Sustainable Development

Options gets do it

«Since our creation in 1981, our founder and staff have always applied and preserved a code of ethics both externally in commercial and purchasing arenas as well as within the company. Our commitment today towards sustainable development therefore is a complimentary approach that fits within our existing code of ethics. Today, Options is already integrating this environmental approach into its internal and external actions. Our ambition with sustainable development is to also be responsive to the new expectations of our partners and customers. Publication of our first sustainable development brochure "L’esprit environnemental" is a major step in our thinking and processes. It has allowed us to assess everyone's commitment, the actions in place, the needs and opportunities for improvement. As always, Options strives to be your committed and responsible partner.»

Policy

« In order to reduce waste, Options has embarked upon a proactive approach, covering all impacts of its activities, in order to fully engage the company in a process of continuous improvement and social responsibility ».

The three pillars of sustainable development

Les trois piliers

Economic responsibility

By improving our organisation a little every day, and by continually improving our performance, we ensure the sustainability of the company

  • • Transparent governance, with weekly meetings of our Executive Committee
  • • Regular meetings of the department heads with employees
  • • Regular investments in equipment for improving work standards and efficiency for the benefit of all.
  • • Designing service offerings and proposing products that combine quality, efficiency with respect for the environment and social equity
  • • "Lifecycle management" based thought process to consider the global effect of our activities
  • • Integration of recycled products into our product range
  • • 80 % of our products come from local manufacturers
  • • Development of a range of reusable themed settings (non-impacting)
  • • Local hiring policy where possible
  • • Encourage communications by email
  • • Creation of shared office spaces, to reduce travel by our sales representatives, and a place for displaying our products in order to be able to meet and inform our customers locally
  • • Founder member of the Office for Sustainable Development (Paris)
  • • Member of the CSPE (Chambre Syndicale des Prestataires de l'Evènement)
  • • Signatory to the Charter of Event Professionals for sustainable development in 2006
  • • Participation and subscription to the eco-guide (Roadmap for an eco-responsible event) prepared with the support of the ADEME (France)

Environmental responsibility

recyclage

  • • Use of recycled paper for communication media and professional printing
  • • With ethe establishment of a Printing Charter, we have a policy for reducing the printing of commercial documents
  • • Exchanging existing printers with those that can do double sided printing
  • • Recovering toner cartridges from our printers for the purpose of refilling and reusing them
  • • Printing documents using certified printers (ISO 14001/9001) on FSC/PEFC paper (preferably recycled) with vegetable based inks
  • • Full on-line products and services catalogue and printing of catalogues in optimal quantities only
  • • Minimisation of the use of fax machines • Installation of timers on electircal switches, replacement of light bulbs with "low energy consumption" lighting devices
  • • Preference in using natural light
  • • Installation of machines that use a water recycling system
  • • Recycling of used water for cleaning
  • • Installation of hydrocarbon holding tanks, and grease skimmer holding tanks in our used water systems
  • • Since January 2009, use of water-based paint, in compliance with CE and ecolabel standards
  • • Reduction of packaging and use of batteries
  • • Retrieval of used batteries and bulbs
  • • Optimising delivery and pick-up routes in order to limit the running of empty vehicles and the consumption of fuel
  • • Training our drivers in the practice of "eco-driving"
  • • Use of "green" tyres on all of our delivery vehicles
  • • Integration on-site (where possible) of our repair workshops thus increasing the lifespan of our products and enabling us to remain competitive
  • • We reuse a large amount of equipment, otherwise it is sent for selective waste sorting for material recovery. This includes wood, paper. cardboard, cloth, carpets, stretchwrap, porcelain, ferrous scrap, etc.
  • • Selective sorting of aluminium cans, PET/plastic bottles and their caps
  • • Setting up 3 separate bins for paper, plastic and cans at specific points in our offices, and reducing the number of general non-hazardous waste bins
  • • Setting up 3 separate bins
  • • Optimisation of our heating and air-conditioning systems

...not to mention the strict implementation of the law regarding storage of dangerous products, recycling of used oil, batteries and archiving of records.

Social responsibility

Options is committed to a collaborative approach for social progress and broadly societal progress with its employees, suppliers, customers and all the participants in its universe.

  • • Encourage the integration and employment of disabled persons
  • • Promote equality in opportunities for the employees and social bonding for all, especially in-company promotion of employees
  • • Improve working conditions through optmised organisation, implementation of waste bins according to the convenience and requirements of the departments.
  • • Training the supervisory and sales staff in sustainable development challenges
  • • Bringing awareness of the notion of "eco-driving" to our driving staff
  • • Using DIF (Individual right to training) training systems
  • • Training employees in their skill areas
  • • Setting up defibrillators
  • • Developing the local life: by making use of neighbouring labour force by collaborating with the community networks: Our "caps" activity involves the retrieval of cork caps in our service deliveries, collected on our site, they are delivered to an Association for rehabilitation and assistance through work close to our Mureaux site. They are recycled mainly for the purpose of insulation.