Writing the Future, Together: Our Sustainable Development Commitments for 2025
At BIC, we believe in providing everyday essentials that are part of every heart and home. 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. We believe we positively impact the world by driving innovation and offering sustainable solutions through smart design and the creation of products that last.
In 2018 we launched the "Writing the Future, Together" sustainable development program because we believe that achieving our five commitments – 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.
Commitment 1: 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 that will encompass environmental and societal dimensions and drive sustainable innovation. A rating tool integrating criteria such as the use of alternative materials or ability to be recycled at end-of-life has been designed to allow assessment of all BIC® products and performance improvement.
As we continue our sustainable development journey, we added two additional commitments in 2020:
- By 2025, 100% of packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable
- By 2030, BIC will use 50% non-virgin petroleum plastic in our products
Commitment 2: By 2025, BIC Will Use 100% 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. We met our 80% target in 2021 and have updated this goal to operate on 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Also, we actively encourage all team members to get involved and be mindful of energy usage.
Commitment 3: 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.
Commitment 4: 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.
Commitment 5: 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. Learning conditions have been improved for over 158 million childrensince 2018 through direct actions with children or with teachers and parents.