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Sustainable
development report
2014
• II
An original development model,
relevant to the entire sector
• 1
Summary
Editorial 	 2
Avril group: profile 	 4
Avril group: sustainable development strategy 	 6
Our commitments
Developing national sectors 	 8
Better food for humans 	 14
Preserving the planet 	 20
Working together 	 26
Sofiprotéol: sustainable investments
in the oils and proteins sectors	 30
A sustainable development network
serving our commitment 	 34
Table of performance indicators 	 36
• 2
Editorial
The development of our Group is based
on a territorial and collective project
in the service of «France’s Farm». It is
expressed through our mission, which is
to create value in the oils and proteins
sectors, and thereby contribute to
improved nutrition for people and the
preservation of the planet.
In line with our ‘raison d’être’, in 2012 we
started a process to set out our vision
and our commitment to sustainable
development. This step was part of our
overall strategic plan, ‘CAP 2018’, and has
allowed us to better monitor our actions
and their economic, social, environmental
and societal impacts. Five commitments
were defined the following year and
broken down into 13 quantitative targets.
These are the five commitments that
shape this fourth sustainability report.
The year 2014 has enabled work on the
adaptation and appropriation of these
commitments within our Group, our
factories and our professions.
It marks an important step in
implementing our sustainable
development policy, and highlights the
encouraging progress, which we will
follow throughout the roll-out of our
commitments, in a spirit of continuous
improvement.
We approach this progress with humility,
and we welcome the mobilisation of
women and men in Avril, who contribute
every day to expand and fulfil our
commitments. Thanks to them, the
results are significant and demonstrate
the performance of the actions
undertaken. Importantly, these results
are true to the image of Avril - its unique
model in the food and agro-industrial
landscape, its mission of public interest,
its agricultural foundations and strong
local presence.
A major thrust of industrial and economic performance,
sustainable development is part of the Avril group’s
valorisation strategy. The deployment of the commitments
defined in 2013 rests on actions managed transversally and
rolled out across Avril’s activities and professions.
A year under the banner of
employee mobilisation
• 3
Jean-Philippe Puig
At the current time when our Group is
reaffirming its values by establishing a
new identity and new governance, our
sustainable development commitments
respond clearly to the future challenges
of our territories and our stakeholders.
This is the reason for our participation
this year, as one of the founding
partners, in the Solutions COP21 scheme
and, more specifically, its «Better food»
working group which we will jointly
manage.
Our 8,200 employees are the first
craftsmen for the solutions of tomorrow,
and we wish to thank them.
Michel Boucly
Michel Boucly
DCEO of
the Avril group,
VCEO of Sofiprotéol
Jean-Philippe Puig
Manager of
the Avril SCA,
CEO of Sofiprotéol
Kristell Guizouarn,
Director of Sustainable
Development, Avril group
This year Avril has recorded encouraging
progress, illustrating the Group’s mission
in action, but also and especially the
mobilisation of all employees.
The Group’s contribution to the
development of the oils and proteins
sectors is testimony to this- in France, but
also in Morocco, Romania and sub-Saharan
Africa. The proportion of domestically
produced oilseeds processed in our
factories has increased and with it that of
the local raw materials used to feed farm
animals. At the other end of the value chain:
the Group contributes a little more each
day to the food needs of the planet in oils
and proteins, while taking into account the
challenges of sustainable production. It is
the same for the funding and development
of the Group: in 2014, Sofiprotéol has
helped more than 100 companies of all
sizes, representing 80,000 jobs in a wide
variety of sectors.
• 4
Avril is the industrial and financial player in the oils and
proteins sectors. For 30 years, its mission has been to develop
all resources with one ambition: to build efficient sectors for
the benefit of all stakeholders.
A group organised by business sector
billion euros turnover
6.5
8,200
employees worldwide
Avril, two divisions serving an
organisation by sector
The mission of the Avril group is to
create sustainable value chains in the
oils and proteins sectors, and thus
contribute to better food for people
and the preservation of the planet. The
Group is structured around two divisions
which rely on partners who all play a vital
role in the industry: breeders, farmers,
researchers...
The Oilseeds Division includes the
activities of processing rapeseed and
sunflower. It produces edible oils and
sauces, renewable energy through
biodiesel, under the Diester brand, and
components from oleochemicals.
The Animal Products Division is divided
into three speciality areas: animal
nutrition and production, biosafety and
nutritional specialties, and food products
destined for human consumption.
Sofiprotéol, the finance and
development company of the
Avril group
A subsidiary of the Avril group,
Sofiprotéol is dedicated to the financing
of companies in the agricultural and
agrifood sectors. It thus contributes
to the structuring and development
of strong national business sectors
by building sustainable partnerships
and encouraging innovation and
entrepreneurship.
Since January 2015, Avril relies on new
governance, a new organisation and a new
identity.
The legal and financial form of the Group has evolved towards a
limited stock partnership, led by a limited partnership. It enables
greater differentiation between the industrial activities and those of
the financing and development company, which retains the name of
Sofiprotéol.
The objective is to consolidate the Group’s mission: to develop the
oils and proteins sectors and more effectively meet their future
challenges, both in France and abroad.
• 5
Avril: a group at the service of the oils
and proteins sectors
Avril group I PROFILE
AGRICULTURAL
PRODUCERS
COLLECTION OF OILSEEDS
AND PROTEIN GRAINS
SEEDS, PLANT HEALTH PRODUCTS,
BIOTECHNOLOGIES, OTHER INPUTS AND
SERVICES
PROTEINS
LIVESTOCK FARMERS
MILK, MEATPOULTRY EGGS PROCESSED FOOD
CRUSHING OIL
FOODANIMAL
NUTRITION
GENETICS AND
ANIMAL HEALTH
RENEWABLE CHEMISTRY
RENEWABLE
ENERGIES
Sofiprotéol*
* Finance and development company of the Avril group
Avril / Sofiprotéol Farmers
• 6
How does sustainable development fit in
with Avril?
KG : The commitment to sustainable development
is supported by the Avril mission. It is at the heart
of its history and its agricultural origins. This is what
makes its strength and specificity. With the creation
of Avril, our ambition is to continue expanding our
industries in the local territories, on behalf of their
stakeholders, while limiting our environmental
impact. The commitments and goals that we have
set are the direct result of this ambition.
How does the Group structure this
commitment?
KG : The Group’s commitment is based on
a dedicated organisation consisting of a
Sustainable Development Management Team
and, in the subsidiaries and transverse functions,
correspondents responsible for expanding and
deploying the guidelines that have been laid down.
In 2013, we wanted to set a course and give the
Group a framework, a fundamental base shared by
all its entities. Five commitments and 13 objectives
were formalised, based on the Avril strategy
and integrating the specificities of its business
and its organisation by sector. Thus, beyond
the efforts made to reduce the Group’s energy
consumption, strong commitments were made
to increase the share of renewable energy in our
consumption by developing the use of biomass.
To build and extend this common foundation,
we have integrated the actions and initiatives for
improvement already implemented in the Divisions,
with the aim of sharing them whenever it makes
sense to do so. The goal: to develop a dynamic of
continuous improvement by sharing best practices
and initiatives, means and resources, thereby
encouraging the setting of even more ambitious
goals.
What do you remember from 2014?
KG : This has been a year of sharing and
disseminating our commitment in the field. The
trajectory given by the Group, and the growing
expectations of customers and stakeholders
regarding sustainable development has
strengthened the mobilisation in the field. Our
activities and professions have established
organisations intended to implement, sustain and
enrich the orientations driven by their specific
needs. At the same time, the transverse processes,
led by various Management Teams for improving
economic and operating performance, have
increased in power, actively contributing to serve
the strategic goals of sustainable development.
Over the year, the results are in line with the
objectives, which reflects the momentum which
has been built up.
What are your priorities for 2015?
KG : After sharing the approach, priority will focus
on its deployment and its development. Our
mission will be to support the business and help
concretely translate the Group’s commitments as
closely as possible to their reality in the field. This
is one of the key conditions for success. Belonging
to the Avril group will simplify the process
and improve the visibility of the actions being
undertaken. And to go further, we will also focus
our efforts on new levers for improvement, such
as the formalisation of a sustainable procurement
policy.
Sustainable development is one of the drivers of growth
and sustainability for Avril, at the very heart of its strategy.
Its translation into five commitments and 13 objectives has
accelerated its spread, through transversal processes.
Shared commitments and objectives
• 7• 7
Avril group I strategy
“ Our strong point is the link with
the agricultural world: we have
the ability to act and implement
substantive procedures, from
upstream to downstream. We also
have an efficient industrial park, which
enables us to efficiently increase our
sustainable development policy, in line
with our economic and operational
performance goals. ”
Kristell Guizouarn
Director of Sustainable Development
5
SD commitments
included in the Group’s
global strategy ‘CAP
2018’
13
quantitative
SD objectives
integrated into
‘CAP 2018’
• 8
Developing
national sectors
> Supply industrial facilities in the animal nutrition industry with over 80%
French raw materials
 Valorise 60% of French oil seed production in Avril’s industrial facilities
(20% of Romanian production in industrial facilities in Romania, 35% of Senegalese
production)
Romania FranceSenegal
100%
100%
Target 29%, 70%
and 87% achieved
Target 99% achieved
SD OBJECTIVES
CAP 2018
• 9
Value creation
from agricultural upstream to
industrial downstream
14%
of Romanian
oilseed harvests are
transformed in the
Group’s Romanian
industrial facilities
10%
of Senegalese oilseed
harvests are transformed
in the Group’s
Senegalese industrial
facilities
79.7%
of animal nutrition raw
materials are of French
origin
Ensuring the growth of local
products
The vocation of Avril is to transform and
valorise agricultural raw materials, from
rapeseed and sunflower, to meet the
challenges of France’s independence in
protein.
Over the last thirty years, Avril has
developed a real business sector strategy,
reinvesting its profits to benefit their
growth and competitiveness.
This specific model creates value, from
upstream to downstream: primarily, it
energises the local territories ensuring
the sustainability of jobs.
Today, Avril provides opportunities to
almost 100,000 rapeseed / sunflower
producers and 27,000 livestock farmers,
and contributes to support 80,000
jobs, through Sofiprotéol. In addition,
it guarantees the traceability and health
and nutritional quality of products,
to the benefit of consumers. Finally,
it allows the initiation, alongside partners
and all links in the chain, of sustainable
innovation approaches, proof of shared
progress, at both environmental and
nutritional levels.
To highlight its commitments, Avril has
associated itself with the sector brand
‘Terres OléoPro’. Launched at the 2014
Paris International Agricultural Show,
this new brand aims to promote to
consumers «French Production».
Deployed in close connection with the agricultural world, the Group’s model
has a strong commitment to a sustainable green economy for the benefit of all
its stakeholders. This is achieved by supporting the development of national
industries, sources of growth, employment and vitality in the local territories.
52%
of French oilseed
harvests are
transformed in the
Group’s French
industrial facilities
For more information about Avril’s commitment to Developing national sectors please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
• 10
Oilseeds Division: securing the
existing sectors
In France, the model of growth by sector
is firmly established, as evidenced by the
results in 2014: in the Saipol and Lesieur
industrial facilities, Avril valorised over
50% of domestic oil seed production. To
sustain this model, the Group pursued
its strategy of joint development of
agricultural resources and national
outlets. In this spirit, ‘Cœur de Tournesol’,
a 100% French oil, was launched by
Lesieur in 2011. Moreover, Avril is a major
player in biofuels and oleochemicals
which, after food, are the natural outlets
for rapeseed oil.
A pioneer in this area, the Group
continued its work on 2nd generation
biodiesel and its developments in
plant-based chemicals (lubricants or
sealing materials) that have significant
technological and environmental
benefits.
Another key to strengthening the
industry: the international market.
Avril has sought to transpose its model
abroad: in Romania for sunflower, in
Morocco for olive (see testimony below)
and, starting from this year, rapeseed
and sunflower, as well as Senegal
for peanuts. Meanwhile, the Group is
investing in the future of sectors by
focusing on innovation. Thus, under the
shared platform IMPROVE *, the result
of a public-private partnership, Avril is
piloting research programs devoted to
the development of plant proteins, in
particular for food. Its first work, carried
out within the framework of the Avalon
program, earned it an award at the
‘World Innovation Competition 2030’.
Avril is also a partner of the Institute for
Energy Transition P.I.V.E.R.T **, a centre of
innovation and experimentation unique
in Europe, which will be inaugurated in
Picardy in 2015. Bringing together almost
150 researchers, this establishment aims
to boost plant-based chemistry, while
accelerating the industrialisation of
innovations.
52 research projects have been the
subject of a call for projects and 10
patents were filed in 2014.
