Local associations – taking action in the field
The Arkema group is developing partnerships with local associations that share the same values regarding safety and the environment. Thanks to different partnerships, various actions are organized in the field.
Partnership with Naturama: actions in favor of biodiversity
In conjunction with the environmental education association Naturama, an evaluation was made of the animal life and vegetation present on the site of Pierre-Bénite.
The restoration and extension of the reed bed was the first action stemming from the management plan which was implemented as a result of this diagnosis. The next step will be to convert some free space (which is available as a result of the destruction of closed industrial facilities) into flower-filled meadows.
These initiatives showed the neighboring communities how industrial activity and biodiversity can co-exist. They contribute to the conservation of ecological corridors (reserved passageways to allow animals to move from one natural habitat to another) in the so-called chemical valley, i.e. the area situated to the south of Lyon in which there is a high concentration of industrial chemical firms.
These initiatives are consistent with the actions conducted by the neighboring stakeholders, especially those actions which are a part of sustainable development program of the valley (Agenda 21).
As a result of a meeting held between the Arkema group and environmental associations, the Group now has a new outlook on the space both within and surrounding its industrial sites.
Initiatives at other facilities, which aim to better understand and to develop the biodiversity present on the sites, are currently underway.
Partnerships with local associations in order to preserve biodiversity
CECA has commissioned the Fédération de Protection de la Nature Ardèche (FRAPNA) to carry out an expert survey of the fauna and flora on the quarry of its Saint-Bauzile site. Such studies help redefine and adjust plant species, in line with FRAPNA recommendations, for the replanting of embankments and slopes in zones being remediated. The work in progress therefore helps redevelop the biodiversity of the land being restored.
Equally, when the authorisation to mine our quarry in Virargues (France) was renewed and extended on 26 July 2013, CECA concluded two agreements with two relevant regional bodies in order to implement measures to safeguard and boost the local ecosystem.
The first convention, signed for a duration of 25 years with Union Régionale des Forêts d'Auvergne (URFA) and its "Mission Haies Auvergne", is designed to reinforce the functionality for the bird fauna of the local fields and woods on the land belonging to CECA.
The second convention, signed for a duration of 5 years, with the Syndicat Interdépartemental de Gestion de l'Alagnon et de ses affluents (SIGAL), aims to put in place a specific programme for the refurbishment, management and oversight of the most severely spoilt sections of the streams within the watershed of the river Alagnon in order to promote the development of protected species of freshwater crustaceans.
Partnership with the Red Cross – a civic commitment
In partnership with the French Red Cross, the Arkema group trained nearly 6,000 people in first aid skills between 2006 and 2009. Almost half of the newly trained were from outside the Arkema group (local residents living near the sites where the training sessions were held).
In China, the Group launched a similar action. In 2009 in partnership with the Red Cross and the city, the site of Changshu organized a special training program at the Fushan Central Primary School. More than 400 pupils and teachers were trained in first aid skills. All participants were given a First Aid Guide by the General Secretary of the local Red Cross. A first-time initiative which is sure to be followed by many similar actions.