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Setting the sustainability agenda for the cycling industry
Cycling Industries Europe and the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) have joint forces to create the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability Expert Group. The Expert Group focuses on key areas where cycling industries can improve the CSR and sustainability of the products in terms of environmental footprint, responsible sourcing, end-of-life treatment, material use, consumer safety and transparency, contributing to the circular economy. The Group was kicked off in March 2020, with the initial starting group comprised of four CIE members – Accell Group (Chair), Decathlon, PON and Trek – and four CONEBI members - BAGB, ZIV, RAI and Abimota LEA.
The launch of the CSR and Sustainability Expert Group is particularly timely with the EU Green Deal bringing new, more stringent, environmental legislation and sustainability requirements. With Europe’s target to become a climate neutral continent by 2050, the EU Green Deal emphasizes the key focus on climate change of European, and global, agendas, adding to the Paris Agreement’s goal to reduce heating of the planet and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
CIE-CONEBI Expert Group will monitor EU legislation in the chosen fields to inform industry partners and be able to give the industry’s view to the European Institutions before legislation is passed. The work of the EG will be based on an agreed point of collaboration on a shared vision and a common approach going forward which can lead to concrete action and projects. Opportunities for incentives/funding from the EU to finance activities will be explored.
The overarching scope of the Expert Group will be to tackle key issues and set the agenda on sustainability and CSR currently faced by the industry. The selected priorities for the first 2-3 years are:
- Co2 Footprint: Life Cycle Assessment – CSR qualification tools of bicycles
- Supply Chain Responsibility: Responsible sourcing of raw materials
- Circular Economy – Material Use: Use of recycled materials
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JOINING THE GROUP?
This group is a membership-driven initiative which works together with the support of the CIE and CONEBI Secretariat. Membership is open to all Cycling Industries Europe and CONEBI members who have expertise in this field and are ready to engage themselves in the work of the group.
WHY JOIN THE CSR & SUSTAINABILITY EXPERT GROUP?
The European leadership group will drive forward the industry's sustainability agenda by sharing best practice, liaising with key experts of the field and actively monitoring EU legislation to be able to react and give the industry’s view to the European Institutions before legislation is passed. Issues can be discussed and dealt with in an industry wide forum, saving you time and providing greater efficiency. If you don’t have dedicated resource in your organisation you will still benefit from industry guidelines and best practice on the topic.