* Institut Mutualisé pour les PROtéines VEgétales
** Picardie Innovations Végétales, Enseignements et Recherches
Technologiques
POINT
OF
VIEW
We operate 1,100 hectares of olive trees on three sites, and assist local farmers to improve the
quality of their crops by the implementation of sustainable agriculture. Concretely, we organise
training courses on pruning trees, phytosanitary treatment and drip irrigation. On our domain in
El Kelaâ des Sraghna, near Marrakesh, we have an olive crushing unit.
This is very environmentally efficient, with the transformation of the pomace in a biomass boiler,
the installation of a water retention basin, and the systematic recycling of organic waste into
fertiliser, etc. It is also efficient in terms of production: from 1,500 tonnes in 2013, we increased
to 6,000 this year and our ambition is to reach 10,000 tonnes in 2015.
This sector approach is necessary to ensure the quality of our production. It also creates jobs:
our employees were all recruited locally.”
Abdelali Zaz
Deputy Director of Olive Sector, Lesieur Cristal
“We are contributing to the development of the olive
sector, driven by the Green Morocco Plan.
27,000partner breeders, clients
and/or suppliers
Supporting
oilseed producers
100,000
Supplying outlets for
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OUR commitment I Developing national sectors
Animal Products Division:
strengthening the sector strategy
Whenever possible, the Animal Products
Division supplies its industrial sites with
French raw materials, in an effort to
ensure their nutritional and sanitary
quality.
The proportion valorised in Avril animal
nutrition facilities amounted to 79.7%
in 2014. This is in line with the Group’s
objectives, despite a slight decrease
compared to 2013, particularly related to
commodity prices.
In this area, progress levers reside in
the structuring of national networks
of excellence, able to create value for
«France’s Farm», consolidating all links
and securing opportunities. In this
perspective, the Animal Products Division
has supported the implementation of a
soybean sector labelled «Origine France»
which will be launched in 2015. The
Division was also the first French player
to be a member of the international
animal nutrition group RTRS (Round
Table on Responsible Soy), which brings
together the responsible soy producers.
This contribution was concretised in
2014 through the purchase of its first
certificates for sustainable soy.
Finally, the Group has forged strategic
partnerships to bring out leaders in all
links of the chain.
After becoming the majority shareholder
of Matines in 2013, in contrast, in 2014 it
sold its poultry business to LDC, forging
an alliance to become its main breeding
supplier.
This «win/win» partnership allows
Sanders to consolidate its animal
nutrition business.
Uniting its resources to
strengthen the animal
sectors
Since 2013, Sanders and Euralis,
two companies specialised in animal
nutrition, have created a joint
venture in the South-West. This
partnership offers two advantages:
it provides better local service to
farmers by sharing technologies,
by optimisation of logistics costs
and by the regional supply of raw
materials. More broadly, it allows,
in a difficult economic climate, the
strengthening and revitalising of
the livestock sector in the region,
bringing complementary skills and
ensuring opportunities for rapeseed
and sunflower meal.
80,000jobs sustained by
Sofiprotéol’s investments
For more information about Avril’s commitment to Developing national sectors please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
• 12
2.1
million tonnes of
biodiesel produced
3.2
million tonnes of animal
feedstuff produced
Avril has made the
creation of value in the
territories one of the
pillars of its action.
A dynamic source of
progress for all industry
players.
540,000
tonnes of bio-sourced products
in oleochemistry
• 13For more information about Avril’s commitment to Developing national sectors please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
OUR commitment I Developing national sectors
• 14
Better food
for humans
 Contribute to meet the annual protein needs of 30 million people
 Meet the annual oil needs of 90 million people
100%
Target 82% achieved
100%
Target 97% achieved
SD OBJECTIVES
CAP 2018
• 15
Feeding the planet:
Avril’s number one objective
29
million people
whose protein
needs are met by
the Group
Supporting global demand
In 2014, Avril estimates that it met
the oil needs of 75 million people (an
increase of 25% in the space of one
year), and protein requirements of 29
million people, close to the target goal
of 30 million. In 2030, although oil
supply is deemed to be sufficient, the
demand for protein will become a major
challenge because of the growth in global
consumption (see Focus p. 18-19).
The Group has made this issue one of its
strategic priorities. In this perspective,
it has supported the development
of agricultural resources in the
sector: increase in surface area, yield
optimisation, performance development
of breeding farms, particularly
characterised by adaptation to the food
needs of animals, an area in which the
Animal Products Division is at the cutting
edge.
For this the Group relies on two research
centres, Cetiom for the Oilseeds
Division, and the Sourches Research and
Innovation Farm for the Animal Products
Division, which devotes 20% of its budget
to production sustainability.
Avril has also accelerated its research
programs, primarily targeting two areas:
the valorisation of plant protein as an
alternative to animal protein and the
transformation of oil, as a co-product
of oilseed meal, in the biodiesel and
oleochemical sectors.
Producing more… but also
producing better
Avril promotes organisation by sector,
firmly rooted in the local territory,
and encourages good environmental
practices. This model ensures superior
production traceability and nutritional
quality in the market.
This is the case for ‘Fleur de Colza’
and ‘Cœur de Tournesol’ oils, and the
pork and egg products under the label
‘Bleu-Blanc-Cœur’, which are naturally
enriched in omega 3 and 9. Avril has
also become very involved in the field of
nutrition. In 2010, Lesieur was one of the
first manufacturers to sign a charter of
voluntary commitments to nutritional
Avril plays a major role in human foodstuffs, thanks to its oils and proteins
production sectors (animal products and animal nutrition). The Group has set
itself ambitious targets to meet the food needs of the planet, in the context of
sustainable production.
75
million people whose
oil needs are met by
the Group
For more information about Avril’s commitment to Better Food for Humans please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
• 16
improvement that addresses the
nutritional composition of products,
and the information provided to the
consumer. This approach has resulted
in a decrease of 15 to 30% in the salt
content in more than three quarters
of sauces, and a commitment to limit
the saturated fatty acid content to less
than 10% in the Frial range of oils. Still
on the subject of nutrition, Lesieur has
renewed its ‘Cuisine Pop’ulaire’ tour, an
event which has raised the awareness
12,000 consumers to the benefits of
vegetable oils thanks to the presence of
a dietician. The Animal Products Division
also pays careful attention to improving
the nutritional and organoleptic quality of
its products.
Thus, Matines has developed a superior
quality egg, and Ovoteam offers products
tailored to the health of the consumer
(unsalted omelettes...).
For all Group businesses, food safety
and traceability are the key to quality:
all its sites with food outlets are certified
(IFS and ISO 22000), and innovations
are implemented regularly to strengthen
the performance of the industry.
Several years ago, Sanders launched
a management application for each
branch (Rabbit, Eggs...).
It connects all stakeholders in the sector
concerned for perfectly traceable
monitoring of production.
A priority: the valorisation of
material
At each stage of the sector, Avril has
developed know-how and innovative
processes to valorise the material and
involve partners in its endeavours.
Upstream, Cetiom advises farmers on
harvesting dates and the equipment to be
used to optimise yields.
Later in the chain, the Group makes
every effort to recycle co-products and
by-products from processed products,
whether of plant or animal origin: for
example, in animal nutrition, Adonial has
valorised 62,000 tonnes of output gaps
and co-products from the food industry.
Downstream, Avril has a proactive policy
to avoid food waste in all its forms,
like Lesieur, who piloted eco-design
processes in its products and packaging
(bottle tops, extension of optimum
expiry date indicated on the bottle) and
improved information for its consumers.
Avril is also involved with associations.
A partner of Food Banks, the Group
delivered almost 5.4 tonnes of products
throughout the year.
1.3
billion litres of
food oil produced
3
billion eggs produced by
the Group
417,000
tonnes of animal
products produced by
the Group (pork, poultry,
eggs and processed
products)
Animal welfare, a growing concern
In 2012, the Animal Products Division initiated a process of «sustainable health management».
It is working on both nutrition and breeding conditions, with the challenge of protecting
animals from health risks.
In particular, it led research into the development of natural supplements and essential oils to
improve digestive comfort, in partnership with the company Mixscience. The Animal Products
Division is actively working on issues of animal welfare in the form of inter-sector working
groups, to identify areas for improvement.
Externally, the division’s quality managers are participating in a dedicated committee
composed of industrialists, NGOs, clients and consumer associations, whose first task will be
to focus on developing a benchmark to assess animal welfare.
• 17• 17
OUR commitment I BETTER FOOD FOR HUMANS
POINT
OF
VIEW
“Highly involved in CSR since its
inception, we have contributed to
the working group of the ‘National
Association of Food Industries’ (ANIA)
devoted to food waste.
Since October 2014, we have participated
directly in the steering committee against food
waste, which was implemented by Guillaume
Garot, as part of a parliamentary mission.
France has set a target to reduce food waste
by 50% by 2025. The mission will allow the
presentation of concrete solutions, based on
best practices and areas for improvement
proposed by the different players in the food
chain. Internally, we also train our employees
and, in 2015, we will issue a charter to involve
people in our anti-waste commitments.”
Anne Moreau
Digital communication and CSR strategy manager,
Lesieur
For more information about Avril’s commitment to Better Food for Humans please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
During the national collection, 237
employees from 23 sites mobilised to
collect nearly 60 tonnes of food.
Avril intends to increase this commitment
to the community, which is rooted in its
history.
The Group has initiated the creation of
the Avril Foundation, recognised as being
of public interest, which involves a triple
mission: in France, to contribute to the
common development and revitalisation
of the countryside; in the South, to
protect biodiversity and anticipate the
impact of climate change on family
farms; and finally, to promote healthy
and sustainable supplies accessible to
everyone.
The growing demand for protein is a major challenge for the
planet. To assess future needs, the BIPE, a strategy consulting firm,
conducted a global study and drew on Avril’s expertise. This study
aims to determine the ability of the oilseed sectors to meet the global
demands in oils and proteins by 2030. This work integrates future
developments over this period: demography, diets, agricultural land
management, developments in chemistry and renewable energy.
Vegetable oil supply and demand
with no constraints on demand (in millions of tonnes)
Demand (food, energy, chemistry)
Supply
A strong increase in
consumption of plant and
animal proteins
Consumption will grow due to two
factors: population growth (an
additional billion and a half people
by 2030) and the increase in living
standards, mainly in China, sub-
Saharan Africa and India, inducing
a change of diet. The demand for
vegetable oils will increase by 39%,
and the demand for proteins by
40%, spread as follows: an increase
of 43% in plant protein, mainly
driven by sub-Saharan Africa and
India, and of 33% in animal protein,
driven by Chinese consumption.
The emerging countries, undergoing
their first food transition, will be
the number one consumers of
meat. In this regard, the demand
will increase by 30% and will be
slowed down from 2020 due to
the limitation in the supply of
oilseed meal, before starting to rise
again after 2030. The developed
countries will begin their second
dietary transition, marked by
an increasing proportion of the
consumption of plant proteins.
focus
Meeting plant protein
for 2030
53%
growth in demand
for plant proteins
between 2010 and
2030
8.4
30%
billion people to be
fed in 2030
increase in world
demand for animal
proteins by 2030
• 18
250
200
150
100
50
300
2000 2010
- 1 Mt
- 1%
+ 3 Mt
+ 3%
+ 8 Mt
+ 3%
2030
Demand
Supply
Oilseed meal supply and demand
with no constraints on demand (in millions of tonnes)
A contribution to energy
transition and renewable
chemistry
A final observation, the vegetable
oil supply will exceed the food
demand. The surplus will be
valorised in two ways:
• global demand for biodiesel will
increase all the more quickly as
it will be driven by incorporation
obligations in Asia, the Americas
and Europe, reaching 46 million
tonnes in 2030;
• in oleochemicals, an area
expected to experience an average
increase of 4.4% a year in response
to strong demand for innovative
products synthesised from biomass
in many sectors and industries.
Production that follows
demand
According to the study, the surface
area of arable land will increase by
3.4% to 1,586 million hectares. It
will decrease in North America and
Europe, but will progress in Latin
America, sub-Saharan Africa and
Asia, which have large land reserves.
Yields will also be improved: in
2030, a cultivated hectare will
feed an average of 5.3 people
compared to 4.5 in 2010. In this
perspective, the study highlights the
performance potential of rapeseed
and sunflower crops, whose growth
is based much more on higher
yields rather than on the area being
cultivated.
needs, a key issue
OUR commitment I BETTER FOOD FOR HUMANS
• 19
The main findings
of the study
 By 2030, 90% of global
demand for oils and oilseed
meal will be for food
purposes, and 10% well
be related to energy and
renewable chemistry.
 The supply of oils and
proteins will be sufficient
to meet the needs of the
planet and its 8.4 billion
inhabitants.
However, the increase in
meat consumption will be
constrained by the supply
capacity of oilseed meal.
 The challenge is to
develop the yields of
agricultural production and
crop area in the context of
sustainable management of
resources to respond to the
changing global demand for
protein.
