In the wake of the launch of its Go Green ESG approach, the Bollé Safety brand, global leader in eye protection, publishes its first carbon footprint (scope 1, 2 & 3), evaluated at 25,000 tons per year. A first observation which gives the course to the transformation of a market in which Bollé Safety wishes to position itself as a leader.
Bollé Safety emits 25 000 tons of Co2 per year
Bollé Safety wants to take part in protecting the planet. In 2021, the global eye protection brand has moved up a gear by launching its Go Green plan. One of the first steps of this plan was to have its CO2 emissions (scope 1, 2 & 3) assessed by UTOPIES, an independent consulting firm. What the carbon footprint shows: To develop and produce eyewear for 20 million wearers worldwide, the brand emits 25,000 tons of Co2 per year. For comparison, this figure is equivalent to the production of 450,000 iPhone XS or the average annual emissions of 6,250 people or 14,260 round trips from Paris to New York by plane.
More precisely, the emissions are divided betweenthe use of raw materials (39%), production (35%),
transport (15%), distribution (6%) and the end of the products’ life (5%). This first significant insight into its greenhouse gas emissions will serve as a reference for the company for future assessments. Beyond its environmental impact, the company’s CSR program, which is aiming for B Corp certification in 2024, is built around a true corporate vision.
Go Green: a major axis of Bollé Safety’s corporate strategy.
Participating in the transformation of its market towards a more responsible industry is one of Bollé Safety’s ambitions. The company has set itself the goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 30% by 2027. As a member of the UN Global Compact (a United Nations initiative encouraging companies to have a responsible attitude), the company has developed a plan in three axes: Measure, Act and Transform. It is based on several pillars and concrete actions.
The company’s transformation on the environmental plan passes in particular by:
+ internal training on eco-design,
+ optimization of product design (industrialization and supply processes) and of the supply chain,
+ and product recycling (carried out in England).
On the customer side, Bollé Safety proposes a global eco-responsible offer:
KOMET: frames created with a new injection system that reduces production losses by 49% (molding that provides a superior aesthetic and finish for better resistance to wear);
SOLIS: eco-frames with 33% of the nylon coming from recycled fishing net;
KLASSEE: eco-frame of which 48% is in organic castor oil;
CURA: Protective face shields eco-designed for the healthcare market: manufactured in England with 97% recycled polyamide, protected by a polybag packaging made of 30% recycled materials and transported in a recycled cardboard, the product can be reused at least 10 times and recycled easily;
Eco-Packaging: a plastic-free, 100% recycled and recyclable packaging, optimized for 30% less waste.
Its user’s guide is printed directly on the cardboard with a vegetable ink;
B-Clean: a water-based eyewear care line that extends the life of the products.
Considering the number of products sold every day worldwide by Bollé Safety (39% of the carbon footprint), the eco-responsible products’ design is a priority.
Further illustration of the importance of the Go Green Program for the company, the appointment of Quentin CHAPELAIN as CSR Manager. He is responsible for defining, implementing and monitoring all ESG (environment, social and governance) actions.
“As a major player in the market, Bollé Safety has a real role to play in the transformation of the market. Internal initiatives as well as innovation around the manufacturing, packaging, routing, and recycling of our products are crucial”.Quentin Chapelain, ESG Manager
Bollé Safety’s commitments also include a human aspect. Thus, the company attaches great importance to gender equality. It counts 50% of women within its executive committee and all its employees. In addition, the group has developed a community of ambassadors who aim to raise employee awareness of ESG with local initiatives (vegetable baskets on the premises, waste collection, sustainable mobility package (FMD), etc.).
The company is a member of the SEDEX network which aims to strengthen responsible supply chains. Bollé Safety has also established an ethical code of conduct for its partners which guarantees responsible purchasing (ethical suppliers). Finally, as a major player in its market, Bollé Safety wants to make eyewear protection accessible to everyone and thus offers products that provide maximum protection and safety at reasonable prices.
With Go Green, Bollé Safety is asserting itself as a standard bearer. As a leading player, its short, medium and long-term CSR strategy is based on a profound transformation of the company and its market.
Coming in the summer of 2022
10% of the company’s employees will participate in a climate fresk workshop (July) to take ownership of the climate change challenge. The company is targeting 100% employee participation in the workshop by the end of 2022!