Sustainable development


The mission of the Avril Group is to create sustainable value for the vegetable oils and proteins sectors, thus contributing to better foods for humans and preservation of the planet.

To translate this mission into practical actions, from the start the Group initiated a sustainable development strategy that could respond to the demands of its stakeholders such as farmers, the historic shareholders in the Group. This strategy is central to Avril’s activities and has been structured gradually around major commitments and specific objectives, under the logic of continuous improvement.

For each of its activities, Avril has thus defined indicators to measure their contribution to sectoral growth (added value and job creation, the use of raw materials sourced in France, etc.) and to the Group’s corporate social responsibility (food production, greenhouse gas emissions, development in emerging countries, etc.).  For 13 key indicators shared throughout the Group, measurable targets have been defined to cover the period until 2020. Since 2012, these targets, and the 5 commitments to which they are attached, have constituted the foundations for the Group’s sustainable development strategy.

"The Group's five-year strategy, "CAP 2020", is based on sustainable development requirements for the sectors and social responsibility. These considerations lie behind our profitability goals for each line of business. To provide greater visibility to all the stakeholders and partners in the sectors, we have formalised five specific commitments and 13 objectives in terms of figures, which are shared by the entire Group."  

Kristell Guizouarn, Sustainable Development Director

2016 Group Sustainability Report




THE 5 Commitments OF AVRIL

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Closely linked with the world of farming, Avril undertakes to ensure the growth of the oilseeds and protein producing sectors thanks to joint development of local agricultural resources and national outlets.
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Avril rises to the global challenge in terms of food by guaranteeing supplies of oils and animal products in large quantities, while monitoring the quality of their production and nutritional value.
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Via Sofiprotéol, Avril has undertaken to assist the development and structuring of the oils and proteins sectors by consolidating their players, supporting innovation and company creation, and drawing on socially responsible investment.
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An industrial group at the heart of the farming sectors, Avril undertakes to produce while continually improving its environmental performance, according to a philosophy of sustainable agriculture and industrial ecology.
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Avril undertakes to constantly improve the working conditions of its employees while boosting its societal role.



Avril, committed to the climate

The sense of urgency that pervaded the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris offered a reminder that the climate is everyone’s business – governments, citizens and also industry.

Numerous companies have introduced virtuous initiatives that have enabled progress and change. These initiatives underline the close link between their growth and performance and how they take account of their environmental, societal and economic footprints.

Avril is a good illustration of sectoral agroindustrial development that can foster this shared dimension of company growth.

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Through this Charter, in the context of its relations with suppliers, Avril aims to integrate the principles of sustainable development and promote values that correspond to its social and societal ethic.
The Charter testifies to the Group’s desire to sustain relationships with its suppliers that are based on mutual trust and respect, and to share responsible practices.