400
300
200
100
500
2000 2010 2030
- 5 Mt
- 3 %
+ 6 Mt
+ 2 %
-58 Mt
- 15 %
The study was carried out in 2014 by Avril and the BIPE, a strategy consulting company, based on
reference data from the UN, FAO, OECD, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Oil World.
To an adjustment of the
demand for meat
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Preserving
the planet
 Valorise more than 2 million tonnes of certified sustainable vegetable oils
 Contribute to reducing by 30% the emission of greenhouse gases of the farmers involved*
* in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ improvement initiative
 Reduce the energy consumption of the Group by 10%
SD OBJECTIVES
CAP 2018
100%
Target 10% achieved (in 2013)
100%
Target 30% achieved
100%
Target 90% achieved
100%
Target 86% achieved
 Ensure that 30% of the Group’s energy consumption is provided
by renewable energy
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Proactive procedures starting
with upstream agricultural
activities
Avril is committed to supporting its
agricultural partners in improving their
environmental record.
In the Oilseeds Division, the Group is
involved in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’
improvement initiative, co-led with the
Cetiom, the technical centre of the
sector. The goal: to involve all rapeseed
producers in improving their agricultural
practices, with the implementation of
action plans to reconcile environmental
and economic performance.
In 2014, a communication campaign
was implemented to strengthen
the commitment in the field. The
commitment of the storage agencies
for the implementation of action plans
remained strong in 2014 and covers
nearly 90% of the seed volumes involved
in the initiative: the use of DSTs* for
nitrogen fertilisation and varieties of
rapeseed less susceptible to the risk of
frost, and the development of innovative
practices have been particularly targeted.
* Decision Support Tools
In the Animal Products Division, as part
the ‘Économie Planète®’ initiative, the
27,000 breeder partners benefit from
support to improve their environmental
impact: livestock management, animal
nutrition and building performance.
Preserving the environment is also at the heart of the Avril’s mission and its
commitment to the agricultural sectors. The Group is deploying continuous and
innovative approaches to improve its environmental footprint: lower energy
consumption, renewable energy development and the fight against waste.
1.74million tonnes of
certified sustainable
oils used
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reduction in GHG emissions
from farms in the ‘Démarche de
Progrès’ initiative in 2013*
* 2014 data unavailable at time of
publication
-3% 26.9%renewable energy used in
the Group in 2014
Preserving the environment
throughout the sector
-3%reduction in energy
consumption in the group
since 2012
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In this regard, the Division has been
the source of innovative approaches,
to limit emissions of greenhouse gases
and conserve resources. At a very early
stage, its expertise in animal nutrition
led it to work on consumption indices
which define the amount of raw material
needed to produce one kilogram of
animal growth.
The research helped to optimise feed
and to adjust it to the exact needs of the
animals.
The result: for pork, the consumption
index fell by 23% in the space of thirty
years. In terms of energy, the Division has
renewed its commitment to the «Grignon
Positive Energy» program launched by
AgroParisTech. The objective of this
research project: to pilot processes on
the environmental improvement of farms.
With five experimental farms, Avril is now
one of the partners of reference. 2014
also marks the Group’s commitment to
responsible procurement (purchasing of
soy for animal nutrition and palm oil for
oleochemicals).
Already a member, via its subsidiary
Feed Alliance, of the RTRS (Round Table
on Responsible Soy), which develops
a responsible soy sector, Avril initiated
a think-tank to deploy progressive
and voluntary procedures, adapted to
performance issues. Progress plans, co-
built with the relevant industries, will be
implemented from 2015.
A sense of industrial ecology
Avril is deploying transverse steps to
improve its environmental record. The
Group has already reached 80% of its
target for 2018 in terms of renewable
energy use.
In France, on all its sites, the Oilseeds
Division launched an ISO 50001
certification procedure to provide them
with an energy management system.
In parallel, almost 30 million euros have
been invested in the Oilseeds Division’s
industrial facilities to increase renewable
energy production, using local biomass.
A sunflower hull boiler, under
construction in the Saipol factory in Sète
(Hérault), will come into operation in
2015, and a second pomace boiler was
put into service on the Lesieur Cristal
site in Aïn Harrouda, in Morocco. Water
treatment has also seen significant
progress, including, for the Oilseeds
Division, a decrease of 40% in organic
pollution released into the natural
environment.
These improvements, which go far
beyond the norms in force, are in
particular related to investments in water
treatment on Lesieur’s industrial site in
Coudekerque (Nord).
The Animal Products Division also
conducted numerous initiatives in all its
sectors on its consumption and discharge
of water (see testimony p. 23).
Continued on page 2492%
of recoverable
waste valorised
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our commitment I PRESERVING THE PLANET
For more information about Avril’s commitment to Preserving the planet please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
9
sites ISO 50001
certified at the end of
2014
POINT
OF
VIEW
“We are working on reducing consumption at every
stage of our sectors, working with breeders upstream,
as well as our industrial sites.
The steps we have taken in the pork industry, which include improved
cleaning techniques and awareness in the field, have allowed us to
reduce water consumption by 12% in two years. For Poultry, Sanders
has deployed Aquajust, a water diagnostic and consumption control
tool intended for breeders, which can improve performance.
On the site of Ovoteam (Egg branch), we have carried out important
work to optimise flushing systems, the technique used to clean the
pipes. In addition to a strong decrease of 32% in consumption, we
lowered our BOD* rates.”
* biochemical oxygen demand (organic pollution)
Thomas Kerihuel,
Sustainable development manager for the Animal Products Division
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The valorisation of co-products and
waste generated by the activities of
the Divisions is also part of the Group’s
priority issues, related to the idea
of circular economy that the Group
encourages.
This year, 94% of the waste from the
Oilseeds Division and 81% of waste
from the Animal Products Division was
transformed into energy or recycled in
various forms.
In this area, the Group relies on
specialised subsidiaries: Adonial, which
transforms output gaps in the food
industry into animal nutrition, and
Terrial, a subsidiary with expertise in
the transformation of waste into energy
and fertiliser through composting and
methanation.
Terrial transformed half of the waste
from the Oilseeds Division and over
80% of waste from the Animal Products
Division.
Biofuels: the innovation continues
Avril is a pioneer of biofuel activity, which
allows it to valorise rapeseed oil and join
the energy transition for green growth.
A producer of 1st generation biofuels
with Diester® biodiesel, the Group
continued its work on advanced and
second generation biofuels.
This has been carried out through the
BioTfueL research program, which
aims to develop an industrial unit for
processing materials from biomass (e.g.
forest and agricultural residues such
as straw). 2014 saw the actual start of
the project, with the beginning of the
construction of a pilot on the Avril site in
Venette, Picardy.
The Group also coordinates work as part
of a partnership with the Toulouse White
Biotechnology research centre that
explores innovative biological tools (such
as enzymes...). They have notably opened
the way for the production of bio-based
fuel for aircraft.
-40%
reduction in organic
pollution discharged into
water by the Oilseeds
Division factories since
2010
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our commitment I PRESERVING THE PLANET
For more information about Avril’s commitment to Preserving the planet please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
Avril, a founding partner of Solutions COP21
In order to share its commitment to sustainable development and in particular the climate,
Avril wanted to become involved as a founding partner of Solutions COP21.
In this context, the Group has assembled, with other partners, working groups on
transversal themes («Better consumption», «Better mobility» ...).
Avril was chosen to pilot, with Carrefour, the «Better food» working group.
In this perspective, it has asked BIPE, a strategy consulting firm, to conduct a study to
identify key climate and food issues for 2030.
This working group will provide the key elements to highlight the solutions and advances
already deployed in the field.
www.climatesolutionsplatform.org
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 Reduce work accidents within the Group by 70%
 Employ more than 6 % of disabled staff on each site
 Double the number of apprentices and interns in the Group’s companies
Working
together
100%
100%
100%
Target 63% achieved
Target 17% achieved
Target 75% achieved
SD OBJECTIVES
CAP 2018
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A working environment
respectful of its employees
A shared culture of progress
The growth model used by Avril, based
on an organisation by sector, has been
built through listening and attention
to others. This mind-set encourages
exchange; it is a guarantee of continuous
improvement: projects are carried out
by employees and are intended to be
shared.
The managerial program «Feeding
life», initiated by the Animal Products
Division and extended from this year
to the Oilseeds Division in France,
embodies this dynamic. Backed by an
internal challenge, «The Performance
Challenges», and marked by a day of
meetings and exchanges between
managers, it helps accelerate the
dissemination of best practices.
Thus, in 2014, 102 projects were
submitted, and 27 rewarded, on a variety
of topics: health and safety, customer
culture, environment...
A strong mobilisation on safety
Since December 2012, Avril has been
leading an ambitious safety policy
based on the daily involvement of all
employees. The goal: annually decrease
accidents by 20% *.
In the space of two years, the observed
decrease was 44% is in line with the
target. This positive result reflects the
effectiveness of the actions put in place,
which are focused on prevention in the
area of work practices and gestures, the
cause of 80% of accidents.
Field Safety Visits (FSV), special visits
enabling managers and operators to
discuss safety, are the keystone of this
process. Their number has increased
fivefold in one year, from 450 in 2013
to 2,200 in 2014. Moreover, industrial
activities have continued to implement
targeted measures. After an action plan
on hands that has reduced the number
of accidents by 55%, in late 2014 the
Oilseeds Division initiated actions for
better eye protection.
Meanwhile, the Animal Products Division
has focused on the safety performance
of its industrial sites, with 11 sites
audited in 2014.
* Reduction in the number of work accidents with and without time
off per million hours worked
Safety, health and welfare at work are among Avril’s priorities. To this end, the
Group is deploying innovative practices, in line with its core values: Respect,
Audacity, Performance.
-44%
reduction in the
number of work
accidents since 2012
17%
of sites with over 6%
of disabled workers
in 2014
196
apprentices and
work-study students
in the Group in 2014
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In this context, the focus has been on
awareness, with the deployment of an
e-learning platform dedicated to safety
and the growing power of the «3S
Challenge» **, which can reward the best
staff initiatives to improve health and safety
at work: over 100 projects were submitted
in 2014, compared to 75 in 2013.
** Health and Safety Challenge
Health and well-being: a policy
based on prevention
Health and well-being at work at the heart
of the Avril group’s concerns. To fight
against musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
and occupational diseases, the Group has
made prevention its first action lever.
Significant investments have been made
to optimise the layout of workstations
and the use of external experts. For
example, ergonomists or osteopaths
have been invited into companies within
Group to offer warm-up sessions before
starting work. In this way, ‘3 Vallées’, the
specialist in egg products, has completely
reorganised its workshops, analysing each
work situation with 1/25 scale models. In
the Oilseeds Division, Lesieur has led a
comprehensive noise study to optimally
develop the acoustics of its new packaging
site in Bassens (Gironde).
In Avril, health and well-being also
encompass the fostering of nutrition and
sports.
Projects have been conducted in all
the Group’s facilities, including the
headquarters, which aims to play a leading
role. Avril is one of the first companies
to have deployed Vivacteo, an innovative
approach proposed by the IRFO ***, which
promotes company sport and well-being,
via the introduction of specific workshops
(stretching, choir...).
Training for the right handling movements in Matines
The Matines egg packaging centre located in Brugnens (Gers) employs 32 staff. In
collaboration with occupational health, over the last fifteen years it has implemented a
voluntary approach in all areas of human resources: integration and recognition of disabled
workers, employee protection, safety etc...
In 2014, the site focused on ergonomics. To prevent the risk of musculoskeletal disorders
related to the handling of egg cartons, thorough and individual «Healthy Gestures» training,
given by students from a physiotherapy school, was provided to 10 employees. Lasting two
days, the objective was to explain the body and its movements and to propose practical
simulation exercises tailored to their jobs.
With its very positive results, this training will be extended to all staff, including administrative
employees. «The working groups are transverse, which helps make it a unifying approach»,
noted Jean-François Cauzzi, Site Director, and Asmaa Fikry, QSE Facilitator.
2,200
Field Safety Visits in 2014
managers trained
for Field Safety
Visits since 2013
590
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POINT
OF
VIEW
“Our disability
policy is divided
into three parts.
Firstly we encourage the
employees concerned
to recognise their
disability, which requires
work on awareness, to
fight against taboos
and prejudices. Then
we work to adapt
workstations. Finally,
we act on recruitment,
by asking our partner
consultancies to
include candidates
with disabilities in the
selection process. Our
approach is supported
by the Group’s
management and
human resources; which
is the key to its success.”
Rémy Delabays
Human Resources
Director, Oilseeds Division
our commitment I WORKING TOGETHER
Other entities have initiated actions that
bring people together, such as a team of
female staff from the Animal Products
Division mobilised by running for the fight
against women’s cancer.
