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Sustainable Development Department

Published on by Ghislain VACHEROT - updated on

In order to raise awareness among the sector's players, and therefore among SOLUTRANS visitors, the FFC stand hosted a "Sustainable Development" section headed by Philippe Sandrin, head of the FFC's CSR-Circular Economy Commission.

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Recent economic developments and the industrial turmoil that has hit the sector require that we review how companies function, and not just in the sole area of its trades and disciplines. Following on from the work undertaken by its CSR (corporate social responsibility) and CE (circular economy) commission, the French Bodywork Federation, the owner of SOLUTRANS, will be hosting a Sustainability section on its stand located on Place des Lumières at Eurexpo Lyon.
We offer visitors an opportunity to engage freely in discussions with business leaders who have already committed to a sustainability approach. 

Many company executives believe that this notion is akin to radical and indiscriminate environmental activism. As such, they may hold back their support for this type of policy.
The goal pursued by Philippe Sandrin here is precisely to demystify the concept and strike up dialogue with professionals, because the social, societal and environmental approach must become the priority in the way we govern our companies. The FFC’s Sustainability section gives itself five days to meet as many firms as possible and convey a feeling as to the necessity of making commitments in this field, which will inescapably impact the entire industry in the medium term.

According to Philippe Sandrin, "Sustainability, the circular economy, a society-aware approach, responsible purchasing: all these notions are components of a bright future for our companies. In view of this, I strongly believe that our valuable exchanges and discussions will help us all grow in the advancement of CSR policies.”
We look forward to meeting many of you on the FFC stand to discuss sustainability issues, from 16 to 20 November at Lyon Eurexpo.

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Over the past 10 years, Philippe Sandrin, CEO of the body builder TIB which specialises in emergency and callout vehicles, and now the coordinator of the FFC’s CSR commission, has revolutionised his corporate strategy. Instead of devoting his energy to discussing prices, he focuses on talking about products with his clients. “In Europe, we can’t compete on price given our employer contribution costs,” he explains. He therefore repositions the debate around the added value of products, and thereby competes on quality, offering long-lasting products with high warranty, so as to make them sales arguments. And all of this, while reducing the carbon footprint!

And this approach is paying off! The company received the 2020 Innovation Award for responsible products from the French business journal L’Usine Nouvelle for its concept of the transferable unit. The idea is to offer the client the opportunity of keeping the original fittings that they bought with the vehicle, and only replacing the engine chassis. This is because interior fittings are generally replaced less often than the chassis. “Clients quickly grasped the benefits of offering several lives to their interior fittings, and the vehicle thus retains a higher market value.”