Public authorities play a supportive role through voluntary policy measures and, where necessary, complementary regulation. Therefore, EU citizens rightly expect companies to understand their positive and negative impacts on society and the environment. And, therefore, that they prevent, manage and mitigate any negative impacts they may cause, including within their global supply chain. Compliance with this obligation is commonly referred to as corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a way of doing business that aims to increase a company's social impact while achieving business objectives such as growth and revenue targets. It can also refer to any effort to improve a company's environmental credentials or carbon footprint. Companies can undertake CSR efforts as a stand-alone programme or as part of a broader campaign.
Companies can create CSR programmes involving all areas of their business and often have dedicated CSR staff and resources.
CSR covers a wide range of issues that need to be taken into account in the management of a company, including working conditions (including occupational health), human rights, the environment, anti-corruption measures, fair competition, consumer interests, taxes, transparency, etc. In implementing CSR, companies must take into account the interests of stakeholders (e.g. shareholders, employees, consumers, local communities and NGOs).
The scope of CSR programmes varies, but some examples include
Striving to reduce the company's carbon footprint by improving supply chain efficiency.
Giving to non-profit groups, such as local food banks, by providing volunteers or cash donations.
Provide job training programmes for people in need.
Commit to social, ethnic, religious and gender diversity within the company
Consistent and broad implementation of CSR plays a key role in improving sustainable development and addressing social challenges. It can also significantly improve the competitive position of companies. The actions of companies have a considerable impact on the lives of citizens in France and around the world. Not only in terms of the products and services they offer or the jobs and opportunities they create, but also in terms of working conditions, human rights, health, environment, innovation, education and training.
Why is CSR important?
For companies, CSR offers significant benefits in terms of risk management, cost reduction, access to capital, customer relations, human resource management, sustainability of operations, innovation capacity and ultimately profits.
For the EU economy, CSR makes companies more sustainable and innovative, contributing to a more sustainable economy.
For society, CSR offers a set of values on which we can build a more cohesive society and on which we can base the transition to a sustainable economic system.
Why CSR at Agreenculture?
For ecology: To be consistent with what we promote and what we do internally. Shoemakers are not the worst shod!
For the economy: To be viable and sustainable while acting for the common good.
For society: Importance of territorial anchoring, of promoting French industry, of recruitment without discrimination.
In order to promote corporate social responsibility, Agreenculture has set up monthly challenges to reduce the carbon footprint of its employees. Several tools are used to ensure the success of these efforts, one of which is HelloCarbo, a diagnostic tool that allows the analysis of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions generated by all of a company's activities.