Actively opening up to the society in which we work and live
Corporate responsibility is a multifaceted concept that affects numerous areas and involves activities that go far beyond the charitable ones that immediately spring to mind. As a locally based, responsible stakeholder working in the energy and services sectors, ENGIE is keen to sign up for corporate responsibility. To do so, we have established a policy based on three major cornerstones (social, environnemental, Corporate Citizenship).
The social cornerstone
ENGIE has 17,000 employees in Belgium. This is a diverse, multi-cultural group including disabled workers, foreign workers and those returning to work after a long period of unemployment; everyone deserves to have the same opportunities. The richness of our Group is made up of many profiles. A large number of initiatives emphasise this.
• Fund for Actions to Promote Employment (FAPE) contributes financially to the occupational integration, employability and return to employment of people who have been out of work or have become marginalised.
• Based on exchanges and sharing between women in the Group, Women in Networking (WIN) aims to build links, assert the leadership of women and contribute to equality of opportunity.
• Older workers are an enormous resource of knowledge, skills and experience that they can now share with younger workers, thanks to 50+ Entrepreneurship.
The corporate citizenship cornerstone
ENGIE has a high level of local penetration throughout Belgium. We are involved in projects in the immediate vicinity of our sites and of our customers. Support for such projects is built into the framework of our role as a locally based, responsible stakeholder that fully accepts its societal responsibility.
• The ENGIE Corporate Foundation allocates 500,000 euros every year to Belgian organisations promoting the inclusion of children and teenagers through education, sport and culture. The selection committee consists of external individuals and representatives of the ENGIE subsidiaries and meets twice a year. Since its foundation, over 40,000 young people in three areas of the country have received the benefit of support from the ENGIE Corporate Foundation.
• Through the Power2Act programme, ENGIE promotes cultural and associative initiatives supported voluntarily by staff.
• SOS Villages d’enfants provides a focal point and a future for vulnerable children and teenagers. ENGIE has been supporting the association’s projects since 2013. Specifically, we have sustainably renovated the village of Chantevent, near Marche-en-Famenne.
• Since 2003, ENGIE has been supporting Belgian athletes participating in the Paralympic Games. Some are also members of our staff! In Rio, the Belgian team won 11 medals, including 5 golds.
• Thanks to the A bridge between two worlds project supported by ENGIE, the most disadvantaged people can access the La Monnaie cultural programme and participate in weekly workshops.
• With ENGIE Street Heroes, ENGIE aims to use the power of sport in general and football in particular to bring together young people from diverse backgrounds. The basic principles in the panna (nutmegging knockout) matches are respect and fair play. For example, the players shake hands before and after each match to demonstrate their willingness to show respect.
The environmental cornerstone
As a stakeholder in the energy transition, ENGIE takes care to produce energy sustainably, using the opportunities provided by renewable energies. Partnerships with numerous organisations play a major role in this approach and provide evidence of our environmental efforts. Here are a few examples.
• The partnership with non-profit organisation LivingStones is another expression of our desire for a more sustainable world. The aim is to provide low-income families with good quality, sustainable accommodation.
• We develop projects dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and preservation of the environment: installing beehives and nesting boxes for peregrine falcons, creating ecological ponds, protecting fish, etc.
• Financially supported by ENGIE since its foundation, Aquascope is a benchmark centre for public awareness of nature. Thanks to the skills patronage of the ENGIE Group, it also generates green energy and has become a natural zero emissions centre.