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BIC joins forces with CARE NGO to implement a Social...

February 2012 - Since the month of May 2011, the BIC Group has become a partner of CARE in its “Rural Sales Program” that enables women in Bangladesh to overcome poverty by developing their professional activity.


An innovative project in partnership with CARE

CARE’s “Rural Sales Program” has been in place since 2004.  It assists women who are among the poorest, the Aparajitas (“those who never give up”), to develop their own activity by selling articles door-to-door in remote rural areas. Since the partnership between BIC and CARE was signed in May 2011, these women include BIC® shavers in their baskets.  To support them, the local BIC distributor and CARE teams provide training in sales and demonstrate the specific features of the products and shaving practices. 


Sustainable solutions to fight against poverty

To promote this form of entrepreneurship, BIC and CARE offer these women an appropriate and sustainable solution by providing them with the means to escape poverty and social isolation, and in this way to give them a sense of pride and a new role to play in their community.  Today, this program includes 900 businesswomen and their families.  This new distribution method allows the inhabitants of isolated villages to have access to simple, good-quality and inexpensive products.


As Edgar Hernandez, General Manager for Developing Markets of the BIC Group, points out, “Thanks to CARE’s Rural Sales Program in Bangladesh, we believe we can provide concrete and lasting solutions to the populations that need them.  For BIC, it is also an opportunity to test a new approach to distribution in these countries, and to acquire a better understanding of the expectations of their inhabitants.”


Philippe Lévèque, Executive Director from CARE France, adds, “This innovative partnership with companies such as BIC enables us to experiment with new ways of reducing poverty.  This distribution program, which places emphasis on the social impact it can have among some of the poorest women in Bangladesh, also permits CARE to involve private players outside traditional sponsorship and to learn from their expertise for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations.


To know more about the BIC Care program: YouTube (link in the orange area)


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Results of the Art Contest “Cristal® Art Gallery”...

31 May 2011--Two winners have each won a prize of 5 000 Euros following the “Cristal Art Gallery” contest, hosted by, a website dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of the BIC® Cristal® pen in Europe. 


=> The Jury’s Prize was awarded to Jean-Baptiste Durand, also known as Neguts for his work of art drawn on a wall and named “Wall drawing”. The empty pens at the foot of the wall give an idea of the size of the drawing!

The jury, composed of three artists who use the BIC® Cristal® pen in their work, gathered on Friday 21 May to deliberate and choose a winner among the 730 works of art posted online by visitors to the site. “Among the numerous works of art posted, many of which revealed great talent and showed sophisticated drawing techniques, we chose the work of art “Wall Drawing”. This piece showed an original artistic approach through the presentation of the work and the artist’s mastery of his subject. We would like to congratulate the artist by giving him the Jury’s Prize,” commented the judges.


=> The Internet Users’ Prize was awarded to Managua. His work of art “BIC story” illustrates the history of the BIC® brand, from the first advertising to the latest product releases.


The “Cristal® Art Gallery contest was hosted online from 14 April to 17 May 2011, allowing Internet users to post a drawing, video or sculpture using BIC® Cristal® pens.




The artists on the Jury:

Anne-Flore Cabanis, a French artist who has produced works of art using a BIC® Cristal® pen and in one continuous line.

Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz, a Spanish artist known for his realistic photographic drawings using a BIC® Cristal® pen.

Paolo Ulian, an Italian designer who has produced sculptures using BIC® Cristal® pens.



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