Antalis enhances traceability of product offering with unique supplier platform
Antalis, the leading European distributor of paper, packaging solutions and visual communications products, continues to prove its commitment to setting the standard in social and environmental responsibility with its Myrmex supplier platform. The platform aims to strengthen traceability of the entire Antalis supply chain by gathering together exhaustive information on suppliers’ regulatory conformity and adherence with new FSC® and PEFC standards, as well as the new European Timber regulation. This enables Antalis to clearly evaluate the potential risks linked to certain supplier sources and take measures to mitigate them if necessary.
The Myrmex platform is accompanied by a Sustainable Woodpulp and Paper Sourcing policy which details Antalis’s efforts to ensure it uses timber from legal, sustainable and well-managed sources, and supports initiatives and forestry management schemes that promote this. The platform and policy are an integral part of the Antalis Green Connection Initiative under which the Group aims to collaborate closely with its suppliers, customers and other stakeholders in the paper industry to develop products and solutions that promote environmental excellence.
Myrmex: harmonised supply chain data in a single framework
By collecting and centralising comprehensive information on supply chain traceability, Antalis is not only in a position to provide its customers with robust CSR credentials; it also facilitates strong, transparent relationships with suppliers. They in turn benefit from the platform by having the opportunity to gather together information that is often scattered across their organisation. Antalis is the only paper merchant to have implemented such a complete socio-environmental data collection and tracking platform.
In addition to general business and contact information, suppliers are asked to complete a questionnaire providing exhaustive information on:
- Global CSR information: CSR reports, collective agreements, implementation of environmental standards, business ethics measures, work security, equal opportunities…;
- Product regulatory conformity: compliance with the EU Timber Regulations (tree species used in paper manufacturing and country of origin) , EU REACH directive, FSC® and PEFC standards, food contact regulation, waste directives…as well as environmental product characteristics such as the percentage of recycled fibres used. Certifications attesting to compliance must be provided;
- Production site data: ISO certifications, permit expiration date, on-site accident rates…again, all referenced certifications must be provided.
The information gathered is then verified for coherence and a risk analysis committee evaluates the potential risks linked to each supplier per product. If a major risk has been identified, a number of courses of action are possible: Antalis can ask for additional information, request that the supplier change the species/countries it sources materials from or decide to no longer work with the supplier.
“We have an obligation to ensure that our commercial development takes into account key economic, social and environmental concerns,” states Olivier Guichardon, CSR director of Antalis’s parent company, Sequana. “The Myrmex platform enables us to provide our customers with robust guarantees regarding the environmental performance of our offering. This performance is reflected in our new product environmental classification system, the Green Star
 System, which ranks each product accordingly to its level of eco-responsibility and allows users to make informed choices.”
 The Antalis Green Star classification system integrates essential information on the origin of the fibre and the process of fabrication and attributes each paper product with a number of stars, ranging from 0 to 5 ‘green’ stars, according to its environmental performance: http://www.antalis.com/cms/en/sites/antalis.com/home/environment/the-antalis-green-star-system.html
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ISO 50001:2011 – Energy Management System
ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. This makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management.
ISO 50001:2011 provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:
- Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
- Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy
- Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
- Measure the results
- Review how well the policy works, and
- Continually improve energy management.
Sequana Group code
Ethics and good business practices are an integral part of Sequana’s core values. The Group’s code reinforces the principles and actions that ensure compliance with best practices on issues of corruption or illegal practice. With this in mind, it ensures that the relationship between group entities and government agencies, suppliers, subcontractors, customers and competitors are administered in a fair and responsible.
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