Our three commitments

Our commitments

Our commitments

At InVivo, corporate social responsibility is integrated within our strategy as a performance driver and catalyst for innovation serving collective interests. The objective the Group has set itself is to support the transformation of agriculture and food to meet the demographic, environmental and food challenges we all face.

  1. Producing more and better
  2. Promoting access to better food
  3. Placing people at the heart of our actions
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2 questions for...

2 questions for...

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Sébastien Graff, Director of Human Resources and Communications
 
 

In 2018, InVivo announced its desire to transform its sectorfocussed holding companies into a société à mission, similar to the US concept of benefit corporation. This decision marks a turning point in the CSR policy of the Group. Can you tell us a little more about it?

The CSR policy of the Group has for a long time been driven by our divisions who implement our three commitments: producing more and better, promoting access by all to better food and placing people at the heart of our actions. These commitments mirror the revolution in present-day agriculture - now more than ever at the heart of the great global challenges relating to mankind’s future on Earth: food security, energy transition, maintaining biodiversity, employment and regionality. In all its diversity and practices, agriculture must offer solutions capable of meeting the sustainable development goals under the UN’s Agenda 2030 programme. Consequently, this year our Group took the decision to seize the opportunity offered under legislation to become one of the first French groups to adopt the status of société à mission for its sector-focussed holding companies, commencing with Bioline Group. This approach obviously sits well with our cooperative DNA and represents an excellent 

opportunity to intensify our commitments. This mission will become clear to everyone through our strategic plan, which is structured to meet the challenges of transforming the world of agriculture and food through innovative and responsible solutions that benefit cooperatives, farmers and consumers worldwide. The time has arrived to construct a positive agriculture!

What will this change?

This first decision establishes a framework and is the precursor to others just as fundamental. We have introduced a first Group CSR Committee – a technical committee charged with conducting a “materiality analysis ”* of our CSR issues and priorities. The results will be known in 2019. The analysis will enable us to align our commitments with progress indicators and will generate the issues which must then be covered by strategic action. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will form part of the process and the resultant roadmap. After this first step, the CSR Committee will be renewed and consolidated in order to advise and complement the Board of Directors regarding strategic decision-making, just like the Ethics Committee and Audit & Risk Committee. This will represent a major turning point in terms of our governance.

UN Global Compact

UN Global Compact

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By signing up to the UN Global Compact, InVivo has undertaken to incorporate its 10 principles relating to human rights, international labour standards, the environment and the fight against corruption, and to implement solutions in keeping with the 17 SDGs (sustainable development goals) of Agenda 2030.