Since the 1980s, Saipol’s approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been shaped by actions taken to promote national oilseed production, develop renewable energy and the supply of plant proteins by providing sustainable and profitable markets to farmers and the industry.
It also feeds into SPRING, the Group’s CSR initiative. SPRING is in line with the six commitments of the “Serving the Earth” raison d’être and supports Avril’s strategic plan by giving concrete expression to its objectives, actions and progress in terms of sustainable development.
Our 6 commitments in action
#1 - RESPECTFUL AGRICULTURE
WORKING FOR AGRICULTURE THAT RESPECTS THE PLANET
For example, we are committed to acting as a link with upstream agricultural stakeholders (colleting bodies and farmers), enabling dialogue and building solutions for healthy food and fair remuneration for farmer’s work.
#2 - Resources and Biodiversity
PROTECTING NATURAL RESOURCES AND BIODIVERSITY
For example, we process non-deforestation seeds and 100% of our supplies of oils and esters from crops at risk of deforestation are certified as sustainable.
This experiment, in conjunction with Camelina Company, collecting bodies, technical institutes and chambers of agriculture, is laying the foundations for a French pilot intercropping industry with a high reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) and a low level of inputs, with a view to developing tomorrow’s biofuel supply.
For example, the ash from burning sunflower hulls in our biomass boilers is used as fertiliser, notably by Terrial, a subsidiary of Avril and Suez.
#3 - Local industries
PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL INDUSTRIES
For example, we prefer French seeds to supply our 5 factories located in France when the seeds are available. We are also committed to accelerating the development of local supply chains.
The development of rapeseed for biodiesel production (a co-product of oilcakes) has significantly increased French plant protein production and reduced the proportion of imported soya used to feed livestock.
#4 - Investments
ACTING OF THE IMPACT OF OUR INVESTMENTS
For example, our biggest investments are based on economic, environmental and social criteria. We are committed to ensuring that, by 2030, 100% of our investments, whether industrial or financial, are based on these same criteria. E.g.: A biomass boiler project is currently under study at the Le Mériot site.
#5 - Climate
ACTING FOR THE CLIMATE
For example, we are committed to reducing all our direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 (using 2019 as a base year). We also produce renewable energies that help to decarbonise our customers’ businesses.
Biomass boilers were started up in 2011 at the Grand-Couronne and Lezoux sites, followed by Bassens in 2013 and Sète in 2015. A biomass boiler project is also being studied at the Le Mériot site.
#6 - Collective and Inclusive
ACTING FOR A COLLECTIVE AND INCLUSIVE PROJECT
For example, we are committed to an ongoing and demanding dialogue with all our stakeholders.
In 2022, Saipol achieved a score of 94/100, for more details, click here.
A disability adviser is appointed at each site to support this process.
The Inclusive Games took place in June, and thanks to the participation of around fifty employees, Saipol took the 7th place !
These multilateral meetings are an opportunity to discuss how agricultural issues, such as food for humans and animals, energy and sustainable development, are closely intertwined at local level.
The Avril Group donates 5 euros to the ARC Foundation for each employee involved in this initiative within the Group.
In 2023, the Saipol Lezoux site set up a free exhibition, open to local residents, on sunflowers, the business and the professions on the walls of its site. The exhibition was followed by a tour of the site to give the general public an insight into the activities of the industrial site and to pass on the passion for its professions.