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Asia Pacific – Building relationships of trust with the communities around sites: coordinating a Regional Minerals Day

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Sustainable development

Asia Pacific – Building relationships of trust with the communities around sites: coordinating a Regional Minerals Day

Late March 2010, the Pigments for Paper & Packaging Asia-Pacific division coordinated the organization of a Regional Open Day. Eight countries were involved through 15 plants plus the Singapore and Shanghai offices. The goal was to help local authorities and populations’ understand our businesses.

The organization was relatively simple with an operation manager chosen by country and four conference calls to coordinate matters. “Guided tours were organized about everywhere. Plants were encouraged to talk about conversion techniques, but also about quarry remediation and biodiversity preservation.

The Japanese and Taiwanese teams, taking advantage of the open days to welcome their customers and suppliers, held technical and scientific conferences. The Indian and Vietnamese units turned the spotlight on the environment with tree-planting ceremonies. In China, Malaysia and Singapore, school and university students were made aware of local Imerys plant’s role in papermaking.

Most sites were opening their doors to the public for the first time and substantial measures were taken to guarantee everyone’s safety.

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Strategy

Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Actions are guided by a three-year plan that sets goals for each of our areas of activity. The three-year plan also provides for gradual, continuous performance improvement.

Environmental focus

We work to reduce our environmental impact and use natural resources efficiently. We control our activities’ impact on the environment and set up management systems that allow us to improve our performance continuously.

Social Focus

Health and Safety, Human Resources, Ethic, and dialogue with our neighboring communities are among our main corporate social responsibility priorities.