*** ’Institut des Rencontres de la forme’ (Fitness institute)
Disability: building up momentum
Regarding the integration of people with
disabilities, Avril has set an ambitious
goal: to exceed the regulatory threshold
of 6% on each of its sites. At the end of
2014, 17% of sites achieved this goal.
This increase is the result of increased
mobilisation, supported by human
resources, which, in conjunction with the
Sustainable Development Management,
has led regular monitoring committees
on the subject.
To accelerate this positive dynamic, a
help kit for hiring people with disabilities
has been distributed within the Group.
A proactive approach is also reflected
in the specifications sent by the Group
and its entities to recruitment firms (see
testimony opposite). From 2015, this
measure will be extended to temporary
employment agencies.
Training and work-study
programs: procedures in progress
Avril is deploying an active policy
designed to facilitate integration through
work and to favour local employment.
The Group is committed to doubling the
number of apprentices and work-study
trainees on each of its sites. The impetus
was given in 2014, driven by managers
in the regions who were encouraged to
work directly with target schools relevant
to their needs. Several companies
in the Group have also invested in
internal schools to provide specialised
professional training, tailored to the
requirements of their business. The
Sanders School of Sales has developed
training based on livestock consulting:
56 students have been trained in five
years. For its part, the Lesieur Cristal
‘Excellium Academy’ in Morocco offers,
both internally and externally, courses
based on its expertise: 859 employees
benefited from these courses in 2014.
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Progression in the number of work accidents (with and without time off): TF2
40
35
30
25
20
15
D
ec.2012
* figures calculated on 2014 perimeter
D
ec.2013
D
ec.2014
-44%
21.18
18.10
33.6*
SD OBJECTIVES
CAP 2018
100%
 Co-invest € 30 million in venture capital projects in agriculture and agro-industry
Target 76% achieved
 Invest € 200  million over the next five years for the companies in the sectors,
via Sofiprotéol, the financing and development company
100%
Target 26% achieved
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Sofiprotéol:
sustainable investments
in the oils and proteins sectors
A structural support for the
sector
For over thirty years, Sofiprotéol
has been a minority shareholder
investor alongside industrial players
in the agricultural sector. Its mission
is to financially support companies
identified as structural for the oils
and proteins sector, but also for all
major crop and livestock sectors.
The challenge is to develop
«France’s Farm» ensuring the
sustainability of local employment,
helping producers to find markets,
setting up strategic alliances in
increasingly competitive contexts,
to form successful leaders
(see box p. 33).
In 2014, Sofiprotéol invested
over 80 million euros. In total one
hundred companies currently
receive funds from Sofiprotéol;
they represent 80,000 jobs in
a variety of areas: seeds, plant
protection, animal health and
genetics, collection and processing
of plant and animal production,
methanation...
Sustainable investments
in the service of the public
interest
Sofiprotéol is careful to commit
its support over the medium/long
term, and to adapt its financing
methods to the specificities and
needs of companies.
The subsidiary works primarily
through the acquisition of minority
shareholdings, the granting of
bonds and medium-term loans,
investments in venture capital...
It reinvests the majority of its
profits to help sustain the business
sectors and the dynamics of the
local territories. Its decisions
are taken in the context of
a commitment committee,
according to different criteria:
project quality, economic value,
etc. Since 2011, Sofiprotéol has
encouraged and favoured socially
responsible investment. The
rating incorporates non-financial
criteria, environmental, social and
governance issues, and enables
companies to be engaged to
actively progress.
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Sofiprotéol, a subsidiary of Avril, implements sustainable partnerships with companies in the oils
and proteins sectors and related agricultural sectors. The objective: to support the creation of
economic, social and societal value, as well as innovation.
Favouring
responsible investments
Find out about the areas of Sofiprotéol’s Sustainable Investments at www.sofiproteol.com/en
7.7
million euros
co-invested in
CapAgro Innovation
152.2
million euros invested
since 2012
• 32
Continuous support for
innovation
The Sofiprotéol rationale is also
to invest in value-creating projects
for the future. They are intended
for example to cover and secure
growing food needs, whilst
preserving the planet’s resources.
In this context, Sofiprotéol funds
forward-looking research programs
in collaboration with FASO
(Strategic Action Fund for Oilseed
and Protein Crops).
The subsidiary also invests
in venture capital to fund the
development of innovative French
start-ups, either directly or through
the investment funds of ‘CapAgro
Innovation’, which is a partner. In
late 2014, 14% of its investments
were focused on innovation,
supporting emerging sectors
such as renewable chemistry
or development of tools to aid
decision making for agriculture.
An expanding field of
expertise
In 2014, following the transfer
by the Group of Sogeval to Ceva
Santé Animale, Sofiprotéol invested
as a shareholder in Ceva Santé
Animale. This choice has enabled
it to broaden its scope into animal
health.
The subsidiary is also heavily
involved in upstream agriculture,
focusing its funding on sustainable
farming, to produce more with
fewer resources, such as research
projects on intelligent inputs or
adjuvants (see box opposite).
SDP: Encouraging sustainable
development
SDP is a French SME specialised
in plant protection and nutrition.
In particular, it manufactures
adjuvants which reinforce the action
of chemical substances in plant
protection products. These additives
contribute, in accordance with
the government’s ‘Ecophyto’ plan,
to reducing farmers’ dependence
on plant protection products,
while maintaining a high level of
production.
They also have the effect of
decreasing the volumes transported
and reducing the effects of
greenhouse gases because they are
derived from plant chemistry. SDP
has always been very involved in
corporate citizenship and sustainable
development.
Sofiprotéol’s support has prompted
them to go further in its approach
and formalise a CSR policy around
commitments and quantitative
indicators.
Sofiprotéol also supported work
related to the growing demand
for proteins that that will occur by
2030. It supported the creation of
a French bean sector, which should
begin in 2015.
It also contributed, in collaboration
with the FASO, to the financing of
research programs to valorise the
proteins extracted from oilseeds.
Over
100
companies
supported
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Claire Maingon,
Director of Investment,
deputy to the Director of
Commitments – Sofiprotéol
Corporate
responsibility helps
us and our partners
to grow.
€250
million
invested
in 5 years
14%
invested
to support
innovation
Bringing out national leaders
Following the transfer of
Sogeval to Ceva, the specialist
in animal health, Avril’s poultry
slaughtering and processed
product activities were sold to
the LDC group.
The objective: to consolidate the
French animal sector by creating
leaders in their category. The
closeness of values in Ceva and
LDC led Sofiprotéol to take a
minority stake in both companies,
to support their growth. Thus,
Ceva, which achieves 80% of
its sales abroad and employs a
third of its employees in France,
must continue its development,
including vaccines, and contribute
to better satisfying of the global
demand for meat products. For
its part, LDC’s ambition is to
become a major poultry player
in Europe, by capitalising on
the expertise of the businesses
acquired from Avril.
SOFIPROTEOL I SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS IN THE OILS AND PROTEINS SECTORS
POINT
OF
VIEW
“A long-lasting partnership.
Our job is to valorise flax seeds, lupine, peas
and fava beans for animal feed using an
extrusion cooking process. Since 1993, we
have been convinced that we could improve
human nutrition by improving animal
nutrition. We conducted a clinical study
on the subject which proved promising. In
our approach, the ‘Bleu-Blanc-Cœur’ flax
sector was born, which develops lipid profile
products recommended by the National
Nutrition Health Plan (PNNS). This success
story is the origin of 750 products and brings
together nearly 5,000 farmers. Sofiprotéol’s
input into our capital helped us achieve this
by giving us time to develop and industrialise
our concept. Today Sofiprotéol has increased
its stake to 25% and continues to support us
by allowing us to take advantage of its skills
network.”
Pierre Weill
Chairman of Valorex
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• 34
A sustainable development network
serving our commitment
Sustainable development is
in our minds in the analysis
of environmental and social
impacts of actions taken by
our management.”
Gabriel Krapf
Director of Industrial
Development and Performance
AVRIL
In the Oilseeds Division,
we demonstrate our
commitment to sustainable
development every
day by working on our
safety and preserving the
environment.”
Laurent Laskri
HSE Director
Oilseeds Division AVRIL
Sustainable development
is at the heart of
Lesieur Cristal’s societal
commitment: in its
products, its factories
and its work with local
communities.”
Nezha Hafid Azahri
Deputy Director QSE LESIEUR
CRISTAL
Sharing our natural
chemistry means creating
sustainable partnerships.”
Marjan Maes
CSR Manager OLEON
Sustainable development
is the overall picture that
emerges through the
multitude of brush strokes
made by the projects
undertaken by Avril.”
Fabien Kay
Communication Manager of
the Oilseeds Division AVRIL
Sustainable development
allows us to bring together
a balanced economic
system serving people and
their environment.”
Christophe Rouvière
Director of Sète and Lezoux
factories SAIPOL
Good environmental
practices are today
a major element in
the management of
agricultural operations.”
Nathalie Gosselet
Economic and Environmental
Study Manager FOP
We work every day to
improve the sustainability
of livestock production
systems in order to
produce more with less.”
Thomas Kerihuel
Sustainable Development
Manager, Animal Products
Division AVRIL
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One of SD’s objectives is
to enable our employees
to thrive in an environment
respectful of their
singularities and to interact
with confidence.”
Rémy Delabays
HR Director Oilseeds Division
AVRIL and Symphony
The creation of the Avril
Foundation shows that
sustainable development
can lead to a lasting
voluntary commitment
that is in the public
interest.”
Catherine	Bureau
Deputy Director of the AVRIL
Foundation
Sustainable development
challenges us to develop
innovative and efficient
energy solutions and
optimise the valorisation
of our waste.”
Gianni Paolino
TechnologyInternational
Director SAIPOL
A corporate social
responsibility approach
gives internal meaning
and creates value through
trust.”
Jean-Marc Buteux
Jean-Marc Buteux Director of
Partnerships and Sustainable
Development LESIEUR
Corporate social
responsibility is a
tremendous performance
lever and a strategic asset
for the company and its
brand image.”
Anne Moreau
CSR Digital Communication and
Strategy Manager LESIEUR
Environmental, social
and governance criteria
are at the heart
of Sofiprotéol’s
investment choices.”
Gabriel Dufour
Account Manager
SOFIPROTEOL
The preservation of
the environment is an
integral part of Cetiom’s
studies, in the same
way as the economic
challenges for farms.”
Francis Flénet
Agronomy and Environment
Manager CETIOM
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Performance indicators 	 2014	Change
since 2012*
Commitment n°1: Developing national sectors		
Proportion of French/Romanian/Senegalese oilseed production
valorised in the corresponding national industrial facilities	 52% / 14% / 10%	 +4% / +17% / -9%
 objective 2018 : 60%/20%/35%
Proportion of the original raw material France transformed
in animal nutrition tools	 79.7%	 -4%
 objective 2018 : 80%
Turnover (in billions of €)	 6.5	 -11% 
EBITDA (gross operating profit) / Turnover	 4%	 +17%
Total industrial investments, specific to Avril (in millions of €)	 138	 +18%
of which industrial investment in the Southern
and developing countries (in millions of €)	 22	 +46%
Total headcount (as of 31/12/2014)	 8,240	 ≈ 
Breakdown of employees by type of contract Permanent / Fixed-term / Other (in %)	 95% / 4% /1%	 ≈
Commitment n°2: Better food for humans		
Equivalent number of people whose nutritional needs in oil
are provided by the Group (in millions)	 75.4	 +27%
 objective 2018: 90	 	
Equivalent number of people whose nutritional needs
in animal protein are provided by the Group (in millions)	 28.6	 +11%
 objective 2018: 30	 	
Production volumes (tonnage by general type of product)	 p. 58-59 of the Activity
	 report 2014	 -
Table of performance indicators
2014
Commitment n°3: Preserving the planet		
Energy consumption of the Group (in millions of MWh)	 3.4	 -3 %
 objective 2018: -10%
Ratio of energy consumption from renewable sources
and the total energy consumption	 26.9%	 +154%
 objective 2018: 30%
Reduction of GHG emissions in rapeseed hectares involved
in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’	 -3% (2013 value) **	 n.a.
 objective 2018: -30%	 	
Participation rates in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ in cooperatives having
contracted with Diester Industrie (France)	 61.4%	 ≈
GHG report completion rate for large product families	 70 %	 +6%
Quantity of certified sustainable vegetable oils used (in kilotonnes)	 1,742	 -6%
 objective 2018: 2,000
Valorisation rate of recoverable industrial waste	 92%	 +0.2%
Breakdown of products transported by type of transport:
road / maritime / inland waterway / pipeline / rail / road-rail (in %)	 70/16/9/3/1/1	 +6/+9/-15/-7/-13/+173
Total water used per tonne of finished product (m3
/t)	 1.89	 -2%
* reference year for the SD objectives ‘CAP 2018’
** 2014 data was not available at the time of publication of this report
*** disbursed amount. In previous reporting, the figures mentioned were the amounts incurred in the year Indicators corresponding to SD objectives ‘CAP 2018’
Reporting scope
The indicators are consolidated worldwide, unless stated otherwise, covering the calendar year 2014.
