Despite the crisis, ERAMET is upholding its high standards on CSR.
Because its future, its performance, the value of its assets and the health of its people depend on it.

03. ANTICIPER ET MAÎTRISER LES RISQUES

ANTICIPATING AND CONTROLLING RISKS

ERAMET’s future partly depends on its ability to prevent and anticipate the risks relating to its activity. Controlling these risks calls for collective commitment, constant efforts and sufficient resources. ERAMET has identified four types of risk: social and environmental acceptability, technological and industrial risk, tighter regulations and environmental incidents. In 2016, the Group began re-energising its industrial risk process along three lines:

  • diagnosis and anticipation
  • action plan
  • audit and monitoring.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFE HABITS

For critical activities (lifting, electrical risk, confined spaces, maintenance jobs, subcontractor management, work at heights, machine protection, etc.), the Group launched the Essential Requirements process, supported by internal communication campaigns. It sets down mandatory instructions for each critical activity. Rolled out over several years, this process will undergo a specific audit to measure application and compliance with rules and more than 2,000 employees will follow specific training.

DEFENDING PRODUCT CLASSIFICATION

For an objective assessment of products, ERAMET tasks independent organisations with studies to promote relevant risk management. This knowledge feeds into the assessment of chemical risks on the workstation and the safety data sheets that provide transparent information and traceability across the value chain.

PROMOTING RESPONSIBILITY AND EXEMPLARITY

• Rollout of Ethics Charter

In 2016, to implement the principles of the new Ethics Charter, the Group’s Executive Committee adopted an ethical compliance programme. This is based on the appointment of an ethics officer who vouches for its application and facilitates a network of ambassadors to share best practices everywhere, on all levels.

• Updated Responsible Purchasing Charter

The Responsible Purchasing Charter was updated to specify the Group’s expectations along three lines: Human Rights and Working Conditions, Environment and Products, and Best Business Practices.

SUPPORTING PROJECTS

ERAMET manages all the health, safety & environment (HSE) and CSR aspects of its projects to prevent risks and make sure actions are compliant on the ground. In 2016 this was the case for the modernisation programme at Setrag, COMILOG’s rail transport subsidiary in Gabon, when battery recycling activities were transferred from Valdi to Commentry, and in the implementation of the Lithium project on the Andes plateaux in northeast Argentina.

ACCOMPAGNER LES PROJETS ERAMET

Our CSR* approach fully serves the improvement of the Group’s performance.

Catherine Tissot-Colle, Executive VP, Communications and Sustainable Development

*Corporate Social Responsibility

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