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[categories] Antalis strengthens its climate commitment by supporting Cap COP 21

2015/04/13 - Europe

Local countries, April 2015 Antalis, Europe’s leading paper, visual communications and packaging solutions merchant and n°2 worldwide, currently operates in 44 countries with a turnover of 2.5 billion euros. This position means that it has an important responsibility in terms of CSR, and particularly in the fight against climate change. Cap COP 21 sets the milestones of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), a major international event which will take place at the end of 2015. The objective of the conference is ambitious but crucial:  the adoption of a binding universal climate agreement to maintain global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius, an objective that is fully supported by Antalis.

An unwavering commitment to the climate
Cap COP21 offers a series of professional and collaborative events throughout 2015, which will come to a close with a major European study on how climate issues are perceived by European citizens. The first event will take place on Thursday 9th April 2015 in the form of a panel discussion, around the theme ‘Businesses and climate change: what innovations can combat the crisis?’

As a partner of the event, Antalis will sit alongside companies similarly committed to the environmental cause, and before a wide panel of stakeholders aiming to show the way in the fight against climate change. It is an opportunity for Antalis to present the many measures it takes to protect the environment, to highlight best practices and to make sure that the voice of the paper industry is heard as it is often wrongly accused of being the main culprit of deforestation.

‘Climate change is a global issue, for which we must find solutions at the local level. The paper industry it is often singled out even though it has in fact made huge efforts to protect the environment. This is one of the messages that we will communicate at Cap COP 21’ states Olivier Guichardon, CSR Director at Sequana (parent company of Antalis).

[1] Initiated by EcoAct, a global leader in the climate change economy, Cap COP 21 aims to promote the development of innovative, practical and collective solutions to help protect the environment. The initiative, organised in the run-up to the COP 21 conference, includes meetings, information events and discussions leading up to the main event in December 2015 in Paris, at the United Nations conference.

The preservation of natural resources a priority for Antalis
Antalis distributes around 2 million tons of paper per year. As wood is the main raw material for the production of paper, the company aims to ensure absolute transparency and traceability of its sourcing and encourages eco-responsible paper usage through various efforts: 

Antalis promotes the use of recycled papers and offers the widest range of environmentally-friendly products in the market, all of which adhere to the strictest environmental demands:

The group is committed to guaranteeing a complete absence of wood originating from natural forests, by ensuring a 100% traceable supply chain. It has therefore deployed Myrmex, a platform dedicated to the supply chain that facilitates the collection of all information relating to the regulatory conformity of suppliers and the traceability of distributed products. This new tool also allows Antalis to evaluate the potential risks linked to certain supply sources and to take measures to reduce these risks if necessary.

Furthermore, Antalis encourages the development of sustainably-managed forests. Today, 75% of products sold by Antalis are certified PEFC or FSC®, and 46% have the European eco-label. Certified forests guarantee sustainable renewal and thus play an important role in climate regulation as well as the preservation of biodiversity[1].

[1] Sources : ONF (Office National des Forêts) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

Tools to raise awareness
The paper industry has the unique and wonderful particularity of relying on a completely renewable resource. All players in the sector therefore have an innate responsibility to preserve natural forests at a global level, or in the case of sustainable forests, make sure they are properly managed. Antalis is taking action to raise awareness amongst clients, partners and the general public and help them make more eco-responsible choices.

Based on the 3 R principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), Antalis helps clients responsibly manage their paper supplies. Promoting a circular economy, Antalis highlights the virtues of recycled paper and provides numerous tools to guide users in their choice of product.

These tools are grouped under the aegis of the Antalis Green Connection initiative, the eco-responsible identity developed by Antalis, and include:

Antalis Green Star systemTM, the classification system which integrates essential information on the origin of the fibre and the manufacturing process and attributes each paper product zero to five ‘green’ stars according to its environmental performance.

• The ‘Green White Paper’, designed by Antalis, which explains the advantages that companies can gain from integrating paper into their CSR strategy, in a context where trends are moving towards digital media and zero paper policies.

• An innovative video produced by Antalis, which debunks all the misconceptions about the paper industry, using figures from proven studies that have been validated by a number of environmental authorities.

Antalis thus takes every measure necessary to ensure that the growth of its business incorporates environmentally-responsible and sustainable practices.

About Antalis

Antalis is the leading European distributor of paper, packaging solutions, and visual communications products ranking #2 worldwide, with a turnover of 2.5 billion Euros in 2013. The group’s 6,000 employees serve more than 125,000 print and business customers worldwide, in 44 countries through its 100 distribution centres. Antalis makes 12,000 deliveries per day in Europe, and distributes 1.8 million tons of paper per year worldwide. Antalis is the distribution arm of Sequana. For further information, visit  www.antalis.com (or local website)

For more information on the Cap COP 21 initiative, go to www.cap-cop21.com.


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