Environmental policy

Environmental policy

Axal has a firm commitment to sustainable development and has introduced a dedicated CSR policy that outlines its social, economic and environmental activities.

To reflect this commitment, we are a member of Idée Alsace, a local sustainable development association that supports our ongoing efforts to improve our practices.

We have established a formal sustainable development policy, enabling us to measure and assess our performance and commit to concrete objectives.



Environmental policy:

Axal has joined forces with engineering firm Positiv’Energies to assess its carbon footprint. This carbon footprint assessment is conducted in line with the “Bilan Carbone” method, as approved by Ademe (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency). This method evaluates the company’s environmental impact and sets out a binding improvement action plan.

To coincide with Axal’s carbon footprint assessment, the company developed a new management and continuous improvement strategy, involving the vast majority of its employees. A range of working groups have been created to enable employees to make a contribution to the programme, covering areas such as the use of packing materials, responsible driving, site preparation and the company’s image.

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Packing material sorting policy

Wooden crate recovery:

Once the transport operations are complete (i.e. the works have been moved for an exhibition, acquisition or other purpose), we collect and recycle the crates. This process involves:

  • Dismantling the crates
  • Recovering and sorting the wooden panels (according to size)
  • Recovering the fasteners (British thread screws)
  • Recovering and sorting the foam elements (according to size)
  • Recovering and sorting the extruded polystyrene (according to size)

All residual waste (i.e. those parts not recovered and sorted as explained above) is carefully sorted for disposal.

Wood sourced from sustainably managed forests

Our wood supplier is PEFC-certified, guaranteeing that all our wood is tracked and comes from sustainably managed forests.

All of the wood used to manufacture our crates comes from the Vosges Mountains.

Recovery of packing materials

We ensure that all materials used to pack and protect works of art can be easily re-used.

We use the following materials:

  • Ecolokraft
  • Cardboard (triple-walled)
  • Melinex, Tyvek

Once the transport operations are complete (i.e. the works have been moved for an exhibition, acquisition or other purpose), we collect all the packing materials used.

Other activities:

  • Eco-driving and fuel conservation training for drivers
  • Vehicle fleet renewal policy in line with the Euro 5 standards

Activities conducted under our social policy

  • employment opportunities for disadvantaged people
  • employment opportunities for older people
  • team-building activities: seminars

Activities conducted under our economic policy

  • Data protection: information security
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Customer satisfaction surveys
  • Preference for local suppliers

ISO 26000 (CSR)

Axal is being assessed ISO 26000 level “Progession”

ISO 26000 is the benchmark standard for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Axal, Artrans’ parent company, has established a firm commitment to CSR. As a result of this commitment, we must:

  • Take responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of our activities and our decisions
  • Behave in an ethical, transparent manner across our organisation and in our relationships with our stakeholders
  • Adopt a long-term vision and strategy, anticipate the challenges of tomorrow and secure the future of our business
  • Maximise our contribution to sustainable development.


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