Sustainable development

Acting responsibly on the entire value chain

In 2050, there will be roughly 10 billion human beings on the planet, five times more than 100 years earlier. Needs in food and energy will increase even though natural resources are limited. Tereos does not see sustainable development as an option, it is a basic commitment and a driver of growth.

Download the 2017/2018 sustainable development report : here.

The circular economy at the heart of our industry model

Because our raw materials are scarce and precious, we pay close attention day after day to the entire processing chain of our products. At Tereos, we are committed to the sustainability of farming practices and making full use of our raw materials, and to ensuring that nothing is wasted, everything is transformed. Today, the circular economy has transformed yesterday’s leftover waste into a resource for animal nutrition, for conversion to energy, or for fertiliser.

“In order to offer a high quality food supply, we are committed to every step of the product manufacturing process. This is what allows us to build our growth on a truly sustainable model in which the circular economy is placed at the heart of our actions.”

Alexis Duval

Chief Executive Officer of Tereos

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To make our model more environmentally and socially virtuous, our sustainable development strategy is built on five pillars that relate to our whole value chain. Through these commitments, Tereos is contributing to achieving some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable agriculture

Virtually all the agricultural raw materials that Tereos transforms are supplied through direct channels, which allows us to exert control over the conditions of production. Tereos has opted for sustainable agriculture because our businesses and their sustainability depend on the land, on the people who cultivate it, and on their future. To meet our climatic and demographic challenges, our priority is combining the growth in yields that we need with reducing the environmental footprint of the field.

The continuous improvement process in which Tereos is engaged is based on two priorities: reducing our water and energy consumption, and developing new ways of recycling non-food waste in our facilities. This ensures that the circular economy is at the heart of our actions as we strive to develop a model of positive industry.

Tereos commits itself at every step of the production process, from the field to the consumer. We strive to ensure not only quality and food safety but also the conditions of production. Tereos sees respecting business ethics, transparency on the origin and conditions of production and the safety of our employees as an integral part of product guarantee.

To meet the new expectations of consumers, which vary from one market to another, as well as the challenges of public health, agri-food companies have to permanently adapt their products. Our role is to support our customers and develop innovative solutions that correspond to the nutritional needs specific to each category of the population and to support fast-changing eating habits and practices.

The nature of our activities plays a big part in revitalizing the territories where we operate, with impact on farming, industry and logistics. Our long-term presence in a territory involves providing support for local employment, developing skills and setting up specific programmes according to particular local needs.

Creating and sharing value with all our stakeholders

The commitment that Tereos shows to its whole value chain, from the field to the consumer, is also a human commitment: the Group maintains a permanent dialogue with its stakeholders and strong links with its 12,000 cooperative growers, who are essential partners in the Group’s success and sustainability. Tereos is deeply rooted in its local environment, and actively contributes to the regeneration of territories where it is present.

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