Constantly innovate to contribute to Sustainable Construction

to strengthen the role of eco-design in the development of new products that meet the needs of the people who apply them and the obligation to protect the environment.

to develop new solutions for our customers in order to support sustainable construction

Offer of external thermal insulation systems (EIFS), which improve the energy efficiency and comfort of buildings

Dust-free and lightweight mortar which reduce risks for employees in our plants and end customers

A+ certification for most of tile adhesives ranges which guarantees that workers breathe an excellent quality of air during tile laying works.

To strengthen further the rollout of these solutions, PAREX supports its customers through many specific training programs.

Reduce our environmental footprint throughout the lifecycle of our products

All the Group’s industrial sites are subject to stringent local rules with regard to authorizations and operating licenses granted by local governments.
PAREX’s environmental program is based on three axes:

to strengthen the Environmental Management System and implement good environmental practices

Preventing and controlling environmental risks is one of the Group’s priorities. PAREX continues its efforts in risk prevention and strengthening the level of environmental management at all its industrial sites by way of a twofold approach:

  • getting ISO 14001 certification, the international environmental Management Standard. At the end of 2017, 30 PAREX sites have been certified ISO 14001, including 100% of the industrial sites in France;
  • setting up multi-year plans to implement the actions to be taken identified during the audits.

to optimize the use of resources required for the Group’s activity

PAREX industrial activity is based on combining several raw materials to formulate products for the construction industry. The main raw materials used in the Group’s manufacturing processes are sand, cement and additives. The majority of these are sourced locally and secured thanks to the approval’s process carried out by our laboratories in partnership with the Purchasing Department.

The optimization of energy consumption in our operations is also a part of of the Group’s Environment policy and we started to implement renewable energies usage in some plants.

to limit the environmental impacts relating to our activities

The Group’s Environment policy is in keeping with the circular economy and is based on three points: limiting waste production at source, sorting and ensuring its ultimate traceability, recovering it whenever possible.

Act for and with all of our employees

PAREX continues to grow while paying the closest attention to workplace health and safety conditions for each employee, ensuring that every site is a place of personal and professional development.

Development of a Safety culture and protection of employees’ health
First, create a genuine Safety culture within the Group by implementing 5 key rules applicable to all employees including our subcontractors

  • wearing personal protective equipment,
  • compliance with traffic rules on sites,
  • safe practices for lifting weights,
  • a place for everything and everything in its place,
  • implementation of log out/tag out procedure before working on industrial equipment.

Then, prevent accidents: root cause analysis for each accident and First Aids and Near Misses analysis

And finally, take account of safety in our industrial approach

The process of obtaining OHSAS 18001 certification for the Group’s industrial sites has been under way for several years.
At the end of 2017, 52 sites have been certified OHSAS 18001, including all of the industrial sites in France.
PAREX wants to go beyond certification procedures to ensure that every employee has a safe and secure working environment. During onsite safety inspections, a pair of observers watch an employee at his or her workstation and a dialogue is built up to make the employee being observed more aware of identified at-risk situations.

Diversity

The diversity of employees who work together and share the same objectives is one of PAREX’s strengths. Any discrimination based on race, religion, sex, nationality, disability, age or any other discriminatory characteristic is strictly prohibited.
PAREX supports non-discriminatory practices in terms of employment, and takes care equal opportunities in the recruitment process and in the professional development of its employees.

Commitment to Human Rights

PAREX is committed to supporting internationally recognized fundamental human rights in conducting its various operations throughout the world. The Group respects and supports the dignity, the wellbeing and the rights of its employees, of their families and of the communities to which they belong.

Anchor our sites in their territories

PAREX provides support for education, culture, local initiatives and integration of people through the commitment to anchoring its sites in their territories.

Territorial impact on regional development and local populations

The impact of the Group’s economic activity and the activity generated by the use of the products it distributes is primarily local. The manufacture of PAREX’s products is essentially local. On several of its sites, PAREX is one of the main employers in the region.
Similarly, the raw materials used in the industrial processes are essentially local and thus create a local value chain.
Furthermore, PAREX strives to maintain constructive relations with the authorities and with local stakeholders.

Relations with suppliers and subcontractors

PAREX involves its suppliers and subcontractors in its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The Group’s Procurement Charter consists of two strands:

  • exemplary behavior shown by PAREX teams to their suppliers,
  • suppliers’ own commitment to social and environmental responsibility in the criteria for supplier’s evaluation. Since mid 2017, key suppliers CSR performances have started to be assessed through CSR Ecovadis program.

Actions supporting education, underprivileged communities and partnerships

PAREX aims to develop its community-focused initiatives in several fields:

  • support for education (renovation of schools with the involvement of Group’s employees, participation in Safety and Environment presentations, donations of products to training schools)
  • support for underprivileged populations (donations to Foundations and hospitals, support for deprived populations, support for associations towards people at the end of their lives through the commitment of Group employees)
  • partnerships in relation with Sustainable Construction (Construction 21 social media platform, partnership with the Passive House association in Spain)

The Group Safety Steering Committee, which meets three times a year, and all the senior management teams are heavily involved in initiatives to build and transmit the Safety culture.

Each year, the Worldwide Health and Safety Day gives the opportunity to further raise the awareness of teams in each site where the Group operates.

Prevent accidents

In every country, all accidents (whether with or without lost time) are subject to root cause analysis carried out jointly with the employee, the Safety Manager and the local Safety Committee in order to identify the corrective actions that need to be taken. Since 2016, to further improve accidents’ prevention, the Group began “Near Misses” situations and First Aids reporting and analyzing.

  • TF1 : number of accidents with lost time vs worked hours
  • TF2 : number of accidents with and without lost time vs worked hours

Develop safety best practices: Share them among the Safety managers’ community and develop cross-audits between countries.

PAREX Climate Program is a three step process to reduce our carbon footprint:

1. MEASURE

Measurement of our greenhouse gas emissions

2. REDUCE

Development of a sustainable sourcing strategy for our raw materials

3. ADAPT AND MITIGATE

Commitment to 10 agroforestry projects run by PUR Projet and located close to our sites

This positive dynamic incites PAREX to keep reducing its residual emissions while fighting climate change and contributing to the development of local communities.

By the end of 2017, we have reached the first part of our objectives: our greenhouse gas emissions have now been measured in 85% of the countries where we operate, action plans have been set up with our suppliers to get sustainable materials which produce less CO2 and we have started optimization in our sand dryers’ process to reduce emissions in this field by 20% by 2020; at last, we contributed to the plantation of 24,330 trees in 10 agroforestery projects in the main countries where we operate.

Our 10 agroforestry projects

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