Sustainability

At BIC, we believe in providing simple, inventive, reliable choices for everyone, everywhere, every time. We also 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 long-term, simply because it is the right thing to do.

At BIC we believe that our mission is to provide responsible and affordable products to everyone. That’s why we officially started our sustainability journey in 2003. Since then we have developed a comprehensive program, including our "Writing the Future, Together" commitments, which cover the environmental, social and societal aspects of sustainable development. 

 

Environmental

BIC strives to improve the environmental and social impacts of its products through the implementation of our 4R philosophy and smart eco-design.  


With this philosophy guiding BIC's responsible innovation journey, we continue making progress toward a circular economy through our efforts across our factories, transportation and packaging:

FACTORIES

As an industrial leader in the manufacturing of consumer products, BIC is committed to ensuring that its production facilities operate in an environmentally responsible way.

TRANSPORTATION

BIC's shipping management system aims to reduce the ecological footprint of its operations by controlling emissions, optimizing shipments and routes, and selecting responsible carriers.

PACKAGING

BIC has focused on three priorities for reducing the environmental footprint of our packaging: eliminate packaging whenever possible, select environmentally responsible materials, and reduce and recycle packaging waste in the factories.

These practices have resulted in positive impacts across BIC's operations worldwide:

80%

of BIC team members work in 14 ISO 14001 certified factories (or about to be).

TRIPLE CERTIFICATION

BIC's three shaver factoriess have been triple certified for Safety (OHSAS 18,001 - now ISO 45,001), Quality (ISO 9001) and Environment (ISO 14,001).

92%

of BIC products are produced in BIC-owned factories.

45%

reduction in water consumption per ton of production between 2010 and 2020.

5.8%

reduction in energy consumption per ton of production between 2010 and 2020.


Social

At BIC, we thrive on a shared corporate culture, enriched by local nuances and needs, including:

SAFETY AT WORK

HEALTH & WELLNESS

LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS


Societal

We are proud of our commitment to improving learning conditions worldwide and believe we can make a positive impact through the work of our BIC Corporate Foundation for Education, BIC Global Education Week and more. 

PROMOTING ACCESS TO EDUCATION

BIC and its team members contribute time and donations to support access to education. In 2020, BIC made donations to promote education for a total of more than €1.4 million.

GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITIES

In 2020, BIC and its subsidiaries initiated 142 philanthropic programs that involved volunteering, product donations and financial aid carried out worldwide.

THE BIC CORPORATE FOUNDATION

We drive access to high quality education programs for all. With a focus on building creative skills, our programs directly enable and empower our participants to build stronger, more inclusive, more creative communities, while inspiring and equipping our children and young adults to make their mark on our world​.

Our Circular Economy Journey

BIC’s approach to products and packaging is based on our 4R philosophy, inspired by the principles of the circular economy to change the linear ”take-make-dispose” model into a new way of designing products to keep them in use and prevent them to become waste or generate pollution.

 

Reducing the number of raw materials used to make our products, including as many recycled or alternative materials as possible, making more refillable products, and improving the recyclability of our products and packaging will contribute to making our economy more circular.

REDUCE THE USE OF RESOURCES

CHOOSE RECYCLED/ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS

DESIGN
REFILLABLE, LONG-LASTING PRODUCTS

IMPROVE
RECYCLABILITY


Our Progress

94%

of cardboard packaging comes from certified and/or recycled sources.

87.9%

of plastic packaging material is PVC free.

79%

of all BIC® lighters are sold without consumer packaging.

86%

of BIC® products are produced in BIC-owned factories.

69%

of writing products are sold in boxes, trays or bags of 10+ products in Europe.

6%

of the plastic (by quantity) used in the stationery category is recycled plastic.

133

By the end of 2018, 133 alternative materials have been tested, including 45 recycled plastics, 38 hybrid materials and 50 materials derived from renewable resources.


Partnerships & Memberships

THE ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

In 2020, BIC became a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, global thought leader on Circular Economy. Its various programs will enable BIC’s teams to expand their knowledge, develop their skills, build a network and collaborate with key organizations on topics related to the circular economy.

BIC'S PARTNERSHIP WITH TERRACYCLE

Since 2011, the BIC-TerraCycle program has offered the collection and recycling of used writing instruments - BIC-branded or not - in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

 

UBICUITY

A partnership with Govaplast and Plas Eco for the design, manufacture and distribution of “Ubicuity™, the ‘write’ kind of bench™” furniture. Govaplast converts plastic materials into recycled plastic boards. Plas Eco uses these boards to design, manufacture, distribute and market products in the Ubicuity™ line.

LOOP

BIC has signed a partnership with LOOP, the circular economy e-commerce platform created by Terracycle. LOOP offers a practical, affordable circular economy e-commerce solution based on sustainable and refillable products and containers.

Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most important challenge of our times. At BIC, we strive to reduce our impact on climate change through better energy management and by addressing other significant sources of emissions, including raw materials and transportation.

18%

reduction in electricity consumption per ton of production between 2009 and 2018

76%

of energy used in BIC factories is from renewable resources.

0.75%

BIC's share of air freight in 2019


A- "LEADERSHIP" RANKING FROM CDP

In 2020, BIC renewed its Leadership ranking from CDP, a global authority on carbon emissions. The ranking, which BIC has received since 2015 for its response to CDP’s climate change survey, highlights the company’s effort to reduce its impact on climate and support the circular economy.

BIC, SIGNATORY OF THE FRENCH BUSINESS CLIMATE PLEDGE

BIC renewed its commitment to the French Business Climate Pledge alongside 100 leading French companies. BIC was one of the first signatories of this initiative following its creation in December 2017.


WRITING THE FUTURE TOGETHER

BIC TRANSFORMS ITS APPROACH TO PLASTIC