Introduction

The schedule for the group's new 2020 CSR Plan reflects that of the COP21, underlining the importance attached by Rémy Cointreau to the potential impact of global warming on its terroirs around the world. However, this is not the only ambition:

  • GHG (greenhouse gases) emission control will be underpinned by the measurement of CO2 emissions in accordance with scopes 1, 2 and 3 in an effort to accurately reflect the impact of our activities. Collaboration with our wine-growing partners will be one of the top priorities, bolstered by respect for biodiversity and eco-designed packaging.
  • The roll-out of our SEDEX partnership will structure our relationship with all of our suppliers (including shippers) in compliance with the social objectives we should be adopting.
  • Finally, the group will continue to implement a consolidated vigilance framework through higher governance (CSR Committee), while ensuring that employees remain motivated (CSR objectives / incentive scheme).

2020 Environment Plan

  • 2016
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  • 2019

GG emissions

Annual Carbon Footprint Assessment

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Mindful of the impact of its activities, Rémy Cointreau measures reductions in its carbon emissions annually. The annual Carbon Footprint Assessment has been extended to production sites for Mount Gay in Barbados and Bruichladdich in Scotland. Though it is not required to do so, the group performs a Carbon Footprint Assessment every year (Scopes 1 and 2), and a full Carbon Footprint Assessment every three years. The latter includes raw materials and their transport, as well as product shipments, and will be performed again in 2016/17.

  • In progress: Annual Carbon Footprint Assessment: Scopes 1, 2 and 3 in France
  • Goal: 2017/18: Scopes 1, 2 and 3 for all production sites

GG emissions

Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan

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The international situation in recent years has only confirmed and strengthened Rémy Cointreau’s convictions, with the group already very committed in terms of environmental, corporate and social responsibility.

The group took a firm environmental stance many years ago, as it shares the concerns expressed during the 2015 COP21 conference in Paris, where countries from around the world gathered to discuss these issues. The target is restricting global warming to an increase of 2° C (or even 1.5° C) by 2100.

The 2020 CSR Plan prioritizes a reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG), and sets the following key challenge: measuring, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at every level of the business, with due consideration given to the eco-design of products and their transport.

  • In progress: Roll-out on French sites (Cognac and Angers)
  • Goal: 2018/19: All production sites

GG emissions

Energy efficiency

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The group is continuing its efforts to reduce its energy consumption. Requests for energy certificates are issued for all new equipment, such as lighting fixtures and heat pumps.

The Cognac and Angers sites have undergone energy audits, and progress plans have been approved. The group has chosen to view the regulatory constraints as an opportunity to make ambitious plans, following in the footsteps of the 2020 CSR plan.

Examples of measures implemented on the Cognac site include: reducing heating, set-point temperatures, and raising employee awareness in this area, insulating premises, optimizing air compressor operations, replacing old lighting with LED lighting and replacing steam boilers. The target is to save 600 MWh (almost 70 Teq CO2).

Examples of planned initiatives for the Angers site include: optimizing air compressor operations, adjusting boiler rooms, automating lighting systems and setting up a centralized, energy-monitoring computer system. The target is to save 1,800 MWh (almost 400 Teq CO2).

  • In progress: Roll-out of action plans following energy audits (Cognac and Angers sites)
  • Goal: 2018/19: All production sites

GG emissions

Eco-design of packaging

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A number of measures have been implemented in an effort to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). In the development of new packaging and new products, Rémy Cointreau strives to assess their environmental impact in the early stages through an eco-design process. As such, since 2010, every new package has been assessed using a tool that factors in the weight of the package, the CSU (consumer sales unit) and the volume of product it contains. Our goal is to continue this approach by increasing the amount of recycled materials we use and optimizing the weight of our packaging. 

  • In progress: Creation of a bottle library (all production sites) / Measurement of total recycled content used in packaging (Glass / Cardboard) for sites in France (Cognac and Angers)
  • Goal: 2019/20: Packaging weight optimization / increased share of recycled materials used in packaging manufacture

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Shipping of products

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The group took a firm environmental stance many years ago as it shares the concerns expressed during the 2015 COP21 conference in Paris, where countries from around the world gathered to discuss these issues. The target is restricting global warming to an increase of 2° C (or even 1.5° C) by 2100.

The 2020 CSR Plan prioritizes a reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG), and sets the following key challenge: measuring, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at every level of the business, with due consideration given to the eco-design of products and their transport. On this note, our goal is to implement a monitoring system for GHG emissions associated with the shipping of our products, and to reduce these emissions by optimizing shipping methods.

  • In progress: Carbon emission measurements / Roll-out of CO2 directives (Shipper specifications)
  • Goal: 2019/2020: A reduction in carbon emissions

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Business trips

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A number of measures have been implemented in an effort to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). We are rolling out an action plan to reduce CO2 emissions from the company vehicle fleet. 

Stage one was completed in 2015/2016, with six vehicles replaced and four purchased (including three rechargeable hybrid vehicles). Average emissions for new vehicles is 124 g CO2 per km, compared with 156 in the past. This represents a 20% drop in emissions. Currently, average emissions for the whole fleet are 139 g CO2 per km.

