Why is sustainability important at Recticel?
Recticel is an international industrial player seeking to make an essential difference in people’s daily lives in four application areas: Insulation, Bedding, Flexible Foams and Automotive. Relying on our competences and by transforming polyurethane chemistry, we are committed to finding responsible solutions to the various challenges and needs of our customers and planet.
To achieve this ambition, we need to think longer-term. Companies who don’t embrace sustainability cannot be successful in the long run. That is why we are increasing our efforts to find innovative solutions for the major challenges in society today, such as global warming, depletion of natural resources and ageing populations. To that end, we support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/– a global partnership for people, planet and prosperity – and specifically the Climate Action and Responsible Consumption and Production SDGs, where Recticel expertise and activities are most relevant.
True to our values, we take ownership of, and feel accountable for, the impact of our activities on society and the environment. It is our ambition to increase our positive impact and reduce any negative effects throughout the entire value chain. Readying our organisation for these challenges requires the help and full engagement of our employees, and we are confident that we can build on their talents and skills to achieve our goals.
“Companies who don’t embrace sustainability cannot be successful in the long run.”
Olivier Chapelle, Chief Executive Officer
How has Recticel embedded sustainability in the organisation?
Sustainability has always been at the heart of our activities. Our insulation solutions help avoid about 20 times more CO2 emissions than the carbon footprint of all Recticel’s activities combined. Sustainability has also found its way into our Automotive business line, where the customer requirement for reducing carbon emissions pushed our innovation processes to developing lightweight materials. In our other business lines, the traditional focus has been on durability and providing optimal comfort and performance during the use phase.
In 2012, Recticel gave sustainability a central role in its organisation by putting it in the forefront of its Group strategy. We appointed our first Chief Sustainability Officer who in 2013 spearheaded a company-wide project to raise awareness and to identify sustainability challenges and opportunities for all business lines and departments. This has triggered a number of strategic and organisational changes to firmly embed sustainability as a key driver for innovation within the DNA of Recticel.
“Our insulation solutions help avoid about 20 times more CO2 emissions than the carbon footprint of all Recticel activities combined.”
Olivier Chapelle, Chief Executive Officer
What does Recticel consider to be the main sustainability challenge?
The transition from a linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model to a circular economy in which waste no longer exists is certainly the biggest challenge. As a producer of durable products, we want to play a leading part in enhancing sustainability throughout the entire value chain. Partnerships with suppliers, customers, research institutes, authorities and non-governmental organisations are essential in that regard.
We need to make sustainability a live issue in our organisation and engage all our employees in order to be successful. We must translate our sustainability strategy into clear KPIs for all business lines and departments so that every employee understands how he or she can contribute to help us accomplish our sustainability goals.
“We need to make sustainability a live issue in our organisation and engage all our employees in order to be successful.”
Johnny Thijs, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Growing towards a PURe future
Our first sustainability report reflects our journey towards developing our sustainability strategy. It is the result of an intensive three-year process in which we consulted internal and external stakeholders to determine which sustainability aspects are most important for Recticel and selected key performance indicators and targets:
The sustainability report was drawn up in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines, Core level.