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Sustainable development Charter for an eco-responsible for Cosmetic Valley


Charter for an eco-responsible for Cosmetic Valley

Publié le : 10-07-2012

SCA Packaging Nicollet receives 4 peonies!

The first member company of the Cosmetic Valley to reach this level of excellence, SCA Packaging Nicollet (Packaging printed on thin papers), located in Toury in Eure-et-Loir, received four peonies at the General Assembly of the Cosmetic Valley on June 28th, 2012.

Four other companies received awards:

ABO COSMETIQUES and CEGEDIS (perfumes and cosmetics packaging) who get their third peony.

ALBEA PACKAGING (Packaging) and POCHET ET VERRERIE DU COURVAL (glassmakers) who obtained their third peony!

The leading worldwide resource centre for perfumery and cosmetics, Cosmetic Valley took the initiative in 2010 in favour of sustainable development with the launch of its charter “For an Eco-responsible Cosmetic Valley.” For the first time, members of a cluster (large companies, SMEs, research laboratories, and training organisations) committed to a collective effort to continuously improve environmental and social outcomes, with the support of local authorities. The objective is to ensure the quality and safety of products and services in terms of people and the planet... The charter “for an Eco-responsible Cosmetic Valley is embodied in the allocation of 1, 2, 3 or 4 peonies depending on the level of actions undertaken (the peony is the emblem of the Cosmetic Valley!). Fifty members of the Cosmetic Valley have signed up to the charter to date.

2012 AUDIT (carried out by AB CERTIFICATION)

SCA PACKAGING NICOLLET, Toury (28/Eure-et-Loir): Packaging

Obtains 4 peonies, representing the highest level of the charter!


• Production control resulting in a capacity for transmission of knowledge and expertise as an authorised training centre (Rochechouart site).
• A new high performance IT tool for documentary and regulatory monitoring.
• Planning on several levels: the Environmental Management Plan plans all actions related to the environment.
• Numerous audits, both external and internal, keeping up productive “pressure” throughout the year; compliance with requirements for multiple standards and labels.
• 9 audits by clients since the beginning of the year, helping to reinforce the perception of customer satisfaction levels.
• Certain acquisitions regarding certifications already obtained (ISO 9001-14001-Imprim’vert FSC) and continuous efforts to maintain these certifications.
• Experience in the art of personnel management and longevity in the business.
• Concern for ensuring the well-being for everyone, especially for exposed staff: moulded earplugs, close medical monitoring, workstations monitoring and regular observations of behaviour (actions and movements) during labour hours (LEAN programme).
• Soundproofed areas for breaks/lunches close to factory workshops.
• On-site canteen, with views of green spaces.
• Spacious windowed offices.
• Numerous original initiatives for the environment such as Ariane (optimisation of storage and reducing the number of cartons used) as well as White Box with live demonstrations and I-Pad and other applications for automatic calculation of carbon footprints etc.
• Numerous social initiatives with a dual effect (social/environmental) affecting the community and neighbourhood of the industrial area of Toury: opening up premises for “class discovery” visits by schools, briefings on best practices in partnership with the regional CIC, policy of recruitment of trainees, proposal to undertake the management of waste paper in the neighbourhood.
• Frequent informative meetings and multiple internal and external communication channels (internet, intranet, display of results indicators, monthly information bulletin.)
• Steering committees for “Sustainable Development” and “Hygiene”.
• A positive development in results for monitored indicators in all areas compared to previous years.
• Responsible purchasing of raw materials.

ABO COSMETICS, Gellainville (28/Eure-et-Loir) - Cosmetics and perfumes packaging- improves from 2 to 3 Peonies

The company wanted to plant a protected species of oak on the Guerville road. After contacting the conservatory of the Natural History Museum, it was proposed that they leave the area fallow before obtaining a planting permit. In the meantime, the company has taken the initiative of installing pots and shrubs on the company’s access routes. The company had initiated a project for ECOCERT certification for organic manufacturing. ABO-COSMETICS was certified to this standard in 2012. To obtain their license, they took the initiative of only using cleaning products approved by ECOCERT. They also took the initiative of carrying out an energy use diagnosis and studying the installation of equipment with CEE certification (Energy Saving Certificate). The goal is to resell CUMAC KWHs. For the coming year, the company will calculate its CO2 emissions in terms of transport.