The 2020 CSR plan target is for rechargeable hybrid or electric cars to make up 80% of our fleet.

  • In progress: Four-year action plan / first vehicle replacements
  • Goal: 2019/20: Entire fleet of electric / hybrid vehicles, subject to market availability

Water consumption

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The international situation in recent years has only confirmed and strengthened Rémy Cointreau’s convictions, with the group already very committed in terms of environmental, corporate and social responsibility.

Therefore the 2020 CSR Plan puts its emphasis on our natural resource responsibility in terms of consumption and conservation for both water and the raw materials used in production.

Our water consumption goal is to develop similar measures to those used for our energy consumption (site audits and action plans)

  • In progress: Water consumption mapping
  • Goal: 2019/20: Action plan for a reduction in water consumption following audits

Circular economy: sorting and recycling waste

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Rémy Cointreau continues its efforts to reduce the amount of solid waste on its sites with a policy to educate staff about waste sorting and recycling.

Solid waste from the group’s production sites generally supplies energy and material recycling channels. It is mainly comprised of packaging waste (glass and cardboard).

Since September 2012, OIW (Ordinary Industrial Waste) from the Angers site has been recycled by a combined energy unit (urban heating). Our goal is to sustain our sorting and recycling initiatives as we look to eventually recycle all of our waste.

  • In progress: Study of the total recycling of waste (Cognac site)
  • Goal: 2019/20: More than 90% of all waste sorted and recycled

Certification

Environmental certification

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Rémy Cointreau continues to base its strategy on international ISO standards, which guarantee certain levels of quality, food safety and respect for consumers and their health.

Mount Gay is ISO 9001 Quality certified, while Cointreau and Rémy Martin are both Quality, Environment and Food Safety-certified (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 22000). Cointreau is also OHSAS 18001 Safety-certified. The Cognac and Angers sites are closely involved in this process, and their QSE follow-up audits within the ISO framework are evidence of their improvement drive. They are also preparing for changes to ISO 9001, 14001 and 22000, by conducting mock audits, with a view to renewing their certification for the new 2016/2017 standards.  The renewal of the “High Environmental Value” Farming Level-3 certification for Domaines Rémy Martin also demonstrates the group’s environmental commitment.

Our aim is that the Barbados and Islay production sites receive ISO 14001 certification by 2019/20.

  • In progress: Monitoring / Renewal of ISO 14001 and AHVE 143 certification for sites in France (Cognac and Angers)
  • Goal: 2019/20: Environmental certification for all production sites

2020 Social Plan

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  • 2019

Fair practices

CSR Commitments

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The international situation in recent years has only confirmed and strengthened Rémy Cointreau’s convictions, with the group already very committed in terms of environmental, corporate and social responsibility.

Rémy Cointreau’s continual quest for excellence is reflected in its desire for maximum transparency—an ethical commitment expressed through its compliance with a number of ethical charters. On employee-related issues, the group has always fully subscribed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Human Rights and Labor law.

It is our aim to strengthen our commitment to the SDGs by basing our CSR policy on the 2015 version of said goals.

  • In progress: Internal preliminary study (link between the current CSR policy and the SDGs)
  • Goal: 2017/18: Integration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Biodiversity

Roll-out of "Give Back to the Community" initiatives

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A major contributor to local economies, Rémy Cointreau works alongside charities, schools, universities and economic development bodies, offering its expertise in various key areas and promoting the benefits of a CSR policy. Its commitment is also reflected in its support for regional associations working to promote sustainable development.

Under the 2020 CSR Plan, a Rémy Cointreau Foundation will be created in order to support public interest initiatives in France and abroad. More precise areas of action will be defined in 2016/2017.

  • In progress: Creation of the Rémy Cointreau Foundation
  • Goal: 2019/20: Roll-out of "Give Back to the Community" initiatives

Social footprint

Corporate footprint measurement

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The group is mindful of the increasingly demanding expectations of both civil society and public authorities, as regards the social and territorial impact of the group and its economic activity. The company meets its obligations in this area by helping to develop local areas, in keeping with its own values.

We are also rolling out a number of tools to measure the corporate and social footprint of group production sites in an effort to provide a solution to these expectations.

  • In progress: The corporate footprint of the Islay site (Scotland)
  • Goal: 2019/20: Corporate footprint measurement for production sites

Responsible purchasing

SEDEX membership for all strategic suppliers

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Keen to do more to involve its stakeholders, Rémy Cointreau has called on its suppliers to share its responsibility goals. A practical example in the 2020 CSR Plan is the responsible purchasing policy which is both simpler and more effective, using shared tools to the benefit of all parties.

This year, Rémy Cointreau joined the international SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) organization, which works to promote responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. It is a collaborative platform for the exchange of ethical data. This innovative and effective solution enables responsible supply chain management while minimizing risk.

