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A naturally responsible business model

As a bespoke solutions company, sustainability is at the heart of our business model. We are committed to delivering a quality service while minimising our environmental impact. We always strive to create the conditions for a trusting and respectful environment with our employees and all of our stakeholders.

Our business model and our success has been based on the circular economy aspect.

Xavier Martiré

Our experience, our employees’ pride in the company, the trust of our shareholders are key to pursue the sustainable development of our business.

Xavier Martiré Chairman of the Management Board

What is sustainable development at Elis?

Our business model is responsible by nature.
Our bespoke solutions model allows our customers to benefit from our services without having to buy the products they need. Because we maintain the products that we offer for rental, our offering naturally tends towards product lines that are designed to last

This circular economy approach maximises the use of products, encourages their recycling and so reconciles economic growth with environmental impact.

But we are not stopping there. We use eco-designed products to promote alternatives to disposable products, and we work with our suppliers to minimise waste at the source. We optimise every kilometre travelled when it comes to logistics – an essential part of our strategy to be closer to our customers. For example, we use an eco-driving box placed in the service agent’s vehicle that calculates fuel consumption and advises the driver in real time. We are also reducing consumption of water, energy and laundry products at our industrial sites.

Our objectives are to:
- reduce our consumption of water, energy and laundry products by 25%
- work towards zero waste

In 2019, Elis has defined new ambitious objectives for 2025, regarding a more efficient use of resources (water, energy, chemicals), textile recycling, product sustainability or employees well-being.

>> Read Elis CSR report

Elis' circular economy

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Our commitments

  • Circularity and exemplarity to reduce our impact on the planet

    • Master circularity in everything we do
      Develop even further our circular approach on our Products, Services & Operations
      Bring our lower carbon and resources solutions to our customers
    • Ecodesign our product & services to support our customers in their sustainability journey
    • Be best in class in our day-to-day operations to limit our impact on the environment
       

    We develop eco-designed solutions to minimise the consumption of natural resources, boost the service life of our products, increase the rate at which they are reused or recycled, and optimise our logistical flows.

    >> Read Les Lavandières Group's statement (PDF)
    >> Read AD3 Group's statement (PDF)
    >> Read MAJ SA Group's statement (PDF)
    >> Read Grenelle Service SAS Group's statement (PDF)
    >> Read Pierrette TBA SA Group's statement (PDF)
    >> Read RLST SA Group's statement (PDF)

  • Empower our employees

    • Attract talents and  support our employees’ development
    • Ensure well being at work and drive for zero accidents
    • Ensure equal opportunity for everyone

    The well-being and safety of our employees are of the utmost importance to us. We ensure that our employees develop and progress throughout their careers. We champion diversity and equal opportunities: 30% of managers hired in 2018 were women – and we hope that this is just the beginning.

    Note given to the French companies of the ELIS Group and having more than 50 employees as of December 31, 2021:

    ELIS SERVICES 87/100
    LES LAVANDIERES 87/100
    M.A.J. 92/100
    PIERRETTE-TBA 83/100
    REGIONALE DE LOCATION ET SERVICES TEXTILES (RLST) 87/100
    THIMEAU 89/100
    BLANCHISSERIE BLESOISE 85/100
    ELIS PREVENTION NUISIBLES 96/100
  • Make a positive impact for the Society

    • Offer products and services that contribute to hygiene or to reduce resources consumption
    • Contribute to our local communities and support the causes that matter
    • Work responsibly along our value chain and engage on CSR to find solutions to today’s CSR challenges

    Our Code of Ethics applies to our entire value chain and includes provisions to ensure our products are manufactured with respect for others.
    And our Foundation offers educational and vocational programmes to support communities living near our plants.
    >> Read Elis Global Commitment Letter
    >> Read Elis Global Commitment - Communication on Progress

CSR commitments

Our objectives for 2025

  • 80%

    of textiles reused or recycled at the end of the Group's life

  • -20%

    reduction in CO2 emissions intensity in Europe (compared to 2010)

  • -50%

    less water consumption in Europe (compared to 2010)

  • -35%

    less thermal energy consumption in Europe (compared to 2010)

  • -50%

    in lost time accidents

  • 95%

    of direct purchases are covered by a supplier's CSR assessment

Sustainable product lines

Sustainability is embedded in our business model and forms part of our strategic vision. We develop innovative, durable, repairable and recyclable items.

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    Fair trade industry

    Our Bio’s Fair bathroom linen, made from 100% organic fair trade cotton with a Max Havelaar label, guarantees comfort for your customers.

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    Eco-designed mats

    Our floor mats are made from Phoenix fibres that are 100% produced from recycled water bottles.

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    Sustainable water cooler bottles

    Our 100% BPA-free water cooler bottles can be returned and reused for six years.

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    Ecolabel for washrooms

    Consumables in the Natur’Elis line carry the EU Ecolabel, certifying reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle.

Real results

  • -40 %

    of water consumption since 2010, per kg of linen treated (Europe)

  • 72%

    of textiles reused or recycled by 2021

  • 16%

    of new managers are promoted internally

  • 34%

    of new managers are women

Innovation

Every year since 2008, we have set targets to reduce our water, energy and detergent consumption by 3-5%, following a proactive investment policy. 

Our processing sites are equipped with high-performance technologies. Heavy-duty washing tunnels have been deployed across all sites. They process batches continuously, allowing optimal energy consumption by increasing how much linen is washed. Air to air and water to water heat exchangers are installed to save energy, while recycling systems are automated to recover water from one stage for use in another, where possible.

Clean water from the rinsing stage is reinjected into the pre-wash compartments, allowing water, laundry detergent and energy to be saved. 
In Sweden, five laundries use biogas, saving 4,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
On the logistics side, delivery routes are optimised with the help of dedicated software to reduce the kilometres travelled.

Discover Innovation at Elis 

An increase in the number of clean vehicules

Our objective for 2025 is to significantly increase the number of eco-friendly vehicles while seeking to reduce fuel consumption of thermal vehicles, improve our fleet management tools, promote eco-driving and maximize the filling rate of our trucks

Since July 2020, 10 small trucks joined the Elis car fleet in France; they stengthen the Group's clean fleet to make a transition to more sustainable, cleaner and more responsible mobility.

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The Elis Foundation

The Elis Foundation works to promote equal opportunities and rewards excellence.

It supports deserving young graduates, helping them to continue their graduate studies by awarding them with a scholarship and assigning them an Elis employee to act as their sponsor. This scheme allows them to carry out the academic project they want, without restrictions. 

Discover the Foundation

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