Carrying out our activities in an ethical, sustainable, and effective way

Conducting our activities in an
ethical, sustainable and effective way 

To develop both in France and internationally, Limagrain conducts its activities responsibly, respecting all the players in its environment, whether this be the women and men in its organization, its shareholders, its customers or its suppliers, without forgetting the associative and political authorities as well as the end-users and civil society. 

The values of progress, perseverance and cooperation all guide our employees’ behavior and preside over decisions with a long-term outlook. The know-how, innovative mindset, international development, multiculturalism, emblematic brands and overall general commitment push the Group towards reasoned development. 

At the same time, Limagrain has cultivated the talents of those wanting to share this adventure, anticipating and providing all human resource needs in accordance with the Group-specific values and its strategic focuses. 

The Group is fully aware of the environmental challenges in the framework of limited arable land and natural resources. To contribute and respond to the latter, teams work daily to move towards operational excellence with the aim of becoming an exemplary partner and to achieve a positive impact for all activity areas where Limagrain operates, and this, thanks to its efforts regarding research and varietal creation, and to targeted actions in all fields.

In parallel, the fundamental themes of the United Nations Global Compact – human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption – are integrated into the development strategy. These principles are at the heart of our policy regarding human resources, business ethics and environmental preservation.

Mobility and the development
of skills

the employability of Limagrain's 10,000 employees is a major focus of our Human Resources (HR) policy. We do not offer a pre-determined career path. To allow employees to evolve and adapt to changes in their professional life, we leverage several elements: interviews conducted throughout one's career, personalized support, training, experience sharing, promotion of internal mobility to encourage changes between countries, subsidiaries, and even professions.

An annual talent review, conducted by our "career committees" in the Business Units and consolidated at Group level, allows us to identify potential and optimize mobility and promotion opportunities. Also, all vacancies are accessible to all employees through the Group Intranet.

Diversity and
professional equality

Employee diversity at Limagrain is an integral part of our DNA. We are a multicultural Group, made up of more than 70 nationalities, which we see as a rich resource. With a spirit of openness and equality, Limagrain is committed to treating its employees with respect for their dignity and their physical and moral integrity.

All Group employees are thus recruited without discrimination against gender, age, origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical appearance, health record, disability, membership of unions, or political belief.

Students and
young graduates

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Limagrain offers various internship and work-study programs (apprenticeships, professional training contracts) in a wide range of professions and qualifications, both inside and outside France. We also have good relations with the educational world and develop targeted partnerships all over the world. Schools and universities are selected based on our core sectors and for their international outlook.

As well as multiple teaching collaborations, these are also an important recruiting ground. We regularly meet students during forum events, participate in lectures, supply study topics, and open our sites for educational visits.



Acting ethically and responsibly

Structuring Limagrain's business ethics was an approach driven by the Group’s executive management in 2013, in the context of its program of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Business ethics covers both the individual behavior of Limagrain employees and the collective behavior upheld by the company. The areas targeted by ethics are extremely wide and varied; they range from fighting corruption to protecting the environment and respecting human rights..

The Limagrain Code of Conduct was launched on March 30, 2015, in eleven languages. It is a means for all employees to speak a common language, wherever they go within the Group, sharing the same principles of governance and ethics.

The goal is to ensure that every employee in the world knows about the Code of Conduct and its purpose, understands its content and is able to use it if needed.

Discerning ethical acts and avoiding errors are also concerns which contribute to the search for excellence.


Respectful
water usage

The issue of water is approached in two ways: how much we consume and any discharge into water.

The Group Risk Management Reference Document provides an analysis of all our aqueous discharge and its treatment where necessary. Our sites are equipped with suitable arrangements, in particular water reprocessing basins, to minimize the risk of pollution.

Over the past fiscal year, water consumption has dropped by 14.8%. Professional seed activities represent 91.6% of our consumption, mainly for greenhouse crop irrigation and domestic use. The reduction attained during this fiscal year can be attributed to the implementation of investments made to reduce consumption and to climate variations.

Agricultural best practices to preserve the soil

The soil is agriculture's primary production tool. Preserving it is thus a constant focus for companies that produce seeds, or work with seed multiplication farmers. Many actions are undertaken, whether in seed production or plant breeding activities, or whether they are conducted at our sites or by seed multiplication farmers, to minimize the impact of these activities on the soil.

These could involve managing the organic matter present in the soil to optimize the use of fertilizer, crop rotation with the introduction of a cereal cycle every 2 to 3 years to break the disease cycle, sowing plant cover to protect the soil during the winter months, or the use of simplified techniques for working on the soil.

Energy audits and exchanging best practices lead to reduced energy consumption

Following energy audits carried out in 2015, more than 1.5 million euros have been invested in improving the energy efficiency of our facilities through a large number of actions, often the result of exchanging best practices among companies.

Now, when new equipment is purchased or replaced, many of our companies evaluate energy performance or energy savings.

Making improvements in energy performance is also a way to limit greenhouse gases.

Waste volumes limited and recovered

Waste production – close to 76,000 tonnes – was stable for 2016-17 compared to the previous fiscal year. Its recovery has been carried out for a long time within the Group and has continued to progress to now reach 85.9% (+6% compared to 2016), essentially in animal feed and compost.

Our actions also relate to preventing and limiting waste. Various investments have thus been made to finance actions resulting in the reduction of waste production and facilitating their elimination and recycling.

Finally, special attention has also been given to waste storage to prevent pollution risks caused by their temporary storage on site.