Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) guides the Group’s strategy in France and underpins its international expansion.


Today more than ever, we are mobilised to ensure the essential activities of our economy, while deploying our solutions and expertise in favour of the ecological transition.

The high standards that the Group has always applied have enabled it to maintain continuity of business in every country where Séché Environnement is present. This has been possible thanks to the efforts of all our employees, who have managed to use their know-how to serve the common good. We would like to thank them once again for their commitment and professionalism.

The pandemic has also demonstrated the importance of countries economic sovereignty in terms of procuring critical inputs for the industry. As such, the subsidiary Speichim Processing, which specializes in regenerating and purifying complex mixtures, has signed a manifesto on relocating the medicine production chain to Europe, which brings together numerous pharmaceutical and chemical companies. By developing and implementing circular economy solutions, Séché Environnement is contributing to the development of resilient and lasting business models. Thanks to its capacity for innovation, the Group is developing numerous processes to secure its partners supplies of low-carbon raw materials, while also developing new reuse and recycling loops.

2020 also reflected the Group’s longevity, whether in terms of social and environmental commitments, or business and financial performances. Séché Environnement held firm on its course for growth both in France and internationally, while also paying particular attention to its non-financial results. With a fundamental commitment to protecting the environment, the teams accelerated the rollout of their projects in the field, notably by stepping up the production of low-carbon energy from our activities. They also collectively elevated the actions by sites committed to fostering biodiversity. As such, the Group successfully completed the third year of the impact loan, which marries finance and sustainable development. This is further proof of our commitment to give our initiatives, strategy and vision meaning.

Today more than ever, we are mobilized to secure the activities that are essential to our economy, while also deploying our solutions and areas of expertise to foster the green transition.

Maxime Séché Chief Executive Officer




Ethical code

In 2003, Séché Environnement has joined the Global Compact. This is a voluntary commitment organized by the United Nations, under which businesses, associations and NGOs are invited to comply with ten universally accepted principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

From these guiding principles have derived our own business ethics commitments, expressed in the Group’s Sustainable Development Charter, in Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Policies for each site, and in a Code of Behavior and Actions which applies to all employees individually.

The rules contained in this Charter, these Policies and this Code are not substitutes for national and international legislation, which the Group must of course always strictly obey. Neither do these commitments have any contractual force; nevertheless, they must be known by, and applied by, all Group’s employees. It is incumbent on every employee to implement them, especially those who hold managerial responsibilities.

It is not a question of trying to foresee every eventuality, or to write rules for every case. However, clear and precise principles, applied with good sense and a responsible attitude, form a useful frame of reference for us all in the Group.

Joël Séché

President and CEO