Our CSR commitments

Within the ECF Group, a strong, shared sense of environmental and social responsibility is part of our daily work. This is reflected in three commitments to which we have adhered strictly for 15 years.

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This is concretely translated into 3 commitments that we have been defending for 15 years now.

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Our CSR approach

Our Sustainable Development efforts were formalised in 2004 when we signed the United Nations “Global Compact” charter. Our commitment to the environment, people, solidarity and diversity is reflected in everything we do. These principles, which shape the ECF Group culture, are firmly grounded in a bedrock of enduring values that are shared by all our employees and partners.

Our 3 commitments
Minimise our environmental footprint and promote environmental protection
Market environmentally responsible solutions
Build respectful, inclusive and fair working relationships
Minimise our environmental footprint and promote environmental protection
Climate change is one of the major issues of our time, but we also face challenges of biodiversity and mineral resource depletion. We are working to reduce our environmental impacts and promote greater environmental and social responsibility through our solidarity actions and employee awareness.
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Our goal
  • Minimise the impact of our activities on the environment,
  • Measuring, monitoring and reducing our impact on climate change, at group level, and determining our trajectory to 2030 and 2050 to contribute to the Paris agreements,
  • Increase our positive social and solidarity externalities.

Better control of our impact 
on the environment.

To minimise the impact of our activities, we are continually seeking to implement best practices and to favour solutions that have a small environmental footprint or that can reduce it. 
The Group is working to reduce the environmental impact of its headquarters, shops and warehouses by reducing and recycling its waste and by securing its material storage facilities against accidents and fire risks. Packaging is also a subject of attention, on which we have been working for several years (progressive reduction of plastic, new types of cushioning, adjustment of packaging).
The Group is committed to reducing its footprint on climate change. We are working to reduce our energy consumption (electricity, natural gas and fuel), to reduce the impact of our employees' mobility (teleworking, videoconferencing, electric recharging stations, etc.), and to optimise the transport of our supplies and deliveries to our customers. 

Promoting greater social and environmental responsibility.

Training, involving, enhancing: the company makes its employees aware of the issues that shape today's world and gives them an experience that is all the more powerful because it is shared, supportive and forward-looking.
For many years, ECF Group products that are not sold (end of series, return of out-of-stock products, etc.) have been given a second life through donations to our partner associations, such as Emmaüs, Secours Populaire, etc. Our brands are involved in various cultural, heritage or sports sponsorship initiatives, by collecting donations, making financial donations or taking part in charity races.

Our goal
  • Minimise the impact of our activities on the environment,
  • Measuring, monitoring and reducing our impact on climate change, at group level, and determining our trajectory to 2030 and 2050 to contribute to the Paris agreements,
  • Increase our positive social and solidarity externalities.
To propose eco-responsible offers for a sustainable partnership with its stakeholders
Supporting clients in their environmental transition is a desire shared by all ECF Group subsidiaries. We are therefore committed to developing solid and lasting relationships with all our stakeholders, whether with our suppliers, our service providers, our customers or the associations we support.
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Our goal
  • To offer more ecological and responsible solutions that are efficient and reliable, guaranteeing both respect for the environment and satisfaction for our customers.
  • Build balanced relationships with our stakeholders based on shared values to promote a sustainable growth model
  • Conduct a responsible purchasing policy with our suppliers

A more environmentally friendly product offering. 

ECF Group is committed to matching the needs of our customers with sustainable products with a reduced impact on the environment and the search for more ecological alternatives
ECF Group constantly sources and selects products with the most rigorous labels, such as FSC, PEFC, Ok Compost and European Ecolabel, but also products that have less impact on the environment and respect human health (e.g. hygiene and cleaning products). 

Sustainable relationships with our partners. 

We are committed to developing solid and lasting relationships with all our stakeholders, whether they be our suppliers, our service providers, our customers or the associations we support.
ECF Group is at the service of its clients and listens to them in order to improve its quality of service. Every 3 years, we successfully renew our ISO 9001 version 2015 certification. This is a strong act that commits us to a continuous improvement approach for the quality of products and services provided to all our customers.
ECF Group involves its suppliers in its Sustainable Development policy during their selection and for the past 15 years through a supplier charter whose pillars are respect for human rights, working conditions and the environment. 

Our goal
  • To offer more ecological and responsible solutions that are efficient and reliable, guaranteeing both respect for the environment and satisfaction for our customers.
  • Build balanced relationships with our stakeholders based on shared values to promote a sustainable growth model
  • Conduct a responsible purchasing policy with our suppliers
Developing inclusive, equitable and respectful social relations
Fair and respectful social relations.
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ECF Group is concerned with the professional and personal development of its employees by deploying social practices to ensure the quality of life at work, the development of skills, health and safety at work.

We are committed to the fight against discrimination and for diversity and we ensure equal opportunities from the moment of hiring. The ECF Group has been committed for several years to facilitating young people's access to their first job and developing their skills.
We have been carrying out surveys on the quality of life at work for several years, but we have decided in 2021 to make it an annual survey and to deploy it to all our brands in France and internationally, in order to measure our progress and the effectiveness of our action plans.

Our goal
  • Bringing together quality of life at work, diversity and performance
  • Develop our employer brand and the Group's human capital through training and awareness
  • Ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers in our shops