Since its creation, the French brand Bollé Safety, an international reference for the protection of professionals’ eyes, concentrates innovation in its DNA. With a UK heritage dating back to 1965, it is where Bollé Safety has manufactured the eco-responsible, CURA RANGE.
As a standard-bearer, it already initiated a committed approach last June through the publication of its carbon footprint.
Bollé Safety is now taking a new step by unveiling the results of its first CSR report. Accompanied by an ambitious transformation strategy involving all its products and processes, the brand aims to achieve international B-Corp certification by 2024 and to reduce the carbon emissions of each of its products by 35% by 2027.
- First major project: To reduce the environmental impact of products and packaging.
The brand Bollé Safety protects the eyes of workers mainly in the industrial, health, clean rooms, defense and recently office automation sectors. Aware that a significant part of its carbon footprint relates to the life cycle of its products (>75%), Bollé Safety makes this project a priority with a clear objective: to propose an eco-friendly version of 100% of its new products and 50% of its top sellers by 2025.
Bollé Safety has developed three eco-friendly products for professionals in the health and industry sector (see opposite). These have enabled the company to test different recycled and biosourced raw materials, new production processes and recycling solutions. Products that will serve as a basis for imagining the brand’s next eco-responsible innovations and reaching the final goal of 2025.
The brand, which equips 20 million users worldwide, is also working on its packaging with the ambition that 95% of them will be eco-friendly by 2024. Bollé Safety was the first PPE eyewear manufacturer to provide BPA-free polyethylene bags for all its products since the 2000s. Currently, two types of packaging are available:
- The eco-packaging: Batch packaging, plastic-free, 100% recycled and recyclable and optimized for 30% less waste compared to plastic alternatives. The instructions for use are printed directly on the cardboard with vegetable-based ink and the size of the packaging is optimised for transport without empty space. The eco-packaging is the most sustainable packaging available on the market.
- the eco-polybag: A unitary plastic packaging with 100% recycled polyethylene bags. New since January 2023, Bollé Safety manufactures all its products with this packaging, which is easy to recycle.
The implementation of these new challenges, both in terms of product design and packaging, will enable Bollé Safety to achieve its overall objective: to reduce its carbon emissions by 35% per product by 2027.
Ian Walbeoff – Vice President of Sales EMEA illustrates: “Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions across our entire value chain is a central topic for us. It is part of the objective of contributing to long-term carbon neutrality. To develop our climate objectives, we have chosen a short-term objective of reducing the carbon intensity of our products, at a pace compatible with the Paris Agreement.”
“Our new objective, from 2024, is that each subject of innovation contributes to reducing the environmental footprint of Bollé Safety products”.
2) Beyond environmental impacts, transforming its value chain over the long term
As a leading player, Bollé Safety aspires to effect its transformation in a global and sustainable manner. It, therefore, includes in its CSR approach, actions to improve its social impact:
- Ensure ethical working practices in the supply chain.
- Developing diversity, inclusion, and employee engagement.
- Support, through its philanthropic commitment, causes aligned with its values.
A roadmap that aims to include its social and environmental purpose directly in its legal statutes and to be B Corp certified by 2024.
ZOOM on the supply chain:
As stipulated in the law on the duty of Vigilance, companies have a responsibility to prevent risks in terms of the environment, human rights, labour practices and corruption. This applies to their own activities, but also to those of their subcontractors and suppliers. To move towards a sustainable model, Bollé Safety has become a member of SEDEX, an independent organisation supporting companies in their management of social and environmental risk. The eye protection brand has established that 100% of its suppliers must sign its code of conduct aimed at respect with the United Nations Global Pact by the end of March 2023. This legal document requires the respect of regulations and social and environmental standards. It allows the French company to audit them and sanction them in the event of non-compliance with the code. Presently, only three of its suppliers present a high risk of non-compliance.
“Our responsible purchasing approach aims to make our supply chain ever more responsible and respectful of people and the environment.”
“This CSR report goes beyond an environmental strategy, it also encompasses the social side and governance.”
“We hope that our action will help engage all stakeholders towards a more sustainable model”– Quentin Chapelain, Bollé Safety ESG Manager
This ESG report highlights an additional step for the pioneering brand, whose ambition is to move towards a sustainable model, both in terms of economic and social strategy. The UK is a priority market for Bollé Safety, the latter aims to help transform the market to position itself as a national and international prime-mover.