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.