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its buildings energy efficiency: more than 80% of its facilities are equipped with LEDs and energy monitoring systems. Concurrently, its carbon footprint from transportation has been reduced thanks to pooled deliveries, increased subcontracting and shared transportation, particular attention paid to carriers environmental performance, and the renewal of the Group s fleet.

In 2017, Rexel also strengthened its efforts to shrink its global carbon footprint by assessing the carbon emissions of its entire value chain. This assessment prompted the Group to develop partnerships with its partners, carriers, suppliers, and clients to efficiently reduce emissions across the entire value chain.

The assessment of suppliers CSR performance has also progressed. By the end of 2017, more than 70% of suppliers had been interviewed and 47% of the purchased volume had been assessed. The implementation of the assessment platform since 2015, as well as targeted audits, have enabled the formation of partnerships in order to help suppliers improve their social and environmental performance.

Since 2017, this target has been included in a new regulatory framework, that of the French corporate duty of vigilance law, which requires large companies to implement measures destined to identify and prevent serious violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the health and safety of individuals, as well as the environment, which could result from their own activities or those of their value chain.

We are entering a new stage of our process whose main objective is to intensify our efforts to support our customers and our suppliers in their sustainable development process. This focus responds to the issues identified by our materiality analysis, which prompts us to further commit ourselves at both ends of the value chain.

Bertrand de Clermont Tonnerre, Rexel Sustainable Development Director