SUEZ: an expert group in water and waste management
SUEZ ranks among the world’s leaders in water and waste management services. Its objective: to meet the challenge of conserving natural resources. A human adventure spanning more than 120 years that continues to unfold day after day.
Natural resources are not infinite. SUEZ and its subsidiaries deal daily with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to millions of people and to industry.
SUEZ believes we can reconcile economic performance, environmental performance and corporate responsibility. SUEZ is committed to helping their customers achieve their objectives and find the ideal solution tailored to their specific concerns.
We believe we can reconcile economic performance, environmental performance and corporate responsibility. We are committed to helping our customers achieve their objectives and find the ideal solution tailored to their specific concerns.
Listed in Brussels and Paris, the Group is represented on 3 stock market indexes. GDF SUEZ is its major shareholder with 35.7% of share capital.
- Listed on: Euronext Paris, Euronext Brussels
- Indexes : Euronext 100, SBF 120, FTSE4GOOD, SAM, Dow Jones Sustainability, ASPI Eurozone and Excellence Europe indexes
Ratings: Moody’s A3, stable outlook (May 2011)
1880‑1989: more than a century of expertise
The Group’s history began in 1858 with Ferdinand de Lessep founding the Compagnie universelle du canal de Suez. The company’s aim was to finance a state‑of‑the‑art project to link the Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean.
Since then, many key dates have marked its history:
- 1880: establishment of Société Lyonnaise des Eaux
- 1919: setting up of Société Industrielle des Transports Automobiles (SITA), to meet the waste collection needs of the City of Paris
- 1939: setting up of Degrémont a water treatment company in Paris 1948: Degrémont builds Egypt’s first drinking water treatment plant
- 1960: SITA rapidly expands thanks to numerous contracts in the Paris suburbs
- 1975: the first reverse osmosis desalination plant is built in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia1989: SITA begins operations in Malaysia, then expands to Hong Kong
- 1997: Lyonnaise des Eaux merges with Compagnie Financière de Suez, creating Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux. Water management operations in France are grouped into a single business line.
- 2002: SUEZ’s Environment operations (water management, waste management, energy) are grouped into a single business line. The SUEZ Group is created.
- 2008: Initial Public Offering (IPO) of SUEZ as a result of the merger of SUEZ and Gaz de France, creating a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services.
- 2010: the Group takes control of Agbar, a water industry player operating in Spain and internationally. This acquisition will allow the Group to acquire additional positions in fast‑growing markets, primarily in Europe.
Find out more...
- SUEZ strategy
- The Group’s Human Resources policy
- Our sustainable development commitments
- Innovation, at the heart of our business
- 2011 Annual Report (PDF – 10.3 MB)
SUEZ is a global leader in the development and deployment of innovative solutions to water asset management challenges. And through SUEZ, USG has exclusive access to unique group technologies that can substantially improve the operation of water systems, and can solve problems in a sustainable, cost effective manner.
The increase in the population, its growing concentration in urban areas and the need for food require efficiency in overall resource management. The application of smart solutions is already a need. SUEZ has met these challenges in years past through AQUALOGY. AQUALOGY was SUEZʹs advanced solutions brand, now rebranded under its own name during SUEZʹs 2015 brand consolidation initiative: ResourceRevolution.