EXACOMPTA ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY
AN INDUSTRIAL GROUP AS A PIONEER IN SUSTAINABILITY
The Exacompta Clairefontaine Group has been integrating ecology and sustainability in his corporate strategy for more than 40 years. The Group has the ambition of being a corporate citizen in the heart of each of its activities. Its environmental policy is mainly based on the following actions to make its commitment concrete:
Use of certified timber
Exclusive use of certified timber, issued from well managed forests, when producing new fiber paper.
Use of clean energy sources
Favored use of «clean» energy sources like biomass, hydropower, geothermal energy or recovered energy from industrial sites.
Controlled and responsible use of water
Our paper factory from Etival is a major water consumer during the paper production process. It received in 1988 one of the first « Water Trophy » awarded by the French State.
Promotion of recycling
Use of paper waste and scrap collected in our factories in order to supply our factory specialized in recycled paper production; selective collection of other waste.
Limitation of CO2 emissions, thanks to industrial production sites in the forefront of progress.
Participation in SOFEA, European working group aiming at setting up a system of environmental assessment of office products in 2018.
Our environmental approach is not an opportunistic communication or marketing strategy. It is the foundation of our industrial processes and it belongs to the Exacompta Clairefontaine Group DNA.
Environmental and social responsibility
The Exacompta Clairefontaine Group is a member of The UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
Exacompta environmental strategy
In this context, Exacompta was the first manufacturer of office supply products to move its standard product ranges towards eco-friendly product ranges. An easy and clear strategic choice as we are the only integrated manufacturer, producing both our paper and cardboard raw material and transforming it into filing products. We can attest to the traceability of our products, as they are manufactured in our own factories, whether they are made of new fiber card or recycled card.
Nowadays, 2/3 of the products presented in our catalogue are manufactured with certified raw materials like card, cardboard, paper and even polypropylene. And 35% of our product ranges are assessed and certified by a recognized label controlled by a third party: Bleu Angel, PEFS and FSC.
Compliance with the European Union Timber Regulation
The European Union Timber regulation EUTR aims to reduce illegal logging by ensuring that no illegal timber or timber products can be sold in the EU. It came into force in March 2013. The EUTR sets out the main requirements for operators in Europe that place timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time, and prohibits operators in Europe from placing illegally harvested timber and products derived from illegal timber on the EU market. Legal timber is defined as timber produced in compliance with the laws of the country where it is harvested. The EUTR requires the setting of a minimal traceability for operators who must be able to identify their suppliers and their buyers. Concretely, any operator of products derived for timber like paper and card has to collect and store information about wood or products derived from timber placed on the EU market for the first time like commercial name, product type, forest species, land of harvest, quantity, supplier. Moreover, this information must be registered and accessible for at least 5 years. Thanks to its procurement in paper and card exclusively European and/or certified, Exacompta is in compliance with the EUTR.
Compliance with the REACH regulation
REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. REACH enables to control the usage of chemical substances identified as of very high concern. On a long term basis, the most hazardous substances must be replaced by less dangerous ones. REACH means Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. The regulation has been in place since June 1st 2007. Exacompta is in compliance with REACH regulation and implements new procedures if necessary to adopt new restrictions and adapt the manufacturing processes.