Cérélia’s commitment

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Our young company, founded on merging various companies around the world, now employs over 1.500 people worldwide. This position means a significant responsibility. Not only to the immediate involved such as our employees, suppliers and customers, but also to the entire value chain. That is why we bring together our resources and our strengths in order to make social responsibility as part of the heart and soul of our group.

Cérélia wants to act and take part in the emergence of a society that cares for future generations.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ROADMAP 2017 – 2025

Already heavily committed to Sustainable Development, Cérélia is taking a next step forward by transforming ambitions into a concrete policy to bring our ambitions into practice. For this we developed a Sustainable Development Roadmap for the coming years. This roadmap is based on the conviction, that sustainable development can only succeed when there is a well-balanced attention for the environmental, economical and social aspects.

Based on these 3 pillars we structured the Roadmap around 4 priority action areas with 13 commitments.

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AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Produce high-quality cereals and oil seeds, and promote responsible and sustainable farming methods, together with farmers
  • Reduce, sort and recover waste products
  • Improve methods to limit the use of non-renewable resources
  • Develop a sustainable and integrated water management policy

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INNOVATE TO DEVELOP OUR ACTIVITIES, CONTRIBUTE TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF OUR PARTNERS

  • Improve the carbon footprint of our facilities
  • Increase the levels of satisfaction and trust of our customers
  • Optimise product design and manufacturing to aim for greater industrial efficiency that incorporates sustainable development criteria. Packaging is one of the areas to be improved. Through healthier products and diets, meet the expectations of consumers with regard to well-being and health, is another areas.

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FOSTER TALENT AMONG OUR EMPLOYEES, SO THAT THEY BECOME ACTORS OF CHANGE

  • Take action to ensure workplace safety
  • Invest in the professional development of our employees
  • Strengthen employee commitment and improve the quality of life in the workplace

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CONTRIBUTE TO A RESPONSIBLE, SUSTAINABLE AND PARTICIPATIVE ECONOMY

  • Improve the corporate environment by listening to employees and seeking to make continuous progress
  • Set up a governance model that allows for sharing and transparency
  • Exchange with our stakeholders

Cérélia founded Earth & People, endowment fund. It helps develop projects that promote the interest in the area of Sustainable Development , identified by the manufacturing sites of the Cerelia group or the stakeholders of the group. Earth & People will also take action in favour of the procurement sources of the raw materials, so as to help protect the environment and the living conditions of local communities.

In the priority action area ‘agricultural production and natural resources’ important steps have already been taken. For example in the way we deal with palm oil. We have signed to be a member of the Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil www.huiledepalmedurable.org and a member of the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm oil) http://www.rspo.org/. We are participating in the debate, but that is not everything, we also do something concrete.
Cérélia founded Earth & People. Earth & People and its local partners are committed to supporting a sustainable palm oil program :

  • supporting the development of the Ivorian sustainable palm oil industry by improving plantation yields without resorting to deforestation
  • protect the environment
  • improve living conditions for communities and producers, who rely on the oil palm.

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Earth AND People has initiated five social projects in Ivory coast:

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Earth & People has already conducted three industry projects in Ivory Coast:

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PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL IN NéKA VILLAGE

We are involved in the renovation of three classrooms and the building of three extra classrooms at the school, which has 353 pupils aged from 6 to 11 years.

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DISPENSARY IN NéKA VILLAGE

So that the dispensary can welcome a midwife, we helped to build a house for a midwife. Néka village and the surrounding camps are home to 3.526 children. In 2015 there were 256 births in the village.

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agricultural training

In partnership with the INFPA (national institute for professional agricultural training), we award study grants to 16 young volunteers for three-month courses leading to a qualification and two-year diploma courses.

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Library at the Irobo IFU

We are contributing to the setting up of a village library and the training of its staff, in collaboration with the voluntary organisation ‘Des livres pour tous’. The project, which will serve some hundred teachers and their 4400 pupils in nursery to primary school. This also includes literacy lessons for women and the installation of a seed library for the exchange of local seeds intended to be used in family kitchen gardens.

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120 meals at the Irobo IFU school

We fund 120 meals a day for one year at the school canteen at the Irobo IFU in order to increase school attendance among the village children.

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Environmental diagnosis of the IFU of Néka

We commissioned TFT (The Forest Trust) for an environmental diagnosis of the integrated farm unit (IFU) of Néka. That diagnosis allowed an assessment of compliance by the IFU to the Sustainable Palm Oil Charter of Cérélia and the identification of action to put in place along with PalmCi.

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We turned to TFT (The Forest Trust) for preparing a map of the plantations of the 210 village planters of Néka and the surrounding area. That map has provided greater knowledge of village plantations (geolocation, surfaces, age of palms, growing itineraries etc.) and an identification of the areas of farming and environmental importance that need protection. Also, a socio-economic survey has allowed a better grasp of the living conditions of local communities and the issues they have to face.

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training in good farming practices

We help the 210 village planters identified in Néka and the surrounding area to be trained in good farming practices along with Palmci and Solidaridad, a NGO that facilitates socially responsible and environmentally sound development. The programme will span several years. It will include training in the financial management of farms and the human rights awareness of local communities.

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