Faurecia addresses environmental issues all the way from initial product design to end-of-life, including impact management for its manufacturing sites and partnerships with suppliers. In 2015, 66% of its industrial sites held ISO 14001 certification. The goal is to strike a balance between the Group's need for growth and its commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Faurecia's emissions control technologies significantly reduce emissions, curb noise pollution and provide new ways to recover and reuse energy. To promote lighter, cleaner vehicles, Faurecia is at the leading edge of research into use of materials such as composites made from natural resins.
While targeting the environmental impact of its products and processes, Faurecia is also taking steps to improve the environmental performance of its sites. In 2017, the Group introduced an official Environmental Charter followed by an in-house "Green Attitude" campaign. To encourage employees to adopt the right reflexes, posters were put up at all Group sites, focusing on four issues: energy, waste, air quality and soil/groundwater quality. In 2017, the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) gave Faurecia a B rating based on its positive environmental strategy to reduce its impact on its natural surroundings and curb CO2 emissions.
At every level of the company, Faurecia promotes the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, which it joined in 2004. Through its business practices, the Group has undertaken to respect and promote a set of values and principles drawn from international documents and agreements relating to human rights, labor standards and the environment.
Around the world, Faurecia sites and employees regularly rally to support local communities through an internal program called FUELS ("Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Services"), which was launched internationally and has seen its scope expand to tackle more local economic, social and cultural challenges. 14 FUELS campaigns were carried out in 10 countries across the globe in 2016, with Faurecia sites launching more than 25 other outreach initiatives.
Changes within the Group, combined with new customer requirements and new directions in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development policy, led Faurecia to draw up a new version of its Code of Ethics in 2007 to reflect key ILO agreements.
Faurecia undertakes to promote fair business practices and transparency. In its relations with employees, the Group:
- promotes dialogue and consultation with employees and their representatives;
- is fully committed to improving safety, preventing occupational risks and protecting health;
- respects and promotes diversity and multiculturalism.
Faurecia also expects its partners and suppliers to uphold the same standards in terms of social, environmental and economic responsibility through their commitment to apply sustainable purchasing policies. The fundamental principles of Faurecia's Code of Ethics—with regard to diversity, the environment and working conditions—are an integral part of purchasing processes.