Social responsability report

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) guides the Group’s strategy in France and underpins its international expansion

It draws on one of the company’s key assets, people, to develop close relationships with all stakeholders.
It is by listening to these people that the Group is able to fulfill its duty of public safety while striving to preserve biodiversity, develop the circular economy and fight climate change.

Séché Environnement made considerable achievements at the strategic level and in terms of its operating, financial and non-financial performance in 2019.

The Group saw a marked acceleration in its international expansion strategy. It strengthened its presence in Latin America (Peru, Chile). It also expanded into southern Africa with the acquisition of Interwaste and Italy with the acquisition of Mecomer. With 25% of its revenue generated abroad, Séché Environnement is widening its scope of action and positioning itself in sustainable growth markets.

The Group has consolidated its non-financial achievements and renewed its corporate governance.

Expanding internationally is an opportunity to share the Group’s values and expertise while integrating the expectations of internal and external stakeholders. One example of this is the efforts in Peru to clean up pollution in vulnerable, hard to reach ecosystems. Partnerships have also been formed with associations and the scientific world to drive initiatives at various sites to promote biodiversity and improve the living conditions of the local people.

Séché Environnement is also committed to the initiative led by the French Ministry of Ecology, Entreprises Engagées pour la Nature – Act4nature.

With a view to reconciling finance with sustainable development, for a second year the Group has been monitoring progress towards achieving the objectives set as part of an impact loan. This method of financing is an important marker of the Group’s involvement in CSR, since it is correlated to meeting three criteria: ESG performance, energy self-sufficiency and biodiversity commitments.

In today’s pandemic situation, we are very much aware of the solidarity, engagement, and support that our teams have demonstrated to keep our critical operations going. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their involvement and professionalism.

Maxime Séché

Directeur GénéralChief Executive Office


Ethic code

In 2003, Séché Environnement has joined the Global Compact. This is a voluntary commitment organized by the United Nations, under which businesses, associations and NGOs are invited to comply with ten universally accepted principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

From these guiding principles have derived our own business ethics commitments, expressed in the Group’s Sustainable Development Charter, in Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Policies for each site, and in a Code of Behavior and Actions which applies to all employees individually.

The rules contained in this Charter, these Policies and this Code are not substitutes for national and international legislation, which the Group must of course always strictly obey. Neither do these commitments have any contractual force; nevertheless, they must be known by, and applied by, all Group’s employees. It is incumbent on every employee to implement them, especially those who hold managerial responsibilities.

It is not a question of trying to foresee every eventuality, or to write rules for every case. However, clear and precise principles, applied with good sense and a responsible attitude, form a useful frame of reference for us all in the Group.

Joël Séché

President and CEO