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Emmanuel Druon

Emmanuel Druon

President, Pocheco

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background:

After a degree in French language and literature from La Sorbonne Paris IV, Emmanuel has managed marketing teams in several big companies before becoming President of Pocheco in 1997.

ACHIEVEMENT / What is the project, initiative, startup, company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum about?

Pocheco is composed by a team of 123 employees producing paper envelopes in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (North of France). Pocheco’s activity and approach are driven by three principles of sustainable development, as it has been the case for 20 years:

  1. Reduction of the environmental impact and pollution prevention.
  2. Reduction of occupational hazard and of difficult working conditions.
  3. Improvement of the activity’s productivity and of the manufacturing facility.

We call this approach écolonomie (econolonomy). It is more economic to work in an environmentally-friendly manner than not to do so. We refuse the financial capitalism: the company’s results are systematically reinvested into the company. There are no dividends.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

In the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (North of France), in France and in Europe.

IMPACT / What is the economic, social, political or environmental positive impact of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company?

Since 10 years, €9.000.000 of investment = €15.000.000 of “ecolonomies”.

Reduction of consumptions:

100% of gas

80% of the drinking water used during the manufacturing

20% of consumed electricity

11% of CO2 emissions

At the same time, increase of:

12% of manufactured products

20% of colleagues

QUOTE / A saying, quote or maxim that tells something about you:

“It is more economic to work in an environmentally-friendly manner than not to do so.”