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9 June 2009 - As part of efforts to foster sustainable development, Crédit Agricole S.A. is organising the first Horizon Trophy awards to honour three of its suppliers whose environmental and social responsibility (ESR) procedures have been deemed outstanding in their business. Suppliers have been divided into three categories:
Small and medium sized companies
Disability-friendly companies or those taking part in France's nationwide network of firms that assist people with disabilities by enabling them to work in sheltered environments.
A jury of personalities from outside the Group as well as in-house staff involved with purchasing or sustainable development will judge the entries for the awards. In addition, the Horizon Trophy provides Crédit Agricole S.A. with an opportunity to confirm its commitment to the student community. The Group has asked students from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, which it partners, to examine the entries as part of an educational project. Trophies designed by a disabled artist will be presented at a ceremony on 16 September 2009, and a disability-friendly company will cater for the post-award reception.
Crédit Agricole Group, a committed and responsible player
Sustainable development has been a main theme in Crédit Agricole S.A.'s policy since it signed the UN Global Compact in 2003 and The Climate Principles in 2008, and is now at the core of all its banking businesses. Purchasing is no exception.
After setting up sustainable development awareness programmes for the Group's purchasing staff and providing tools to help them apply these principles and measure suppliers' ESR achievements, Crédit Agricole S.A. wanted to draw attention to the efforts of its most dedicated suppliers. Hence the Horizon Trophy.