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:
- Reduction of the environmental impact and pollution prevention.
- Reduction of occupational hazard and of difficult working conditions.
- 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.”