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The group consists of several entities with a history dating back to the 19th century.
Valade, the parent company, was created by Marcel Valade. In 1930, Georges and René, his sons, created GR Valade, which took over the cargo handling activities from their father’s company.
In 1947, Egetra was founded in parallel by René Valade to enable him to commercialize his activities in the Paris region. He was subsequently joined by Yves Poitevin in the 1950s, enabling the group to emerge.
In 1958, the group obtained customs approval, giving it the possibility of developing all modes of transport (road, air and sea).
In 1980, its main activity was maritime transport of oil drilling equipment, but the various environmental changes obliged the Egetra group to switch to other fields. It then committed itself to road transport and logistics in the wine sector, which was to become one of its strong points.
The wine sector continued to develop with the acquisition of a mobile bottling unit in 1996, followed by the construction in 1999 of a special warehouse dedicated to wine logistics and lastly, in 2007, the creation of two special cellars in one of their warehouses for storage of fine wines.
From 1961 to 2012, the group continued to develop internationally, opening sites in Germany, Romania and Morocco, for example. Numerous European and international partnerships emerged. The takeover of Despradelle, after the borders were opened up, enabled it to become one of the biggest shippers of books between Europe and Canada. Since then Dinadis, experts in detailed logistics, and Henry Johnson, specialising in aviation, have joined the group to strengthen its expertise in transport and logistics.
Egetra is now a dynamic company with sites on four continents.
3. Environmental and Social Charter
To meet the environmental, societal and ethical needs which have become paramount in our society, the Egetra group has committed itself to a policy of Social and Environmental Responsibility.
Seen as a guarantee of progress and durability, it is emerging as the key to shared growth profiting both the company, its employees and its partners and, more widely, the civil society and the environment in which we operate.
The policy of progress adopted by our company is based on the desire of Rémy Poitevin, Chairman of the Egetra group, to implement a strategy of sustainable development.
The commitments of the companies in the Egetra group are formalized by a Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) charter, a reference document defining each person’s objectives, principles and roles. It is part of EGETRA’s code of professional conduct, thus enabling all employees to participate and commit themselves alongside their company.
In its Social and Environmental Responsibility charter, Egetra undertakes to:
1- ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
- Implement a proactive environmental policy :
- Monitor new developments in environmental regulations :
- Help to meet our customers’ environmental concerns and policies :
- Develop our knowledge of our suppliers’ environmental policies :
2- SOCIAL POLICY
- Comply with legislation
- Ensure equal opportunities and treatment for all
- Develop professional skills
- Carry out risk management
- Conduct local actions
4. Purchasing charter
The Responsible Purchasing Charter lays the foundations for the responsible purchasing policies applicable to the Egetra group and its suppliers. The responsible purchasing approach extends our socially responsible corporate values by integrating the environmental, social and economic aspects.
OBJECTIVES AND CONTEXT OF THE PURCHASING CHARTER
The Purchasing department’s mission is to contribute fully to the ambitions, strategy and performance of the Egetra group. Subcontractor purchasing is carried out directly by the Operations department and follows the same principles as this Charter.
The Code of Professional Conduct constitutes an important framework for the Purchasing Charter. The latter is fully in line with the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, combining social and environmental responsibility and a constant concern for operational performance. This leads the Group to seek with its suppliers an optimum combination of economic success, quality of service, supply security and international openness.
The Egetra group has thus defined the principles governing its purchasing policy with the ambition of seeing it implemented both by its Purchasing department and by its suppliers and subcontractors, thus establishing a customer/supplier relationship which is both profitable and responsible.