ENGIE Electrabel receives the Entreprise Citoyenne CAP48 prize
Emotions were high at Louvain-la-Neuve on January 24: during the New Year’s reception held by the Union wallonne des Entreprises, the Entreprise Citoyenne CAP48 prize was awarded to ENGIE Electrabel, represented by CEO Philippe Van Troeye.
The Entreprise Citoyenne CAP48 prize aims to reward initiatives that promote the integration of those with disabilities in the fields of employment, accessibility and solidarity. ENGIE Electrabel shares this aim. “Every day, we strive to develop a responsibility policy that supports an inclusive society”, highlights Jacques Spelkens, ENGIE’s Head of Corporate Responsibility Benelux. “A society in which everyone has the right to equal opportunities when it comes to training, access to higher education, employment, culture, sport, and so on, without facing discrimination.”
A commitment comprising three focus areas and tangible action on a daily basis
With this in mind, ENGIE Electrabel has developed three focus areas, namely integration through sport, integration through employment, and employee volunteering. These focus areas resulted in a series of initiatives, which have now been awarded the Entreprise Citoyenne CAP48 prize. “A company cannot grow if it is socially isolated”, explains Jacques Spelkens. “Solidarity is expressed through the desire to help maintain and enhance the well-being of all on an equal footing.”
The actions rolled out include:
- Power2Act, a programme supporting the work of associations in which ENGIE employees are involved;
- the ENGIE Foundation, which lends its support to projects encouraging the integration of children and young people, including many projects geared towards those with disabilities;
- a partnership with the Belgian Paralympic Committee, more specifically with a view to helping those Paralympians who want to carve out a career in the world of work during or after their sporting career;
- the ENGIE Talent of the Year prize for young disabled athletes (since 2012) and the foundation of the Cécifoot association;
- housing the non-profit Be.Face in the ENGIE Tower.
A collective approach
“ENGIE’s commitment to corporate social responsibility is a collective affair that involves a range of stakeholders within the Group and at all sites”, continues Jacques Spelkens. “This is why we pay special attention to a concept that is particularly important to us, namely the concept of solidarity. Solidarity between the company and the community, between older and younger generations, between those with disabilities and those without, and so on.”
Every initiative feeds into this way of thinking, both within the company’s departments and among the many employees who volunteer to aid the activities. Turning diversity and gender equality into driving forces for change within the company has become a priority for ENGIE Electrabel.