The Arkema group is developing partnerships with local associations that share the same values regarding safety, environment, water management, education, equal opportunities, and disability. Thanks to different partnerships, various actions are organized in the field.
Offering employees the possibility to donate to associations
With the “salary ROUNDING” scheme (in France initially), Arkema employees are able to donate the “euro cents” of their salary to an association.
These associations work in areas in which Arkema is already involved, such as water management, education, equal opportunities, and disability.
In 2018, nearly 600 employees made a donation to these associations.
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.
The relations with stakeholders