Bureau Veritas Help Companies Quantify Their Environmental Impact and Address Corporate Social Responsibility Issues at the 9th Annual Responsible Business Summit

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Bureau Veritas, the leading specialist in Quality, Health, Safety & Environment, Conformity and Supply Chain Risk Management, will be delivering keynotes on corporate social responsibilities issues and sustainability at the 9th Annual Responsible Business Summit, at the Novotel London West, on the 4th and 5th May 2010. The event, sponsored by Bureau Veritas, is one of the most important corporate responsibility and sustainability conferences in the UK.

Corporate Social Responsibility issues to be discussed at the RBS Summit

The implementation of sustainable programmes is too often seen as a necessary cost by senior management when it is actually a fantastic opportunity for innovations and cost-savings across the whole supply chain.

Bureau Veritas, the leading specialist in Quality, Health, Safety & Environment, Conformity and Supply Chain Risk Management will be debating environmental and social issues at the 9th Annual Responsible Business Summit at the Novotel London West (4th and 5th May 2010). The event, sponsored by Bureau Veritas, is due to attract more than 450 delegates and aims to bring together world business leaders to discuss Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability.

As part of the conference programme, two technical experts from Bureau Veritas will take part in breakout sessions. On the first day of the summit, Xavier Vital, Ecodesign & Life Cycle Assessment Services Manager at Bureau Veritas, will explain how it is possible to assess the real impact of consumer products through the whole supply chain using eco-tools such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software. Xavier will demonstrate, through illustrative products case studies, how being greener can become a competitive advantage and a driver for innovation.

Additionally, Tracy Oates, Corporate Responsibility Services Practice Manager at Bureau Veritas, will be speaking on the second day of the conference. Tracy will address the issue of lost consumers’ confidence and will propose transparency as a means of regaining public trust. Tracy will discuss the risks and benefits of greater corporate transparency.

Brian Whitters, Director of Supply Chain Solutions at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, adds: “Producing and distributing sustainable products is now paramount for manufacturers and retailers as there is a market demand for greener products and because environmental regulations become more and more stringent. However, the implementation of sustainable programmes is too often seen as a necessary cost by senior management when it is actually a fantastic opportunity for innovations and cost-savings across the whole supply chain.”

“For instance, our ecodesign experts can identify the environmental footprint of a product and propose a series of design and operational improvements that would lead to increased profitability (e.g. use of more efficient raw materials, reduced packaging, new production processes using less water and energy etc.). Moreover, being ethical can enhance companies’ reputation and build customer loyalty. These are only two examples; there are much more benefits in adopting a CSR strategy“.

Brian concludes: “It is now time for companies to embrace Corporate Social Responsibility. If they don’t, they’ll see their competitors doing it first and will therefore miss the opportunity to benefit from a huge competitive advantage.”

Bureau Veritas will also have an exhibition space at the conference. For more information about the event, please contact: bvsales@uk.bureauveritas.com.

About Bureau Veritas

Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is an international group specialised in the inspection, analysis, audit, and certification of products, infrastructure (buildings, industrial sites, equipment, ships, etc.) and management systems (ISO standards etc.) in relation to regulatory or voluntary frameworks.
Bureau Veritas ranks as the world's second largest group in conformity assessment and certification services in the fields of quality, health and safety, environment, and social responsibility ("QHSE") and the world leader in QHSE services not including raw materials inspection. Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organisations.

Bureau Veritas is present in 140 countries through a network of 900 offices and laboratories. It has more than 40,000 employees and a client base of more than 370,000 staff.

Bureau Veritas is headquartered in France and listed on the French Bourse.

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