On track for sustainable development
Sustainable development is now more topical than ever. Not a day passes without a press article, an advertisement, a political debate or a discussion reminding us that the future of the planet is in our hands and that what we do today will determine what happens tomorrow.
Conscious of the impact of its business on the future, the Group structures its corporate responsibility around the five priorities of its program “Planet Etam”. It is also attentive to the well being of its employees with a relationship based on confidence and the long-term.
Five priorities for harmonious growth
Create an internal culture of
Several actions have helped make our workers conscious of the environmental impact of their business. A guide for green actions has been written and distributed over the internet and a week of sustainable development has been organized at the headquarters in Clichy, France.
Write sustainable development into
each brand’s business activities
Each executive committee for the brand names has named a coordinator to follow actions related to sustainable development.
The Etam Group launched the implementation of a carbon audit related to the emissions of greenhouse effect gases. All businesses will be expressed in equivalent CO2: merchandise transportation, homeworkplace commutes, electricity consumption, packaging life cycles... Biodegradable bags have already replaced plastic bags this year in the stores. Paper and printing ink are recycled at headquarters and storage sites. Maintenance service providers at the stores adhere to an environmental process and make social commitments vis-à-vis their personnel.
Make all employees adhere to
The Group has already established a behavior code for suppliers several years ago. In 2008, the Group developed a proactive process of responsible purchasing. An audit of practices has already been performed: sourcing suppliers and risk levels, internal audit of partners in several countries, benchmarks of distribution groups... A quarterly pilot committee composed of executives at each brand has been put in place, as well as an ethics committee. The Etam Group has provided itself the resources necessary to audit the production sites of its main suppliers. The audits will be performed each year by external auditors within the framework of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI).
Become involved in the
countries where the company
plays a role
Etam partnered with the Elle Foundation for an exhibition presented at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. Several models printed from that exhibition were sold in all stores in France and all profits were given to Peruvian associations for aiding women. In addition, a partnership has been signed with a delegation from the local city hall of Clichy, France to assist young people in difficulty to prepare for employment searches. And several Group entities also regularly use personnel from Centers for Assistance through Employment.