Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Supports World Environment Day 2013

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Supports World Environment Day 2013

  PR Newswire

  HONG KONG, June 5, 2013

HONG KONG, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS) has announced it will again
celebrate and support the World Environment Day (WED) on the 5 ^th June. In
line with this year's WED theme, " Think • Eat • Save " , BVCPS is launching a
company-wide campaign to encourage its global workforce to take part in
conserving food resources through the reduction of foodprint / food waste as
well as increasing awareness of the environmental impact of the food choices
we make.

Activities scheduled to honor the World Environment Day around the world

  *" Fund Raising Campaign " : Hong Kong Head Office will organize a fund
    raising day on June 5 for its locations to raise funds for a local
    charitable food bank which serves the people in hunger and poverty in Hong
  *" Best Recipe Competition " : In the UK, Bureau Veritas' Warrington
    location is organizing a competition throughout May and June for employees
    to submit recipes made out of leftover food. The competition is a
    creative way to encourage cooking smarter and therefore reducing food
    waste. The winner will be awarded a prize of locally produced British
    organic products.
  *" Food Sharing Campaign " : The Germany locations will implement a "Food
    Sharing project" by which employees can bring in any surplus food to share
    with the staff to prevent food waste at home. On a regular basis, any
    surplus of the employees' soon-to-be-expired food supplies will be
    collected and donated to a local charitable organization for the homeless
    or people in need. This project aims to prevent food loss and waste due to
    its expiration.
  *" Plant a Tree " : In India, locations will organize plantations of Neem
    (Azadirachta indica) trees in the vicinity of our Noida and Gurgaon
    premises on 5 June. The objective is to conserve and promote
    biodiversity, and to help realize the full potential of Neem for
    conserving the planet as a living system. Neem is well known as "the
    curer of all ailments" for its diverse medicinal, insecticidal and
    anti-bacterial properties that are commonly used in many consumer
    products. Other locations including US, Bangladesh, Singapore and Malaysia
    will also organize tree plantings in their premises or nearby areas.

  *" Meat-free Day " : Taiwan has implemented a regular "Meat-free Day" with
    a non-meat luncheon served during the first week of the month. For the 3rd
    consecutive year, this monthly event encourages employees to consider the
    effects of carbon emissions from food production and heightens awareness
    of individual's carbon footprint, helping the team make informed decisions
    about food choices.
  *" Food Waste Awareness Talk " In France, there will be an event at the
    company restaurant to inform employees and raise awareness about the
    impact of food and packaging waste on the environment. For other European
    locations including Spain, Portugal, Russia where there is no company
    restaurant, a communication campaign on WED will be launched.
  *" Preserve Our Wetlands " : The Buffalo location in the US will organize a
    visit to the local Tifft Nature Preserve to plant trees and shrubs as well
    as to remove invasive species on 7 ^th June. For the fifth consecutive
    year, the Bureau Veritas' volunteers will have participated in this
    activity to help preserve the ecological balance of the Nature Reserve,
    and to support related projects to enrich the Preserve.

Other  special events  at locations around the globe include:

  *The carrying out of the best practice of "Green Offices" in all locations
  *The carrying out of various competitions including poster designs, slogan,
    speech photographs and painting contests, article submission, etc. for the
    best ideas regards the promotion of "Think•Eat•Save". 
  *The organization of educational trainings related to foodprint by industry
  *The implementation of "Use your own lunch box and utensils" campaigns.
  *The monitoring and promotion of weight of lunch leftovers in the premises
    to draw awareness on food waste.
  *The planting of vegetables and fruits as well as purchase of local
  *The organization of cleaning local parks and beaches to remove waste
    materials disposed by people.
  *The circulation of an email notice of WED to employees to promote
  *The use of an electronic slogan in email signatures and poster displays in
    the offices promoting "Think•Eat•Save - Reduce Your Foodprint . "

Oliver Butler, President of Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services,
commented: "It is estimated that a third of global food production is either
wasted or lost. As a corporate citizen, Bureau Veritas is delighted to
participate, and continue to contribute, to these WED initiatives promoting
the importance of the conservation of food resources worldwide." Oliver
added: "As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas actively supports our clients as
they implement industry best practices throughout their supply chains, to
continually improve quality, safety as well as environmental and social
accountability compliance."

About World Environment Day

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest
and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental actions.
Every 5th of June is officially designated World Environment Day. For more
information: http://www.unep.org/wed/

About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification
services. Founded in 1828, the group has 59,000 employees in 1,330 offices and
laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to
improve their performances by offering innovative services and solutions in
order to ensure that their products, infrastructure and processes meet
standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environment
protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext
Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index (Compartment A, code ISIN FR 006174348,
stock symbol: BVI) Website: http://www.bureauveritas.com

Bureau Veritas' Consumer Products Services division is a leading global
quality assurance provider for the global consumer product and retail markets.
It offers an array of specialized services including testing, inspections,
audits and engineering services for a wide range of consumer products. These
products include hard goods; toys and juvenile products; soft goods; premiums;
electrical and electronic products including wireless and mobile devices;
automotive equipment; food products as well as health, beauty, comestics, and
household products. Website: http://www.bureauveritas.com/cps

For enquiries, please contact:

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

Asia Flora Wong Email: flora.wong@hk.bureauveritas.com +852-24-94-58-69 USA
Margaret Collopy Email: margaret.collopy@us.bureauveritas.com India Pritam
Sakar Email: pritam.sakar@in.bureauveritas.com Europe  -  UK Alexa Besnard
Email: alexa.besnard@uk.bureauveritas.com Europe  - France  /  Spain  /
 Portugal  / Russia Sophie Petersheim Email:
sophie.petersheim@fr.bureauveritas.com Europe  - Germany  / Italy Christiane
Hachmann Email: christiane.hachmann@de.bureauveritas.com
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