The data from the companies in which Avril is majority stakeholder are fully consolidated (not in proportion to the integration of companies within the
Group).
The GHG indicator of the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ covers the 2012-2013 campaign (2013-2014 data were not available at the time of writing this report).
The indicators relating to disabled workers, apprentices and gender equality are representative of 94% of the physical workforce of the Group.
Commitment n°4: Working together		
Change in TF2 (frequency rate of accidents
with and without time off) over one year 	 -3.6 points	 -44%
 objective 2018: -70%
Change in TF1 (frequency rate of accidents with time off)
over one year	 +0.5 points	 -23%
Change in SR (severity rate) over one year	 -0.06 points	 -37%
Proportion of Group sites employing more than 6%
disabled workers (France)	 17 %	 -28%
 objective 2018: 100%	 	 (compared to 2013)
Number of apprentices and work-study students	 196	 +50%
 objective 2018: 260
Total number of trainees	 337	 +6%
Female to male staff ratio (as of 31/12/2013)	0,41	≈
Commitment n°5: Sustainable investments in the oils and proteins sectors
Amounts invested*** by the financing and development company
Sofiprotéol (in millions of €)	 75	 152.2
 objective 2018: 200
Amount invested by CapAgro Innovation funds (in millions of €)	 7.7	 Funding activity
		 started 2014
Proportion of Sofiprotéol investments evaluated in terms of social responsibility	 100 %	 ≈
Number of employees working in companies in which Sofiprotéol invested
during the year (France)	 Approx. 23,500	 +213%
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2014 Sustainable development report

  • 2. • II An original development model, relevant to the entire sector
  • 3. • 1 Summary Editorial 2 Avril group: profile 4 Avril group: sustainable development strategy 6 Our commitments Developing national sectors 8 Better food for humans 14 Preserving the planet 20 Working together 26 Sofiprotéol: sustainable investments in the oils and proteins sectors 30 A sustainable development network serving our commitment 34 Table of performance indicators 36
  • 4. • 2 Editorial The development of our Group is based on a territorial and collective project in the service of «France’s Farm». It is expressed through our mission, which is to create value in the oils and proteins sectors, and thereby contribute to improved nutrition for people and the preservation of the planet. In line with our ‘raison d’être’, in 2012 we started a process to set out our vision and our commitment to sustainable development. This step was part of our overall strategic plan, ‘CAP 2018’, and has allowed us to better monitor our actions and their economic, social, environmental and societal impacts. Five commitments were defined the following year and broken down into 13 quantitative targets. These are the five commitments that shape this fourth sustainability report. The year 2014 has enabled work on the adaptation and appropriation of these commitments within our Group, our factories and our professions. It marks an important step in implementing our sustainable development policy, and highlights the encouraging progress, which we will follow throughout the roll-out of our commitments, in a spirit of continuous improvement. We approach this progress with humility, and we welcome the mobilisation of women and men in Avril, who contribute every day to expand and fulfil our commitments. Thanks to them, the results are significant and demonstrate the performance of the actions undertaken. Importantly, these results are true to the image of Avril - its unique model in the food and agro-industrial landscape, its mission of public interest, its agricultural foundations and strong local presence. A major thrust of industrial and economic performance, sustainable development is part of the Avril group’s valorisation strategy. The deployment of the commitments defined in 2013 rests on actions managed transversally and rolled out across Avril’s activities and professions. A year under the banner of employee mobilisation
  • 5. • 3 Jean-Philippe Puig At the current time when our Group is reaffirming its values by establishing a new identity and new governance, our sustainable development commitments respond clearly to the future challenges of our territories and our stakeholders. This is the reason for our participation this year, as one of the founding partners, in the Solutions COP21 scheme and, more specifically, its «Better food» working group which we will jointly manage. Our 8,200 employees are the first craftsmen for the solutions of tomorrow, and we wish to thank them. Michel Boucly Michel Boucly DCEO of the Avril group, VCEO of Sofiprotéol Jean-Philippe Puig Manager of the Avril SCA, CEO of Sofiprotéol Kristell Guizouarn, Director of Sustainable Development, Avril group This year Avril has recorded encouraging progress, illustrating the Group’s mission in action, but also and especially the mobilisation of all employees. The Group’s contribution to the development of the oils and proteins sectors is testimony to this- in France, but also in Morocco, Romania and sub-Saharan Africa. The proportion of domestically produced oilseeds processed in our factories has increased and with it that of the local raw materials used to feed farm animals. At the other end of the value chain: the Group contributes a little more each day to the food needs of the planet in oils and proteins, while taking into account the challenges of sustainable production. It is the same for the funding and development of the Group: in 2014, Sofiprotéol has helped more than 100 companies of all sizes, representing 80,000 jobs in a wide variety of sectors.
  • 6. • 4 Avril is the industrial and financial player in the oils and proteins sectors. For 30 years, its mission has been to develop all resources with one ambition: to build efficient sectors for the benefit of all stakeholders. A group organised by business sector billion euros turnover 6.5 8,200 employees worldwide Avril, two divisions serving an organisation by sector The mission of the Avril group is to create sustainable value chains in the oils and proteins sectors, and thus contribute to better food for people and the preservation of the planet. The Group is structured around two divisions which rely on partners who all play a vital role in the industry: breeders, farmers, researchers... The Oilseeds Division includes the activities of processing rapeseed and sunflower. It produces edible oils and sauces, renewable energy through biodiesel, under the Diester brand, and components from oleochemicals. The Animal Products Division is divided into three speciality areas: animal nutrition and production, biosafety and nutritional specialties, and food products destined for human consumption. Sofiprotéol, the finance and development company of the Avril group A subsidiary of the Avril group, Sofiprotéol is dedicated to the financing of companies in the agricultural and agrifood sectors. It thus contributes to the structuring and development of strong national business sectors by building sustainable partnerships and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. Since January 2015, Avril relies on new governance, a new organisation and a new identity. The legal and financial form of the Group has evolved towards a limited stock partnership, led by a limited partnership. It enables greater differentiation between the industrial activities and those of the financing and development company, which retains the name of Sofiprotéol. The objective is to consolidate the Group’s mission: to develop the oils and proteins sectors and more effectively meet their future challenges, both in France and abroad.
  • 7. • 5 Avril: a group at the service of the oils and proteins sectors Avril group I PROFILE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS COLLECTION OF OILSEEDS AND PROTEIN GRAINS SEEDS, PLANT HEALTH PRODUCTS, BIOTECHNOLOGIES, OTHER INPUTS AND SERVICES PROTEINS LIVESTOCK FARMERS MILK, MEATPOULTRY EGGS PROCESSED FOOD CRUSHING OIL FOODANIMAL NUTRITION GENETICS AND ANIMAL HEALTH RENEWABLE CHEMISTRY RENEWABLE ENERGIES Sofiprotéol* * Finance and development company of the Avril group Avril / Sofiprotéol Farmers
  • 8. • 6 How does sustainable development fit in with Avril? KG : The commitment to sustainable development is supported by the Avril mission. It is at the heart of its history and its agricultural origins. This is what makes its strength and specificity. With the creation of Avril, our ambition is to continue expanding our industries in the local territories, on behalf of their stakeholders, while limiting our environmental impact. The commitments and goals that we have set are the direct result of this ambition. How does the Group structure this commitment? KG : The Group’s commitment is based on a dedicated organisation consisting of a Sustainable Development Management Team and, in the subsidiaries and transverse functions, correspondents responsible for expanding and deploying the guidelines that have been laid down. In 2013, we wanted to set a course and give the Group a framework, a fundamental base shared by all its entities. Five commitments and 13 objectives were formalised, based on the Avril strategy and integrating the specificities of its business and its organisation by sector. Thus, beyond the efforts made to reduce the Group’s energy consumption, strong commitments were made to increase the share of renewable energy in our consumption by developing the use of biomass. To build and extend this common foundation, we have integrated the actions and initiatives for improvement already implemented in the Divisions, with the aim of sharing them whenever it makes sense to do so. The goal: to develop a dynamic of continuous improvement by sharing best practices and initiatives, means and resources, thereby encouraging the setting of even more ambitious goals. What do you remember from 2014? KG : This has been a year of sharing and disseminating our commitment in the field. The trajectory given by the Group, and the growing expectations of customers and stakeholders regarding sustainable development has strengthened the mobilisation in the field. Our activities and professions have established organisations intended to implement, sustain and enrich the orientations driven by their specific needs. At the same time, the transverse processes, led by various Management Teams for improving economic and operating performance, have increased in power, actively contributing to serve the strategic goals of sustainable development. Over the year, the results are in line with the objectives, which reflects the momentum which has been built up. What are your priorities for 2015? KG : After sharing the approach, priority will focus on its deployment and its development. Our mission will be to support the business and help concretely translate the Group’s commitments as closely as possible to their reality in the field. This is one of the key conditions for success. Belonging to the Avril group will simplify the process and improve the visibility of the actions being undertaken. And to go further, we will also focus our efforts on new levers for improvement, such as the formalisation of a sustainable procurement policy. Sustainable development is one of the drivers of growth and sustainability for Avril, at the very heart of its strategy. Its translation into five commitments and 13 objectives has accelerated its spread, through transversal processes. Shared commitments and objectives
  • 9. • 7• 7 Avril group I strategy “ Our strong point is the link with the agricultural world: we have the ability to act and implement substantive procedures, from upstream to downstream. We also have an efficient industrial park, which enables us to efficiently increase our sustainable development policy, in line with our economic and operational performance goals. ” Kristell Guizouarn Director of Sustainable Development 5 SD commitments included in the Group’s global strategy ‘CAP 2018’ 13 quantitative SD objectives integrated into ‘CAP 2018’
  • 10. • 8 Developing national sectors > Supply industrial facilities in the animal nutrition industry with over 80% French raw materials Valorise 60% of French oil seed production in Avril’s industrial facilities (20% of Romanian production in industrial facilities in Romania, 35% of Senegalese production) Romania FranceSenegal 100% 100% Target 29%, 70% and 87% achieved Target 99% achieved SD OBJECTIVES CAP 2018
  • 11. • 9 Value creation from agricultural upstream to industrial downstream 14% of Romanian oilseed harvests are transformed in the Group’s Romanian industrial facilities 10% of Senegalese oilseed harvests are transformed in the Group’s Senegalese industrial facilities 79.7% of animal nutrition raw materials are of French origin Ensuring the growth of local products The vocation of Avril is to transform and valorise agricultural raw materials, from rapeseed and sunflower, to meet the challenges of France’s independence in protein. Over the last thirty years, Avril has developed a real business sector strategy, reinvesting its profits to benefit their growth and competitiveness. This specific model creates value, from upstream to downstream: primarily, it energises the local territories ensuring the sustainability of jobs. Today, Avril provides opportunities to almost 100,000 rapeseed / sunflower producers and 27,000 livestock farmers, and contributes to support 80,000 jobs, through Sofiprotéol. In addition, it guarantees the traceability and health and nutritional quality of products, to the benefit of consumers. Finally, it allows the initiation, alongside partners and all links in the chain, of sustainable innovation approaches, proof of shared progress, at both environmental and nutritional levels. To highlight its commitments, Avril has associated itself with the sector brand ‘Terres OléoPro’. Launched at the 2014 Paris International Agricultural Show, this new brand aims to promote to consumers «French Production». Deployed in close connection with the agricultural world, the Group’s model has a strong commitment to a sustainable green economy for the benefit of all its stakeholders. This is achieved by supporting the development of national industries, sources of growth, employment and vitality in the local territories. 52% of French oilseed harvests are transformed in the Group’s French industrial facilities For more information about Avril’s commitment to Developing national sectors please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
