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Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises
(Corporate Social Responsibility)
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About the RSE
RSE is a concept referring to companies contributing to improving society and protecting the environment. It is an route we can follow to help prepare our company for the challenges that face it.
That is why we have naturally been applying this approach for many years. It is also a good opportunity to show our customers, partners, and employees that our company is committed to a responsible and sustainable approach. Integrating an RSE approach into the operation of our company would involve measuring and evaluating the impact of our activities in environmental and social areas (e.g. water consumption, energy consumption, occupational accident rates, etc.) in order to identify and control the risks, reduce our footprint, adapt to new constraints, and draw out new opportunities.
Moreover, current trends push companies to become more transparent concerning production conditions and offer products that are kinder to the environment and workers.

Environmental initiatives

• For large format digital printing, in 2010, we decided to halt the use of solvent-based inks by replacing our entire machine fleet with machines that use UV inks. To pursue this initiative further, we are considering investing in new printers using water-based or LATEX-based inks.

• By using epoxy powder paint through electrostatic spraying, we have been able to reduce the use of solvent-based paints by 90% since 2014. Working with CARSAT Saône & Loire to define the investment, we set up a system to recover surplus powder using suction and hoppers, allowing this waste to be recycled, and installed a set of pumps and textile air diffusers to recover fresh air to recycle in the workshop and recover the heat emitted for the winter.

• Since 2014, in the locksmithing workshop, we have installed a welding fume extraction system. In addition to the centralised system, at each workstation we have welding torches with a dedicated suction system, to limit the spreading of fumes in the workshop as much as possible.

• We secured the few products that remain potentially hazardous in special ATEX areas.
• All of our employees are aware of how to optimise materials, reduce the energy footprint, and sort our waste for recycling.

• We are working on optimising the raw materials used in order to reduce our waste. To do this, in 2013 we invested in a production flow software package called “Esko Automation Engine”. It is interconnected between the prepress, printing, and moulding.

• We recycle as much waste as possible, such as steel, aluminium, paper, and cardboard. Epoxy powder paint is isolated with a hopper. The dregs from UV digital ink pots and cleaning products are placed in sealed containers. All of this is recycled by several companies specialising in the recycling and transformation of waste, such as EPUR, CHIMIREC or AXALTA.

• PVP has signed a contract with PAPREC to recycle 95% of our plastic waste (expanded PVC, PVP Film, PET, PMMA, etc.). Thanks to the implementation of this contract (October 2019), with the recycling of steels and aluminium, we will sort, package, and reprocess 98% of the waste from our products.

• We try, as far as possible, to promote recycled materials to our customers.
• Our factory, built in 2013, is compliant with RT 2012 standards (mandatory standards starting in 2015):

RT 2012 contains three requirements for results concerning the performance of a building. The requirements concerning the BBIO and CEP ratings are now expressed as absolute values (not relative values, as before). They concern the overall performance of the building, not the performance of the construction elements and energy systems taken separately. This leaves greater freedom of design in the hands of the project managers.

• Since 2014, we have invested in large format digital computers that use less electricity. In this way, we have reduced their consumption by more than ¾ whilst guaranteeing more productivity.

• For the drying of visuals when printing, we have also partially changed our technology, from metal-iodide lamps to LEDs, which use less energy and have a longer working life. Our future investments will follow the same reasoning.

• PVP has brought the whole production chain together, with our four workshops for digital printing, plastic processing and moulding, locksmithing, and painting. Before 2014, we had two sites, which forced us to go back and forth several times a day. Since moving and incorporating all of these workshops into one building, we have stopped using a truck every day. This has reduced our fuel consumption. In addition, on the new site we have invested in a new epoxy paint workshop, putting an end to subcontracting and the associated transportation (more than €300 a week).
• All of our sales personnel and fitter-installers have been made aware of how to optimise travel by organising their rounds or grouping their service calls geographically.

• Our stock consists of raw materials tested and validated internally in order to limit the number of different materials, allowing us to buy large volumes insofar as possible and limit the carbon footprint of our procurement.

• In 2018, we decided to change our management, accounts, and payroll software packages by investing in an ERP from Divalto (a French publisher of management software, based in Entzheim, Alsace). This ERP has allowed us to considerably reduce our paper consumption by digitising administrative documents. Thanks to the software, we are reorganising ourselves in order to continue along those lines and reduce our paper consumption even more. We expect to be able to quantify these savings at the end of 2020.

• Several times a year, we analyse our consumption of electricity, gas, and water in order to ensure the environmental and financial viability of our company.

Social initiatives

• PVP is a company of modest size, where we have always encouraged dialogue with our employees.

• With its 70 employees, PVP remains a “PME” (small or medium-sized enterprise)! Our complicated workshops, such as locksmithing and painting, tend to employ fewer female workers (there are no female applicants, despite our participation in many job-dating events). We try, insofar as possible, to promote diversity and parity within the company. Currently, more than 30% of our workforce is female.
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• Our new employees are greeted with a ‘welcome’ booklet containing key information about the company: its organization, phone numbers of the managers, safety awareness including their obligations, such as wearing EPI (personal protective equipment), etc. We also give them a detailed job description sheet.

• Each workstation has been installed with ergonomics in mind and to limit handling operations. Lift tables have been installed at workstations where heavy loads need to be handled. The work surfaces have been raised, for workers to maintain a less tiring posture when working. Lifting equipment is available in every workshop. EPI awareness training has been given to all employees, with support from the occupational medical department.

• PVP invested in a defibrillator in 2014. A notification sign has been installed at the building entrance and the fire department has been notified.
• In the painting workshop, working with CARSAT Saône & Loire to define the investment, we set up a system to recover surplus powder using suction and hoppers, allowing this waste to be recycled, and installed a set of pumps and textile air diffusers to recover fresh air to recycle and ventilate the workshop.

