Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE), created in 1992, gathers around 40 French and international large companies from all sectors of the economy, who work together to better integrate environment into both their strategies and their day-to-day management.
All members share the vision of environment as a source of opportunities and progress, with a broad understanding of ‘environment’ covering: raw materials, energy & climate change, water, biodiversity, pollution, waste, health issues, etc. EpE strongly believes that, just as actors cannot develop sustainably within a degraded environment, caring for the environment is a source of long-term value for businesses.
EpE provides its members a forum for best-practice-sharing and debates within the business world itself, as well as with various stakeholders such as NGOs, policy-makers or academics.
EpE is committed to improve its members’ practices and stimulate innovation and commitment to environment, improve the business world’s credibility on environment by publicising its pioneering achievements, and to plan ahead and analyse sustainability issues as an internationally recognised think-tank and platform for expertise.
- 46 companies.
Shared Members with WBCSD
- (12) ArcelorMittal, EDF, GDF-Suez, Kering, Lafarge, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Solvay, SNCF, Suez Environnement, Total, Veolia.
Building the Business Case
- Exchange opinions and experience throughout thematic working groups, drawn from its member companies, leading to publications.
- Organising quarterly breakfasts with CEOs to ensure environmental issues are an important topic on their agenda.
- Publishing the EpE Newsletter. This quarterly publication has a distribution of 7,400.
- Action2020-related Activities
- Organizing the “Business and Climate Summit” in partnership with WBCSD, Global Compact France and Global Compact UN in Paris on 20-21 May. The Summit aims to highlight business solutions and achievements for fair low-carbon growth, and to deliver recommendations to deploy these solutions at the required scale and pace.
- Published a guide on EpE member companies’ strategies for climate: titled ”Mobility, a guide on decarbonized mobility for companies and individuals”.
- Published “Corporate Actions for Climate”, a catalogue of 100 climate change related actions implemented by EpE member companies. The publication, which has met with wide approval from inside and outside the business world, provides a dynamic picture of what companies actually do in the climate change arena, what is profitable, what steps could be taken further and under what conditions.
- Organised an event in April 2014 in Paris on adapting to climate change, related to a publication on the same topic.
- Working on Companies’ strategies for climate. A publication is planned for the end of March 2015.
- Working with the WBCSD Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project. Fifteen EpE members have signed the EEB manifesto, and a report was published on implementation early 2014.
- Working on measuring water impact.
- Using the members’ practices as a starting point, this working group committee develops methods for calculating the water footprint of a business. Members swap notes on their water footprint measurement practices, in relation with their use of water: reducing consumption, water stress management plan, etc. Issues relating to water quality are also tackled, in terms of the companies’ procedures to improve testing and processing of their wastewater before it is disposed of in the environment.
- The work of the committee resulted in the launch of a publication in spring 2015 which has been presented at the World Water Forum in South Korea. The publication is directed towards companies wishing to improve their water footprint measurement that are in need of effective tools and experience feedback.
- Working on measuring indirect impacts on biodiversity.
- Publishing a manual on biodiversity indicators for companies, entitled Measuring and Managing
- Publishing a French translation of the WBCSD Business Ecosystems Training (BET) tool, as well as of the Corporation Ecosystems Valuation and Ecosystems Services Review.
- Participating to the European Platform “Business and Biodiversity”.
Exposure to Harmful Substances
EpE has an active working group committee on the topic of public acceptance of technologies and industrial projects since 2013. Its general objectives include the following:
- Clarify health-related aspects of sustainable development.
- Raise awareness and motivate businesses regarding their responsibilities around public and employee’s health and help them organise watch and prevention.
- Contribute to the dialogue with public authorities, suppliers, communities close to facilities and product end-users.
The committee provided input for the Environment and Industry symposium of 15 October 2013, and a brochure will be published on this business/society dialogue in 2016.
- Collaborating with the WBCSD Redefining Value team on sustainability reporting.
- Collaboration with Global Network Partners
- Netherlands in the publication of the book entitled New Economy Business.
Global Network Collaboration