During the 2010 edition of the “Labrador(1)-Sciences Po(2) Transparency Classification,” and out of the 120 largest French listed companies, BIC won first prize for Business Sector Transparency (the most transparent consumer goods company for its financial information) and was awarded first prize for the General Transparency Category.
The objective of this « Grand Prix » is to enhance Regulated Information Best practices and to assess listed companies’ efforts in the financial transparency field on an annual basis.
An independent Scientific Transparency Committee including representatives of the regulated information field in France (Financial Market Authority, French Society of Financial Analysts, French Asset Management Association, French Institute of Directors, Association for the Promotion of Individual Shareholders, Minority Shareholder Association, NYSE Euronext) reviewed 70 ranking criteria aimed at gauging the transparency of sources of information
- The reference document
- The Half-Yearly Financial Report
- Quarterly information
- Web site
(1) Labrador: consulting agency in Financial Communication and Publishing
(2) Sciences Po: university specializing in humanities and social sciences...
BIC has been classed in first position for the performance of its corporate governing bodies (Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Compensation & Nomination Committee) in awards granted by the French Economic and Financial Magazine, Agefi.
The “Corporate Governance Awards” have been attributed annually since 2004 to French companies that distinguish themselves by the quality of their relations with shareholders and investors. One of the objectives of the awards is to encourage the creation of rules for good practice in corporate governance. Companies are nominated on the basis of the results of a survey completed by financial professionals which are then reviewed by a steering committee composed of financial professionals and governance specialists including members of the French Asset Management Association, the French Society of Financial Analysts and minority shareholder associations.
BIC has received two previous nominations (in 2008 for “Governance Dynamics” and in 2009 for “Social Responsibility”) and was this year rewarded for the “Performance of Governing Bodies” and classed second for “Governance Dynamics”. Among the reasons cited for this award was the separation of powers between the Chairman of the Board and the CEO....
Since its launch on YouTube one week ago, the interactive Tipp-Ex® video is revolutionizing the world of advertisement. Just imagine:
-- In less than 5 days, the campaign teaser has been seen more that 4 million in over 200 countries!
-- The campaign has been published by hundreds of blogs, shared more than 120 000 times via Facebook and twitted more than 10 000 times!
-- The campaign has appeared on television, the radio and in press articles (on and off line) where it is described as an “innovation showing Youtube’s future”.
-- Each Internet user:
- Spends, on average, 6 minutes viewing the campaign, whereas the usual average time spent is 2 minutes.
- Makes more than 15 key-word requests during a visit.
- Views more than 19 pages on average.
Tipp-Ex® is a brand of the BIC Group and is the European leader in correction products. The agency BUZZMAN developed this viral campaign available on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ba1BqJ4S2M.
An Italian version will be available as of the 10th of September.
<<<As of today, already 45 million fans have viewed the Tipp-Ex® campaign!>>>
December 2010 at the Cristal Festival: Buzzman agency has won the Grand Cristal of the Festival for the campaign, "A hunter shoots a bear"....
Tipp-Ex®, leader of the European Correction Products market and a brand of the BIC Group, has launched a highly original, interactive campaign on YouTube which is as funny as it is surprising.
For the viral communication, the French agency Buzzman has created a series of face to face encounters between a bear and a hunter, offering the viewers the opportunity to choose the ending they would like to see by changing the title of the video directly on YouTube thanks to the Tipp-Ex® Mini Pocket Mouse Correction tape!
More than 40 different hilarious endings can thus be discovered. The campaign is logically signed: “Tipp-Ex®, White and rewrite”.
The videos were launched on YouTube UK on September 2nd and will be launched on YouTube Italy on September 10th....
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As of April 2010, BIC® shaver users will be able to recycle their shavers by sending them back to BIC!
The process is simple: consumers buy their BIC® shavers, use them, order a prepaid envelope on a dedicated website www.bicrecycle.com and send their used shavers back to BIC for free. The BIC Group will have them recycled and turned into washing machine parts! A real commitment to responsible consumption.
Speaking about the operation, Marie Saglio, BIC France’s General Director, stated “BIC has always promoted long-lasting products- about 10 shaving days per shaver- and the use of a minimum amount of raw materials for both products and packaging. With this recycling operation launched in France, BIC goes further and confirms its will to commit to innovative environmental solutions”.
A precursor in the area, the Group, which manufactures all its shavers in its own plants located in France, Greece and Brazil, implemented in 2004 a sustainable development program in order to reduce its environmental impacts and strengthen its social commitment through quantified objectives. In 2009, BIC also launched the 3-Blade shaver BIC® EcolutionsTM, the first shaver made from bioplastic, a form of plastic derived from renewable biomass sources.
Beyond the environmental perspective, this recycling initiative offered by BIC will take an economic and social dimension through the mobilization of reinsertion centers for disabled workers as well as a small French company specialized in recycling.
Shaver collection and recycling will start in France in April 2010.
The launch of the operation will be accompanied by in-store communication and relayed on a dedicated website www.bicrecycle.com in order to raise public awareness on the collection and recycling....
J1 Lighter features in “Shaping Modernity” Exposition at MOMA
The BIC® J1 lighter is currently on view in the exhibition "Shaping Modernity : Design 1880-1980" in the Philipp Johnson Architecture and Design Gallery of The Museum of Modern Art of New York (MOMA).
This is a great honor for BIC Lighter and recognition of its distinctive form.
Note: Since February 2005 the BIC J1 Lighter has featured in the MOMA Department of Architecture and Design. The BIC® Cristal® pen is also part of the MOMA permanent collection.
FANatic … about the new BIC® iPhone application!
Just a few days after its launch on iTunes, the “My BIC® lighter” application for iPhone and iPod Touch has already been downloaded by more than 320 000 fans.
Representing the iconic BIC® lighter, this application is fast becoming the accessory concert-goers can’t get away from whether they are fans of Rock, pop or folk.
Slide the clicking wheel of the virtual lighter and you’ll hear the grating of the flint as the flame appears. Hold it up high, scream the name of your idol, the flame will come alive and move with you. Press again on the pusher and the flame is extinguished. Simple like BIC® !
Don’t wait any longer and download “My BIC® lighter” for free on the iTunes App Store (link below).
Relight your musical passion with BIC!...