Sustainable development

STRATEGY AND CSR AN INTEGRATED VISION

The Avril Group was built just over 35 years ago on two main principles: a general interest mission to serve France’s independence in vegetable proteins and a decision not to distribute dividends to its shareholders but reinvest almost all of its profits in the sector. This makes it an atypical business model.

From its inception, Avril’s mission was already focusing on developing the sector and protecting the planet. To convert this mission into practical actions, the Group initiated a sustainable development strategy that could respond to the demands of its stakeholders This strategy is structured on 5 CSR pillars and 25 key objectives, within a logic of continuous improvement.

“Being at the core of its mission, sustainable development is an historical founding principle of Avril. It is reflected by the Group’s unfailing commitment to all links in the agricultural and agrifood chains. Avril has developed close relations with all actors – farmers, livestock breeders, research scientists and investors. With them, it contributes actively to implementing progress initiatives that create value and contribute practical responses to the societal, economic and environmental challenges in different regions.”

Paul Joël Derian, Research, Innovation and Sustainable Development Vice-President

 

To find out more about how Avril creates value to the benefit of all its stakeholders, refer to our Annual Report or visit https://rapportannuel.groupeavril.com/en

 

 

 

 

 

THE SPRING APPROACH: SUSTAINABILITY PROGRESS INDEX

 

Within the context of its 2023 strategic plan, Avril reinforced and updated its CSR approach, first formalized in 2010 with the creation of the Group’s Sustainable Development Department.

Therefore, in order to accompany the strategic orientations of Avril, a new CSR framework, named SPRING, mobilises the Group on some fifty indicators, twenty-five of which include 2023 goals. These indicators are linked to the five CSR pillars stemming from Avril’s mission. The 25 CSR targets enables to produce an index which measures progress in the CSR approach throughout the period of the plan, thanks a synthetic scores out of five.

 

 

THE FIVE PILLARS OF AVRIL'S CRS APPROACH

 

OUR VALUE CHAINS - PARTICIPATE IN DEVELOPING AND STRENGTHENING SUSTAINABLE VALUE CHAINS
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.
 
 
OUR PRODUCTS & SERVICES - RESPOND TO DEMANDS FOR QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY FROM CUSTOMERS AND CONSUMERS 
As a responsible actor in the agrifood industry, Avril guarantees the excellent health safety, traceability and quality of its products. And because the good health and welfare of animals are prerequisites for the quality of food products, Avril supports its partner livestock farmers in the sustainable health management of their farms.
 
 
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OUR PLANET - PROTECT THE PLANET AND ITS RESOURCES 
Avril is a responsible industrial actor committed to improving its environmental performance and creating new energies that can contribute to sustainable mobility in the future. The Group is also promoting a circular economy, particularly through its subsidiaries Adonial and Terrial.
 
 
OUR PEOPLE - CULTIVE OUR VALUES TO WORK BETTER TOGETHER
Building a Group where all skills work in synergy requires a shared culture and common values: that is why Avril implements initiatives enabling all employees to develop their skills and look to the future, in particular while consolidating a common managerial culture.
 
 
OUR STAKEHOLDERS - ENGAGE WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS
Avril’s regional roots are a specific feature of its DNA and its different entities develop initiatives that make them partners in local life. The Group also draws on the expertise of NGOs to progress its sustainable development policies.
 

 

Avril is signatory of the United Nations Global Compact

The Avril group joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2017, thereby showing its commitment to ten universally recognized principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. This commitment also supports the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. Some of these goals are particularly relevant to Avril’s activities such as “zero hunger”, “affordable and clean energy”, “responsible consumption and production”, “climate action”. As required, Avril publishes annually a Communication On Progress (COP) regarding its actions that outlines its efforts to operate responsibly according to the ten principles.

 

 

UN Global compact

 

AVRIL'S CODE OF ETHICS AND GOOD PRACTICE

The Group's Code of Ethics and Good Practice offers guidelines that help Avril employees to take decisions in accordance with the principles and values that govern the activity of the Group.

In particular, you will find in this Code the procedure enabling to report infringements (“whistleblowing”) as well as the contact details of the Group Ethics Officer.

 

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