snapshot into the essential work carried out by Veolia, showcasing how we are addressing environmental issues. We know the scale of the challenges before us; but we remain optimistic and determined to turn the tide, together."

Veolia UK _ Gavin Graveson portrait

Gavin Graveson, Senior Executive Vice-President, Veolia Northern Europe Zone

Sustainability Background


More than ever before, Veolia can assert its leadership in addressing the major ecological transformation challenges facing companies, public authorities and citizens. We are committed to a multifaceted performance with the same level of consideration and expectations regarding financial, commercial, employee, social, and environmental performance.

Our latest sustainability report follows each area of the multifaceted performance (MFP) model, focusing on the ways in which we work in collaboration with each stakeholder to deliver solutions that decarbonise, depollute and regenerate resources, with our results assessed against comprehensive targets. Our progress against these targets is highlighted throughout this report.

Multi-faceted performance
Ecological Transformation


Ecological transformation means acting to reconcile human progress and environmental protection.

We develop and implement solutions to depollute our vital resources, preserve them from depletion and to decarbonise our ways of living and adapt them to the effects of climate change. At Veolia, we tackle economic, social and environmental issues as an inseparable whole, for the benefit of society as a whole.


The four pillars of ecological transformation form a foundation upon which we can achieve our purpose. We cannot delay any longer or hope to change our methods gradually. It is time for transformative action.


We have made strong progress against many of our goals, and continue to prioritise meeting and achieving our targets. Please refer to the relevant sections in this report for further detail, case studies and future plans.



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