Entreprises et Cités




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Pascal Boulanger, President of Entreprises et Cités



Created in 1936, Entreprises et Cités is a network of business leaders who work together, at the heart of the Lille area, to boost the economic performance of the Hauts-de-France region. We promote social and managerial innovation by placing human capital at the centre of our values.

In 2016, Entreprises et Cités modified its organisation to become an endowment fund with the aim of sustaining its mission, developing its assets, and strengthening its visibility around a shared strategy: THE COMMON GOOD OF THE REGION!

This innovative example of philanthropy, an extension of the corporate social responsibility policies of the companies involved, is a form of sponsorship for the general good.


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Testimony of:

THIERRY PAGÈS, Enedis Regional Director

« There is no ‘diagonal of emptiness’ with regard to electrification. Our business model is a strong vehicle for social and regional cohesion and regional planning."




Enedis is a public service company which operates the electricity distribution network, employing 38,000 people. At the service of 35 million customers, it develops, operates and modernises 1.4 million kilometres of low- and medium-voltage electricity network (220 and 20,000 volts) and manages associated data. Enedis connects customers to the network, performs 24 x 7 repairs, meter readings and all technical operations. It is independent of energy suppliers who are responsible for selling and managing the electricity supply contract.

The public service of electricity distribution is the basis of our activities. We pursue this mission by carrying out our role as an environmental and socially responsible business to the full. While distributing electricity to the best price standards in Europe, Enedis strives to reduce its environmental footprint and make its practices more responsible. Humanity has always been at the centre our company's policies: it is an important foundation which Enedis is committed to value and promote, particularly in the context of the company agreement on socially responsible sub-contracting.

Build the Network of Tomorrow for Everyone, Resilient to Climate Change

Living in an environment means anticipating its changes. Enedis is renewing its facilities, taking climate change into account. The company is putting in place more resilient equipment and is investing in smart grids to increase the safety, efficiency and sustainability of electrical networks for everyone.

Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Networks

The Energy Transition Law for Green Growth sets targets for greenhouse gas reduction of 40% between 1990 and 2030 and their division by four by 2050. For its part, Enedis is reducing its carbon footprint by improving the performance of facilities and reducing the energy consumption of its buildings and vehicles.

Act as an Exemplary Employer

Committing ourselves to sustainable development also means protecting the health and safety of employees, service-providers and the public close to the network. Enedis also implements a policy which promotes diversity among its employees.



CSR Report 





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.

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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. »





"Main operator of the natural gas distribution network in France, our mission is to distribute natural gas - and, more and more, renewable green gas - to 11 million customers in France. To do so, we develop, operate and maintain the largest distribution network in Europe by ensuring the safety of people and property as well as the quality of distribution.

We believe that the distribution network, property of local authorities, will tomorrow play an increased role in energy transition. We anticipate, and several studies confirm, that our current gas can be gradually replaced by renewable gas (until we reach 100% of the gas consumed by 2050), providing services to the environment and being a creator of value for the regions. Nowadays, mainly used to distribute gas in urban areas, the network is increasingly used to collect and inject green gas deposits; and from 2030 it could provide a competitive storage solution for intermittent electricity via Power-to-Gas, or even offer an alternative for transporting hydrogen.

We are also convinced of the importance of our commitments to CSR (Company Social Responsibility) which feeds the credibility of our discourse. Our exemplary nature in every sector is decisive. We are mobilising on 3 focuses, each including 3 commitments. These commitments are at the heart of our public service mission and consistent with our values and culture. CSR is everybody's business! Every member of staff can contribute by their actions to the challenges of sustainable development:

• Focus 1: Transform the core of our business to contribute to energy transition and carbon neutrality objectives.

We are committed to supporting customers in energy efficiency, by contributing to anchoring a sustainable model of green gas development, i.e. guaranteeing positive environmental, social and economic benefits for the regions; and also improving air quality and sustainable mobility by developing natural gas for vehicles (NGV) and BioNGV.

• Focus 2: mobilising the commitment of employees to make us more of an environmental and social example.

We are committed to ensuring safety for everyone, to reduce our carbon footprint and other environmental impacts by implementing tangible action plans on the network, travel, vehicles, buildings, waste.

• Focus 3: relying on our regional presence and local anchorage of our activities to participate in creating value in the regions.

We are committed to being a company open to the regions, which acts in favour of diversity and procures responsibly, contributing to the local environment and employment; as well as supporting local ecological transition and solidarity projects for innovation.

Our ambition meets the sustainable development objectives (SDOs). Adopted at the UN in 2015, the sustainable development objectives (SDOs) constitute a universal benchmark framework to meet the global challenges we face, particularly those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity. They establish a global project and today inspire states, many companies and regions to move to action. As the main operator of the gas distribution network in France and by our commitments, we support all SDOs and make a direct contribution to nine of them. "




















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Schneider Electric

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Tomorrow begins today. Each of us, consum-actors, users, employees, citizens, investors are stakeholders in change, as individually we have a part of the solution. But that is not enough. We must now all move forward together, users, countries and companies, to rethink production and consumption so we can protect life on the planet and thus contribute to the public interest. To succeed, we have to bring about a convergence of technologies and behaviour. I am convinced today that the development of behaviour is key to influencing technologies and thus lead to a more sustainable and responsible world.

Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainable Development Director, Schneider Electric

"We believe that access to energy and the digital world is a fundamental human right. In a rapidly changing environment, we face a major change with energy transition and the industrial revolution, stimulated by accelerating digitisation at the core of a more electrical world. This is the first time we can all contribute to a radical transformation as regards efficiency and reconcile the two elements of the paradox which has emerged between progress for all and a sustainable future for the planet. At Schneider Electric, we deliver energy and digital solutions to meet requirements with regard to efficiency and sustainable development.

To be really sustainable, these transitions must also be fair. The scope of sustainable development is so broad that, beyond decarbonisation and environmental action, we have a list of objectives in the fields of health, fairness, diversity and inclusion, and human rights. Within our Group, we all share the same values and the same vision of our identity, actions and procedures. It is our responsibility to do our best to innovate and encourage all our staff to have a positive impact.

We are convinced that companies can improve the lives of everyone in the world. We have set ourselves tangible and ambitious objectives for almost 15 years, which we measure using our Schneider Sustainability Impact. On a quarterly basis, we evaluate our results to see how far they have been achieved. Our objectives have been aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs), as well as the five key challenges for sustainable development: climate, the circular economy, health and fairness, as well as ethics and development. This report presents the way in which we will implement our commitments up to 2020, 2030 and thereafter.

We promise future generations that we "will be part of the solution" by implementing measures from now on to take part in creating a better future for everyone and everywhere in the world.

Many examples can illustrate the ambition and commitment of the Group as regards Company Social Responsibility. One of the most recent examples is Schneider Electric's investment in the SQUAD EMPLOI scheme. At the initiative of Antoine Chartes, our Regional Director, four female and four male Schneider Electric employees will be able to support eight young people seeking jobs. This initiative fits perfectly with the Group's desire to revitalise the regions at a local level, close to its customers.

Antoine Chartres, Regional Director, Schneider Electric said, "Company Social Responsibility is a subject which nowadays is central to our discussions both internally and with stakeholders outside the company. To stimulate our vision of CSR, to best meet the expectations of the different stakeholders and further reinforce our regional footprint, we approached the Alliances network to launch with our Regional Management, Hauts‑de‑France, a project to support young people seeking jobs. This action is in addition to the many initiatives and involvements of Schneider Electric in this field in France ("100 Chances 100 Emplois," "Institut Télémaque," etc.). This proposal quickly attracted eight volunteers who are delighted to be involved. The initiative will be implemented in the next few days with the launch of the first SQUAD on Friday, 11 October 2019. "













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The testimony of : 

Stephane GORISSE,  North Normandy Regional Director, Waste Recycling & Recovery activity of VEOLIA in France

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


Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 171,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In 2018, the Veolia group supplied 95 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 56 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 49 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy.


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.

Our CSR commitments are at the heart of the Purpose that the Veolia Group officially gave itself in Marsh 2019. Veolia’s Purpose is to contribute to human progress by firmly committing to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. It is with this aim in mind that Veolia sets itself the task of “Resourcing the world” through its environmental services business.


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Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe


Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe: A Community Bank at the Service of its Regions

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The history of every company begins in a region: it has its roots, its DNA there. It's certainly the case for the Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe. Our regional bank is developing while remaining deeply attached to this proximity, to its regions and those who live there.

There is no incompatibility between a "community economy" and "globalised economy." Like large companies, SMEs and mid-cap companies in our regions can have international ambitions. But regions today are at the heart of major transitions and it is on their scale that the Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe can most usefully play its part to the full.

A bank has two main missions: it finances and invests. Our ambition is to have a positive impact where we are: on the economic growth of our regions, on our customers and society in the broad sense. Every day, we support families, craft workers, start-ups, small and large companies who need us to carry out their projects, to develop. By a domino effect, our company's action has a real concrete impact on the creation of local jobs, for example. To better understand and measure the scope of the incomes and jobs supported by the Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe, we commissioned the Utopies consultancy which carried out an in-depth study of our activities. And we are proud of its results: more than 21,000 jobs are directly supported by CMNE's activities in its regions and more than 41,000 in France.

At the regional level, it's easier for the financial world to meet the political world, the educational world etc. So it is possible to create eco-systems where various stakeholders make connections and work together to develop them. That's what we do by supporting various structural projects in our regions. Innovative real estate projects, cultural initiatives, voluntary and educational projects, entrepreneurial dreams etc.. In this way we participate in the collective effort to make the region more dynamic, more sustainable, more inclusive.

Far from major speculation, the Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe supports the local economy, the real economy.

"A bank has two main missions: it finances and invests. Our ambition is to have a positive impact where we are: on the economic growth of our regions, on our customers and society in the broad sense."

Éric Charpentier, Director General



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