29 November 2019
In its existing plants and in the forthcoming next-generation production site, the Electronics activity of LACROIX attaches particular importance to its environmental and social impact and reaffirms its commitment to sustainable development and staff fulfillment.
As a clean-industry stakeholder, the Electronics activity of LACROIX is one of the leading performers in environmental terms. The ISO 14001-certified company is improving its existing set-up and plans to take things a step further in its new Maine-et-Loire plant, the SYMBIOSE project.
Sustainable development, integrated into specifications, is reflected in the production chains and beyond, through such initiatives as orienting the building to reduce energy consumption and promote natural light, recovering heat from furnaces, rethinking how offices and workshops are air-conditioned, collecting and reusing rainwater, installing photovoltaic shelters in the car park, and planting a green roof.
We have been driven to do this by our environmental awareness, rather than by legislation or commercial strategy. The SYMBIOSE project is a good example of our efforts to minimise our environmental impact, in an intelligent and pragmatic way.
Managing waste, the volume of which represented around 1000 tonnes in 2018, is a major challenge for the Electronics activity of LACROIX: 82.7% of it is currently “recovered”, whether by re-entry to the production circuit, reprocessing or energy recovery.
“To further improve this figure, the next step for us is to join networks. Our industrial waste can be used as inputs for other companies in the sector or other industries based in our locality. The same goes for water vapour, for example, which can be used in a circuit to everyone’s benefit” says Sébastien Boure.
The dense local economic fabric around the French headquarters as well as other sites, including Kwidzyn in Poland, Willich in Germany and Zriba in Tunisia, should facilitate initiatives of this type.
Taking a proactive approach, the Electronics activity of LACROIX has underlined its ambitions in its budget, devoting nearly €10 million to corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues since 2018.
This is one approach, among others, which is useful in terms of recruitment: faced with a tight job market, the electronics subcontractor has come up with lots of ideas to attract and retain the best profiles. The company has introduced a number of programmes for employees, and ways to enhance their quality of life in the workplace, such as flexible working hours, staff outings and leisure activities, discounts from local businesses, etc., with the emphasis very much on the local.
“We need to be active in our local area and help raise awareness,, whether through open-house days or by promoting careers in electronics at local schools” concludes Sébastien Boure.