Writing the Future, Together: BIC sets its new sustainable development commitments for 2025
At BIC, we believe in providing simple, inventive, reliable choices for everyone, everywhere, everytime. And we believe in doing so responsibly – with the planet, society and future generations in mind.
Our approach to sustainability is deeply rooted in our values and is an integral part of our day-to day operations. Staying true to our philosophy of honoring the past and inventing the future, we want our ongoing commitment to sustainable development to be long-lasting and far-reaching.
Our ambition is to ensure that we limit our impact on the planet and make a meaningful contribution to the lives of the people we employ and society in the longterm, simply because it is the right thing to do.
We believe that improving our environmental and societal product footprint, acting against climate change, providing our employees with a safe workplace, making our supply chain more responsible and reinforcing our commitment to education, are key in shaping our business tomorrow so that we can write a sustainable future for all.
The next chapter of our sustainability journey starts here.
By 2025, the environmental and/or societal footprint of BIC® products will be improved.
Our goal is to deploy a comprehensive eco-design process within each of our categories. A rating tool integrating criteria such as the use of alternative materials or low plastic consumption will be designed to allow assessment of all BIC® products and performance improvement.
BY 2025, BIC WILL USE 80% RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY.
We are seeking to reduce the Group’s greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing renewable energy and will also study the potential production of renewable electricity on-site. It is part of a long-term vision to operate on 100% renewable electricity. Also, we actively encourage all team members to get involved and be mindful of energy usage.
By 2025, BIC aims for zero accidents across all operations.
This ambition integrates the dimensions of safety, health, and well-being at work, at every level. It is based on further intensification of our safety policies and culture across all of our operations and includes the implementation of specific local actions, e.g., clearly defined targets, empowering health & safety systems, greater people involvement.
By 2025, BIC will work responsibly with its strategic suppliers to ensure the most secure, innovative and efficient sourcing.
BIC will identify its “strategic suppliers” according to criteria relating to innovation, finance, and security. To begin the process, BIC will complete a comprehensive mapping exercise based on social, environmental and regulatory factors. Action plans will then be developed and implemented to control and mitigate any risk while strengthening supplier relationships.
By 2025, BIC will improve learning conditions for 250 million children, globally.
BIC aims to help children succeed in their education by providing improved learning conditions and promoting the developmental benefits of handwriting. As a company inherently involved with education, we aim to extend our positive impact with a more coordinated approach. In 2018 we will focus on building awareness amongst BIC teams, and we will also develop a tool-box to integrate and animate our long-term focus on Education within business plans for 2019 and beyond.