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Sustainable development

IMPROVING OVERALL PERFORMANCE THROUGH CSR

In recent years, the CEPOVETT group has embraced sustainable development as a key focus of its business strategy, operational processes and tools.

The company’s corporate and social responsibility (CSR) policy, led by senior management, applies to the entire product life cycle: from the design to the end-of-life stage of occupational wear.

The CSR action plan specifies 10 commitments with one common objective: to produce ecologically and socially responsible occupational wear.

TO SHARE OUR CSR CHALLENGES WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS

Aside from the regulatory aspects, CEPOVETT makes it a priority to provide its stakeholders with long-term information and support, exchange good practices, explore pragmatic innovations and initiate collaborative work methods.

A CSR strategy focusing on continuous improvement

Our CSR policy is proof of our voluntary commitment to seven issues central to the international ISO 26000 standard (cf. diagram).

As a member of the France Global Compact executive board in 2014, CEPOVETT is implementing its CSR policy so as to reap benefits for its overall performance, with the company, engaging its stakeholders in an innovative collaborative approach.

Engagement n°0

TO SUPPORT OUR EMPLOYEES AND ENCOURAGE DIVERSITY

Buoyed by sustained growth over the last few years, the company’s employees enjoy plenty of professional development opportunities, not just within their own company but also with other subsidiaries or departments within the group.

By facilitating career progression opportunities for those interested, we are enriching our own collective expertise whilst simultaneously improving our performance.

Value creation through human capital

CEPOVETT meets its obligations as regards employing disabled persons and facilitating their professional development. The group also uses a number of sheltered employment sector services for the maintenance of our green spaces.

Engagement n°1

TO PRIORITISE AN INTEGRATED AND SECURE PRODUCTION PROCESS

Quality controls, social audits, ethical codes and supplier support are key prongs of our responsible purchasing strategy.

Quality controls, audits and supplier improvement plans

All of our production sites comply with the principles of the UN’s Global Compact, including employee working conditions, child labour, environmental protection and the fight against corruption.

Together with our stakeholders, we conduct all necessary checks and controls regarding risk assessment for all our production sites. Non-financial performance is included in our supplier assessments.

Engagement n°2

RECOMMEND ALTERNATIVE AND ETHICAL RAW MATERIALS

The challenge of making responsible occupational wear involves the use of certified raw materials, “Made in France” fabrics and ethical manufacturing processes.

From fair-trade cotton to organically sourced materials

Since 2006, CEPOVETT, pioneers of fair-trade cotton in France for the occupational wear sector, have worked to promote fair trade by focusing on the African continent, particularly Mali. Fair-trade cotton ensures that the cotton producer receives a fixed minimum price and that the farm he works on benefits from a bonus development grant.

All fair-trade cotton items sold by CEPOVETT group brands are Max Havelaar certified.

Engagement n°3

TO MEASURE AND REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

This innovative approach for the occupational wear industry is based on analysing the product life cycle, with the aim of measuring and minimising environmental impacts (CO², water and waste), and to reduce the use of materials involved, whilst simultaneously identifying ecologically friendly alternatives.

Information to aid the decision making process for purchasing departments and to raise awareness among employees

This multi-criteria approach associated with the environmental issues specific to our industry generates data useful in making non-financial decisions, i.e. on matters such as CO² emissions, water consumption, and waste per work unit.

Engagement n°4

TO VOLUNTARILY OFFSET OUR CO² EMISSIONS

As of 2011, CEPOVETT and its various stakeholders opted to continue their strong relationship with the African continent.

The “Arbre de vie, coton solidaire ” scheme

This socio-economic and environmental strategy involves planting the endangered Carapa Procera species. This indigenous tree produces a fruit containing an oil that can be transformed into an organic pesticide for growing organic cotton.

This exclusive developmental support programme helps to preserve resources, reduce carbon emissions and improve local socio-economic conditions as part of a circular economy, in conjunction with the challenges posed by the textile industry.

Engagement n°5

RECYCLING END-OF-LIFE OCCUPATIONAL WEAR

In association with key partners, the CEPOVETT group has prioritised the reclamation and recycling of its textile products in its CSR policy to come up with innovative, bespoke solutions that are socially, economically and environmental conscious.

Exclusive joint textile recycling operation

Since April 2011, CEPOVETT has asked its customers to collect and recycle their end-of-life occupational wear via a series of textile recycling schemes run in conjunction with its partner SITA Recyclage/NTA.

Textile recycling also includes re-use as part of a socially responsible scheme, and unravelling and shredding fibres for use as thermo-phonic insulation for other manufacturing industries, such as the automobile sector.

Engagement n°6

TO PROMOTE BIODIVERSITY BY MOBILISING OUR STAKEHOLDERS

We were aware that bees are endangered. Our various business sites are now home to bee hives, located close to the premises, which represents a solid sustainable development strategy in terms of biodiversity.

CEPOVETT gives bees a home

Launched in 2013, this programme to raise awareness of the bees’ plight constitutes the primary symbol of the company’s commitment to promote biodiversity.

Bees are an environmental marker. In 2013, CEPOVETT harvested its first batch of honey, which was given to customers in jars bearing the company colours.

 

Engagement n°7

TO SUPPORT OUR STRATEGIC SUPPLIERS

As well as audits and controls, CEPOVETT believes in delivering long-term support to its manufacturing plants, through the exchange of good practices, transmission of expertise and introduction of co-production, as a cooperative work model for the future.

CEPOVETT FabLab: an ambitious support scheme for its manufacturing sites

This innovative collaborative model creates synergies between the scheme’s various stakeholders, by means of innovation, 360° improvement plans, and the identification of good practices that can be shared to benefit technical, financial, social, societal and environmental innovations, boosting overall performance.

Engagement n°8

TO EMPOWER USERS OF OUR OCCUPATIONAL WEAR

At a time when one in two employees wears a particular work uniform, occupational wear represents a personal link between an organisation and its personnel. It helps to mobilise employees and reinforce their sense of belonging to the corporate culture.

A collaborative and meaningful strategy.

Empowering employees firstly involves listening to their needs, analysing the constraints of their workstation and encouraging them to embrace the idea of a new collection of corporate wear / PPE.

As part of our CSR commitments, the CEPOVETT group offers a range of innovative and exclusive services in conjunction with its customers, including campaigns to raise awareness about reducing waste, water and energy.

Engagement n°9