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Planet: preserve the environment

Edenred's environmental action focuses on reducing its carbon footprint, its consumption of waste and resources, designing eco-friendly services, and managing the impact of its solutions.

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Reduce the carbon footprint and the consumption of energy, natural resources and waste

Edenred aims to improve its energy efficiency thanks to its environmental management system based on the principles of the ISO 14001 standard.

By turning to electronic media such as cards, smartphones and online platforms, Edenred is able to reduce the impact of its activities on paper resources.

At the end of 2017, 78% of the Group's solutions were published in digital form, compared to 70% at the end of 2016.

Edenred has implemented several actions to reduce its carbon footprint in France:

  • the creation of a recycling system for computer equipment, 
  • raising employees' awareness about the environmental impact of printing,
  • setting up a carpooling platform, 
  • partnership with Reforest’Action to offset greenhouse gas emissions by planting trees.

 

Design eco-services for mobility and food waste Design eco-services for mobility and food waste

The Ticket EcoCheque vouchers, created in 2009 in Belgium, promote products and services that respect the environment. They encourage more responsible purchasing in various fields, including food, decoration, furniture, and transport.

In Belgium, Edenred has launched its "ecotruck" - a veritable Ali Baba's cave containing all the products purchased using "Ticket EcoCheque" vouchers. The truck travels all over the country to meet users in companies and shopping centers.

Edenred has also developed programs in Latin America such as the Carbon Credit program in Brazil which generates carbon credits by replacing petrol with ethanol, and the Ticket Car Carbon Control in Mexico which gives detailed information about CO² emissions.

In its fight against food waste, Edenred Italy supports Cena dell’Amicizia and encourages merchants to use doggy bags. Similarly, in partnership with Pausa meditarrena by Food, this subsidiary organized a cooking contest to prepare recipes and dishes from leftovers.

Edenred Chile has developed Ecomida - a mobile application to fight against food waste in which Edenred affiliates can offer unsold food in real time, with a discount for meal voucher holders.

The Commuter Benefits solution of Edenred US allows American employees, since 2017, to use different means of transportation (bus, subway, bicycle) instead of their own car. 

Finally, Cycle to Work is a solution devised by the UK subsidiary that allows employers to reduce their payroll costs by subsidizing the purchase of bikes for their employees. The model strongly encourages employers to promote this healthy, alternative mode of transportation.

 

Manage the impact of solutions during their lifetime Manage the impact of solutions during their lifetime

With the help of the consultancy firm HAATCH, Edenred carried out a comparative study of the environmental impact of its "Ticket Restaurant" vouchers (paper and card) in France. This survey assesses the impacts on three indicators: climate change, resource depletion and water consumption.
All the results of the study

In this case, paper vouchers are printed using pre-printed stock from external providers. In 2017, 23 subsidiaries (representing 75% of employees and 86% of business volume in subsidiaries producing paper vouchers) used FSC or recycled paper to produce their vouchers.

In addition, the Group was the first to set up a system for collecting and recycling cards within its French subsidiary. When the "Ticket Restaurant" card expires, the beneficiary receives a new one along with the conditions for returning of his/her old card so that it can be recycled. The old cards are pulped by the Edenred partner company, Bigarren Bizi, using a completely mechanical, environment-friendly process. The materials obtained (98% plastic, 2% metals) are then used to manufacture new products.
 

Long-term Group’s commitments
  2017 2022 2030
GAS EMISSIONS - % reduction intensity vs 2013 (GHG*/m²) 18% 26% (SBTi**) 52% (SBTi**)
SERVICES - Number of environmental-friendly services 9 20 1/country
SOLUTIONS - % of eco-designed / recycled solutions 27% 35% 70%

 

* GHG = Greenhouse Gas. Total emission 2017 = 5,092 T.  
** SBTi =  Science Based Targets initiative.

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