CEGEDIS, Gellainville (28/Eure-et-Loir) - Cosmetics and perfume packaging

Improves from 2 to 3 Peonies


Since mid-2011 the company has implemented the sorting waste paper in offices, a retention tray to contain leakage from cubi-tainers and the reduction of the use of paper towels (planned for 2013). Their 2012-2013 project includes putting in place of additional computer equipment in order to reduce paper waste during production (production management via touch screens). The implementing of a retention tray under the storage tanks in the workshop. The company is currently working on the development of polyvalent workstations. These actions are all part of the framework of the company action plan; they consist of: a welcome booklet at work stations, a training/initiation evaluation form, a certification file for training, and a polyvalence table; training is planned.

ALBEA PACKAGING, Plouhinec 56/Morbihan - Packaging: Confirm their 3 Peonies


Replacing continuous jet taps with automatic shutdown taps - Reduced frequency of testing of fire sprinkler system sprinkler system with the agreement with the Group’s insurers. Reduction of water consumption (3873 m3 saved between 2007 and 2011). Mechanical weeding rather than chemical maintenance of green spaces. Implementation of a strategy for eco-design focused on weight reduction of their products, the use of recycled and/or renewable materials.

Implementation of a charter, in 2011, for Responsible Purchasing with evaluation of key suppliers on their environmental and social performance. Steady decline in on-site accidents.

In 2011 they had a campaign for hunting down air leaks.

POCKET AND GLASSWARE OF COURVAL, Blangy sur Bresle (Seine Maritime/76) – Bottle making

Confirm their 3 Peonies



Establishment in 2012 of a working group on energy savings – implemented a communication campaign on everyday energy saving actions. Introduced of steam traps with the compressed air circuit; communication about the best daily actions, notice boards in each department to inform personnel about business issues and implemented actions. Invested in 2012 in a water cooling system to improve their recycling. Water: Optimisation of heat exchange for cooling. Implementation of paper sorting, with 8 tons collected in 6 months. Recycled 80% of their basic industrial waste in 2011, with an 85% target in 2020. Increased compaction of cardboard and plastic in order to limit transportation, with a new press in 2011, making for 20 truck loads saved per year. Initiatives coming in 2012: carpooling week and optimisation of cullet transportation. Are working with clients to assess the environmental impact of bottles; are also working on sandblasting, painting, and application of enamel and ink processes. Working on reduce the impact of packaging (thickness). Established an internal purchasing chart with a supplier evaluation table.

Charter for an eco-responsible Cosmetic Valley

Added value for “Made in France”

A showcase of French luxury and a flagship of “Made in France” excellence, the Cosmetic Valley is working to enhance the international visibility of the SME’s in the cluster in order to enable them to better position themselves in export markets. In this respect, the “Made in France” label is a marvellous banner which the Cosmetic Valley would like to raise ever higher at all exhibitions and conferences. However, it is now essential that sustainable development be one of the core values conveyed by the label “Made in France”.  The Charter for an Eco Responsible Cosmetic Valley” meets this objective by highlighting the added value of French products and the image of a France which is innovative, dynamic and future-oriented.

A collective and evolving approach

The Cosmetic Valley includes 6 universities and 550 companies, 80% of them SMEs/SMIs involved in all sectors of the perfume-cosmetic sector: raw materials, research and development, formulation, manufacturing, packaging, logistics and more. Most of them have individually taken initiatives in sustainable development: ISO 14001, Ecocert certifications etc. The Cosmetic Valley has decided not to another label or new certification which would complicate the existing ones, but rather to propose offer its members that they engage in a collective, pragmatic and evolving approach.