  • 12. • 10 Oilseeds Division: securing the existing sectors In France, the model of growth by sector is firmly established, as evidenced by the results in 2014: in the Saipol and Lesieur industrial facilities, Avril valorised over 50% of domestic oil seed production. To sustain this model, the Group pursued its strategy of joint development of agricultural resources and national outlets. In this spirit, ‘Cœur de Tournesol’, a 100% French oil, was launched by Lesieur in 2011. Moreover, Avril is a major player in biofuels and oleochemicals which, after food, are the natural outlets for rapeseed oil. A pioneer in this area, the Group continued its work on 2nd generation biodiesel and its developments in plant-based chemicals (lubricants or sealing materials) that have significant technological and environmental benefits. Another key to strengthening the industry: the international market. Avril has sought to transpose its model abroad: in Romania for sunflower, in Morocco for olive (see testimony below) and, starting from this year, rapeseed and sunflower, as well as Senegal for peanuts. Meanwhile, the Group is investing in the future of sectors by focusing on innovation. Thus, under the shared platform IMPROVE *, the result of a public-private partnership, Avril is piloting research programs devoted to the development of plant proteins, in particular for food. Its first work, carried out within the framework of the Avalon program, earned it an award at the ‘World Innovation Competition 2030’. Avril is also a partner of the Institute for Energy Transition P.I.V.E.R.T **, a centre of innovation and experimentation unique in Europe, which will be inaugurated in Picardy in 2015. Bringing together almost 150 researchers, this establishment aims to boost plant-based chemistry, while accelerating the industrialisation of innovations. 52 research projects have been the subject of a call for projects and 10 patents were filed in 2014. * Institut Mutualisé pour les PROtéines VEgétales ** Picardie Innovations Végétales, Enseignements et Recherches Technologiques POINT OF VIEW We operate 1,100 hectares of olive trees on three sites, and assist local farmers to improve the quality of their crops by the implementation of sustainable agriculture. Concretely, we organise training courses on pruning trees, phytosanitary treatment and drip irrigation. On our domain in El Kelaâ des Sraghna, near Marrakesh, we have an olive crushing unit. This is very environmentally efficient, with the transformation of the pomace in a biomass boiler, the installation of a water retention basin, and the systematic recycling of organic waste into fertiliser, etc. It is also efficient in terms of production: from 1,500 tonnes in 2013, we increased to 6,000 this year and our ambition is to reach 10,000 tonnes in 2015. This sector approach is necessary to ensure the quality of our production. It also creates jobs: our employees were all recruited locally.” Abdelali Zaz Deputy Director of Olive Sector, Lesieur Cristal “We are contributing to the development of the olive sector, driven by the Green Morocco Plan. 27,000partner breeders, clients and/or suppliers Supporting oilseed producers 100,000 Supplying outlets for
  • 13. • 11 OUR commitment I Developing national sectors Animal Products Division: strengthening the sector strategy Whenever possible, the Animal Products Division supplies its industrial sites with French raw materials, in an effort to ensure their nutritional and sanitary quality. The proportion valorised in Avril animal nutrition facilities amounted to 79.7% in 2014. This is in line with the Group’s objectives, despite a slight decrease compared to 2013, particularly related to commodity prices. In this area, progress levers reside in the structuring of national networks of excellence, able to create value for «France’s Farm», consolidating all links and securing opportunities. In this perspective, the Animal Products Division has supported the implementation of a soybean sector labelled «Origine France» which will be launched in 2015. The Division was also the first French player to be a member of the international animal nutrition group RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy), which brings together the responsible soy producers. This contribution was concretised in 2014 through the purchase of its first certificates for sustainable soy. Finally, the Group has forged strategic partnerships to bring out leaders in all links of the chain. After becoming the majority shareholder of Matines in 2013, in contrast, in 2014 it sold its poultry business to LDC, forging an alliance to become its main breeding supplier. This «win/win» partnership allows Sanders to consolidate its animal nutrition business. Uniting its resources to strengthen the animal sectors Since 2013, Sanders and Euralis, two companies specialised in animal nutrition, have created a joint venture in the South-West. This partnership offers two advantages: it provides better local service to farmers by sharing technologies, by optimisation of logistics costs and by the regional supply of raw materials. More broadly, it allows, in a difficult economic climate, the strengthening and revitalising of the livestock sector in the region, bringing complementary skills and ensuring opportunities for rapeseed and sunflower meal. 80,000jobs sustained by Sofiprotéol’s investments For more information about Avril’s commitment to Developing national sectors please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
  • 14. • 12 2.1 million tonnes of biodiesel produced 3.2 million tonnes of animal feedstuff produced Avril has made the creation of value in the territories one of the pillars of its action. A dynamic source of progress for all industry players. 540,000 tonnes of bio-sourced products in oleochemistry
  • 15. • 13For more information about Avril’s commitment to Developing national sectors please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development OUR commitment I Developing national sectors
  • 16. • 14 Better food for humans Contribute to meet the annual protein needs of 30 million people Meet the annual oil needs of 90 million people 100% Target 82% achieved 100% Target 97% achieved SD OBJECTIVES CAP 2018
  • 17. • 15 Feeding the planet: Avril’s number one objective 29 million people whose protein needs are met by the Group Supporting global demand In 2014, Avril estimates that it met the oil needs of 75 million people (an increase of 25% in the space of one year), and protein requirements of 29 million people, close to the target goal of 30 million. In 2030, although oil supply is deemed to be sufficient, the demand for protein will become a major challenge because of the growth in global consumption (see Focus p. 18-19). The Group has made this issue one of its strategic priorities. In this perspective, it has supported the development of agricultural resources in the sector: increase in surface area, yield optimisation, performance development of breeding farms, particularly characterised by adaptation to the food needs of animals, an area in which the Animal Products Division is at the cutting edge. For this the Group relies on two research centres, Cetiom for the Oilseeds Division, and the Sourches Research and Innovation Farm for the Animal Products Division, which devotes 20% of its budget to production sustainability. Avril has also accelerated its research programs, primarily targeting two areas: the valorisation of plant protein as an alternative to animal protein and the transformation of oil, as a co-product of oilseed meal, in the biodiesel and oleochemical sectors. Producing more… but also producing better Avril promotes organisation by sector, firmly rooted in the local territory, and encourages good environmental practices. This model ensures superior production traceability and nutritional quality in the market. This is the case for ‘Fleur de Colza’ and ‘Cœur de Tournesol’ oils, and the pork and egg products under the label ‘Bleu-Blanc-Cœur’, which are naturally enriched in omega 3 and 9. Avril has also become very involved in the field of nutrition. In 2010, Lesieur was one of the first manufacturers to sign a charter of voluntary commitments to nutritional Avril plays a major role in human foodstuffs, thanks to its oils and proteins production sectors (animal products and animal nutrition). The Group has set itself ambitious targets to meet the food needs of the planet, in the context of sustainable production. 75 million people whose oil needs are met by the Group For more information about Avril’s commitment to Better Food for Humans please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
  • 18. • 16 improvement that addresses the nutritional composition of products, and the information provided to the consumer. This approach has resulted in a decrease of 15 to 30% in the salt content in more than three quarters of sauces, and a commitment to limit the saturated fatty acid content to less than 10% in the Frial range of oils. Still on the subject of nutrition, Lesieur has renewed its ‘Cuisine Pop’ulaire’ tour, an event which has raised the awareness 12,000 consumers to the benefits of vegetable oils thanks to the presence of a dietician. The Animal Products Division also pays careful attention to improving the nutritional and organoleptic quality of its products. Thus, Matines has developed a superior quality egg, and Ovoteam offers products tailored to the health of the consumer (unsalted omelettes...). For all Group businesses, food safety and traceability are the key to quality: all its sites with food outlets are certified (IFS and ISO 22000), and innovations are implemented regularly to strengthen the performance of the industry. Several years ago, Sanders launched a management application for each branch (Rabbit, Eggs...). It connects all stakeholders in the sector concerned for perfectly traceable monitoring of production. A priority: the valorisation of material At each stage of the sector, Avril has developed know-how and innovative processes to valorise the material and involve partners in its endeavours. Upstream, Cetiom advises farmers on harvesting dates and the equipment to be used to optimise yields. Later in the chain, the Group makes every effort to recycle co-products and by-products from processed products, whether of plant or animal origin: for example, in animal nutrition, Adonial has valorised 62,000 tonnes of output gaps and co-products from the food industry. Downstream, Avril has a proactive policy to avoid food waste in all its forms, like Lesieur, who piloted eco-design processes in its products and packaging (bottle tops, extension of optimum expiry date indicated on the bottle) and improved information for its consumers. Avril is also involved with associations. A partner of Food Banks, the Group delivered almost 5.4 tonnes of products throughout the year. 1.3 billion litres of food oil produced 3 billion eggs produced by the Group 417,000 tonnes of animal products produced by the Group (pork, poultry, eggs and processed products) Animal welfare, a growing concern In 2012, the Animal Products Division initiated a process of «sustainable health management». It is working on both nutrition and breeding conditions, with the challenge of protecting animals from health risks. In particular, it led research into the development of natural supplements and essential oils to improve digestive comfort, in partnership with the company Mixscience. The Animal Products Division is actively working on issues of animal welfare in the form of inter-sector working groups, to identify areas for improvement. Externally, the division’s quality managers are participating in a dedicated committee composed of industrialists, NGOs, clients and consumer associations, whose first task will be to focus on developing a benchmark to assess animal welfare.
  • 19. • 17• 17 OUR commitment I BETTER FOOD FOR HUMANS POINT OF VIEW “Highly involved in CSR since its inception, we have contributed to the working group of the ‘National Association of Food Industries’ (ANIA) devoted to food waste. Since October 2014, we have participated directly in the steering committee against food waste, which was implemented by Guillaume Garot, as part of a parliamentary mission. France has set a target to reduce food waste by 50% by 2025. The mission will allow the presentation of concrete solutions, based on best practices and areas for improvement proposed by the different players in the food chain. Internally, we also train our employees and, in 2015, we will issue a charter to involve people in our anti-waste commitments.” Anne Moreau Digital communication and CSR strategy manager, Lesieur For more information about Avril’s commitment to Better Food for Humans please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development During the national collection, 237 employees from 23 sites mobilised to collect nearly 60 tonnes of food. Avril intends to increase this commitment to the community, which is rooted in its history. The Group has initiated the creation of the Avril Foundation, recognised as being of public interest, which involves a triple mission: in France, to contribute to the common development and revitalisation of the countryside; in the South, to protect biodiversity and anticipate the impact of climate change on family farms; and finally, to promote healthy and sustainable supplies accessible to everyone.
