- A Cooperative and a Group
- Working for agricultural progress
- Acting responsibly
Bolstered by its cooperative culture and attachment to its region of origin, namely the Limagne-Val d’Allier plain where all its cooperative partners are based, Limagrain assists with local development and is constantly interacting with its local ecosystem through a number of initiatives that help drive the region. These initiatives are either carried out alone or in partnership with local public, private or associative players, involving a range of fields, including research, jobs, industry, education, the environment, sport and culture.
employees in Limagne Val d’Allier
largest private employer in Auvergne
Since it was founded in 1965, Limagrain has continually demonstrated its attachment to the Limagne Val d’Allier plain.
Whereas Limagrain had 66 employees in June 1969, 50 years later, the Group now employs nearly 1,500 people and has become the second largest private employer in the Clermont-Ferrand region.
Decisions to set up a Jacquet factory in Saint-Beauzire in 1999 and double its capacity in 2010, to create its main field crop seed research centre in Chappes in 2012 and to build its new headquarters in the Biopôle Clermont-Limagne in Saint-Beauzire in 2013, clearly mark Limagrain’s attachment to its region and its desire to contribute to its economic drive and appeal.
As it is convinced that training contributes to the vitality of region and as a group should be able to recruit well-trained candidates locally, Limagrain has committed to initiatives with higher education institutions in the region.
As well as being a member of the Auvergne University Foundation and the Clermont-Ferrand Business School, active representation of the Group within the governance of the future Hall 32 school was the highlight of the fiscal year. Hall 32 aims to promote industrial careers in France for young people and adults from a range of backgrounds and transfer technological skills to small and medium-sized businesses. The school opened its doors in September 2019.
The result of an unprecedented, broad partnership relating the public and private sectors, it brings together in a single place all the provisions needed to offer resources in perfect alignment with businesses in the industry, a constantly changing segment that creates jobs.
A rugby culture is deeply rooted in Auvergne and the ASM-Clermont-Auvergne rugby club has been a showcase for over a century at the highest French and European level.
In 2009, in view of this and the representational aspect of providing support, Limagrain became one of the major sponsors of the club, which has since won the French championship twice.