OUR ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY
Our products [NFPS]
In France, BIC participates in the joint effort now underway on environmental labeling of products. To this end, in 2012 the Group launched a test score posting in the form of a dedicated website (1) that shows the ecological footprint of the BIC ® Flex 3 and BIC ® Flexi Lady shavers and proposes eco-habits that allow consumers to help reduce the footprint. Since 2015, in compliance with French law, BIC has been offering consumers sorting instructions for its packaging. This information is posted in a dedicated section of the Group’s website.
Made inFrance In 2019, BIC in North America became a member of How2Recycle, an organization that promotes the use of clear, concise and consistent recycling labels. A program to introduce “H2R” labels on BIC’s product packaging for the North American market was launched in 2020.
BIC ® WRITING PRODUCTS EARN THE NF ENVIRONNEMENT ECOLABEL
For equal performance in use, the NF Environnement ecolabel granted in France by AFNOR Certification certifies products that have a reduced impact on the environment. To obtain this ecolabel, a product must comply with certain functional and ecological guidelines conceived to reduce its environmental impact throughout its life cycle. In the case of BIC ® writing products, the main criteria for receiving the ecolabel are limited quantities of raw materials or the use of recycled materials, a long performance life and the strength of the pencil leads. BIC was the first manufacturer of writing instruments to earn NF Environnement certification. Today, a full range of 19 BIC ® products has been granted this ecolabel, including historical products like the BIC ® Cristal ® and the BIC ® 4-Color™ ballpoint pen, as well as the pens in the BIC ® Ecolutions ® line.
Results 100% of the environmental claims that appear on the packaging, in the catalogs and on the websites for BIC ® products are approved by the Legal Department. 19 BIC ® writing instruments received the French ecolabel NF Environnement (NF 400).
Perspectives Responsible products are a permanent and ever-growing feature of BIC’s product range. In the coming years the Group will continue integrating these products into its corporate strategy, in particular through commitment #1 of Writing the Future, Together: fostering sustainable innovation in BIC ® products, while giving them greater visibility by pursuing the efforts undertaken to improve the communication of its range of responsible products.