A strategic challenge and lever for Limagrain’s performance

CSR approach of Limagrain

Faced with strong agricultural and food challenges: long-term valorization of the profession of farmers, food security and quality of produce, optimization of natural resources and biodiversity, access to progress, and broadened regulatory requirements, Limagrain has structured its CSR approach in order to continue to stay a high-performance and responsible player for years to come. Our CSR approach is an extension of the Limagrain fundamentals: a mission to produce food, a cooperative governance placing Man at the heart of its model, a culture of innovation and partnerships; and a strategic vision promoting sustainable commitments.

Limagrain will thus be in a position to meet the expectations and needs of all its stakeholders (employees, clients, suppliers, shareholders, local communities, public authorities, NGOs, etc.). 

CSR forms one of Limagrain’s strategic levers at the service of its mission: to move agriculture forward to meet food challenges. It is a fabulous source of progress, attraction and differentiation, actively contributing to the competitiveness and performance of the company.

The four progress domains for Limagrain’s CSR, formalized in 2012

 

GOVERNANCE AND SOCIETY

 

In order to affirm the originality of Limagrain and to be recognized as an exemplary partner, we are sharing and valorizing our cooperative governance, we are structuring our business ethics, we are opening up dialogue with our stakeholders, we are reinforcing our involvement as corporate citizens, and finally, we are acting efficiently to develop the territories we work in.

HUMAN RESOURCES

 

In order to accompany Limagrain’s development, we are attracting and retaining talents, developing the qualities and skills of each employee, building professional careers with a long-term perspective. At the same time, we are committed to developing social dialogue and to cultivating managerial excellence. Finally, we are implementing the means necessary so that the health and safety of our employees is a priority for the Group and a strong feature of our corporate culture.

INNOVATION

 

In order to insure our competitiveness, we build our performance on innovation. We improve plants to meet the needs of farmers, industrialists and consumers. We protect plant innovation while encouraging access to genetic progress. We foster our culture of partnerships while favoring collective intelligence.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

 

In order to entrench our reference position on our different markets, we provide farmers with high performance and responsible agronomic solutions and we ensure consumers have accessible, safe and high-quality products. Finally, we optimize the environmental impact of our activities and our agricultural, industrial and research sites throughout the world.

Acting ethically and responsibly

Limagrain is committed to acting ethically and responsibly at all levels in its business. This approach to progress guides our actions with our partners and stakeholders including employees, farmers, end consumers, customers and suppliers…

The Limagrain Code of Conduct was launched on 30th March 2015. To date it has been translated into 6 languages. All of our managers will be trained in business ethics by the end of 2016 via a dedicated e-learning module.

For a company like Limagrain, present in numerous countries with cultures and legislation that are sometimes very different, standing out through clear benchmarks is a prerequisite to ensure our reputation and legitimacy.

Since December 2013, Limagrain has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact. Limagrain is therefore committed to respecting Human Rights, fighting against corruption and respecting the environment.

Global Compact

Limagrain has adhered to the ten principles of the Global Compact since 2013 : it concerns human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption. The Global Compact is the main initiative in the world for corporate citizens. Its primary objective is to promote the social legitimacy of companies and markets. Adhering to the Global Compact means sharing the conviction that commercial practices, based on a certain number of universally recognized principles, will contribute to the emergence of a world market that is more stable, fairer and more open, encouraging the development of prosperous and dynamic companies.


HUMAN RIGHTS

  • Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights in their sphere of influence.
  • Make sure their own companies are not complicit in human rights abuses.
LABOR

  • Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
  • Eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
  • Abolish child labor.
  • Eliminate discrimination in employment and occupation.
ENVIRONMENT

  • Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
  • Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
  • Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
ANTI-CORRUPTION

  • Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.