Verallia, the world’s third largest producer of glass packaging for food and beverages, entrusts the development and management of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) strategy to its General Counsel, Wendy Kool-Foulon, as of June 1, 2022.
A CSR approach designed to play a driving role in the transformation of the packaging sector
Aware of the human and environmental challenges facing society, the group has developed an ambitious CSR policy. By entrusting this roadmap to Wendy Kool-Foulon, Verallia hopes to amplify and consolidate its objectives within all its activities.
The main pillars of its commitments include:
- Strengthening the circular dimension of glass packaging to make it the most sustainable material, in line with its purpose. In 2022, the group launched its “Re-use Lab”: the very first pilot project for glass re-use in France by 2025;
- Significantly reducing CO2 emissions in all the group’s activities, including Scope 1, 2 and 3 – through new furnace technologies, but also thanks to the reduction of the average weight of bottles and jars;
- Providing a safe and inclusive quality of life at work for all employees.
“Acting on the societal and environmental aspects is a priority, in line with Verallia’s purpose: re-imagine glass for a sustainable future. By appointing Wendy Kool-Foulon as Group CSR Director & General Counsel, we are giving an additional boost to our ambitions to go faster and further. In this context, her main missions will be to federate all teams and actions within the Group, for a coordinated and efficient implementation,” said Patrice Lucas, CEO of Verallia.
Wendy Kool-Foulon has been Verallia’s General Counsel since 2020. A 49-year-old French-Dutch national, she began her career in a law firm (PriceWaterhouse and Salans), then joined IBM France in 2001 as a tax lawyer, before being appointed Head of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions. She joined Geodis in 2008 as General Counsel of the Supply Chain division, then Tarkett in 2012 as General Counsel of the EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America divisions. She was then appointed General Counsel of the Tarkett Group in 2016.
Wendy Kool-Foulon holds a Master’s degree in Management Sciences from the University of Paris Dauphine, a post-graduate diploma (DESS) in corporate taxation as well as a law degree (Paris Bar).