Social responsibility -SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS THE ENGINE OF GROWTH AND CONTINUITY OF AVRIL GROUP. IT REPRESENTS THE ESSENCE OF THE GROUP STRATEGY AND IS BASED ON 5 COMMITMENTS, MATERIALISED THROUGH 13 OBJECTIVES FOR 2020.
1 Let’s protect the planet
Contribution to a 10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from farmers employed in the “Diester Rapeseed Progress” Approach* (www.progrescolzadiester.fr)
10% reduction of the Group’s energy consumption*
Reaching 33% renewable energy of the Group’s consumption of energy
Using more than two million tonnes of certified vegetable oils as sustainable
Terrial uses 70,000 tonnes per year of waste from the Group’s industries in the form of organic fertilizers.
Thanks to our biomass boilers, over 50% of the energy used to produce the Diester® biodiesel comes from renewable sources.
The Group’s research to reduce the consumption index** (CI) has contributed to diminishing the environmental footprint of animal products.
2 Let’s work together
80% reduction in the occupational accidents within the Group*
Employment by each company of the Group of over 6% disabled workers
Doubling the number of trainees employed by the Group companies*
The group has signed a partnership agreement with the State regarding the access of young people to jobs and the acceptance of collaborators with disabilities
The number of accidents with or without lost time, at a million hours worked, is steadily decreasing since 2012
In many Group units, regular training courses are organised concerning healthy eating
3 Sofiproteol: Let’s invest sustainably in subsidiaries
Investments of €430 million, between the end of 2012 and the end of 2020, for the benefit of the subsidiaries, through Sofiproteol, the financing and development company of the Avril Group
Co-investment of €40 million, between the end of 2012 and the end of 2020, in venture capital projects in agri-business
Sofiproteol supports over 100 companies throughout France, with 80,000 employees
SDP, a Sofiproteol partner, is an SME that produces plant health supplements and is trying to evolve in its RSI approach.
Sofiproteol supports Meta Bio Energies, a methanisation and composting unit that allows the annual recovery of 60,000 tonnes of agricultural waste
4 Let’s develop national subsidiaries
The use, in the French industrial units of the Avril Group, of 55% of the oil seeds harvested in France (23% of the Romanian production in the Romanian factories and 27% in Senegal)
Supply of industrial units in the animal feed field with over 80% of French raw materials
Each year, Saipol processes over half of the French oil production
The rapeseed and sunflower purchases for the EXPUR factory in Slobozia (Romania) are exclusively local
Almost 80% of the raw materials that enter our animal feed plants are of French origin
5 Let’s make better food for people
Meeting the annual food oil needs of 100 million people
Contribution to ensuring the annual animal protein needs of 30 million people
In Morocco, Lesieur Cristal launched Lesieur 3G oil, made from rapeseed, sunflower and soy oil
In Romania, the Bunica oil brand has expanded its range with oils rich in Omega 3 or Vitamin D
The “Involved in growing” approach is a chain of excellence for pig farming in France, with high demands on sustainable development and animal welfare.
Within the Avril 2020 project, an extra-financial analysis was carried out for each area of activity of the Group. The areas of activity were analysed according to two types of criteria:
Their contribution to the development of the chain (added value and jobs in France, the use of rapeseed and sunflower within the chain, etc.)
Their contribution to the Group’s social responsibility (food production, GHG balance, innovation, development in developing countries, etc.)
Thus, each Avril entity establishes its own roadmap to contribute to the Group’s project.