Respect for the environment, social inclusion, growth and performance

Sustainable Development is not a passing trend; it’s the direction in which history is moving. More than just a simple commitment to ecology, Sustainable Development is increasingly emerging as the business model for a changing world. The PGS Group intends to play a leading role in tackling the challenges of Sustainable Development. Companies can adopt a Sustainable Development policy that is consistent with their existing culture, without creating major upheaval in their organisation. We have placed Sustainable Development at the heart of our organisation by defining a number of strategic priorities based on three primary objectives: Manage and reduce the impact of our activities on the physical and human environment; contribute to the economic and social development of all of our stakeholders; anticipate future needs more effectively. These ambitious commitments, translated into measurable targets that depend on concrete action, are being implemented across all of our operations and integrated into our management procedures (investment, information systems, communications, etc.). We monitor our progress on a routine, coordinated basis, and communicate the results both internally and externally.

Our certifications

PEFC At PGS, preserving our forest resources and using them wisely are major factors in our ability to grow and advance as a company. A large number of major industrial groups, and even small and medium-sized businesses and manufacturers, are legitimately demanding a guarantee that new wood pallets come from sustainably managed forests. Certification from PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) provides a guarantee of the origin and traceability of wood materials used in the manufacture of wood or wood-based products. In October 2008, the Group’s three Technipal new pallet manufacturing sites were awarded PEFC certification; then in February 2009, the Beynel sawmill – a PGS production unit that was already PEFC-certified for sawn pallet timber – won expanded certification for the pallets themselves. PGS’s ability to sell PEFC-certified pallets is unmatched in France. The PEFC control chain provides an assurance to our customers that our pallets are made from sawn timber harvested from forests that are managed sustainably, i.e., with a view towards their economic, environmental and social uses. As part of the PEFC system, the PGS Group has pledged to comply with a number of requirements and procedures. For example, we do not use wood harvested from controversial resources; we evaluate our current suppliers; we conduct internal and external audits; we train the personnel involved in the control chain; we perform system reviews on a regular basis, and so on. Use PEFC-certified wood pallets for your transport needs, and become a new contributor to the environmental health of our forests! Helpful link: To learn more about PEFC.

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Our commitments

Learn more about the PGS Group’s commitments on behalf of Sustainable Development

Community policy: diversity, a conviction we put into practice.

Since 2002 the PGS Group has been reaffirming its commitment to the community by forging active partnerships with sheltered workshops. Today, that commitment is reflected in our collaboration with six regional sheltered workshop sites that manufacture new pallets. Through service partnerships with organisations providing sheltered employment, PGS is taking steps to integrate the disabled into the workforce. Its initiatives employ nearly 200 people, whose job activities enable them to buy goods for themselves and reduce their reliance on the government. Through this partnership, PGS is making an investment in its community, as part of a firm commitment the Group intends to maintain in the future. Promoting diversity is an important objective within our human resources strategy. Our differences don’t make a difference...

Responsible purchasing

Our desire is to work with companies – and partners and suppliers in particular – who share our values, participate in our ethics initiative and embrace our policy of Sustainable Development. That is why we have joined with them on a campaign for education and accountability, as part of a plan for action and progress. Its goals are to ensure transparency and fairness in our selection of service providers, give preference to suppliers who are actively combatting illegal labour practices and rigorously complying with safety rules, and encourage the adoption of innovative solutions and eco-friendly products.

End-of-life pallets: established networks.

At PGS, pallets that have reached the end of their working life (meaning they cannot be repaired or no longer meet market standards or needs) become a byproduct – a distinct secondary material. We have set up networks for recycling those pallets. For example, sound pallet components (planks or dice) are reused as raw material for repairing used pallets. End-of-life pallets can also be used as a secondary raw material to produce pellets for manufacturing particle boards, or in industrial and large-scale boilers for energy purposes. The use of pallet pellets in combustion: this is a “dry” product with an LCV* one and a half times greater than bark. It can be used as a fuel alongside bark and sawdust to enhance combustion conditions. Pallet pellets are clean, with a consistent, calibrated size, and are relatively constant in their characteristics. * Lower Calorific Value.

Health, safety and the environment

We take appropriate protective measures and train our workforce to lead the way in workplace health and safety. That commitment is reflected in a variety of areas:

Carbon Footprint Assessment

A carbon footprint assessment measures all greenhouse-gas emissions arising directly or indirectly from a company’s operations, using a methodology established by ADEME (the French Environment & Energy Management Agency). Our Group – which takes a proactive approach to all major topics related to the environment – decided to conduct its own carbon footprint assessment in June 2009, enlisting the services of the Institut Technologique FCBA. To date, the PGS Group is France’s largest pallet manufacturer to have undertaken a carbon footprint assessment. The company has already identified avenues for improvement that would reduce our most significant impacts, and is currently making progress in a variety of areas. Helpful link: To learn more about ADEME’s methodology for carbon footprint assessment:

Sustainable Development Award

The PGS Group was the winner of a GRANDDE Sustainable Development Trophy on 16 December 2010
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