Rémy Cointreau now specifically requests that its suppliers join SEDEX. At present, 54% of identified strategic suppliers are members of SEDEX and the aim is to increase this level to 70% by 2016/2017.

  • In progress: Strategic supplier mapping / 70% of these suppliers are members of SEDEX
  • Goal: 2017/18: SEDEX membership for all strategic suppliers

Responsible communication

Approval of communications campaigns

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Promoting responsible consumption is a key aspect of CSR for Rémy Cointreau. The premium positioning of group products requires that we make a firm and responsible commitment to protecting demanding consumers for both ethical and performance reasons.

This responsibility comprises two key areas: promoting responsible consumption and advertising. Responsible advertising is overseen the by the eight members of the Responsible Communication Committee (CCR), representing Public Affairs and CSR, Legal, Marketing, Communications and Sales departments.

In 2015/16, the CCR approved a total of 34 advertising campaigns which have been broadcast.

An audit tool used every year provides proof that all new creative advertising work and initiatives are sent to the CCR for approval.

  • In progress: Responsible Communication Committee (CCR): approval of all new 2016/17 campaigns
  • Goal: Approval of communications campaigns (annual)

Responsible communication

Gestion responsable des évènements promotionnels externes / roll-out of international initiatives

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Promoting responsible consumption is a key aspect of CSR for Rémy Cointreau. The premium positioning of group products requires that we make a firm and responsible commitment to protecting demanding consumers for both ethical and performance reasons.

This responsibility comprises two key areas: promoting responsible consumption and advertising.

A raft of initiatives reflect Rémy Cointreau’s commitment to promoting the responsible consumption of its products: the development of a responsible consumption page on the Rémy Cointreau Intranet; the production of a responsible consumption video with Rémy Cointreau employees and well-known personalities who support the group brands; and the distribution of responsible consumption materials to sales teams (the Responsible Communication Charter, a responsible consumption guide, a booklet on “How to plan for the responsible consumption of Rémy Cointreau products when hosting and receiving guests” and a “responsible consumption menu”).

The goal of the 2020 CSR Plan remains the international development of Rémy Cointreau’s commitment and its drive to ensure responsible consumption worldwide.

  • In progress: information on the Rémy Cointreau website (in the CSR theme)
  • Goal: 2019/20: Roll-out of international initiatives

2020 Governance Plan

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  • 2018
  • 2019

Pay

Performance-related component of manager remuneration linked to CSR goals

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The goal of the 2020 CSR Plan is to transform CSR into a truly unifying project involving all Brand, Region and Support teams. The project should generate a mindset in keeping with the group and brand values, in order to strengthen both internal and external cohesion.

This new plan will allow the group to set clear goals (currently under discussion for 2016/2017) to be shared across the company.

The objectives will be incorporated into the 2017/2018 executive management remuneration packages.

  • In progress: Selection of progress assessment criteria for the CSR strategy
  • Goal: 2017/18: Performance-related component of manager remuneration linked to CSR goals

Charter

Annual progress statement (Global Compact)

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Since it joined the Global Compact in 2003, acting responsibly comes as second nature for a group with strong ties to its terroirs and an international presence.

Rémy Cointreau submits an annual statement to the Global Compact on progress made regarding the measures implemented as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.

In June 2015, Rémy Cointreau also renewed its GC Advanced Qualification for its annual CSR reporting. This is the highest level of differentiation for the Global Compact Charter and underlines the Group’s CSR commitment. 

  • In progress: Annual peer approval (Global Compact France jury)
  • Goal: Maintaining the GC Advanced assessment

Certification

ISO 26000 assessment

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Aligned with the ISO 26000 standard, Rémy Cointreau’s CSR policy aims to comply with best practices in human rights, labor standards, the environment and the fight against corruption. The group keeps a very close eye on developments in the standard (responsible purchasing, breakdown by business segment, etc.).

The goal for Rémy Cointreau is to obtain ISO 26000 certification for the whole Group by the end of the plan.

  • In progress: Preliminary study (ISO 26000 criteria)
  • Goal: 2019/20: ISO 26000 certification for the whole Group

2020 Reporting Plan

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  • 2019

CSR Annual Report

Integrated CSR report

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Convinced that the regulatory requirements should be viewed as an opportunity, Rémy Cointreau extended the scope of CSR reporting to all production sites and distribution subsidiaries in accordance with the requirements of Article 225 of France’s Grenelle II law of July 12th, 2010. This reporting is verified by an independent third party which acknowledges the inclusion of the corporate, environmental and social information required under French regulations.

Rémy Cointreau now processes all CSR data using ad hoc reporting software that allows for faster and more analytical data processing, and also improves awareness at the sites. This emphasizes the importance of CSR reporting for all of its sites in France and abroad. The indicators are linked to GRI benchmarks (Global Reporting Initiative – version G4).

As part of the 2020 CSR Plan, deliberations are underway on changes to CSR reporting in order to produce an integrated CSR report.

  • In progress: Preliminary study (changes in the structure of the current report)
  • Goal: 2017/18: Integrated CSR report