Finding a place for waste pickers in a rehabilitation project for a household waste landfill and recycling facility

Located 5 kilometres from the city centre, the Meknes landfill facility has been operated in an uncontrolled way since 2002. Covering a surface of approximately 25 hectares, it receives 185,000 tonnes of waste every year produced by the city’s 650,000 inhabitants. Following a call for tender, the City of Meknes commissioned SUEZ environnement to rehabilitate the site, starting in January 2014. The public service delegation agreement signed with the Urban Community of Meknes also covers the design, development, equipping and operation of a new waste elimination and recovery facility meeting international standards. The new site will include major innovations for recycling materials to reduce the amount of waste, and for biological recovery, to produce compost from green waste and certain types of organic waste. Previously, roughly 150 waste pickers worked at the site, sorting the untreated rubbish and recovering materials for recycling, such as plastic, metal, glass, cardboard, etc. Another major innovation of this project is that the new sorting centre that will be built will be operated by all the waste pickers organised as a cooperative. This will help to improve their living and working conditions, through training and greater professionalism. This project also helps to make the recycling sector in Morocco more professional and boosts the local market for secondary raw materials, which will allow the industry to lower its import levels.

Supporting SMEs in the purchasing processes practised by large groups

For some small businesses, the purchasing processes of a large industrial group like SUEZ environnement can be long and complex. A one-on-one relationship with the SME Technibelt, which had 15 employees in 2013, enabled it to take account of the Group’s contractual requirements and those of the specifications. In 2014, the SME was due to supply a regional production site with three conveyor belts. These conveyors are strategic for SUEZ environnement sites because they separate the plastic and copper in electric cables. Once Technibelt had been familiarised with the purchasing processes, the company took advantage of this collaboration to consider redefining its offer and providing the guarantees necessary to meet the industrial demands of major operators. For an SME with annual sales of €2.9 million, this volume of business is essential (estimated at 10% of total sales), generating both work, filling its order book for several months, and cash flow.

ACCEO, a solution developed with an SME to allow access to information for deaf and hearingimpaired employees and customers

Back in 2006, SUEZ environnement began working on a system it could introduce to enable deaf and hearing-impaired employees working in customer services in France to communicate autonomously not only with each other but also with their hearing colleagues. The Group was one of a number of companies that worked with an SME, Delta Process, in creating and developing an innovative technological concept: the TADEO service, a simultaneous translation service in the workplace intended for employees with hearing impairments. It means that they can use the telephone and take part in meetings and training, allowing them to perform their work autonomously. In 2011, working with the same partner, SUEZ environnement devised and rolled out a solution using the technologies developed for TADEO. Thanks to the new ACCEO solution, SUEZ environnement has become the first operator in the water and sanitation sector in France to offer a service of sign language interpretation for its hearing-impaired customers. ACCEO provides them with equal access to the Group’s services and information. The SME Delta Process has expanded rapidly and now employs 85 people, compared to six when they started in 2006.

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Contribuer à l'emploi et au développement local

00 %
of Europeans think that as much
importance should be given to social
and environmental criteria as to economic
criteria to measure a country progress


The social economy represents

00 %
of GDP in France

0 French
companies
in 10
make use of the sheltered employment sector

Commitment 9 : contribute to a responsible economy through local employment and development

Contributing to sustainable and balanced regional development entails working with operators who play a key role in ensuring the vitality of the regions : not only SMEs, but also structures in the social integration and sheltered employment sectors, who work to promote a socially inclusive economy.

2016 targets


Every year, produce a case study on the economic and social impacts of the activities of the Group in a region and publish it in our Sustainable Development report.


Contribute to the balanced development of regions by favouring local suppliers (1) and structures employing disabled people (2).

(1) Indicator used: percentage of purchases made from regional SMEs.
(2) Indicator used: amount of purchases entrusted to suppliers employing disabled people.

RESULTS 2014

Percentage of purchases made from SMEs
(as a %)


(1) − Results restated by the INSEE according to the SME Pact methodology - Perimeter France

Value of purchases made from the sheltered employment sector
(€ million)

OUR COMMITMENTS IN ACTIONS

  • Finding a place for waste pickers in a rehabilitation project for a household waste landfill and recycling facility

    Located 5 kilometres from the city centre, the Meknes landfill facility has been operated in an uncontrolled way since 2002. Covering a surface of approximately...

  • Supporting SMEs in the purchasing processes practised by large groups

    For some small businesses, the purchasing processes of a large industrial group like SUEZ environnement can be long and complex. A one-on-one...

  • ACCEO, a solution developed with an SME to allow access to information for deaf and hearingimpaired employees and customers

    Back in 2006, SUEZ environnement began working on a system it could introduce to enable deaf and hearing-impaired employees working in customer services...

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