Sustainable development

Sustainable Agriculture

Our raw materials are scarce and precious, so we have made a deliberate choice to promote efficient and sustainable farming practices.

Tereos is a cooperative group that maintains strong links with the world of agriculture, both in France, where farmers are cooperative growers, and the rest of the world, where we maintain close links with our raw materials suppliers.

Virtually all the agricultural raw materials that we transform come through direct channels, which allows us to exert control over the conditions of production. To meet our climatic and demographic challenges, our priority is combining the growth we need in yields with reducing the environmental footprint of the field.

Day after day, we help farmers produce more and better through agronomic advice, the choice of varieties and the promotion of new sustainable and competitive farming practices.

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Tereos is committed to introducing efficient and sustainable farming practices by adhering to stringent standards, such as those of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI), an organisation that supports the development of socially and environmentally responsible agriculture, and Bonsucro.

Tereos provides agronomic guidance for 18,000 cooperative growers around the world via our trained and certified agricultural advisors. We are actively promoting precision farming so that land is treated only when necessary, with the right dosage in the right place at the right time. Meanwhile, we are also defining a policy for the preservation of forestry ecosystems.

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60%

of our raw materials evaluated/certified as sustainable

90%

of raw materials processed are bought direct from farmers

- 57%

of volumes of sugar cane in our plantations are certified by Bonsucro

100%

of our cooperative growers are Gold or Silver rated by ‘Farmer Self Assessment’ of SAI Platform

“The cooperative’s agricultural service assists me in implementing innovative and environmentally friendly farming practices. I would say that for the consumer, it is important to know that the sugar that he is consuming is sugar produced from sustainable beets.”

Romain Cintrat

Cooperative grower (France)

Examples of actions supporting sustainable agriculture

100% of Tereos’ agricultural partners in France and the Czech Republic are Gold or Silver rated by ‘Farmer Self Assessment’ of SAI Platform, an organisation that supports the development of socially and environmentally responsible agriculture.

Every year, new technologies took pride of place at Tereos’ innovation forum, attended by more than 500 cooperative growers. The aim was to share the most recent results of tests carried out by the Group in agricultural productivity. This year, the innovations presented was an autonomous solar-powered weeding robot.

The water used to wash sugar beets and potatoes during the transformation process is recycled to provide irrigation for crops. This water is rich in fertilising elements irrigates cultivated farmland close to production facilities, which can fully recycle this resource. Fertigation is practised in Brazil, for instance, where 40,000 hectares of sugar cane were irrigated this year using this technique.

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