  • 20. The growing demand for protein is a major challenge for the planet. To assess future needs, the BIPE, a strategy consulting firm, conducted a global study and drew on Avril’s expertise. This study aims to determine the ability of the oilseed sectors to meet the global demands in oils and proteins by 2030. This work integrates future developments over this period: demography, diets, agricultural land management, developments in chemistry and renewable energy. Vegetable oil supply and demand with no constraints on demand (in millions of tonnes) Demand (food, energy, chemistry) Supply A strong increase in consumption of plant and animal proteins Consumption will grow due to two factors: population growth (an additional billion and a half people by 2030) and the increase in living standards, mainly in China, sub- Saharan Africa and India, inducing a change of diet. The demand for vegetable oils will increase by 39%, and the demand for proteins by 40%, spread as follows: an increase of 43% in plant protein, mainly driven by sub-Saharan Africa and India, and of 33% in animal protein, driven by Chinese consumption. The emerging countries, undergoing their first food transition, will be the number one consumers of meat. In this regard, the demand will increase by 30% and will be slowed down from 2020 due to the limitation in the supply of oilseed meal, before starting to rise again after 2030. The developed countries will begin their second dietary transition, marked by an increasing proportion of the consumption of plant proteins. focus Meeting plant protein for 2030 53% growth in demand for plant proteins between 2010 and 2030 8.4 30% billion people to be fed in 2030 increase in world demand for animal proteins by 2030 • 18 250 200 150 100 50 300 2000 2010 - 1 Mt - 1% + 3 Mt + 3% + 8 Mt + 3% 2030
  • 21. Demand Supply Oilseed meal supply and demand with no constraints on demand (in millions of tonnes) A contribution to energy transition and renewable chemistry A final observation, the vegetable oil supply will exceed the food demand. The surplus will be valorised in two ways: • global demand for biodiesel will increase all the more quickly as it will be driven by incorporation obligations in Asia, the Americas and Europe, reaching 46 million tonnes in 2030; • in oleochemicals, an area expected to experience an average increase of 4.4% a year in response to strong demand for innovative products synthesised from biomass in many sectors and industries. Production that follows demand According to the study, the surface area of arable land will increase by 3.4% to 1,586 million hectares. It will decrease in North America and Europe, but will progress in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, which have large land reserves. Yields will also be improved: in 2030, a cultivated hectare will feed an average of 5.3 people compared to 4.5 in 2010. In this perspective, the study highlights the performance potential of rapeseed and sunflower crops, whose growth is based much more on higher yields rather than on the area being cultivated. needs, a key issue OUR commitment I BETTER FOOD FOR HUMANS • 19 The main findings of the study By 2030, 90% of global demand for oils and oilseed meal will be for food purposes, and 10% well be related to energy and renewable chemistry. The supply of oils and proteins will be sufficient to meet the needs of the planet and its 8.4 billion inhabitants. However, the increase in meat consumption will be constrained by the supply capacity of oilseed meal. The challenge is to develop the yields of agricultural production and crop area in the context of sustainable management of resources to respond to the changing global demand for protein. 400 300 200 100 500 2000 2010 2030 - 5 Mt - 3 % + 6 Mt + 2 % -58 Mt - 15 % The study was carried out in 2014 by Avril and the BIPE, a strategy consulting company, based on reference data from the UN, FAO, OECD, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Oil World. To an adjustment of the demand for meat
  • 22. • 20 Preserving the planet Valorise more than 2 million tonnes of certified sustainable vegetable oils Contribute to reducing by 30% the emission of greenhouse gases of the farmers involved* * in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ improvement initiative Reduce the energy consumption of the Group by 10% SD OBJECTIVES CAP 2018 100% Target 10% achieved (in 2013) 100% Target 30% achieved 100% Target 90% achieved 100% Target 86% achieved Ensure that 30% of the Group’s energy consumption is provided by renewable energy
  • 23. • 21 Proactive procedures starting with upstream agricultural activities Avril is committed to supporting its agricultural partners in improving their environmental record. In the Oilseeds Division, the Group is involved in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ improvement initiative, co-led with the Cetiom, the technical centre of the sector. The goal: to involve all rapeseed producers in improving their agricultural practices, with the implementation of action plans to reconcile environmental and economic performance. In 2014, a communication campaign was implemented to strengthen the commitment in the field. The commitment of the storage agencies for the implementation of action plans remained strong in 2014 and covers nearly 90% of the seed volumes involved in the initiative: the use of DSTs* for nitrogen fertilisation and varieties of rapeseed less susceptible to the risk of frost, and the development of innovative practices have been particularly targeted. * Decision Support Tools In the Animal Products Division, as part the ‘Économie Planète®’ initiative, the 27,000 breeder partners benefit from support to improve their environmental impact: livestock management, animal nutrition and building performance. Preserving the environment is also at the heart of the Avril’s mission and its commitment to the agricultural sectors. The Group is deploying continuous and innovative approaches to improve its environmental footprint: lower energy consumption, renewable energy development and the fight against waste. 1.74million tonnes of certified sustainable oils used For more information about Avril’s commitment to Preserving the planet please consult www.groupeavril.com/ en/sustainable-development reduction in GHG emissions from farms in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ initiative in 2013* * 2014 data unavailable at time of publication -3% 26.9%renewable energy used in the Group in 2014 Preserving the environment throughout the sector -3%reduction in energy consumption in the group since 2012
  • 24. • 22 In this regard, the Division has been the source of innovative approaches, to limit emissions of greenhouse gases and conserve resources. At a very early stage, its expertise in animal nutrition led it to work on consumption indices which define the amount of raw material needed to produce one kilogram of animal growth. The research helped to optimise feed and to adjust it to the exact needs of the animals. The result: for pork, the consumption index fell by 23% in the space of thirty years. In terms of energy, the Division has renewed its commitment to the «Grignon Positive Energy» program launched by AgroParisTech. The objective of this research project: to pilot processes on the environmental improvement of farms. With five experimental farms, Avril is now one of the partners of reference. 2014 also marks the Group’s commitment to responsible procurement (purchasing of soy for animal nutrition and palm oil for oleochemicals). Already a member, via its subsidiary Feed Alliance, of the RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy), which develops a responsible soy sector, Avril initiated a think-tank to deploy progressive and voluntary procedures, adapted to performance issues. Progress plans, co- built with the relevant industries, will be implemented from 2015. A sense of industrial ecology Avril is deploying transverse steps to improve its environmental record. The Group has already reached 80% of its target for 2018 in terms of renewable energy use. In France, on all its sites, the Oilseeds Division launched an ISO 50001 certification procedure to provide them with an energy management system. In parallel, almost 30 million euros have been invested in the Oilseeds Division’s industrial facilities to increase renewable energy production, using local biomass. A sunflower hull boiler, under construction in the Saipol factory in Sète (Hérault), will come into operation in 2015, and a second pomace boiler was put into service on the Lesieur Cristal site in Aïn Harrouda, in Morocco. Water treatment has also seen significant progress, including, for the Oilseeds Division, a decrease of 40% in organic pollution released into the natural environment. These improvements, which go far beyond the norms in force, are in particular related to investments in water treatment on Lesieur’s industrial site in Coudekerque (Nord). The Animal Products Division also conducted numerous initiatives in all its sectors on its consumption and discharge of water (see testimony p. 23). Continued on page 2492% of recoverable waste valorised
  • 25. • 23 our commitment I PRESERVING THE PLANET For more information about Avril’s commitment to Preserving the planet please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development 9 sites ISO 50001 certified at the end of 2014 POINT OF VIEW “We are working on reducing consumption at every stage of our sectors, working with breeders upstream, as well as our industrial sites. The steps we have taken in the pork industry, which include improved cleaning techniques and awareness in the field, have allowed us to reduce water consumption by 12% in two years. For Poultry, Sanders has deployed Aquajust, a water diagnostic and consumption control tool intended for breeders, which can improve performance. On the site of Ovoteam (Egg branch), we have carried out important work to optimise flushing systems, the technique used to clean the pipes. In addition to a strong decrease of 32% in consumption, we lowered our BOD* rates.” * biochemical oxygen demand (organic pollution) Thomas Kerihuel, Sustainable development manager for the Animal Products Division
  • 26. • 24 The valorisation of co-products and waste generated by the activities of the Divisions is also part of the Group’s priority issues, related to the idea of circular economy that the Group encourages. This year, 94% of the waste from the Oilseeds Division and 81% of waste from the Animal Products Division was transformed into energy or recycled in various forms. In this area, the Group relies on specialised subsidiaries: Adonial, which transforms output gaps in the food industry into animal nutrition, and Terrial, a subsidiary with expertise in the transformation of waste into energy and fertiliser through composting and methanation. Terrial transformed half of the waste from the Oilseeds Division and over 80% of waste from the Animal Products Division. Biofuels: the innovation continues Avril is a pioneer of biofuel activity, which allows it to valorise rapeseed oil and join the energy transition for green growth. A producer of 1st generation biofuels with Diester® biodiesel, the Group continued its work on advanced and second generation biofuels. This has been carried out through the BioTfueL research program, which aims to develop an industrial unit for processing materials from biomass (e.g. forest and agricultural residues such as straw). 2014 saw the actual start of the project, with the beginning of the construction of a pilot on the Avril site in Venette, Picardy. The Group also coordinates work as part of a partnership with the Toulouse White Biotechnology research centre that explores innovative biological tools (such as enzymes...). They have notably opened the way for the production of bio-based fuel for aircraft. -40% reduction in organic pollution discharged into water by the Oilseeds Division factories since 2010
  • 27. • 25 our commitment I PRESERVING THE PLANET For more information about Avril’s commitment to Preserving the planet please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development Avril, a founding partner of Solutions COP21 In order to share its commitment to sustainable development and in particular the climate, Avril wanted to become involved as a founding partner of Solutions COP21. In this context, the Group has assembled, with other partners, working groups on transversal themes («Better consumption», «Better mobility» ...). Avril was chosen to pilot, with Carrefour, the «Better food» working group. In this perspective, it has asked BIPE, a strategy consulting firm, to conduct a study to identify key climate and food issues for 2030. This working group will provide the key elements to highlight the solutions and advances already deployed in the field. www.climatesolutionsplatform.org
  • 28. • 26 Reduce work accidents within the Group by 70% Employ more than 6 % of disabled staff on each site Double the number of apprentices and interns in the Group’s companies Working together 100% 100% 100% Target 63% achieved Target 17% achieved Target 75% achieved SD OBJECTIVES CAP 2018
  • 29. • 27 A working environment respectful of its employees A shared culture of progress The growth model used by Avril, based on an organisation by sector, has been built through listening and attention to others. This mind-set encourages exchange; it is a guarantee of continuous improvement: projects are carried out by employees and are intended to be shared. The managerial program «Feeding life», initiated by the Animal Products Division and extended from this year to the Oilseeds Division in France, embodies this dynamic. Backed by an internal challenge, «The Performance Challenges», and marked by a day of meetings and exchanges between managers, it helps accelerate the dissemination of best practices. Thus, in 2014, 102 projects were submitted, and 27 rewarded, on a variety of topics: health and safety, customer culture, environment... A strong mobilisation on safety Since December 2012, Avril has been leading an ambitious safety policy based on the daily involvement of all employees. The goal: annually decrease accidents by 20% *. In the space of two years, the observed decrease was 44% is in line with the target. This positive result reflects the effectiveness of the actions put in place, which are focused on prevention in the area of work practices and gestures, the cause of 80% of accidents. Field Safety Visits (FSV), special visits enabling managers and operators to discuss safety, are the keystone of this process. Their number has increased fivefold in one year, from 450 in 2013 to 2,200 in 2014. Moreover, industrial activities have continued to implement targeted measures. After an action plan on hands that has reduced the number of accidents by 55%, in late 2014 the Oilseeds Division initiated actions for better eye protection. Meanwhile, the Animal Products Division has focused on the safety performance of its industrial sites, with 11 sites audited in 2014. * Reduction in the number of work accidents with and without time off per million hours worked Safety, health and welfare at work are among Avril’s priorities. To this end, the Group is deploying innovative practices, in line with its core values: Respect, Audacity, Performance. -44% reduction in the number of work accidents since 2012 17% of sites with over 6% of disabled workers in 2014 196 apprentices and work-study students in the Group in 2014 For more information about Avril’s commitment on Working Together please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development
  • 30. • 28 In this context, the focus has been on awareness, with the deployment of an e-learning platform dedicated to safety and the growing power of the «3S Challenge» **, which can reward the best staff initiatives to improve health and safety at work: over 100 projects were submitted in 2014, compared to 75 in 2013. ** Health and Safety Challenge Health and well-being: a policy based on prevention Health and well-being at work at the heart of the Avril group’s concerns. To fight against musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and occupational diseases, the Group has made prevention its first action lever. Significant investments have been made to optimise the layout of workstations and the use of external experts. For example, ergonomists or osteopaths have been invited into companies within Group to offer warm-up sessions before starting work. In this way, ‘3 Vallées’, the specialist in egg products, has completely reorganised its workshops, analysing each work situation with 1/25 scale models. In the Oilseeds Division, Lesieur has led a comprehensive noise study to optimally develop the acoustics of its new packaging site in Bassens (Gironde). In Avril, health and well-being also encompass the fostering of nutrition and sports. Projects have been conducted in all the Group’s facilities, including the headquarters, which aims to play a leading role. Avril is one of the first companies to have deployed Vivacteo, an innovative approach proposed by the IRFO ***, which promotes company sport and well-being, via the introduction of specific workshops (stretching, choir...). Training for the right handling movements in Matines The Matines egg packaging centre located in Brugnens (Gers) employs 32 staff. In collaboration with occupational health, over the last fifteen years it has implemented a voluntary approach in all areas of human resources: integration and recognition of disabled workers, employee protection, safety etc... In 2014, the site focused on ergonomics. To prevent the risk of musculoskeletal disorders related to the handling of egg cartons, thorough and individual «Healthy Gestures» training, given by students from a physiotherapy school, was provided to 10 employees. Lasting two days, the objective was to explain the body and its movements and to propose practical simulation exercises tailored to their jobs. With its very positive results, this training will be extended to all staff, including administrative employees. «The working groups are transverse, which helps make it a unifying approach», noted Jean-François Cauzzi, Site Director, and Asmaa Fikry, QSE Facilitator. 2,200 Field Safety Visits in 2014 managers trained for Field Safety Visits since 2013 590
