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CSR
 

Sustainable development

For Savencia Fromage & Dairy, protecting the environment is an area of progress in which all the Group’s major suppliers take part.

COMMITTED TO TOMORROW WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS

Committed together with both the present and future generations, we are mobilized for the achievement of sustainable development in the framework of our vocation of “Leading the way to better food”.
Located at the heart of our milk collection zones, day after day we develop an approach of continuous improvement, focusing on sustainable milk production, environmental protection considered as an integral part to our industrial strategy, and the professional and social wellbeing of our employees.

RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Improving our practices

     

    Our industrial department supports subsidiaries in the preparation for ISO 14001 certification (environmental management), monitors improvement programs and assesses the results achieved. A monitoring and expertise department identifies and disseminates internal and external best practices.

  • Lighter packaging

     

    Our subsidiaries have made significant efforts in eco-design to reduce their volume of packaging and therefore their impact on the environment: the Fol Épi pack now has a base reduced in thickness by 20%, is still sufficiently rigid and incorporates 34% of materials produced from recycled bottles. By reducing the packaging of the Tartare 150 g cup, 5.2 tons of plastic have also been saved in 2017.

  • Gaïa Rating

     

    Savencia Fromage & Dairy is in the Gaïa Rating ranking, the leading index of sustainable average-sized assets in Paris.

SAVING WATER AND ENERGY

We work to limit our environmental footprint at each step of our activity, with four focuses:
• Make use of every drop of milk and reduce raw material wastage;
• Save water, reduce and treat wastewater;
• Save energy and reduce emissions;
• Optimize transport.
Each Group location makes commitments to limit its consumption of water and energy, with targets reviewed annually.

  • The fromagerie d'Illoud, winner of the trophies for food industry energy perfomance

    The Fromagerie d’Illoud is the birthplace of the Group and the location of our Caprice des Dieux manufacturing facility which is ISO 50001 certified for its energy management and reduction of energy consumption per ton of production. The jury distinguished the site for its 2.8MW boiler which saves 7,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, its energy improvement programs deployed continuously and the strong commitment of its employees.

  • Fro', a site with commitment!

     

    The processing and recycling of our manufacturing facilities effluents are naturally in line with the Group’s CSR process. Thanks to methanization, Fro’ recycles 100% of its organic waste and recycle both as energy and digestates spread in the fields, to improve fertilization.

  • Energy saving at Arias

    To limit our environmental impact, we strive to optimize our consumption. Our Spanish Arias subsidiary has thus, since 2016, reduced its Vegalencia plant’s water consumption by 15% thanks to a number of initiatives: mapping of plant consumption, Clean-In-Place (CIP) optimization, employee awareness-raising etc.
    The site was also modernized, thereby obtaining electricity savings of about 52,000 kWh per month.

ECO-RESPONSIBLE TRANSPORT

Our fleets are equipped with traction units meeting Europe’s EEV* standard and our drivers are trained in eco-driving. Upstream, we use high capacity milk collection tanks and optimize our collection rounds. Downstream, by grouping deliveries we improve truck filling and delivery frequency: more service, less emissions. These optimizations removed the equivalent of 1,150 trucks from the roads in 2017.
* Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicule

INVOLVING OUR SUPPLIERS

We develop with our main suppliers, long-term relationships underpinned by the dynamics of continuous improvement. Openness to innovation and co-operation are at the heart of the Group’s purchasing strategy, which takes into account the ability of suppliers to offer solutions that are more effective, more economical and more sustainable.

A Purchasing code of practice specifies buyers’ commitments in their relationship with suppliers in four main areas: ethics and integrity, communication and collaboration, performance and progress, sustainable and responsible purchasing.

A Charter for Responsible Purchasing

This document is distributed to our major suppliers and gives details of our responsible purchasing policy. It is the subject of special training provided to buyers and new employees. Major suppliers are assessed according to CSR criteria by an independent body and we share areas identified for progress with them.
In 2017, more than 100 suppliers have been assessed according to CSR standards by Ecovadis.

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Divisions
Savencia Fromage & Dairy consists of two complementary divisions that are both built on adding value to dairy resources.