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.
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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.
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.
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