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Marco Arezio - Consulente materie plastiche - rNEWS: Do Companies Respect the Commitments They Have Made for Sustainability?

Many medium and large companies are striving to reduce their carbon footprint in the production or distribution of goods or services, with an eye to ecology and another to the satisfaction of customers who reward, through purchases, the companies most deserving of respect for the environment and therefore more sustainable.

Many of them have a protocol with objectives to be achieved and openly communicate their results, as happens in many French companies.

According to the French Association of Private Enterprises Afep , the commitments made by 38 large companies to reduce their ecological footprint have been respected 83%.

Commitments undertaken since 2017 concerning in particular the recycling and recovery of waste, the eco-design of products, the reduction of resource consumption, of packaging and also the extension of the life of the products.

According to this association, which brings together 111 global groups, 79% of the actions launched between 2017 and 2019 "are in progress" with 13% is early and 8% late. Almost a quarter of the projects started in this period have been completed (23%), 96% of which have achieved the objectives set.

The chemical company Arkema has "completed" its actions and "achieved" its objectives of promoting the economy and reduction of resources consumed, while the organization of a polymer recycling chain, which is the subject of European funding, "is following the expected pace".

Distributor Carrefour has been delayed in its goal of eliminating free disposable cash bags in 2020 due to Brazil, where, in most states, these plastic bags are "a consumer right".

Accor, which had committed to recover 65% of the group's hotel waste at the end of 2020, but states that it only recovered 56% in November and recognizes a rate of progress "below the set schedule".

On the food waste front, the hotel group has aimed at a reduction of 30% and obtained an average reduction of only 21%, for the 485 hotels on 1,870 of the brand that “precisely follow the volumes” wasted.

Automatic translation. We apologize for any inaccuracies. Original article in Italian.

H. Saporta

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