The energy transition and the circular economy are key priorities in Crédit Mutuel Arkéa’s CSR strategy. The aim is to reduce its direct environmental footprint, which means decreasing consumption of energy and natural resources as well as greenhouse gas emissions. The group also seeks to influence its indirect environmental impact by raising awareness and offering specific solutions to its customers and partners.
The group and its subsidiaries, in particular Financo et Armorique Habitat, were ahead of the curve for changing standards in their new constructions, with high energy quality (HQE) guidelines and energy plus buildings for low-income housing.
Waste management is a major environmental and economic concern. In 2014, the group reorganized and streamlined its waste processing chain to maximize waste recovery.
For computer equipment disposal, Leasecom works with its distribution partners to return returned leased devices to the market via its Technical Remarketing Center.
Environmental issues are taken into account in calls for tender involving environmental constraints:
environmental expectations are specified in advance concerning the products and materials used, as well as technical processes;
when assessing the bids, an environmental criterion is included to favor the suppliers and subcontractors that apply the best practices. This criterion might be based on products, techniques used (manufacturing process, waste management, supply and delivery pathways, etc.), or certifications.
A group carbon balance sheet was conducted in 2015 based on 2014 data. The group carbon balance sheet was conducted using the “carbon balance” method. These led to the definition of GHG emission reduction goals over the next three years.