Humankind is facing giant collective challenges. Our purpose is a way to channel all our energy towards these challenges. This is how we will serve the planet and its people for decades to come.

As our DNA, the Purpose will bring us closer: stating why we exist will be the foundation of our common ground and will express our contribution to the world. It is the result of a journey started in 2022, with broad consultations over several months involving our stakeholders: shareholders, associates, suppliers, customers.

In April 2023, CEO Philippe Delpech unveiled Sonepar’s Purpose to all associates worldwide. We are proud to now share Sonepar’s Purpose: Powering Progress for Future Generations.

Six bold commitments to make our Purpose concrete

Sonepar’s Purpose is rooted into its core activities through six impactful, group-wide bold commitments, engaging associates and stakeholders around common initiatives and goals.

Continuous education
Continuous Education

By 2028, Sonepar intends to provide annual sustainability training for all associates. Our salesforce will be the best trained in the electrical distribution industry to promote sustainable solutions.

Sustainable Customer Journey
Customer Sustainable Journey

By 2028, Sonepar intends to provide each customer with the lowest CO₂ alternative for every quotation.

Product Circularity
Product Circularity

By 2028, Sonepar intends to use 100% of packaging coming from recycled materials and to recycle 100% of products returned to Sonepar by customers.

Gender Balance
Gender Balance

By 2028, Sonepar intends to recruit annually at least 40% of women into its workforce.


By 2028, Sonepar intends to create the Sonepar Powering Community Program in every country in which it operates. This program will create and support dedicated education programs in its ecosystem, give opportunities to vulnerable people and provide aid after natural disasters.


Recognize the contribution of Sonepar’s associates to the success of the transformation.

Purpose Board

To coordinate Purpose initiatives globally and infuse Purpose at all levels of the organization, Sonepar created a Purpose Board composed of 23 active members representative of all regions and functions.

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