Working together

Working together

Avril undertakes to constantly improve its employees' working conditions while boosting its societal role. 

Responsibility and proximity

Avril stands out not only for the diversity of its professions and working environments, but also for its "sectoral approach", which involves consideration for others. The Group has set three priorities for its employees: health and safety, integrating disabled staff, and welcoming young people while training them for tomorrow's professions.  This commitment to working together also reflects Avril's ambition to assist its partners.

The health and safety priority

Since 2012, Avril has been implementing a highly ambitious Health and Safety policy, with the aim of achieving a zero-accident rate. Each factory and site has made a commitment to drastically reduce the accident rate by implementing a comprehensive action programme: safety inspections in the field, training sessions, challenges, and compilations of good practices. In addition, the Group endeavours to provide solutions for particular working environments in order to improve the staff's well-being – for example, providing osteopath services to prevent RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries) in the Animal Products division abattoirs. Another example is Lesieur's health and nutrition training courses, which are carried out regularly.

Welcoming disabled workers

Avril is keen to welcome all talents into the Group and has adopted a voluntarist policy of integrating staff with disabilities. Seeking not only to be a model in this respect, but also to go beyond its legal obligations, the Group is aiming for a proportion of disabled workers of over 6%. By 2013, nearly a quarter of the Group's sites had achieved this objective.

Professionalising young people

Welcoming young people and training them means creating the resources and skills needed for Avril to develop, as well as the future of the sectors. The Group has two ambitions in this respect: to focus even more on block-release programmes and apprenticeship and to boost its training facilities. Avril has two internal training schools: Atoo at Sanders and Excellium at Lesieur Cristal in Morocco. Soon the Avril Academy will enable all Group employees to receive training in tomorrow's professions and thus develop their skills.


Food for Life

Food for Life aims to bring to light the good practices inside the Group, and to foster experience sharing.

This approach organized around the strategic pillars of Avril 2020 and the Group's Sustainable Development commitments includes several tools. Most notably, the “Performance Challenge”: each employee can describe one or several actions carried out in the last 12 month. These actions are evaluated by a committee in order to select about 20 ambitious and innovative projects which will be rewarded during the “Great Get-Together” (Grande Rencontre). This major internal event brings together the Group executives, and a wide range of employees. All the participating projects have a representative during the “Great Get-Together”. All the projects are subsequently available on the internal “Food for Life” website.

Food for Life: make individual achievements become opportunities for all!”.



Sanders invests in young people and block-release training  

Created in 2010, the Sanders "Ecole des Ventes" (Sales School) is the first school/business partnership in the agribusiness sector. It results from an association between Sanders, the Angers ESA higher school of agriculture and the IUTs (university technology institutes) at Rodez and Brest, and offers a professional "MCE" diploma in livestock consultancy. Alongside the standard course, the Sanders school offers 210 hours of additional training within the company. Students who obtain a diploma and demonstrate their suitability will be offered a job as a technical sales rep with Sanders.


Acting locally

Its agricultural origins and commitment to developing national sectors root the Avril Group firmly in the regions, where it creates value and non-relocatable jobs. The Oilseed division integrates its industrial sites into their regions by working in consultation with the local population and all economic players. The Animal Products division is also well-established in the rural environment. It maintains a close relationship with livestock farmers and its local network is a vital component in its success.



  • Reduce industrial accidents within the Group by 70%.
  • Employ over 6% of disabled workers at each site.
  • Double the number of apprentices and work-experience students taken on at the Group's companies.