• In the locksmithing workshop, we have installed a welding fume extraction system. In addition to the centralised system, at each workstation we have welding torches with a dedicated suction system, to limit the spreading of fumes as much as possible.

• Dedicated ATEX areas have been installed in various workshops to secure the few remaining potentially hazardous products.

• The parking areas for employee access and heavy goods vehicles have been set up separately, with two different entrances far from each other.
• With regard to disability in the workplace, PVP has always tried to promote the insertion of workers with disabilities, who make up 7% of our total workforce on average.

• Our building was designed to accommodate persons with reduced mobility.
With regard to equal pay, PVP has set up the fairest possible pay system according to the job, the employee's involvement, and merit, in order to favour their progression within the company as far as possible. Moreover, a large majority of our executives and managers are people who started at PVP as operators on the shop floor. They were promoted through the ranks thanks to their hard work and motivation.
For many years, PVP has contributed to promoting sport by sponsoring local sports events and clubs. We also help to promote education and culture by contributing to or helping associations or schools.

  • Rugby and rugby school (FCDM)
  • Cycling (UCD, Tour de Saône & Loire FFC, Bernard Thévenet cyclotourism etc.) 
  • Handball (Charolais-Brionnais Handball)
  • Football (Saint-Agnan Sports Association, etc.)
  • The Digoinaise “PINK OCTOBER” fun run in Charolais-Brionnais 2018 and 2019
  • Technical gathering of young firefighters in Bourgogne- Franche Comté in 2018, and many others...

We also participate in events and sponsor schools, such as the LASALLE group of schools in Paray-le-Monial. We gave computers to La Motte Saint-Jean primary school, etc. We also sponsor Maison Sévigné, a medieval house that is a listed historic building in Bourbon-Lancy, etc.

Economic initiatives

• PVP has always favoured the service and professionalism of these suppliers. That is why we have chosen most of our suppliers according to these trust-based criteria, which allows us to demand the very highest standards of them. In return, PVP has remained loyal and has set up an invoice tracking system for efficient processing and to ensure payment within the required deadlines.

• Many of our suppliers of industrial machines are long-standing partners, meaning that we can depend on the quality and longevity of our investments.

Industrial suppliers:

• We have chosen temping companies that guarantee respect for workers and compliance with French and European labour laws.
• Turnkey service! These two words sum up the PVP spirit! We are integrators of solutions with our various large format digital printing, plastics processing and moulding, locksmithing, and paint workshops, and our installation service. We control the entire production and service chain. When they come to PVP, our customers have a single, preferred contact person for the creation and manufacture of their communications and signage. We are attentive to their needs and expectations.

• Respect for deadlines and commitments: this too is a constant theme at PVP. We do our utmost to fulfil our commitments in terms of deadlines, whilst guaranteeing optimum quality, which enables us to work with customers who are leaders in their business sectors.

• All of our quotes are detailed, so that customers understand what they are buying and have no unpleasant surprises. We also provide detailed drawings, final proofs, or any additional explanations whenever necessary.

• Our accounting system allows us to track customers for the payment of our invoices and make sure our deadlines are met.

RSE ImpriFrance

• Created in 1986, ImpriFrance is France's first network of independent printers. When it was founded, ImpriFrance was just a purchasing association, but now it is a network of company heads and employees who meet to discuss their experiences, develop their skills, favour co-contracting, and cultivate their pioneering spirit.

• The ImpriFrance group currently consists of 66 companies in 51 French departments, selected according to strict criteria: company size, healthy financial structure, personality and ethics of the director. They have all signed an Excellence Charter, which guarantees their performance, financial stability, and environmental commitment. All of these companies represent a cumulative 2017 turnover of 375 million euros, with more than 22,300 employees.

• With these members, ImpriFrance equips itself to play an active role as a member of society, and initiates actions in favour of education, sharing knowledge and culture, and the environment... and sets down milestones for the future of the printing sector!
Creation of monumental works:
The ImpriFrance network has designed monumental and ephemeral works to showcase the printing profession in its role as a transmitter of knowledge, as well as its role as part of the raw materials recycling chain.

• Working to combat illiteracy:
In France, illiteracy affects 7% of the adult population: around 2,500,000 people. In addition, ImpriFrance has decided to become actively involved with the ANCLI. The Prime Minister chose this combat to be the Great National Cause of 2013.

• The ImpriFrance grant:
Since 2005, ImpriFrance has rewarded worthy young people who demonstrate perseverance through its ImpriFrance grant, “Coup de pouce aux professionnels de demain” (‘Lending a hand to the professionals of tomorrow’). More than 30 young people from BAC PRO and BTS training programmes in the graphic industries have benefited from this award.

• Partnership with the ONF:
In 2009, following the ecological disaster in the Landes caused by Cyclone Klaus, ImpriFrance and its printers mobilised alongside the ONF. Thanks to their donations, in 2010,15 hectares were reforested in the community of Mugron.

• Panel discussion with Yann Artus-Bertrand:
To mark the publication of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's book “Vu du Ciel - Quand des hommes s’engagent pour la nature”, ImpriFrance organised a panel discussion on the theme: “BOOKS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”.
The 66 printers in the ImpriFrance network were selected according to very strict criteria. They have signed a Charter of Excellence to guarantee their high performance, and they have undertaken to apply all of these excellence criteria every day.

• ImpriFrance has implemented an RSE based on three pillars: Environmental, Social, and Economic

• Nine types of initiative are to be carried out:
• Waste,
• Absenteeism,
• Payment times,
• Energy consumption,
• Training,
• Stock management,
• Water consumption and recycling,
• Parity,
• Quotes and orders.
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