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Management Systems

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Sustainable development

Management Systems

Our global presence means we must carefully control the environmental consequences of our activities. Beyond local regulations, we have created a set of global Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) protocols that apply to all our activities. There are 17 in the safety field, five for hygiene and eight for the environment. The protocols are published on the Imerys EHS intranet and communicated through regular trainings.


Our goal has been to have an Environmental Management System (EMS) in all of our operations. Imerys rolled out the protocol in all of its operations through a self-appraisal procedure based on the eight pillars of an effective EMS(1). The results of this self-appraisal were presented quarterly to Executive Management until the end of 2011.

Since 2012, the emphasis has been on assessing the robustness of existing management systems. Regular elf-appraisal, presented quarterly to Executive Management, measures performance against the objectives and priority targets defined for each site. Furthermore, an EMS audit process was set up, with 5% of the Group’s operations audited in 2012. In 2013, the audit process should be extended to 10% of operations, i.e. 15 additional operations.

(1) Eight pillars of an effective Environmental Management System: existence of a policy; identification of aspects & impacts; identification of legal requirements; setting goals and targets; appointment of specific
representative; training given out; emergency procedures, and audit.

2012 Objectives2012 Performances
Define an EMS audit process and audit 5% of Group's operations
  • Achieved
2013 Objectives
  • Auditing of the Environmental Management Systems (EMS) at 15 operations



We monitor the rollout of our three-year plan for Sustainable Development through performance indicators defined by internal experts.

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Consumption & Discharges

Manage properly water usage and limit waste production are part of our Sustainable Development goals.

Energy & emissions

For several years, we have implemented action programs to improve the energy efficiency of its industrial activities and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Restoration & Biodiversity

We strive to lessen negative impacts of our mining and processing activities on biodiversity.