Sustainable development

“Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Brundtland Report, 1987.

In the same way as Eurovia and VINCI, we consider that our performance is not simply a matter of economic and financial result. It also encompasses such values as environmental protection and contribution to social development. Our sustainable development approach revolves around social, environmental, and economic concerns. Our long-term goal is to sustain equilibrium among these 3 imperatives.

Commitment to civic and social issues

Our commitment to civic and social concerns involves everyone at Signature, personally and collectively, and mainly takes the form of action in the following areas:

Safety: in efforts to improve working conditions for staff and ensure safety in the workplace, we have implemented the following measures:
- A “near-accident” management approach. This is a matter of dealing with hazardous situations before they result in accidents.
- Signature Group’s participation in the safety challenge as part of Eurovia’s policy, thereby rallying all employees around a common objective: to reduce the incidence of workplace accidents. Teams winning the challenge receive Louis d’or coins. In 2011, more than 500 Louis d’or coins were handed out to staff at Signature Group.

Integration: every year, we welcome more and more young people in our ranks from major schools, universities or other professional courses. We train them in our business lines and support them in their projects. In 2011, more than 50 young people aged under 28 were hired under permanent employment contracts.

Training: at Signature Group, employees enjoy opportunities to develop their skills. The implementation of the “Certificat de Qualification Professionnelle” (professional qualification certificate) in 2010 has allowed 28 Signature employees to earn the title of “Applicator CQP” or “chief applicator.” CQP is a tool for developing our business lines and promote the people working in those businesses. In 2011, 4% of our payroll was dedicated to training, thereby enabling 55% of Signature Group staff to follow at least one training program during the year.

Equal opportunity
- Cultural diversity
- Professional diversity
- Gender equality
- Employees with disabilities
- Integration of over 50 citizens

Signature Group strives to ensure equal opportunity for all with respect to recruitment, access to training, promotion.
For example, Signature’s centre in Troyes works closely with Établissement public d’insertion de la défense (EPIDE), an agency that provides a second chance to young people with a difficult history.
Signature Group is committed to fostering diversity amongst all levels of its personnel.

Commitment to the environment

We are actively committed to environmental protection.

Eco-design: we take the environment into account right from the design phase. We take into consideration a product’s life cycle in order to limit its impact on the environment. Accordingly, 26 SAR product line references have received “NF Environnement” certification, which guarantees that formulations are free of hazardous substances and harmless for humans.

Several hot-applied coatings are manufactured using plant-based resins.
The Altern panel is the only one of its kind on the market that absorbs CO2 during its life cycle.
Sodilor provides a line of eco-friendly urban furniture made from recycled plastic. These products are not harmful for the environment and can be recycled. Plastic is resistant to oil, alkaline, acid, and seawater, and does not produce water pollution.

Eco-responsibility: we raise awareness amongst our employees regarding environmental protection, including efforts to sort and reduce waste. Every year, part of our investment is devoted to reducing our activities’ impact on the environment.
- An ISO 14001-based environmental management system has been implemented at production units.
- In 2011, out of our 6 industrial sites, 4 are ISO 14001 certified and 5 are ISO 18001 certified.
- From 2005 to 2008, this voluntary approach helped reduce the volume of industrial and non-hazardous waste by 23% at the Urrugne production facility.
- About 60% of material purchased at the SAR production plant is delivered in bulk in an effort to reduce the use of packaging.

Economic commitment 

Sustainable development is at the heart of our economic activity – it generates savings and ensures the fair sharing of wealth created by our operations.

In 2004 and 2005, water consumption at the Urrugne site declined by 48% thanks to the implementation of water recovery and treatment system. That represents annual savings of 80 cubic metres of water. In 2011, Signature put in place a centralized management technique, which reduced gas and electrical consumption by 10%.