BIC Charter of Diversity adopted throughout the world
BIC is convinced that diversity is one of the key factors for its development, and the Group focuses its action on gender representation, people with disabilities, seniors and minorities. The BIC Charter of Diversity signed in 2011 reflects the principles of non- discrimination and diversity promotion, which are shared by all Group's sites. An awareness raising process was rolled out and since 2011, managers have been given diversity training. The company has also launched a “Diversity Month” and encourages local awareness-raising actions on the theme; at company headquarters in France, employees collaborated on a wall painting on the subject in cooperation with the non-profit Art Prime, while in North America employees from different ethnic backgrounds organized meals and developed a cookbook to share their culinary traditions.
A FIRST BIC partnered up with TerraCycle, a pioneer in collecting and reusing non-recyclable waste, in order to organize voluntary collection of writing instruments for recycling, in the very places where people use them (schools, businesses, universities, etc.). “It’s our responsibility to propose innovative solutions for recycling and end‑of‑life solutions for our products” says Marie Saglio, BIC France Manager. It’s a revolutionary program that has already been rolled out in several countries in Europe – France, Sweden, Benelux, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and it will be further expanded in 2012.
Expanding the range BIC continues to expand its offering of BIC® Ecolutions™ products and the range of products with the NF Environnement French ecological certification. This will help the company meet increasing customer demand as well as the requirements among government administrations, which are beginning to apply green purchasing policies. Products manufactured in ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and human rights certified plants, and products that have been granted an ecolabel or use recycled material are chosen. In 2011, 19 items in the BIC® stationery range have the NF Environnement label.
Bic® EcOlutiOns™ Et nF EnvirOnnEMEnt
19 stationery products have
the NF Environnement label