Environment, societal relations and management

The charter “For an eco-responsible Cosmetic Valley” is offered to members of the Cosmetic Valley (companies, research laboratories, and training organisations) and local authorities which support the cluster. Nominations are made by site activity. All activities can be nominated: production, R&D, transport, training centre, services, etc.

The Charter is made up of two components. The first concerns the environment (energy, water, waste, etc.), products (incoming materials/products and/or services, purchasing, etc.), and social relations. The second part concerns transversal areas such as organisations’ systems management (information/awareness, fighting greenhouse gases etc.). For each component, companies are asked to provide performance indicators and present initiatives that they have put into place to reduce the impact of their activities on the environment and better integrate their activities into the surrounding communities. The Charter contains 28 indicators for the first component and six for the second.

One, two, three, and four peonies

Four performance levels are indicated by assigning peonies (the emblem of the Cosmetic Valley), corresponding to progress in eco-responsibility are provided for in the charter. A golden peony may be attributed to a candidate organisation with exceptional performance.

The “One Peony” level is a commitment by a company to file an application the following year to participate in the process of awards for higher levels of performance.

The “Two Peony” level requires:

Implementing at least 5 indicators and 3 initiatives from the first component, and 2 indicators and 2 initiatives from the second component.
The “Three Peony” level:

Implementing a minimum of 13 indicators and 6 initiatives from the first component, and 4 indicators and 3 initiatives from the second.

The “Four Peony” level requires:

Implementing a minimum of 22 indicators and 13 initiatives for the first component, and 5 indicators and 6 initiatives for the second.

The allocation of peonies is carried out by the auditing firm AB Certification (Paris).

Central, Haute-Normandie and Ile-de-France regions.


The world’s leading centre for perfumery and cosmetics


Over one in every ten cosmetic products sold worldwide today is produced within the Cosmetic Valley which is currently the world’s leading centre for perfumery and cosmetics. This cluster brings together nearly 600 French companies in the beauty industry and seven major French universities. It is an exceptional pool of expertise in the various fields of perfumery and cosmetics: ingredients and raw materials, research and formulation, plastic injection, packaging, testing, POS, packaging and logistics. 520 million euros have been invested in the regions since the creation of the Cosmetic Valley. More than 60 companies belonging to the network, including many SMEs have benefited from these investments and 7,500 jobs have been created since 1994.

President: Marc-Antoine Jamet (LVMH)

Vice-presidents: Patrick Beau (Spincontrol), Christian Combeau (Puig France),  Daniel Guillermin (Shiseido International France), Youssoufi Touré (Université d’Orléans), Loïc Vaillant (Université François Rabelais de Tours).

CEO: Jean-Luc Ansel
The key figures for the Cosmetic Valley (June 2012)
• 550 companies, of which 80% are SMEs and fifteen major luxury brands*
• 7 universities: Orleans, Rouen, Tours/François Rabelais, Versailles/Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, Le Havre, Cergy-Pontoise, Paris XIII. Research organisations renowned including the CNRS, INRA, and BRGM
• 60,000 jobs
• 18 billion euros in turnover, over 50% of the total turnover of the French beauty industry
• 200 public research laboratories, with 8000 researchers,
• 136 training courses,
• 84 collaborative labelled research projects (150 million euros).
*Guerlain et Dior (LVMH), Shiseido, Hermès, Nina Ricci et Paco Rabanne (Groupe Puig), Lolita Lempicka (Pacific Création),Calvin Klein et  Jennifer Lopez (Coty Prestige), Gemey-Maybelline et Yves Saint Laurent Beauté  (L’OREAL), Clarins, Caudalie, Chanel ; multinationales implantées en France : Unilever, Procter&Gamble , Reckitt Benckiser. Johnson&Johnson (Roc, Neutrogena).

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