Launched in 2000 by the UN Secretary-General, the Global Compact has 8,700 corporate participants worldwide who, in signing the Compact, agree to respect and promote its ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
By signing up to the Global Compact, Sequana, Arjowiggins and Antalis intend to advance these principles within their own spheres of influence and make them an essential part of their strategy, action plans and operations. To ensure transparency, the Group also commits to publishing a record of its progress each year.
Participation in the Global Compact represents a further step in the Group's efforts to build a more sustainable, inclusive and transparent global economy.
Commenting on this development, Pascal Lebard, Chief Executive Officer of Sequana, said "As an international player through our distribution and production businesses, our Group will promote responsible production and consumption practices. We are proud to have signed up to the UN Global Compact and are sure that it will be a major factor in helping us to consolidate our actions in all countries where we do business".
About Sequana Sequana is a major player in the paper industry, boasting leading positions in each of its two businesses:
- Antalis: European leader in the distribution of paper and packaging products, with around 6,000 employees based in 44 countries.
- Arjowiggins: World leader in creative and technical papers, with more than 5,200 employees.
Sequana reported sales of €3.9 billion in 2011 andemployed some 11,000 people worldwide.