2021 Universal Registration Document


Our products [NFPS]

For the sale of several product ranges, BIC uses semi-permanent “refillable” plastic displays and recyclable cardboard displays. By the end-2021, 59.6% of plastic used in consumer packaging was reusable, recyclable or compostable. BIC is pursuing its commitment to eliminate the use of PVC in its packaging. The Group has already eliminated PVC at its factories in Europe, in the United States, in MEA and Mexico (more than 99% of the packaging is now PVC-free). In 2021, the Group’s South American facilities stepped up efforts to use less PVC, reducing consumption by 83 tons in Mexico and 36 tons in Brazil. At the end of 2021, 95.6% of BIC plastic packaging is PVC-free.

Some products have switched from plastic to cardboard packaging: In the United States, the plastic pouch for the BIC ® Cristal ® ● 10-pack has been replaced by a 100% recyclable cardboard case, for annual savings of 25 tons of plastic; in Europe, plastic pouch for markers were replaced by ● cardboard sleeves. At the end of 2021, the total packaging used by BIC will be 82% cardboard packaging (including primary packaging, cardboard outer boxes and displays), and 18% of plastic packaging.


2021 (d)

2019 (a)

2020 (a)

Percentage of cardboard packaging from certified and/or recycled sources







Percentage of plastic packaging that is PVC-free

Percentage of reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic in consumer packaging (b) (c)




Percentage of recycled content of plastic packaging (b) 52.1% Cello (India), Canada, Oceania, Kenya, Europe local copackers, Latin America local copackers, Asia OEM excluded in 2019 and 2020, included in 2021(see scope in Section (a) Indicator measured for the first time in 2020 as part of BIC’s 2020 commitment. (b) The 2020 figure (49.3%) was revised following a test audit in 2021. BIC decided to publish the revised figure. (c) Excluding BIC Graphic, new acquisitions and certain OEMs. (d) NA 48.9%



Policy, actions taken, results

BIC seeks to offer safe products that meet consumer expectations and comply with all relevant safety requirements and standards. This means incorporating consumer health and safety into the design and production of its products. Consumers want to be assured that the products they buy are free of certain substances and safe for them and the environment. The Group also strives to strictly comply with all regulations and the increasingly stringent, constantly evolving restrictions concerning product usage and chemical substances. [NFPS risk 3] Product safety and consumer health-safety risks are one of the major CSR risks identified by BIC, i.e. , the risk of placing non-compliant or unsafe products on the market. The various actions taken to ensure product safety and the protection of consumer health and safety represent an opportunity for the Group, they include: establishing itself as a leader in terms of the quality and safety ● of its products, meeting or surpassing the regulatory requirements in each market; developing expertise in the evaluation of materials, especially ● for recycled and alternative materials. Risks and opportunities

and outlook Product safety and the protection of consumer health are of strategic importance for the Group. BIC incorporates regulatory compliance and risk management concerning product safety into its strategy with the primary goal of offering products that comply with all relevant safety requirements and standards. This is achieved through: a body of documents defining its commitment; and ● strict processes designed to ensure that it only markets safe ● products compliant with safety requirements and standards. As a result, BIC supplies millions of products every day while maintaining consistent quality, checked through a vast array of tests and in compliance with national and international safety requirements. As from its acquisition in 2020, Djeep has been integrated into the Group’s product safety culture and processes. The Product Safety Policy , introduced in 2001, specifies the ten commitments adopted to ensure that the products developed and manufactured by BIC are safe for human health and the environment. They are as follows: a systematic program of pre-market product qualification ● testing;



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