Avril is committed to constantly improving the working conditions of its employees while enhancing its social role.
Responsibility and proximity
Avril is characterized by a diversity of skills and working environments, as well as by a sectoral spirit that implies paying particular attention to others. The Group has given itself three priorities relative to its employees: health and safety, the integration of disabled staff and welcoming young people to train them in skills for the future. The commitment to working together also reflects Avril’s ambition to provide support for its partners.
Safety at work : an absolute priority
Since 2012, Avril has been implementing a highly ambitious health and safety policy aimed at achieving a zero accident rate. Each unit and each site undertook to drastically reduce the frequency of accidents by implementing a wide-ranging action program: site safety visits, training sessions, challenges or documents on good practices. In addition, the Group supports the introduction of solutions adapted to specific working contexts in order to improve the welfare of its employees; for example, a project on preventing musculoskeletal problems at the Abera abattoir. Another example is regular training sessions in nutrition and health sponsored by Lesieur.
Welcoming disabled staff
So that people with all talents can be welcomed within the Group, Avril has adopted a deliberate policy on the integration of disabled staff. Seeking not only to be exemplary but also to go beyond its legal obligations, the Group aims to welcome more than 6% of disabled staff at each of its sites.
Vocational training for young people
Welcoming young people and knowing how to train them is to create the resources and skills necessary for Avril’s growth and the future of its sectors. In this area, the Group has a dual ambition: to put more resources into day release training and apprenticeships, and to reinforce its training capacities. Avril already benefits from two in-house training schools, Atoo at Sanders in France and Excellium at Lesieur Cristal in Morocco. Furthermore, since 2015, the Avril Academy has enabled all group employees to obtain training in the skills they need for the future and thus enhance their career opportunities.
The Group has given an undertaking to the French government that it will ensure access to employment in all its agroindustrial sectors
At the Bassens site in January 2016, a partnership agreement was signed with the Prime Minister, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Forest, and the Minister for Cities, Youth and Sport, in the context of the Enterprises & Quartiers Charter. This notably concerns access to training and jobs for young people who are not integrated in the employment market and come not only from towns and cities but also from rural areas, where most of Avril’s activities are based.