  • 31. • 29 POINT OF VIEW “Our disability policy is divided into three parts. Firstly we encourage the employees concerned to recognise their disability, which requires work on awareness, to fight against taboos and prejudices. Then we work to adapt workstations. Finally, we act on recruitment, by asking our partner consultancies to include candidates with disabilities in the selection process. Our approach is supported by the Group’s management and human resources; which is the key to its success.” Rémy Delabays Human Resources Director, Oilseeds Division our commitment I WORKING TOGETHER Other entities have initiated actions that bring people together, such as a team of female staff from the Animal Products Division mobilised by running for the fight against women’s cancer. *** ’Institut des Rencontres de la forme’ (Fitness institute) Disability: building up momentum Regarding the integration of people with disabilities, Avril has set an ambitious goal: to exceed the regulatory threshold of 6% on each of its sites. At the end of 2014, 17% of sites achieved this goal. This increase is the result of increased mobilisation, supported by human resources, which, in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Management, has led regular monitoring committees on the subject. To accelerate this positive dynamic, a help kit for hiring people with disabilities has been distributed within the Group. A proactive approach is also reflected in the specifications sent by the Group and its entities to recruitment firms (see testimony opposite). From 2015, this measure will be extended to temporary employment agencies. Training and work-study programs: procedures in progress Avril is deploying an active policy designed to facilitate integration through work and to favour local employment. The Group is committed to doubling the number of apprentices and work-study trainees on each of its sites. The impetus was given in 2014, driven by managers in the regions who were encouraged to work directly with target schools relevant to their needs. Several companies in the Group have also invested in internal schools to provide specialised professional training, tailored to the requirements of their business. The Sanders School of Sales has developed training based on livestock consulting: 56 students have been trained in five years. For its part, the Lesieur Cristal ‘Excellium Academy’ in Morocco offers, both internally and externally, courses based on its expertise: 859 employees benefited from these courses in 2014. For more information about Avril’s commitment on Working Together please consult www.groupeavril.com/en/sustainable-development Progression in the number of work accidents (with and without time off): TF2 40 35 30 25 20 15 D ec.2012 * figures calculated on 2014 perimeter D ec.2013 D ec.2014 -44% 21.18 18.10 33.6*
  • 32. SD OBJECTIVES CAP 2018 100% Co-invest € 30 million in venture capital projects in agriculture and agro-industry Target 76% achieved Invest € 200  million over the next five years for the companies in the sectors, via Sofiprotéol, the financing and development company 100% Target 26% achieved • 30 Sofiprotéol: sustainable investments in the oils and proteins sectors
  • 33. A structural support for the sector For over thirty years, Sofiprotéol has been a minority shareholder investor alongside industrial players in the agricultural sector. Its mission is to financially support companies identified as structural for the oils and proteins sector, but also for all major crop and livestock sectors. The challenge is to develop «France’s Farm» ensuring the sustainability of local employment, helping producers to find markets, setting up strategic alliances in increasingly competitive contexts, to form successful leaders (see box p. 33). In 2014, Sofiprotéol invested over 80 million euros. In total one hundred companies currently receive funds from Sofiprotéol; they represent 80,000 jobs in a variety of areas: seeds, plant protection, animal health and genetics, collection and processing of plant and animal production, methanation... Sustainable investments in the service of the public interest Sofiprotéol is careful to commit its support over the medium/long term, and to adapt its financing methods to the specificities and needs of companies. The subsidiary works primarily through the acquisition of minority shareholdings, the granting of bonds and medium-term loans, investments in venture capital... It reinvests the majority of its profits to help sustain the business sectors and the dynamics of the local territories. Its decisions are taken in the context of a commitment committee, according to different criteria: project quality, economic value, etc. Since 2011, Sofiprotéol has encouraged and favoured socially responsible investment. The rating incorporates non-financial criteria, environmental, social and governance issues, and enables companies to be engaged to actively progress. • 31 Sofiprotéol, a subsidiary of Avril, implements sustainable partnerships with companies in the oils and proteins sectors and related agricultural sectors. The objective: to support the creation of economic, social and societal value, as well as innovation. Favouring responsible investments Find out about the areas of Sofiprotéol’s Sustainable Investments at www.sofiproteol.com/en 7.7 million euros co-invested in CapAgro Innovation 152.2 million euros invested since 2012
  • 34. • 32 Continuous support for innovation The Sofiprotéol rationale is also to invest in value-creating projects for the future. They are intended for example to cover and secure growing food needs, whilst preserving the planet’s resources. In this context, Sofiprotéol funds forward-looking research programs in collaboration with FASO (Strategic Action Fund for Oilseed and Protein Crops). The subsidiary also invests in venture capital to fund the development of innovative French start-ups, either directly or through the investment funds of ‘CapAgro Innovation’, which is a partner. In late 2014, 14% of its investments were focused on innovation, supporting emerging sectors such as renewable chemistry or development of tools to aid decision making for agriculture. An expanding field of expertise In 2014, following the transfer by the Group of Sogeval to Ceva Santé Animale, Sofiprotéol invested as a shareholder in Ceva Santé Animale. This choice has enabled it to broaden its scope into animal health. The subsidiary is also heavily involved in upstream agriculture, focusing its funding on sustainable farming, to produce more with fewer resources, such as research projects on intelligent inputs or adjuvants (see box opposite). SDP: Encouraging sustainable development SDP is a French SME specialised in plant protection and nutrition. In particular, it manufactures adjuvants which reinforce the action of chemical substances in plant protection products. These additives contribute, in accordance with the government’s ‘Ecophyto’ plan, to reducing farmers’ dependence on plant protection products, while maintaining a high level of production. They also have the effect of decreasing the volumes transported and reducing the effects of greenhouse gases because they are derived from plant chemistry. SDP has always been very involved in corporate citizenship and sustainable development. Sofiprotéol’s support has prompted them to go further in its approach and formalise a CSR policy around commitments and quantitative indicators. Sofiprotéol also supported work related to the growing demand for proteins that that will occur by 2030. It supported the creation of a French bean sector, which should begin in 2015. It also contributed, in collaboration with the FASO, to the financing of research programs to valorise the proteins extracted from oilseeds. Over 100 companies supported
  • 35. • 33 Claire Maingon, Director of Investment, deputy to the Director of Commitments – Sofiprotéol Corporate responsibility helps us and our partners to grow. €250 million invested in 5 years 14% invested to support innovation Bringing out national leaders Following the transfer of Sogeval to Ceva, the specialist in animal health, Avril’s poultry slaughtering and processed product activities were sold to the LDC group. The objective: to consolidate the French animal sector by creating leaders in their category. The closeness of values in Ceva and LDC led Sofiprotéol to take a minority stake in both companies, to support their growth. Thus, Ceva, which achieves 80% of its sales abroad and employs a third of its employees in France, must continue its development, including vaccines, and contribute to better satisfying of the global demand for meat products. For its part, LDC’s ambition is to become a major poultry player in Europe, by capitalising on the expertise of the businesses acquired from Avril. SOFIPROTEOL I SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS IN THE OILS AND PROTEINS SECTORS POINT OF VIEW “A long-lasting partnership. Our job is to valorise flax seeds, lupine, peas and fava beans for animal feed using an extrusion cooking process. Since 1993, we have been convinced that we could improve human nutrition by improving animal nutrition. We conducted a clinical study on the subject which proved promising. In our approach, the ‘Bleu-Blanc-Cœur’ flax sector was born, which develops lipid profile products recommended by the National Nutrition Health Plan (PNNS). This success story is the origin of 750 products and brings together nearly 5,000 farmers. Sofiprotéol’s input into our capital helped us achieve this by giving us time to develop and industrialise our concept. Today Sofiprotéol has increased its stake to 25% and continues to support us by allowing us to take advantage of its skills network.” Pierre Weill Chairman of Valorex Find out about the areas of Sofiprotéol’s Sustainable Investments at www.sofiproteol.com/en
  • 36. • 34 A sustainable development network serving our commitment Sustainable development is in our minds in the analysis of environmental and social impacts of actions taken by our management.” Gabriel Krapf Director of Industrial Development and Performance AVRIL In the Oilseeds Division, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainable development every day by working on our safety and preserving the environment.” Laurent Laskri HSE Director Oilseeds Division AVRIL Sustainable development is at the heart of Lesieur Cristal’s societal commitment: in its products, its factories and its work with local communities.” Nezha Hafid Azahri Deputy Director QSE LESIEUR CRISTAL Sharing our natural chemistry means creating sustainable partnerships.” Marjan Maes CSR Manager OLEON Sustainable development is the overall picture that emerges through the multitude of brush strokes made by the projects undertaken by Avril.” Fabien Kay Communication Manager of the Oilseeds Division AVRIL Sustainable development allows us to bring together a balanced economic system serving people and their environment.” Christophe Rouvière Director of Sète and Lezoux factories SAIPOL Good environmental practices are today a major element in the management of agricultural operations.” Nathalie Gosselet Economic and Environmental Study Manager FOP We work every day to improve the sustainability of livestock production systems in order to produce more with less.” Thomas Kerihuel Sustainable Development Manager, Animal Products Division AVRIL
  • 37. • 35 One of SD’s objectives is to enable our employees to thrive in an environment respectful of their singularities and to interact with confidence.” Rémy Delabays HR Director Oilseeds Division AVRIL and Symphony The creation of the Avril Foundation shows that sustainable development can lead to a lasting voluntary commitment that is in the public interest.” Catherine Bureau Deputy Director of the AVRIL Foundation Sustainable development challenges us to develop innovative and efficient energy solutions and optimise the valorisation of our waste.” Gianni Paolino TechnologyInternational Director SAIPOL A corporate social responsibility approach gives internal meaning and creates value through trust.” Jean-Marc Buteux Jean-Marc Buteux Director of Partnerships and Sustainable Development LESIEUR Corporate social responsibility is a tremendous performance lever and a strategic asset for the company and its brand image.” Anne Moreau CSR Digital Communication and Strategy Manager LESIEUR Environmental, social and governance criteria are at the heart of Sofiprotéol’s investment choices.” Gabriel Dufour Account Manager SOFIPROTEOL The preservation of the environment is an integral part of Cetiom’s studies, in the same way as the economic challenges for farms.” Francis Flénet Agronomy and Environment Manager CETIOM
  • 38. • 36 Performance indicators 2014 Change since 2012* Commitment n°1: Developing national sectors Proportion of French/Romanian/Senegalese oilseed production valorised in the corresponding national industrial facilities 52% / 14% / 10% +4% / +17% / -9% objective 2018 : 60%/20%/35% Proportion of the original raw material France transformed in animal nutrition tools 79.7% -4% objective 2018 : 80% Turnover (in billions of €) 6.5 -11%  EBITDA (gross operating profit) / Turnover 4% +17% Total industrial investments, specific to Avril (in millions of €) 138 +18% of which industrial investment in the Southern and developing countries (in millions of €) 22 +46% Total headcount (as of 31/12/2014) 8,240 ≈  Breakdown of employees by type of contract Permanent / Fixed-term / Other (in %) 95% / 4% /1% ≈ Commitment n°2: Better food for humans Equivalent number of people whose nutritional needs in oil are provided by the Group (in millions) 75.4 +27% objective 2018: 90 Equivalent number of people whose nutritional needs in animal protein are provided by the Group (in millions) 28.6 +11% objective 2018: 30 Production volumes (tonnage by general type of product) p. 58-59 of the Activity report 2014 - Table of performance indicators 2014 Commitment n°3: Preserving the planet Energy consumption of the Group (in millions of MWh) 3.4 -3 % objective 2018: -10% Ratio of energy consumption from renewable sources and the total energy consumption 26.9% +154% objective 2018: 30% Reduction of GHG emissions in rapeseed hectares involved in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ -3% (2013 value) ** n.a. objective 2018: -30% Participation rates in the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ in cooperatives having contracted with Diester Industrie (France) 61.4% ≈
  • 39. GHG report completion rate for large product families 70 % +6% Quantity of certified sustainable vegetable oils used (in kilotonnes) 1,742 -6% objective 2018: 2,000 Valorisation rate of recoverable industrial waste 92% +0.2% Breakdown of products transported by type of transport: road / maritime / inland waterway / pipeline / rail / road-rail (in %) 70/16/9/3/1/1 +6/+9/-15/-7/-13/+173 Total water used per tonne of finished product (m3 /t) 1.89 -2% * reference year for the SD objectives ‘CAP 2018’ ** 2014 data was not available at the time of publication of this report *** disbursed amount. In previous reporting, the figures mentioned were the amounts incurred in the year Indicators corresponding to SD objectives ‘CAP 2018’ Reporting scope The indicators are consolidated worldwide, unless stated otherwise, covering the calendar year 2014. The data from the companies in which Avril is majority stakeholder are fully consolidated (not in proportion to the integration of companies within the Group). The GHG indicator of the ‘Démarche de Progrès’ covers the 2012-2013 campaign (2013-2014 data were not available at the time of writing this report). The indicators relating to disabled workers, apprentices and gender equality are representative of 94% of the physical workforce of the Group. Commitment n°4: Working together Change in TF2 (frequency rate of accidents with and without time off) over one year -3.6 points -44% objective 2018: -70% Change in TF1 (frequency rate of accidents with time off) over one year +0.5 points -23% Change in SR (severity rate) over one year -0.06 points -37% Proportion of Group sites employing more than 6% disabled workers (France) 17 % -28% objective 2018: 100% (compared to 2013) Number of apprentices and work-study students 196 +50% objective 2018: 260 Total number of trainees 337 +6% Female to male staff ratio (as of 31/12/2013) 0,41 ≈ Commitment n°5: Sustainable investments in the oils and proteins sectors Amounts invested*** by the financing and development company Sofiprotéol (in millions of €) 75 152.2 objective 2018: 200 Amount invested by CapAgro Innovation funds (in millions of €) 7.7 Funding activity started 2014 Proportion of Sofiprotéol investments evaluated in terms of social responsibility 100 % ≈ Number of employees working in companies in which Sofiprotéol invested during the year (France) Approx. 23,500 +213%
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