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Navy and DCNS sign environmental charter

9 May 2007

French Navy Chief-of-Staff Admiral Alain Oudot de Dainville and DCNS Chairman and CEO Jean-Marie Poimbœuf signed a joint environmental charter reflecting the partners’ commitment to environmental protection and improved living and working conditions in their respective areas.

Above and beyond meeting the relevant regulatory requirements, the French Navy and DCNS are keen to launch joint actions at French naval bases to improve working conditions and environmental protection. The charter aims to promote the exchange of best practices and help the partners to work together to make DCNS and Navy actions as effective and efficient as possible. Local action plans will be drawn up and an annual report compiled for the benefit of DCNS and Navy personnel.

The charter will also help the partners to implement risk management policies promoting the protection and enhancement of their historical and natural heritages, the protection of surface and groundwater and increased awareness of the importance of environment conservation among employees and the public at large. Actions in these areas will include open days, school training exercises and so forth.

Commenting on the charter, Admiral Alain Oudot de Dainville said: “It is important that the Navy actively pursue its policies on the conservation of natural resources and environmental protection, including the protection of the environments in which sailors live and work.”

Jean-Marie Poimbœuf said: “It is only natural that a company like ours should contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development. The charter strengthens the DCNS group’s environmental strategy to certify our shipyards and facilities to ISO 14001.”

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