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For more information about our actions in this field, please e-mail us: developpement. durable@virbac.com
 

Resource management

In each of the Virbac group's industrial sites, resources and impacts are monitored and managed according to key indicators. They relate to energy consumption and natural resources (water, electricity, gas, fuels), emissions into water, air and the quantity of waste generated.

The scope of the principal environmental indicators covers all the major production sites, representing nearly 60% of the Group's revenue in 2017: South Africa, Australia, Brazil, the United States, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Uruguay and Vietnam (excluding Chile, which is a joint-venture). For reasons of reporting maturity, certain indicators are collected within a more limited scope and the Group is continuously working to expand this. All the exclusions or possible focus countries are specified. Note that 2017 packaging and waste data for the St. Louis site in the United States were not reported.

The Grenelle II provision on ground use has not been covered, having been deemed non-applicable to the Virbac group's activities and establishments. Finally, following the publication of the French decree of May 3, 2012 concerning the compulsory provision of financial guarantees for securing certain facilities classified for environmental protection, Virbac established, in 2016, a financial guarantee in France of €124,164.

Circular economy

Taking into account its activity, the Virbac group is not concerned with actions to combat food waste. The establishment of the waste collection and sorting channels described in the report on page 54 also aims to establish circular economies. It should be noted that the reuse of waste is not applicable to pharmaceuticals.

Environmental protection: training and provision of information for employees

To sensitize its teams to key environmental issues, Virbac has carried out several activities within France since 2012. In concrete terms, these were the implementation of a training process for jobs subject to Environment and Security regulations, as well as the provision of welcome sheets to new employees explaining the environment and health regulations to be adhered to. Since 2013, an HSE component has been included in the welcome program for new employees. In 2015, with the creation of the HSE Corporate board and its connection to the chairman, an audit program was built. Also since 2015, the subsidiaries in Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam United States, Uruguay, New Zealand and Chile have been audited at least once a month: an action plan for each of these subsidiaries was established, including regular monitoring by the HSE Corporate board and local stakeholders.

MATERIALS

Minimize wastage at every stage of the industrial process

Since the introduction of the continuous improvement strategy, Virbac has stepped up the fine-tuning of its use of active ingredients, excipients and packaging. This improvement has been implemented through partnerships with dedicated suppliers and in compliance with the various regulations: from resupply of the bare minimum (reduction of stocks and internal transfers) to the shipping of finished products (in line with customer requirements) and optimized flow organization (manufacturing smoothed and tailored to demand). Finally, while taking into account regulatory obligations for the pharmaceutical industry, Virbac's innovation policy favors manufacturing products that require less wrapping and packaging.

ENERGY

For several years, Virbac has been working to reduce its energy and natural resource consumption by replacing equipment (better efficiency), adding thermal insulation, optimizing air conditioning and by introducing consumption indicators as close as possible to end-users (better control of energy expenditure). Compared to an identical volume of activity, the overall reduction in electricity consumption at Virbac sites in France (which accounts for more than 50% of the Group's production) reached almost 36% over the past nine years.

 

WATER

For many years, Virbac has striven to lower the water consumption for an equivalent level of activity by setting up recycling and production facilities for various water qualities in accordance with the BAT. Thus, reduction of water consumption at French sites (representing more than 50% of the Group's production) reached almost 21% over the past nine years.

BIODIVERSITY

Virbac's various industrial sites in Carros are located within the boundary of the Plaine du Var plain, an Operation of National Interest (OIN) zone. The national EPA (Établissement public d'aménagement [Public development agency]), is responsible for planning the sustainable development of the Plaine du Var (see www.ecovallee-plaineduvar.com). Likewise, the 4 hectares of the Penrith site in Australia are adjacent to a major waterway.

All the environmental indicators in the 2017 sustainable development report  (page 31)

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