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Asia-Pacific – Coordinating Sustainable Development Initiatives in the Region

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Sustainable development

Asia-Pacific – Coordinating Sustainable Development Initiatives in the Region

Since 2008, Pigments for Paper & Packaging Asia-Pacific follows closely the Sustainable Development activities launched and implemented in the region thanks to the set-up of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee and to the review that takes place during the quarterly meetings of each country manager.

As a result of this management commitment, a great number of projects were created reflecting the variety of needs and approaches among the countries in the region. In Australia, for instance, a long drought made water management a key issue, whereas in China and Vietnam projects focused more on educational support, and in India, economic development was the key issue. Priority is given to projects that favor learning over dependence.

It is for this commitment –embodied in the 14 high-quality projects submitted– that the jury for the Group’s 5th Sustainable Development Challenge rewarded the Pigments for Paper & Packaging Asia division with a special prize in 2009. The division, eager to see these initiatives continue, is working on the definition of its action plan for the future. In March 2010, the different teams across the region had an open-house day.
Sustainable Development 2011
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Strategy

Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Actions are guided by a three-year plan that sets goals for each of our areas of activity. The three-year plan also provides for gradual, continuous performance improvement.

Environmental focus

We work to reduce our environmental impact and use natural resources efficiently. We control our activities’ impact on the environment and set up management systems that allow us to improve our performance continuously.

Social Focus

Health and Safety, Human Resources, Ethic, and dialogue with our neighboring communities are among our main corporate social responsibility priorities.