OUR ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY
MILESTONES [NFPS] 3.8.
Air, water and soil release that seriously affect the environment The nature of Group’s manufacturing operations, primarily the molding and assembly of plastic products and printing of products, has a relatively low local environmental impact compared with other manufacturing sectors. Nevertheless, the BIC Sustainable Development Program, based on the EH&S Policy, requires each site to measure, evaluate and reduce their significant environmental impacts. Conditions for use of soil In Europe and the United States, where most of the Group’s sites are located, whenever an industrial site is closed, BIC ensures that plant decommissioning is performed in accordance with local laws and best environmental practices. When appropriate or when required by law, BIC carries out studies of the soil and subsoil, although most sites are not subject to compulsory examination. Studies of pollution at European plants that had been in operation for many years demonstrate that the Group’s activities do not have a significant impact on soil and subsoil. For French plants subject to specific regulatory requirements, the policy for preventing the risk of soil pollution is an integral part of the operating plan. Noise and odor impact Odor is considered an insignificant aspect in the Group’s product molding, assembly and printing activities. Concerning noise impact, measures are taken within the property limits in order to fulfill administrative requirements according to local regulations. If any noise pollution is brought to the Group’s attention in the future, studies will be conducted and any appropriate corrective actions implemented. Although these are not key issues for BIC, the Group holds regular awareness events for team members in its company restaurants, especially in Brazil and France. 22.214.171.124 Regarding the indicators that refer to human resources, the reporting perimeter encompasses all permanent employees of all French and foreign operational units within the Group, with the exception of information on training and the disabled, for which temporary employees are included. The environment indicators concern the operations that have a significant impact, namely the industrial activities owned by the Group. These indicators therefore concern BIC factories that produce finished or semi-finished products, as well as its engineering units and packaging operations of more than 50 employees or whose operations are regulated by government directives such as SEVESO (EU), PSM or RMP (U.S.). Group headquarters with more than 200 permanent employees are also included in the reporting. BIC Nantong is excluded from the reporting scope because this plant produces less than 1% of the Group’s total lighter volume. Reporting perimeter of indicators Fighting against food waste, combating food insecurity and promoting responsible, fair trade, sustainable food
The present report follows the methodological recommendations of the Global reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI indicators used herein are included in the cross-reference table of environmental and social information on page 340.
In 2020, BIC was listed on the following socially responsible investment indexes: CDP Climat 2020: Leadership Level A- (see § 3.7); ● CDP Supplier Engagement Rating 2020: Management level: B. ● In 2020, based on data published in 2019, the rating agency Gaïa assigned BIC an ESG rating of 82 (+7 vs. 2019).
PERIMETER AND SELECTION
The reporting period covered by the present report is from January 1 to December 31, 2020.
Information not included in the
Non-Financial Performance Statement In compliance with Article L. 225-102-1 of the French Commercial Code, BIC does not include the following topics in its Non-Financial Performance Statement, because they do not represent major challenges, risks or opportunities for the Group. Impact on biodiversity The Group’s effect on biodiversity takes place primarily through its land use (industrial, logistical and administrative sites). To evaluate this impact, BIC relies on a “site approach”. A cartographic analysis of the physical surroundings of each BIC (1) factory was carried out in 2011. The majority of BIC’s factories are in non-sensitive (in most cases industrial) zones, and neither their land use, nor their operations, pose any evident risk to their surroundings. In places where there are specific obligations, the management systems address the problem and enable follow-up.
The study perimeter does not include Cello Pens. (1)
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