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Corporate projects dedicated to protection of the environment

Reduction of energy consumption

  • When decisions are being taken about investment in new machines, their energy performance is taken into account, and employees are made aware of the importance of saving energy.
  • Part of the heating and air-conditioning of our premises is provided by heat pumps.
  • In 2009, Quo Vadis conducted a Carbon Audit.  This voluntary process was conducted by a service provider licensed by ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency). This audit allowed us to identify which equipment was emitting the most greenhouse gases. Objectives for the reduction of these emissions have therefore been established.
  • Following the Carbon Audit in 2009 (based on 2008 data), Editions Quo Vadis furnished proof of its ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by entering into a Carbon Progress certification process in 2010. Quo Vadis is committed to reducing its emissions by 9 % during the 2009-2012 period.

 

Training personnel in environmental protection

Quo  Vadis employees have been involved, via working groups, in environmental steps taken by the company – for example, to identify potential optimization in the management of energy and waste.

In addition to this, Quo Vadis is involved in integrating sustainable development principles to all of its internal communication supports:  intranet, newsletter, poster campaigns, etc.

 

Raising awareness among suppliers

Quo Vadis seeks to work with suppliers and subcontractors who share its environmental and social objectives. This is taken into consideration in both their selection and their evaluation.

A selection grid and an evaluation grid (along with criteria relating to quality and the environment) are therefore completed. Should certain criteria prove dissatisfactory, improvements are demanded.

In addition, all of our suppliers undertake to respect the working conditions laid down by international standards (working hours, minimum age, workplace safety, etc.).

 

Optimized waste management

Recovery and reuse of waste

  • Recovery containers have been installed alongside workstations, allowing the recycling of paper, card and plastic.  This enabled us to recycle an additional 85 tons of waste between 2006 and 2008.
  • More than 800 tons of paper, issuing from offcuts during the manufacture of diary pages, are recycled each year.
  • 100% of recyclable waste is subject to specific collection: offset plate, metal, bobbins, water bottles, offcuts from PVC covers, etc. They are recycled so that they can be reused in other applications.
  • Special containers have been provided for aerosols, batteries, soiled cans, etc. – which enables proper management of all hazardous waste.
  • IT equipment is recycled by a specialist company, and cartridges and toners are taken back in order to be reused.
  • Systematic recovery and disposal of all liquid waste: liquid waste, issuing from printing, is collected in containment tanks prior to recovery by a specialist company for energy recovery.

Management of hazardous products

Products that are hazardous to humans and the environment have been replaced by less hazardous products. Quo Vadis therefore no longer uses CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Reprotoxic) substances. An external warehouse has been built in order to optimize storage.

 

The Quo Vadis Forest : 100 000 trees in Niger

Quo Vadis is planting a forest of 100,000 trees in Niger, in partnership with Tree-Nation. This Quo Vadis forest, located on the Dosso plantation, 150 km east of Niamay, is part of the struggle against climate change, whilst also contributing to economic development by providing a source of regular income for the villages dependent on the plantation.

In buying a product from the Quo Vadis Habana range, consumers sponsor a tree, and are able to keep track of its evolution within the EQUOplanter community at foret.quovadis.eu/en/

Tree-Nation works in partnership with the United Nations Programme for the Environment and its ’Plant for the Planet’ campaign.