GDF Suez S.A.

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GDF Suez S.A.
Industry Energy and Utilities
Founded 22/07/2008
Headquarters Paris, Île-de-France France
Area Served Europe, Asia, Africa and America
Chairman and CEO Gérard Mestrallet
Products Natural gas production, sale and distribution, electricity generation and distribution, hydroelectricity, wind power, energy trading
Market Value 66 043,0 m$ (2014)
Employees 23,6120 (2014)

About GDF Suez[edit]

Since its origins in the early 19th century, GDF SUEZ has been helping cities and businesses to face the challenges related to population growth, urbanization and higher standards of living and protecting the environment. The group supports changes in society that are based as much on economic growth as on social progress and the preservation of natural resources. GDF Suez is present in 50 countries around the world.

Engagement in Cultural Diplomacy[edit]

In keeping with its values and commitments, GDF SUEZ seeks in all circumstances to act in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in the countries where it operates. To achieve this goal, the group established a code of conduct that underpins the day-to-day strategic decisions, management and professional practices of the group. It also introduced the tools needed to measure compliance with this commitment. Moreover the commitment of local authorities to developing sustainable energy strategies made GDF SUEZ share their experience, works and its expertise to design new local energy models based on energy efficiency and reduced demand, as well as developing local sources of renewable energy.

Employment Policy[edit]

GDF SUEZ has built its human resources policy around the core elements of open dialogue, continuous improvement and sharing best practices. The group pursues these goals in its efforts to recruit, develop and retain employees. In conjunction with the GDF SUEZ corporate project, the group’s HR ambition expresses its commitments: “Enhance and develop our human capital, rich in its diversity, for our activities throughout the world, by implementing an open and innovative human resources policy, thereby creating value for each person, the company and the various communities in which the group is involved.” In June 2012, the group signed the European agreement on professional equality between men and women, which is committed to: promoting equal opportunity and treatment throughout all group entities, changing management and trade union culture and encouraging diversity.


International Internship Programs[edit]

The company has a program called GDF SUEZ-Young Talent. The main goal of this program is to give young (16-25) people the opportunity to do an internship or to have a professional formation. Moreover the GDF SUEZ created The Copernic Program, as a cooperation with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs which offers the opportunity to receive corporate management training as an intern. The program is offered to young graduates in economics, science, technology or law from a university in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the CIS, Turkey, Albania, Egypt or Tunisia.

Grants and Scholarships[edit]

GDF Suez is involved in a number of initiatives with associations, foundations and universities. These partnerships enable the group to put its values to work and offer support to local communities. GDF has created several partnerships with the academic world. These partnerships include a partnership with Science-Po, Paris-Dauphine and the ICHEC Brussels Management School. Furthermore, GDF Suez awarded to talented young performers or leaders in the categories sports, music, dance/drama, visual arts and outdoor life activities. Each scholarship is worth 15 000 NOK, and the candidates must be 18-26 years of age and be related to Flora municipality.

Notable Activities[edit]

Activities in the Field of Humanitarian Aid[edit]

GDF SUEZ has developed five humanitarian programs. Three of these programs deal with energy, such as water and sanitation, or access gas and electricity. GDF has also created the GDF SUEZ Foundation, which deals with childhood and youth, and helps poor people. The employee associations carry out humanitarian assignments all over the world and volunteer employees can demonstrate their commitments to solidarity. Meetings with the associations the Group supports will be organized in France and Belgium during 2011. During these opportunities for information and exchanges, employees will be able to put their commitment into practice if they wish.

Supporting Music & Visual Arts[edit]

GDF Suez has created a partnership with Les musiciens d’Europe. The goal of this partnership is to organize and finance an orchestra for young people. GDF SUEZ supports two art organizations. The first is the Muséemagritemuseum. The partnership’s goal and its innovative character were acclaimed with Prométhéa’s award to GDF SUEZ of the 2008 Caïus Prize for Major Company Culture Sponsorship (awarded for corporate giving in Belgium). The second is the Palais de Tokyo, one of the largest contemporary art centers in Europe, as it has recently been reopened to the public. GDF Suez, which has an active sponsorship policy, has been a major player in French sport for the past 20 years. The group supports seven sporting federations, thereby helping 4.2 million people in Franceto take part in sport. All these partnerships include a socially inclusive aspect, in order to put the group’s commitments to sustainable development and local roots into practice, and to reflect its slogan, “by people for people”.

Promoting Human and Civil Rights[edit]

In 2010, GDF SUEZ signed a global agreement on Fundamental Rights, Social Dialogue and Sustainability with the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM), the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and Public Services International (PSI). This agreement pursues the group’s commitment to applying the highest international benchmarks in human rights, as outlined in its ethics policy. The group adopted a “Responsible Purchasing” policy that incorporates ethical criteria, including human rights, into the purchasing process. Particular care is taken to avoid conflicts of interest in the supply chain, using assessment and mapping tools currently being developed by the Group Ethics and Compliance Division. GDF SUEZ is currently developing a specific policy to establish its ethical principles in human rights. The policy will notably outline terms for working with private security companies.

External Links[edit]

Official Website

Career Page