Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Supports World Environment Day 2016

Jun 03, 2016, 02:00 ET from Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

HONG KONG, June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS) announces that it will again celebrate and support the World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June. This is the 8th consecutive year that BVCPS has supported the WED initiatives throughout its worldwide locations.

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The WED theme this year is "Go Wild for Life". The goal is to combat illegal trade in wildlife products and preserve the Earth's precious biodiversity of the endangered species from animals or plants. To echo the WED theme, BVCPS is launching a company-wide campaign to educate its employees of the importance of protecting endangered species from killing, smuggling, consuming to their extinction as well as preserving the Earth's precious biodiversity, natural heritage and sustainability.

A series of activities scheduled to honor the WED around the world include:

"Zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade" Worldwide Campaigns: During May and June, Bureau Veritas CPS' worldwide locations have organized / will be organizing various WED talks, workshops, and activities. Organized internally by Bureau Veritas, or partnering with third-party organizations or local schools, these activities aim at raising awareness, educating the people as to the importance of protecting the wildlife and its existence, as well as saying no to illegal wildlife trade and consumption. These include:

The Europe locations including France, Spain, UK, Germany, Portugal, Italy developed a Pan-Europe WED broadcast campaign for its employees and the clients, to provide information on the decline of wild species and ways for such preservation. Similar WED broadcasts took place in Greater China, Asia, and Americas.

The Pakistan lab collaborated with The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Pakistan and organized an awareness seminar on "Zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade" for its employees on 1 June. The India Noida lab will also launch a WED awareness campaign on 4 June, in collaboration with Sansthanam Abhay Daanam, a local non-governmental organization with a charitable bird hospital. Furthermore, the Bangladesh location will organize a WED educational program for local students on 5 June.  

With the support of The Wild Life of Yalova Branch of Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the Turkey lab' employees will go trekking at Su Dusen' Waterfall in Yalova Province on 5 June so as to raise awareness of biodiversity and biological species smuggling. Additionally, the Indonesia lab will organize an employee morning walk, in conjunction with the Jakarta Car Free Day, on 5 June to distribute Bureau Veritas' WED stickers to the participants.  

The India location initiated few WED competition of photography, collage, and poster in May for the employees as to inspire people around the world with taking care of wildlife and saying no to illegal trade or consumption of endangered species, etc. Similarly, the Singapore lab will conduct a music drama on WED for the employees' children to take part on 3 June. In addition, the Guatemala location will organize a costume contest on 4 June at a local orphanage where participating children will dress in species that are native endangered.

"Save Endangered Wild Bees": Bureau Veritas' locations in Germany initiated a campaign to put nests behind the lab where nearby the flowers field for wild bees' shelter. Also, the employees were encouraged to install nests in their home gardens or on the balconies to create bee-friendly habitats.  

"Reforestation of Rainforest at Sinharaja": In collaboration with The Wild Life Association of Sri Lanka, Department of Wild Life Conservation, the employees of Bureau Veritas' Sri Lanka lab will participate in this full-day activity at Sinharaja, Sri Lanka in early June. The activity aims to restore the tropical habitat for biodiversity as well as to preserve wild flowers and fauna in the region.  

"Hands-Green Day": Continuing its 8th year, the U.S. Buffalo location will organize a visit to the local Tifft Nature Preserve to plant trees and shrubs as well as to remove invasive species on 3 June. Additionally, the employees of Vietnam and Cambodia locations will organize local tree planting events at Can Gio, a coastal area of Ho Chi Minh City, and Mekong River side in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, so as to conserve the land / soil from coastal erosion for its native habitats on 5 June respectively.  

"Preserve Wild Flowers and Native Species": The Warrington location in the UK planted a variety of wild flowers such as oxeye daisies, lavender, primroses, cyclamen so as to provide natural habitat for wild bees, the primary pollinators of plants in the UK. The wild flower seeds were also giveaway to the employees to plant in their gardens, by which a lucky prize was given to the best wildflower patch amongst the participants. Furthermore, new habitats were also created for hedgehogs in the area.

Other special WED events at Bureau Veritas locations around the globe include:
Saying "No" to consumption of clothing, products, accessories, and items that are made of endangered species.
The initiation of fostering and/or adopting orphaned animals from approved NGOs.
The carrying out of "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" - office supplies like batteries, CDs, books, printing papers, stationery, computer equipment and accessories, etc.
The displaying of WED promotional items such as posters, banners, leaflets, booklets, slide shows and videos.
The practicing of "Sustainable Green Office": lights-out during lunch time, switching off lighting, air conditioning, electrical appliances in unoccupied areas or leaving office; and use of energy-efficiency automation.

Oliver Butler, President of Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, commented: "As a world-leading supply chain solutions and sustainability solutions provider, we are again delighted to participate in, and contribute to, these wide selections of WED initiatives. Bureau Veritas' testing, inspection, certification and advisory solutions help companies make informed sourcing and design decisions in respect of quality, health, safety, and the environment."

About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services. Founded in 1828, the group has more than 66,000 employees in 1,400 offices and laboratories around the globe. 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)
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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, cosmetics, and household products.
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