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 promotes SPRING, Avril Group’s CSR policy. SPRING supports Avril’s strategic plan and materialises the Group’s objectives, actions and progress in terms of sustainable development based on 5 pillars and 25 indicators with target objectives for 2023.
PILLAR 1 - SUPPLY CHAINS AND PROCUREMENT
PARTICIPATING IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND STRENGTHENING RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAINS
Through its central position in the oilseed sector, Saipol ensures consistency between societal expectations and upstream agricultural production.
Saipol adds value to national production, helps to structure responsible supply chains and contributes to the agricultural transition towards sustainable practices.
This experiment, carried out with Camelina Company, collecting organisations, technical institutes and chambers of agriculture, is laying the foundations for a French intercropping pilot supply chain with a high reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) and low-level input farms in order to develop the future biofuel supply.
Pillar 2 - Products and services
MEETING CUSTOMER AND CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS WITH RESPONSIBLE AND QUALITY PRODUCTS
Saipol markets a wide range of products and solutions for food, animal nutrition and technical uses with environmental benefits.
Product quality in nutritional, sanitary and technical terms, as well as production traceability from a physical and regulatory point of view (biofuel sustainability certification) are at the heart of Saipol’s know-how.
of industrial customerssatisfied
with all our products.
This is what emerges from the quality studies carried out annually with our industrial clients.
Saipol has developed digital solutions that make the sale of sustainable seeds and the purchase of vegetable proteins (meal) possible from Monday morning to Friday evening without interruption.
OleoZE – sale of sustainable seeds
Feedmarket – purchase of protein-rich meal
Marketed under the brand name Diester, this biodiesel is incorporated by oil companies into diesel fuel distributed at the pump under the name B7 or B10.
Since 2018, Saipol has developed additional resources to offer its customers a new range of speciality biodiesels with low GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions
The development of rapeseed for the production of biodiesel (a co-product of meal) has significantly increased French vegetable protein production and reduced the share of imported soybeans for livestock feed.
Pillar 3 - Planet
PROTECTING THE PLANET AND ITS RESOURCES
Saipol has been producing renewable energy since the 1990s and has developed solutions from oilseed crops to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transport.
As an industrial player, Saipol also acts to reduce its energy consumption, to substitute its consumption of fossil fuels with renewable energies and to use all by-products and waste from production.
In addition, more than 60% of the thermal energy (steam) used by Saipol is produced from biomass (wood chips or sunflower husks).
Biomass boilers were commissioned as early as 2011 at the Grand-Couronne and Lezoux factories, followed by Bassens in 2013 and Sète in 2015.
Pillar 4 - women and men
CULTIVATING OUR VALUES TO WORK BETTER TOGETHER
Saipol, as with all the subsidiaries of the Avril group, is committed to developing a strong safety culture based on the conviction that all accidents are avoidable.
The training of employees and managers, the integration and continued employment for disabled workers, gender diversity and equality between men and women are all issues to which Saipol is committed to making progress in order to achieve levels of excellence.
Employees also work with local stakeholders to promote the employment of young people and to combat discrimination in employment.
A disability advisor is appointed at each site to support this process.
The score obtained was 88/100 in 2019, up 14 points from 2018.
Pillar 5 - Stakeholders
ENGAGING WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS
Through its local presence in 6 French regions, Saipol has established close links with its suppliers, customers and local stakeholders.
Saipol acts locally in order to make its activity known to stakeholders, on the one hand, to ensure the integration of industrial sites into their socio-economic environment, and on the other hand, to attract its future talents.
Saipol’s employees also work with local stakeholders by participating in solidarity, communication and information activities for the general public.
The Avril Group donates €5 to the ARC Foundation for each employee involved in this process within the Group.
These multilateral meetings provide an opportunity to discuss how agricultural issues for food and feed, energy and sustainable development are closely intertwined within the territories.