Business practices for the environment

Sylvie Dumartin, département des Synthèses sectorielles, Insee

In 2016, one-fourth of the businesses in France recognised unprompted that their activity had a significant or very significant impact on the environment. This impact most often occurs as waste production, climate change, air pollution or noise pollution. Their awareness causes businesses to take action in favour of the environment: those that recognise the greatest impact are also those that take the most measures. This is the case, in particular, in the energy and environment sectors, in transport, and in real estate, agro-foods and restaurant services. The action most frequently adopted in favour of the environment consists of savings on resources implemented in the manufacturing process. However, companies rarely institute formal action programmes, in which outcomes are monitored over time.

Insee Première
No 1673
Paru le : 14/11/2017