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.
2016 Group Sustainability Report
THE 5 Commitments OF AVRIL
Avril focuses on making local and sustainable investments that will contribute to the development of regions and territories. Through its close links with the farming world, the Group is committed to ensuring sectoral growth thanks to the combined development of local agricultural resources and national markets.
Avril supports the structuring and improvement in quality of local products, the aim being to ensure food security in the regions and countries where it operates and to satisfy the demands of populations in line with their needs and expectations. Faced with the global food challenge, Avril supports the growth of worldwide consumption and helps to facilitate access to vegetable oils and livestock products for as many people as possible, while ensuring their high-quality production and nutritional value.
Sofiprotéol, the finance and development arm of the Avril Group, contributes to creating value for France’s Farm and all its actors. An Avril subsidiary, it operates a unique business model based on investments that are sustainable, responsible, in the public interest and fully expressed in its mission to serve agriculture: to find new markets for French products, build strong sectors and encourage innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.
As an industrial group with a central role in different agricultural sectors, Avril is committed to production that will continuously improve its environmental balance under the logic of sustainable agriculture and industrial ecology. From agriculture upstream to industry downstream, the Group implements long-term approaches to reduce its environmental footprint and increase its use of renewable energies.
For Avril, collective performance cannot be dissociated from the fulfilment of its employees who drive its success. The Group is therefore committed to promoting equality at work and constantly improving the working conditions, health, safety and well-being of its employees, while at the same time enhancing its social and societal role. Find out about our actions in sustainable development
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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