Environment Network: The “Green” Team

Major cultural shift starts within: This is why Eurocopter’s environmental policy is based on a network of environmental specialists in every department and at every site.


The environment is a factor that concerns every aspect of the company: From Production and the Design Office, through to Finance and Human Resources. To “spread the word” throughout the Group, Eurocopter is counting on local experts in their specific field. A group of environmental ambassadors, consisting of 80 people, liaise between the operational sectors and the Environmental Affairs Department. These relays, who will receive special training throughout 2009 (see inset), are weaving an “environmental web” at Eurocopter’s main European sites. In 2010, the web will be extended to all of the Group’s plants outside Europe.

In-Depth Knowledge of the Field
The members of the network are nearly all supervisory staff with in-depth knowledge of the field—an irrefutable asset for identifying and implementing environmental action plans that are adapted to their sector of activity. They understand, for example, how to include measurable, attainable and personalized environmental criteria in the individual goals for each manager. They also know which environmental criteria must be included in each evaluation, project or investment review.
The environment network meets regularly to keep abreast of the latest regulatory changes, and to share best practices and feedback from the field concerning incidents, accidents, and process modifications with a direct impact on the environment.


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Weaving an environmental web.
Training
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Environmental training sessions have been organized in France, Germany and Spain for Eurocopter employees.
For several years, foremen in Germany have been receiving regular training concerning the storage of dangerous substances. In France, approximately 1,000 workers received training in 2008 on environmental issues, and how the ISO 14001 certification is awarded and maintained.
In Spain, almost 100 employees received training on the dangers of handling certain chemicals.
Finally, a special eco-design course for the Design Office will inform engineers which materials and processes are the least harmful to the environment. This will allow engineers to design helicopters that are environmentally friendly throughout their life cycle.