A sustainable agriculture
To promote responsible purchasing and, in conjunction with our raw materials suppliers, codevelop a more sustainable sourcing with greater added value, 6 OXYGEN objectives:
- Extend the Best Farming Practices Charter to all our milk collection areas worldwide by 2025
- Deploy our “Sustainable Milk Production” diagnosis, with its 10 drivers for improvement, with 50% of our milk producers by 2025
- to audit 100% of dairy farms supplying Savencia using recognised Animal welfare standards by 2025
- Codevelop milk produced from herds fed GMO-free diet from Organic agriculture
- Responsible purchasing for the majority of our other strategic agricultural raw materials by 2025
- Develop responsible purchasing from all our other suppliers via the Group Responsible Purchasing Charter
ANIMAL WELFARE AT THE HEART OF OUR CONCERNS
Convinced of the importance of animal welfare, Savencia Fromage & Dairy has pursued an improvement process alongside our dairy farm partners for over ten years. Our comprehensive policy is based on the five fundamental freedoms of animal welfare developed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), in the United Kingdom. Since 2018, we have relied on an animal welfare assessment tool developed in partnership with the national research institute for agriculture, food and the environment (INRAE).
In 2021, to reinforce our commitments and communicate about it in a wider scale, Savencia has published its Animal Welfare Charter. To develop our animal welfare strategy, Savencia sought out the expertise of the international NGO Compassion In World Farming (CIWF), a specialist in farm animal welfare.
Furthermore, Groupe Savencia is committed to purchase only cage-free eggs and egg products by the end of 2022 in the limit of actual market availability, and in any case by 2025 at the latest. This commitment applies to all its subsidiaries.
A CLOSE AND TRUSTING RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR PRODUCERS
We collect the milk directly from our producers’ dairy farms, and maintain close links with all of them. Our partnerships with milk producers include providing advice and training so that, together, we can introduce best rearing practices, improve milk quality and guarantee sustainable performance for farms.
Spending a large part of their time on farms, our dairy resource managers provide technical expertise in terms of the feed and care to offer animals, maintenance of collection and processing equipment and quality control.
Savencia Fromage & Dairy buys and processes cow, goat and ewe milk from over 10,000 producers worldwide. France supplies 75% of the milk processed by the Group. The milk that we process is 100% of French origin, and all our factories are located near the farms: 97% of our collection is carried out within 70 kilometers.
And in order to create value, 31% of the volumes we collect come from a differentiated milk sector: goat, sheep, organic farming, non-GMO cattle feed or protected designation of origin (PDO).
BUILDING A COMPETITIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY TOGETHER
Our Responsible Dairy Sourcing program aims to help milk producers to reduce their environmental footprint whilst improving profitability. The Group monitors 10 indicators through full diagnostics. The producers decide on their priorities and choose the actions they will introduce, according to their specific needs.
At the end of 2020, 19% of our milk purchase volumes came from farms that carried out this diagnosis. 252,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent were saved compared to 2010.
The goal by 2025 is to reduce the carbon footprint of our milk collection by 300,000 tons of CO2 equivalent compared to 2010.
COMMITTED TO ORGANIC
- OUR BRANDS ARE GETTING ORGANIC
Today, 71% of the French consume organic products at least once a week*. Our brand TERRE BIO is the first cheese organic brand committed to animal well-being. How so? By ensuring that herds are taken to pastures as soon as the weather permits, feeding them GMO-free feed, giving them resting areas with comfortable bedding, and prioritizing natural medicine. As further proof of its determination to promote sustainable livestock farming, the brand spends 5% of its sales on animal well-being initiatives.
Furthermore, the rolling out of additional organic ranges is underway: such as the organic queso fresco for Burgo de Arias in Spain or the full range of organic cheeses offered by Söbbeke in Germany.
*Annual consumer survey conducted by Agence Bio, 2019
SUPPLIERS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR PROGRESS APPROACH
As part of the Group’s CSR approach, our suppliers are invited to adhere to our Responsible Purchasing Group Charter. In addition, the social and environmental performance of the Group’s main suppliers are evaluated according to a common methodology by EcoVadis.
An EcoVadis audit was conducted with 610 suppliers, with an average score of 51.3/100 compared to an average Food and Beverage EcoVadis of 42.9/100.
All around the world, Savencia Fromage & Dairy strives to satisfy the huge diversity in the expectations of consumers thanks to its delicious cheeses, renowned for their high quality.