Lowering the environmental influence of e-commerce: 18 new corporations signal constitution of obligations with Authorities and Federation of e-commerce and distance promoting

Paris, March 15, 2022


Reducing the environmental impact of e-commerce: 18 new companies sign charter of obligations with government and e-commerce and distance selling federation

The health crisis and successive closures have highlighted the growing place of online commerce, both in consumer practice and in the prospects for trade development in France. This rapid growth has strengthened the importance of environmentally responsible development of logistics activities specific to e-commerce. For this purpose, a “Charter of Obligations to Reduce the Impact of Internet Commerce on the Environment” was drafted, which contains obligations related to consumer information, packaging, warehousing and delivery. First signed on July 28, 2021 between the Ministry of Environmental Transition, the State Secretariat for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, the Federation of E-Commerce and Distance Sales (FEVAD) and fourteen major e-commerce brands, today eighteen new companies are joining this dynamic .

Eighteen companies are committed today in reducing their environmental impact related to their e-commerce, by signing charters: Afibel, Agrizone, Blancheporte, Boulanger, Damart, E.Leclerc, Electro Dépôt, Fleurance Nature, FM Logistic, Kadolis, Leroy Merlin, Manutan, Mondial Relay, Quel Bon Plan, Sédagyl, Tikamoon, Topaz and Showcases Magique.

They therefore undertake to respect the ten specific obligations that structure this charter, divided around 3 pillars in order to reduce the environmental impact from the act of purchasing online to the delivery of packages:

  • Upstream, companies are committed to raising awareness and informing consumers about the environmental impact of the delivery of their purchases.for example by offering them several modes of delivery (from 1 January 2023) stating the choice that has the least impact on the environment, or helping them to promote correct ordering gestures, in order to limit returns.
  • When preparing to ship a package, signatory companies are urged to reduce packaging and encourage its reuse.for example by eliminating over-packaging and using packaging adapted to the size of the product, but also by favoring packaging made of recyclable or reusable materials.
  • When storing packages and delivering, companies are committed to relying on environmentally friendly logisticsfor example by grouping shipments of products ordered by the same consumer at the same time and promoting the development of low-carbon delivery methods.

In order to report on the implementation of commitments, monitoring indicators have been developed in consultations between government services, signatory companies and FEVAD. The public / private supervisory board will meet four times a year to review activities and results achieved. The first charter monitoring committee will be held in July 2022 compile a progress report to be published each year.

These eighteen companies thus join the 14 pioneering brands of the signatories of 2021: Cdiscount, Ebay, Fnac-Darty, La Redoute, Maisons du Monde, Millet Mountain Group, Sensee, Othello, Rakuten France SAS, Groupe Rosa, Sarenza, Showroomprivé, SOS Accessories and Veepee.

“We have seen the e-commerce sector flourish, and even more so since the health crisis. It is therefore necessary to continue mobilization in order for this sector to continue to develop in a dynamic that respects the environment and emits less greenhouse gases. I would like to congratulate the pioneering companies that signed the charter, which, thanks to their commitment, paved the way for the 18 new companies that are joining them today. The door remains open for all actors who would join in turn! said Barbara Pompili, minister for environmental transition.

“The climate emergency concerns all of us and affects all sectors, including the digital sector in general, and online shopping in particular. Thanks to the “Charter of Obligations to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Online Commerce”, the online commerce sector has given itself a roadmap. I welcome the proactive work of the first signatories of the Charter and I am glad that this virtue of the community has grown even more with 18 new members. I have no doubt that the spirit of the Charter will soon be shared by even more players in the sector. said Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications.

“The commitment to reducing the impact on the environment is a strong expectation from the French, to which e-commerce companies must respond. It is in this spirit that this Charter was created, based on the process of progress, dialogue and responsibility of the actors. Last July, when it was launched, 14 companies applied. 6 months later, 18 other companies are joining the movement and the number of signatories is increasing to 32. This momentum testifies to the mobilization of players for more sustainable and responsible e-commerce and we invite all players to get involved in this way the future! – Marc Lolivier, General Manager – Fevad

Find online: a page dedicated to charters of voluntary engagement

Media contacts:

Press service of Barbara Pompili,
Minister of Ecological Transition

Phone: 01 40 81 78 31
Email: secretariat.communication@ecologie.gouv.fr

Press service Cédrica O,
Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications

Phone: 01 53 18 43 10
Email: presse@numerique.gouv.fr

FEVAD press contact
Nathalie Laîné – Communications Manager

Tel: 01 42 56 38 86
Email: nlaine@fevad.com

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