Lighting the way to a sustainable future : Naturex shares learnings from its Pathfinder Program
Avignon, France 11 July 2016 – Naturex has recently published its annual Pathfinder sustainability report, explaining how the company is working to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. While it goes without saying that sustainability means preserving the environment, the report also describes how the company develops economically viable models that can persist over time, and cares for the well-being of fellow human beings. Built on the 4 pillars of Sourcing, Operations, People, and Innovation, the Pathfinder program explores new avenues for sustainability without applying a rigid model.
Improving agriculture, one supply chain at a time
As a leader in plant-based ingredients, responsible sourcing is at the heart of Naturex’s Pathfinder program, and it’s an area where the company has seen marked successes on the environmental, economical, and social fronts. By signing annual contracts with its growers, Naturex has been instrumental in developing good agricultural practices among its suppliers. Naturex’s agronomists monitor cultivations year round, giving feedback and advice on how best to manage crops. “It’s a win-win situation for both Naturex and suppliers: we get higher quality raw materials, our growers benefit both economically and professionally, all while minimizing environmental impact,” said Serge Sabrier, President of Naturex’s Sustainability Committee and Chief Procurement Officer.
Putting safety first
Recognizing that the greatest asset of any company is its people, Naturex put a particular emphasis on increasing employee involvement on safety issues. The company implemented numerous new safety initiatives throughout the year and launched its first worldwide safety days in the fall of 2015. Involving 32 sites in 22 countries, the day included educational and fun activities designed to encourage and give employees the necessary tools to take responsibility for their own safety and for the safety of others.
The last section of the report highlights the work of the company’s foundation. Ensuring a sustainable future means giving back to local communities in order to develop economic viability through education, support physical health, and preserve the environment. Targeting these areas, the Naturex Foundation is currently funding 11 projects around the world, in countries where the company operates. One of the newer projects takes place near the Naturex factory in India and will provide learning support and social integration for 500 children through sports and education.
Naturex sources, manufactures and markets natural specialty ingredients for the food, health and cosmetic industries. As the Natural Maker, the company actively supports the global shift to natural by directly addressing key consumer expectations through an offer built on two main focus areas: My Natural Food and My Natural Selfcare.Naturex’s portfolio includes colors, antioxidants, specialty fruits & vegetables, phytoactives, and numerous other plant-based natural ingredients, designed to help its customers create healthy, authentic and effective products.
The Group’s strong commitment to sustainability, continuous innovation process, and the talent of its people are at the heart of its success.
Headquartered in Avignon, France, Naturex has experienced steadily-increasing growth throughout the last 20 years. The group posted €397.8 million in sales in 2015 and employs 1,700 people worldwide. Naturex is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B – Index: Euronext Next 150, Enternext CAC PEA-PME 150, CAC Small & Mid, CAC Small, Gaïa - Ticker: NRX - Reuters: NATU.PA - Bloomberg: NRX:FP - DR SYMBOL: NTUXY
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