Entreprises et Cités





Testimony of:

OLIVIER PAGEZY, Managing Director

 «  In 2016, Entreprises et Cités became an endowment fund with the aim of guaranteeing its long-term existence, developing its assets and raising its profile with a unifying strategy: the common good of the region. »



This innovative example of philanthropy, the Entreprises et Cités Endowment Fund, one of the founders of Réseau Alliances, is a form of sponsorship for the common good. Creator of solutions Entreprises et Cités, situated at the heart of the greater Lille area, is a major player in the transition of the region, its businesses and its economy. Creator of networks Entreprises et Cités helps entrepreneurs to innovate and stay competitive by connecting them with the relevant expertise. 

Since 1936, Entreprises et Cités has supported and worked alongside the regions’ entrepreneurs and their teams: the creators, the makers and the risktakers!





Thiery Pagès ENEDIS WFRE



Testimony of:

THIERRY PAGÈS, Enedis Regional Director

« Enedis manages the French public electricity distribution network. The company is a major player in energy transition and economic development territorial planning in the Hauts-de-France region. »



Enedis is the natural partner of both rural and urban areas in the implementation of the energy transition. Along with the Hauts-de-France region and Métropole Européenne de Lille, the company is currently conducting the You & Grid project, selected by the government to develop smart grids on a large scale. They will enable the territorial energy transition by absorbing the need for electric vehicles and by optimizing the renewable energy management. Within a neighborhood, a town or an agglomeration, these grids will provide value, jobs (8,000 by 2020 in the region only) and well-being.


Illustration Enedis WFRE 2017

                    © Alexandre Dupeyron




Director's testimony :

Erwin PARDON, CEO Europe McCain

« Wherever we are in the world, local territory is at the heart of McCain's development. It is important for our company to contribute to its economic and social development while preserving its environment.»



McCain is a Canadian family-owned company, rooted in potato agriculture and was founded in 1957 by the McCain brothers, Wallace and Harrison. Today, McCain employs more than 20 000 employees and operates more than 50 production facilities worldwide. In the north of France, McCain has three manufacturing plants and works with 1000 growerpartners. To this day, McCain remains a family-owned, independent company. McCain’s success has been built around the principle that ‘good ethics is good business’. This philosophy is at the core of its global strategy ‘Be Good. Do Good.’


  • - Good Agriculture: procuring potatoes with a minimum impact on the environment.
  • - Good Operations: minimizing the environmental impact of its manufacturing facilities.
  • - Good Food: ensuring that all products meet strict nutritional guidelines.
  • - Good Company: guaranteeing optimal working conditions while allowing employees to grow.
  • - Good Partner: McCain’s commitment to positively impact the communities in which it operates, in co-creation with its grower-partners, suppliers and customers.

Visuel dillustration McCain V2

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Photo dirigeant EdouardSauvage 2017


Director's testimony:

EDOUARD SAUVAGE, Managing Director of GRDF

« The ambition of GRDF for the territories is that they take on the challenge of the transition to biomethane, a green, local energy that creates shared value. »





As the main distributor of natural gas in France, GRDF uses its expertise to constantly evolve and adapt the network, to provide connections that meet the challenges of the territories and demonstrate their potential for the energy transition. The territories are the main focus of the transition. GRDF plays its part by providing the network to serve innovation, local development, prosperity and reliability in the territories, in the firm belief that gas is an energy of the future, and with an ambition that 30 % of gas injected into the networks in 2030 will be green.


Illustration GRDF redimensionnée


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Schneider Electric




Director's testimony:

Christel HEYDEMANN, Country President France

"Our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives."






Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Datacenters, Infrastructure and Industries. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment. We act to keep global warming below a 2°C limit and to reduce the energy gap with ethics and responsibility.


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stephane gorisse VEOLIA 2015 redimensionnée


The testimony of : 

Stephane GORISSE,  Regional Director, Waste Recycling & Recovery

« Veolia helps changing the way we deal with our resources – water, energy, raw material – by designing solutions moving from consuming resources to a virtuous use-and-recover approach. »




® Christophe Majani-d’Inguimbert, Veolia


For Veolia, as a company serving our customers and operating in the very heart of the regions, sustainable development is first and foremost an issue of legitimacy. The way in which we fit into our environment, support our employees and dialogue with our stakeholders determines our right to operate. Our CSR ambition must make us attractive for our stakeholders, and therefore improve our competitiveness. We have translated it into 9 commitments and 12 key indicators as well as set precise objectives to be met by 2020, along 3 aspects: resourcing the world, resourcing the regions and ensuring the well-being and fulfillment of its employees.


visuels Véolia 2016

© Campagne VEOLIA - HAVAS WORLDWIDE PARIS - Illustrations : RUDE


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Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe


Photo Eric Charpentier CMNE 2016 redymensionnée


Director's testimony:

Eric CHARPENTIER, Managing Director of the Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe


« CMNE is committed to the local economic development. Our co-operative bank builds on its values to accompany the emergence of new models and to finance the projects of its territories. »




Established in the north of Paris and Belgium, CMNE works every day to reconcile economic performance and CSR, according to 4 axes:
- Governance, to remain a cooperative bank that associates administrators and employees;
- Social, promote equal opportunities, the culture of innovation, training, mobility and employee commitment;
- Environmental, to evolve its practices (energies, buildings);
- Societal, to serve the development of its territories (SRI, microcredit, corporate foundation).




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