Our Ethics Guide, in conjunction with our nine point Sustainable Development Charter, underpins our Corporate Social Responsibility management.
In order to manage our corporate responsibility as effectively as possible, we focus on:
- improving management systems in areas of corporate social responsibility
- developing commercial offers that incorporate the three aspects of sustainable development, (environmental performance, social and societal) therefore ensuring our ability to support our client’s sustainable development strategies
- designing contractual models and innovative partnerships in the social economy so that disadvantaged populations can have access to basic services, notably in emerging countries.
In our marketplace
Today, natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce while our needs are growing in an ever more densely populated and urbanized world facing climate change issues.
The world has to rethink its relationship with resources and come up with new social and economic growth models that are more efficient, better balanced and more sustainable.
With 160 years of expertise in the areas of water, energy and waste, Veolia applies its capacity for innovation to pursuing human progress and wellbeing, and improving the performance of businesses and regions.
To make the switch from a resource consumption rationale to a use-and-recover approach in today’s circular economy, Veolia designs and implements solutions aimed at improving access to resources while at the same time protecting and renewing those same resources.
This is how Veolia and its employees contribute each and every day to Resourcing the World.
In our workplace
Veolia is committed to providing a safe working environment that allows all our people to develop their skills, abilities and experience with a view to providing excellent customer service.
Our Environment, Health & Safety policy is designed to attain and maintain the highest standard of excellence in this area. We are committed to the safety of our employees, sub-contractors, customers and the general public.
Our policies, procedures and performance in relation to Environment, Health & Safety are reviewed on a regular basis by senior management so that areas for continuous improvement can be determined. The results of these reviews are communicated to our employees and other affected parties.
Veolia operates a comprehensive Quality Management system which documents all aspects of our Environment, Health & Safety performance. Our excellence in this area has been recognised by winning the NISO/NISG safety award on several occasions.
Veolia Ireland is certified to the following standards:
- Quality - BS EN ISO 9001: 2008
- Health & Safety - BS OHSAS 18001: 2007
- Environmental - BS EN ISO 14001: 2004
- Quality - ISO 9001:2008
- Health & Safety - OHSAS 18001:2007
- Environmental - ISO 14001:2004
- Engineers Ireland CPD accredited employer
- Quality - ISO 9001
- Health & Safety - OHSAS 18001
- Environmental - ISO14001
- Energy - ISO50001
- Engineers Ireland CPD accredited employer
In our community
Veolia has a strong commitment to supporting community activities.
Our Volunteering Policy supports employees who wish to actively engage with their communities by offering up to 16 hours paid volunteering time off per year. Staff are encouraged to use their volunteering hours to support local organisations or charities in a more hands on manner in a variety of ways.
Veolia in Ireland operates a community sponsorship programme called Connect. Staff can obtain funding for projects which they are personally involved with. The funding is awarded by a committee made up of representatives from across our company. To date Connect has donated €80,000 to 60 community groups across 20 counties, all championed by Connect Sponsors!
Environmental awareness in the community
As part of our commitment to supporting the development of the communities in which we live, Veolia has begun to develop partnerships with local communities where we can share our environmental expertise in a non-for-profit capacity. Our energy expertise is helping a Dublin city centre housing organisation to raise energy awareness amongst its tenants, while in Co. Kilkenny, Veolia technology and skills are being deployed to support a local community develop a vibrant riverside amenity.
Reaching out to schools
Primary school children are being made aware of the value of water via the deployment of the Veolia Water Box. This practical learning tool is in use in most countries where Veolia operates. It enhances the existing SESE (social, environmental and scientific education) subjects on the Irish primary school curriculum.