This assessment is based on six broad categories: environment, human resources, human rights, community development, governance, and business behavior.
Vigeo gave GDF SUEZ a sector-leading score for human resources management. The Group was evaluated based on four criteria: promotion of quality social relations, responsible management of company reorganizations, career management and job capability development, and improvement of health and safety conditions. The factors highlighted in the Group’s rating included: its job mobility policy and establishment of HR networks in Europe, a major focus of which being optimized job management; the signing with employee representatives of a worldwide agreement on fundamental rights, social dialogue, and sustainable development; as well as consultation procedures at the European level in relation to the integration of International Power.
The Group’s quantified health & safety standards and objectives were a contributing factor to its excellent rating in that category.
GDF SUEZ was also recognized for its significant improvement in business behavior, specifically for customer satisfaction and information transparency, with customer rating improvements in France for both individual and industrial customers. The Group’s higher rating recognizes a continuous improvement over several years for the benefit of its customers.
These positive results confirm the priority given to responsible growth within the GDF SUEZ Group, as well as its benchmark sustainable development role.
Vigeo, one of the principal non-financial rating agencies, assesses and rates the corporate social responsibility performance of companies. Vigeo also manages the ASPI index, composed of the 120 companies in the euro zone on the basis of a “best-in-class” approach that evaluates their environmental, social, and governance performance. This non-financial approach complements the assessment of overall business performance in a context where sustainable development is at the heart of company development strategies.
About GDF SUEZ
GDF SUEZ (gdfsuez.com) develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,350 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €84.5 billion in 2010. The Group is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.
Investor relations contact:
T: +33 (0)1 44 22 66 29 / E: ir[.]gdfsuez.com.