- A Cooperative and a Group
- Working for agricultural progress
- Acting responsibly
The desire to be close to markets all explain Limagrain’s presence in 57 countries through a network of over 150 sites where permanent staff work. Mainly located in rural areas, these sites firstly have an impact on local employment, in particular for the subcontracting and seasonal work they provide. In addition, as a testimony to Limagrain’s culture of co-operation, each site maintains a quality dialogue with its stakeholders and develops a partnership-based approach in its community. The site therefore becomes involved in a number of social or educative initiatives that enable it to participate in local life and express its social utility, whilst helping to ensure the world of agriculture and food issues are better understood and promoted worldwide.
In India, Bisco Bio Sciences has built housing, with access to drinking water nearby, outside the boundary of the factory, to offer employees and their children a decent place to live. For its part, HM.CLAUSE India has chosen eradication of child labour, education, access to clean water and sanitation as the main focuses of its CSR programme.
Recent initiatives have involved:
A number of initiatives have been introduced to develop vegetable gardens in schools. Limagrain China in Beijing, Vilmorin Mikado in Toke and Otaki (Japan) and HM.CLAUSE in Australia are all involved in this type of action, whereby employees go to meet children and teach them about plants and seeds.
Keen to encourage the pleasure of learning and experimenting in the garden, Vilmorin Jardin has been supporting Jardins du Coeur in France since 2014. This is a branch of the well-known Restos du Coeur project and involves gardening workshops to help reintegrate people in difficulty into society.
In addition, they supply vegetables that are then distributed by the Restaurants of Love.
Every year, Vilmorin Jardin gives seeds to 42 French Gardens of Love.
In many countries, access to education is hindered by the distance between where pupils live and their school. Having to walk a long distance to school is often a reason for children giving up schooling.
To lower this drop-out rate and allow easier access to education, Vilmorin Atlas has provided 40 bicycles to the parents’ association of the Aït Bouli school to help children that do not live on school bus routes get to school more quickly.