Avril’s DNA is to place its know-how at the service of structuring agricultural production according to a sectoral model by helping its partners to improve their response to demands from society. Through its commitment to valorizing the French Farm, Avril also plays a structuring role in national livestock sectors.
PROCESS LOCAL RAW MATERIALS
The Avril Group was set up at the initiative of farmers in order to guarantee local markets for their oilseed and protein crops. This commitment consists in developing agriculture in a region by deploying its industrial processing facilities that will enable the creation of value at the local, regional or national levels.
In France, 70% of the rape seeds and sunflower seeds which are processed by Avril’s plants are of French origin. The raw materials of French origin used for the production of feed for animals exceed 80%.
Avril has the same ambition at an international level. In Romania, 90% of the seeds which are processed by the Group originate from the country. In Morocco, the aim is to encourage the cultivation of rapeseed, sunflower and olives throughout the country in the context of the Green Morocco Plan. Avril is adopting the same approach regarding the development of peanut cultivation in Senegal.
Avril is also involved in structuring the French soybean sector and aims to structure an olive oil sector in Italy and around the Mediterranean basin as well.
By driving the growth of national sectors, Avril contributes to reducing the dependency on imports of the countries within it operates. In France for instance, the development of oilseed crops has enabled an increase in the production of meals for livestock feeds, hence reducing significantly the importations of soybean.
MAKE SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS IN OUR SECTORS
Through Sofiprotéol, its finance and development arm, Avril is committed to supporting the structuring and development of agricultural and agrifood sectors. As a manager of agricultural funds, Sofiprotéol’s mission is to support all actors in its sectors in order to reinforce each link in the value chain. Investment decisions are taken by Commitment Committees that represent the interests of different stakeholders in the sectors. Sofiprotéol thus provides support for more than a hundred companies employing 110,000 people. https://www.sofiproteol.com/en/
IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE SOURCING
Avril's supplier code of conduct
CSR supplier assessment
In 2018, Avril launched a supplier assessment program, based on EcoVadis methodology. Oleon is the first subsidiary to implement the program, beginning with a first assessment phase of over 100 suppliers by the end of 2019.
Palm oil: a dedicated policy
Palm oil is used in some of Avril’s industrial activities; therefore the Group has adopted a specific policy in this respect. In its Sustainable Palm policy, published at the end of 2016, Avril undertook only to use “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” palm oil, whose cultivation does not destroy forests or peat deposits and respects the rights of workers and local communities. The NGO Earthworm Foundation assits Avril in implementing this policy ; Avril has been RSPO member since 2016.
Soybean : a “zero deforestation” commitment via the Duralim initiative
Avril has its roots in the ambition of the French agricultural world to reduce its dependency on soybean imports. Since its inception, the structuration and strengthening of a lasting and competitive French industrial oilseed sector has enabled an increase in the production of oilseed meals for livestock feeds and therefore a significant reduction in soybean imports.
Avril and its subsidiary Sanders are involved in Duralim since its launch. Duralim is a collective approach to the sustainability of animal feeds which in early 2018 made a public commitment to “zero deforestation” supplies.