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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact
      “The Avril Group signed the UN Global Compact in July 2017, which is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.”
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    25/86
    • Palm oil
      53/86
      • Commitment Strength
        28/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "The Group always strives to obtain its palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands[...]Achieving this ambition known as NDPE (meaning No Deforestation, no Peat, no Exploitation)[...]The Avril Group defines zero deforestation palm oil as coming from plantations which comply with the following criteria[...]They protect and manage High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests[...]They protect all peatlands, whatever their depth". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Group always strives to obtain its palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands[...]Achieving this ambition known as NDPE (meaning No Deforestation, no Peat, no Exploitation)[...]The Avril Group defines zero deforestation palm oil as coming from plantations which comply with the following criteria[...]They protect and manage High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests[...]They protect all peatlands, whatever their depth". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Group always strives to obtain its palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands[...]Achieving this ambition known as NDPE (meaning No Deforestation, no Peat, no Exploitation)[...]The Avril Group defines zero deforestation palm oil as coming from plantations which comply with the following criteria[...]They protect and manage High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests[...]They protect all peatlands, whatever their depth". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Group always strives to obtain its palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands[...]Achieving this ambition known as NDPE (meaning No Deforestation, no Peat, no Exploitation)[...]The Avril Group defines zero deforestation palm oil as coming from plantations which comply with the following criteria[...]They protect and manage High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests[...]They protect all peatlands, whatever their depth". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "The Group always strives to obtain its palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands[...]Achieving this ambition known as NDPE (meaning No Deforestation, no Peat, no Exploitation)[...]The Avril Group defines zero deforestation palm oil as coming from plantations which comply with the following criteria[...]They protect and manage High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests[...]They protect all peatlands, whatever their depth". 
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "The Group always strives to obtain its palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands[...]Achieving this ambition known as NDPE (meaning No Deforestation, no Peat, no Exploitation)[...]The Avril Group defines zero deforestation palm oil as coming from plantations which comply with the following criteria[...]They protect and manage High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests[...]They protect all peatlands, whatever their depth". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            "The Group always strives to obtain its palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands[...]Achieving this ambition known as NDPE (meaning No Deforestation, no Peat, no Exploitation)[...]The Avril Group defines zero deforestation palm oil as coming from plantations which comply with the following criteria[...]They protect and manage High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests[...]They protect all peatlands, whatever their depth". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            "Our subsidiaries using palm oil commit to undertaking the following actions[...]Obtain, every semester, all necessary information from suppliers in order to map the supply chain back to the mills and maintain traceability to mills for 100% of purchased volumes". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our subsidiaries using palm oil commit to undertaking the following actions[...]Obtain, every semester, all necessary information from suppliers in order to map the supply chain back to the mills and maintain traceability to mills for 100% of purchased volumes". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our subsidiaries using palm oil commit to undertaking the following actions[...]Obtain, every semester, all necessary information from suppliers in order to map the supply chain back to the mills and maintain traceability to mills for 100% of purchased volumes". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our subsidiaries using palm oil commit to undertaking the following actions[...]Obtain, every semester, all necessary information from suppliers in order to map the supply chain back to the mills and maintain traceability to mills for 100% of purchased volumes". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Our subsidiaries using palm oil commit to undertaking the following actions[...]Obtain, every semester, all necessary information from suppliers in order to map the supply chain back to the mills and maintain traceability to mills for 100% of purchased volumes". 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Our subsidiaries using palm oil commit to undertaking the following actions[...]Obtain, every semester, all necessary information from suppliers in order to map the supply chain back to the mills and maintain traceability to mills for 100% of purchased volumes". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our subsidiaries using palm oil commit to undertaking the following actions[...]Obtain, every semester, all necessary information from suppliers in order to map the supply chain back to the mills and maintain traceability to mills for 100% of purchased volumes". 
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
             "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2017, Groupe Avril reported that they had achieved 100% traceability back to mills.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "The Group has adopted a specific policy which aims to ensure that only zero deforestation palm oil will be used". "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
             "95% of palm oil purchased by Avril is certified or covered by RSPO credits". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "We monitor their CSR6 performance and actions". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "The main suppliers of the group are informed and aligned with our policy. In addition, we monitor their CSR performance and actions so that we can, in the event of an alert, remind them our expectations. If needed be, suppliers whose practices would not be aligned with the Group's ambition will be encouraged to gradually come into compliance. In accordance with our internal procedure for managing non-conformities, the Group may have to penalize any suppliers that do not cooperate or display any intention to change". 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Groupe Avril report the total volume of palm oil used in 2017 as well as the total tonnage of certified palm oil in RSPO ACOP. 
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "The Group always strives to obtain its palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands, and respects the rights of workers and local communities. Achieving this ambition known as NDPE (meaning No Deforestation, no Peat, no Exploitation) requires putting in place good practices within Avril's supply chains[...] The Avril Group defines zero deforestation palm oil as coming from plantations which comply with the following criteria[...]they respect human rights, work in a good relationship with local communities, and most particularly ensure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of these communities when planning to extend plantations.”
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Groupe Avril ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      18/86
      • Commitment Strength
        7/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/21
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: RTRS; Proterra
            Type of commitment: Certification
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            certification
            "Feed Alliance, Sanders – the Group’s animal nutrition subsidiary – deliberately purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Feed Alliance, a subsidary of Groupe Avril "purchases 10,000 RTRS credits each year (one credit corresponds to one tonne) and also 40,000 tonnes of non-GM soybean with Proterra certification for a specific table poultry sector". 
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Groupe Avril ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      4/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Groupe Avril ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    12/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Groupe Avril is an agro-industrial and financial group operating its business within the animal nutrition, renewable energy, food and chemistry sectors.

Sector
Industry sector 
Animal feed
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
France
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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