Sustainability Director and author of the report Emmanuel Duffaut says, “We have made significant progress in the management of all our environmental and social impacts, with quantifiable results that show CSR is increasingly embedded in RETAL’s business. I am proud to lead the CSR actions in a company that acknowledges its influence and impacts and take on its responsibility to mitigate them such as, for example, progressively contributing to plastic Circular Economy.”
In this second annual Sustainability Report RETAL lays out its Circular Economy Strategy as integral to the business which revolves around increasing recycled material uptake, promoting Design for Recycling (DfR), and plastic pollution awareness and education. Duffaut adds, “The report shows our first steps in the three axes of our strategy with heavy investment in our processing capacity of r-PET, engagement with our customers on recyclability guidelines and cleanup activities with our local communities”.
The 2019 Sustainability Report from RETAL also includes particular progress in its climate change action, with a major reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (down 17% from its 2018 base year), which contributed to its B score in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Duffaut explains, “Our management of climate change is a real success story, and we intend to continue mitigating our impact by continuously increasing our consumption of renewable energy and improving our energy efficiency across the whole company. A B-score from the CDP for our first evaluation show that we are on the right track, so we're motivated to carry on and keep pushing boundaries.”
Labour Practices, Human Rights, and Sustainable Procurement are also strongly addressed in the report, with, for example, the launch of an internal project to globally rollout an ISO 45001 certified Occupational Health & Safety management system.