OUR ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY
Our industrial sites and offices [NFPS]
OUR INDUSTRIAL SITES ANDOFFICES [NFPS] 3.3.
As an industrial leader in the manufacture of consumer products, BIC is committed to ensuring that its sites, including both factories and offices, operate in an environmentally responsible way. BIC Group strives to reduce the impact of its manufacturing operations and optimize the shipping of its products. BIC exerts good environmental control over its entire manufacturing chain, in particular due to two factors. It favors in-house production over contract manufacturing: 92% of the Group’s net sales are generated by products manufactured in its own factories.
To manufacture its products, BIC uses raw materials (plastics, inks, paperboard, metals, etc.), consumes resources (water, energy) and produces waste. The Group is aware of the environmental impact of its production activity and is committed to minimizing it. While the need for raw materials is determined mainly by the design of the products (see section 3.2.1 Our products), the factories that manufacture BIC ® products assume the important responsibilities of optimizing their water and energy consumption, as well as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste production.
regulatory compliance; ● continuous improvement; ● awareness and involvement. ●
Since 2010, the Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Policy is deployed at all BIC Group industrial sites. BIC maintains a formal procedure to review the BIC EH&S Policy to ensure that it remains pertinent and appropriate to the business. This procedure describes a periodic assessment and revision of the Policy to ensure that it is still appropriate for any changes in the Group’s activities and products, including acquisitions and changing stakeholder expectations. In addition, since 2018, all BIC sites (factories, packaging or distribution centers, head offices and other offices and installations) have been equipped with a system for documenting and managing safety incidents, as part of the implementation of commitment #3 Writing the Future, Together (see § 188.8.131.52). 184.108.40.206 The Eh&S Policy on requires factories to implement pragmatic management systems designed to involve all stakeholders, as well as to drive continuous improvement of operational performance. Every BIC factory has a local EH&S manager in charge of deploying these management systems. In addition, the Stationery category, which has the most sites around the world, employs a central EH&S manager who guides and coordinates the network of EH&S managers in this category. He also ensures that all facilities comply with the Group’s Policy and objectives, and monitors site performance by consolidating, analyzing and communicating the results achieved. The environmental management system helps ensure compliance of the activity with applicable laws and regulations concerning the environment. This may include daily or periodic controls, to comply with local regulations, that are carried out internally or with the assistance of an independent external company. An action plan is established to correct any identified compliance issues. Within the framework of the management systems, an in-depth review of all aspects of the site’s activities and environmental impacts (water, air, soil, noise, etc.) is performed and action plans are defined to limit these environmental impacts. Simple improvement targets are set for the factories to contribute to the Group’s overall environmental performance while meeting their own specific challenges (production, resources, geographic location, etc.). At the industrial sites
RISKS ANDOPPORTUNITIES [NFPS]
[NFPS risk 7] Among its main CSR risks, BIC has identified risks related to its operations and the environment: the nature of the Group’s manufacturing operations, primarily the molding and assembly of plastic products and printing of products, has a local environmental impact that remains relatively low compared with other manufacturing sectors. Reducing its factories’ environmental footprint is also a source of opportunities for BIC, such as: optimizing production costs by limiting the consumption of ● resources (water, energy, etc.) and the production of factory waste; facilitating the factories’ integration in their local surroundings ● by reducing their environmental footprint, adopting exemplary practices and initiating outreach actions to benefit the local communities.
The Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Policy , defined in 2005, codifies the Group’s commitment to minimizing the environmental and safety impacts that result from our operations, from production to distribution, in order to better protect the environment. The Policy specifies BIC’s dedication to: pollution prevention; ● health and safety risk prevention; ●
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