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Spotlight on the latest National Pact signatories

In recent months, a number of new signatories have swelled the ranks of the National Pact. We wanted to shine a spotlight on two companies who are engaged in very different lines of business, but whose commitments are similar: Actis, a data protection and security specialist, and Exsymol, which designs active ingredients for the cosmetics industry.

Actis: a green expert in business resilience

For nearly 20 years, Actis, a Monaco-based subsidiary of the Telis Group, has been offering companies a full range of innovative data protection and security solutions. Like an increasing number of businesses, the group recently signed the National Energy Transition Pact.

Marion Soler, the CEO of Actis, explains that the group has always been very focused on the energy transition, with high energy standards that have enabled it to support the digital transition while complying with environmental standards ever since its data centre was established in Monaco in 2013. Signing the Pact was therefore a clear and natural decision for the group.

As a sporty team, even before the company signed the Pact it prioritised travel by foot or bicycle. But becoming a signatory of the Pact has nonetheless had an undeniable impact on its transport use. Actis’s business requires its staff to travel around the Principality. The group has therefore opted for electric vehicles, which has made travel easier while reducing CO2 emissions. 

In addition, Marion explains that, in the IT and digital sector in which the company operates, the majority of waste is electronic. The company already had specific procedures in place to recycle waste while ensuring data confidentiality. Signature of the National Pact resulted in an increase in its abilities in this area, notably with regard to the coffee capsules used within the group, which are fully recycled. Furthermore, payslips are now issued electronically, and the group has introduced a policy designed to reduce paper use as far as possible by switching to electronic documents wherever feasible and adapting business processes to make them paperless. Actis has also stopped using plastic bottles in its offices and has provided employees with flasks. Finally, the group is working hard to educate its teams about energy consumption, reminding staff to switch off equipment and lights when they leave.

Marion explains that the group has always promoted the energy transition, but that signing the Pact has really made them conscious of the need for constant improvement. She believes that it really is possible to create added value through the energy transition by raising awareness as far as possible while being honest and clear: there is a genuine return on your investment! Measures need to be taken not just at the individual level but on a broader scale, optimising business costs and acting in ways that will genuinely help both current and future generations.

Actis still has more to do, such as moving to electronic invoices for some clients who continue to prefer to receive paper versions, but this will not hold the group back in its goals!

Actis encourages everyone, both individuals and businesses, to step up and work with the Mission for Energy Transition!


Exsymol Monaco: when industry goes green in the Principality


Recent National Pact signatory Exsymol operates a factory which manufactures and sells active ingredients all over the world.


Operations Director Quentin de Sevelinges explains that the decision to sign the pact was about the local application of a more global initiative: the CSR policy introduced in 2010. This included three steps, beginning with a carbon audit which, Quentin says, is the environmental component of a CSR initiative. Exsymol then worked to meet the international standard ISO 26000 and today the company, which has now signed the National Pact, is continuing its efforts to develop its CSR policy.


Since the Pact was signed, there has been significant staff engagement, particularly on the issues of waste and transport, both on behalf of the company and in employees’ homes. Nicolas Marquis, Head of CSR for Exsymol, illustrates this with an impressive figure: 63% of employees cycle, take public transport, car share or walk to work. These changes have occurred following a significant effort to raise awareness and training sessions held within the company.


As for the company’s waste, given the specific nature of its business, it falls into three categories: solid, liquid and gas. Initially, the big project for 2020 was the introduction of volatile organic compound (VOC) measurement in December. The idea was to seek assistance from an engineering firm to measure these gas emissions. As a factory producing solid chemical waste, Exsymol works with Monaco Recycling on a specialist process to treat 100% of this waste. Some types of raw materials are also sorted and recycled as a matter of course within the company.


Even before it signed the Pact, Exsymol had already committed to an EGEO contract, ensuring that its energy consumption was matched by the generation of clean energy. It has also taken other actions to reduce consumption in what is an energy-intensive business, for example by installing energy meters that allow the company to monitor and respond to changes in energy use.


Contrary to what people might think, the carbon footprint of Exsymol’s chemical factory only represents the equivalent of 250 people in the Alpes-Maritimes region, which is relatively low for this kind of business.


For Nicolas, the value of the energy transition mission lies in the opportunity for businesses, regardless of their size or sector, to share best practices and offer mutual inspiration and mutual support.


Like any company, Exsymol can find itself held back by obstacles, particularly of an infrastructure or technical nature, and it will need to give some thought to these going forward. On the other hand, one thing is certain: the will is there and Exsymol is continuing its contribution to a carbon-free Monaco.


We’d like to congratulate both of these companies, as well as all of the others who have signed the National Pact, who have shown that the everyday actions they have introduced within their businesses are bearing fruit. It is a process of continuous change and adaptation, with a huge amount of determination on the part of their teams. They’ve signed the National Energy Transition Pact – have you?

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