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Our approach

Rexel shares with all the other players in the electrical industry a major responsibility with regards to the challenges of energy transition, climate change and energy access.


The Group has turned these challenges into the driving forces of its growth and wants to be a catalyst for sustainable development through its unique position within the value chain.

Rexel’s sustainable development approach

To define its sustainable development priorities, Rexel relies upon the results of a materiality analysis. Conducted in 2015 across the entire value chain, this assessment involved stakeholders from outside (NGOs, experts, customers, suppliers, works councils) as well as inside Rexel (Group managers).

> Find out more about the methodology of this materiality assessment

This fundamental approach enabled Rexel to enhance the relevance of its sustainable development strategy, focusing on three pillars.

The pillars of Rexel’s sustainable developement strategy:

“All of Rexel’s sustainable development initiatives rely on these three pillars, which are key vectors of growth, innovation and performance for the Group.”

Sébastien Thierry

General Secretary

Rexel’s sustainable development governance

The Rexel Group has established a solid governance structure with regards to sustainable development. This organization is anchored at the highest level as well as in its operations.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is regularly kept informed of Rexel’s sustainable development performance.

The Sustainable development teams

The Sustainable development teams roll out the sustainable development strategy by coordinating the functional departments at the HQ as well as the local operational teams.

The Executive Committee

At the Executive Committee level, the sustainable development approach is led by the Secretary-General.

Environmental correspondents

At the local level, more than 70 environmental correspondents coordinated by the Group Sustainable development department apply and promote Rexel’s environmental policy. They are in charge of gathering, processing and analyzing data to monitor performance indicators and roll out local initiatives designed to improve the Group’s environmental performance.

Monitoring tools

Each one of Rexel’s sustainable development pillars is translated into specific actions guided by the appropriate tools.

The Rexel Environmental Charter

Rexel has developed an Environmental Charter whose goal is to specify the Group’s environmental commitments and involve employees. The Group also encourages the deployment of environmental management systems (EMS), defining procedures designed to control the environmental impact of its activities, and assists local teams with their certification procedures.

 

Ethics guide

In the social and societal fields, an Ethics Guide regroups the Group’s requirements regarding ethics, transparency and the fight against corruption. In each country and banner, an ethics officer has the task of answering requests or questions from Rexel’s stakeholders, employees or partners. A Community Involvement Charter has also been implemented to build the Group’s and its banners’ approach around a unique shared commitment: improve access to energy efficiency for all.

Environmental and social reporting

As a responsible company, Rexel conducts annual environmental and social reporting, which is an essential tool for monitoring its sustainable development policy. This reporting, whose results are published on a yearly basis, covers up to 100% of the Group’s sales.

Awareness raising initiatives

The Group conducts many awareness raising and training initiatives on sustainable development issues (environment, ethics, safety, etc.). Since 2015, the campaign “Our safety. Our responsibility.” has been implemented throughout the Group’s sites. Promoting ten safety principles shared with all employees, it calls for individual as well as collective responsibility.

Stakeholder relations

Meeting its stakeholders’ expectations is one of the keys to Rexel’s growth, underpinned by a dialogue based on transparency and ethics.

Our stakeholder commitments