In 2014, we reorganised our purchasing department to more actively manage its results as well as our relations with suppliers, aligning both more closely with our sustainable development targets. We believe that it is vital to involve suppliers and maintain healthy relations with these firms as we pursue our objectives. In our responsible purchasing policy, published in 2016, we set forth the goal of assessing all our accredited suppliers in terms of their environmental, staff-related and social policies by 2020. The responsible purchasing policy helps improve the social and environmental performance of our activities as well as reinforcing our competitiveness.
To reduce the environmental impact of our purchasing, we give precedence to those products that are manufactured in socially responsible conditions and which are most respectful of the environment. The latter point also applies to the services that we source in. Our purchasing managers are also committed to promoting socially-inclusive procurement by furthering employment opportunities within companies in the sheltered sector.
Research has shown that indoor air often contains more pollutants than outdoor air. Aware of this public health issue, Bouygues Immobilier is working to improve the air quality in its buildings through several initiatives:
- Limiting emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air by reducing pollutants at their source. Items in Bouygues Immobilier’s nationwide catalogues are guaranteed as having very low emissions
- Optimising ventilation and filtration systems
- Supporting and raising awareness among operatives (during the building phase) and occupants
- Measuring indoor air quality
Taking our commitment further, we participate in Inspir, a comprehensive scheme promoting improved air quality at every phase of a property’s development. Inspir combines the complementary expertise of eight partners so that a full set of decisive indoor-air parameters can be trialled on site.
Conference of Observatoire de la Ville at Lille
The Bouygues Immobilier Corporate Foundation has centrally managed all patronage initiatives since 2009. Its goals centre around three pillars: raising public awareness of architecture and urban planning, encouraging thinking among experts about the city of the future and promoting community action – especially by strengthening the social fabric of local communities. With respect to this last point, the Corporate Foundation has teamed up with Unis-Cité to assist in its Médiaterre project [mettre lien sur la page Fondation] in nine towns and cities. It has also signed a partnership agreement with Ticket for Change, another charity, to produce joint initiatives helping foster community action in French towns and cities.
Bouygues Immobilier is interested in how urban environments will develop in the future and therefore actively participates in the associated public debate. The Bouygues Immobilier Corporate Foundation operates Observatoire de la Ville, a think-tank investigating ways to make towns and cities more sustainable. Observatoire de la Ville brings together a variety of stakeholders, from companies and local authorities to politicians, academics and students, to deliberate on an important topic of the moment. Every two years, a public exhibition is held to present a summary of the findings.
In 2012, Bouygues Immobilier set up demainlaville.com, a forward-looking blog on tomorrow's urban environments. A new article is posted daily, written by external partners (mainly Usbek & Rica, Lumières de la Ville, Pop-up Urbain and École de Design Nantes Atlantique), on subjects ranging from buildings, biodiversity and water to energy, mobility, quality of life and recycling.
In September 2015, some 1,400 employees of Bouygues Immobilier took part in the Solid’R community action day, organised together with Unis-Cité under the auspices of the Bouygues Immobilier Corporate Foundation. Other community action days are organised from time to time.