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Bonduelle is committed to the Planet!

The B! Pact to protect the Earth

At Bonduelle, we have always been closely linked to the Earth. It is our most precious asset, just as it is for everyone who lives on this planet. And there is only one Earth. We have no other choice: if we want everyone to enjoy the benefits of nature in the future, we need to treat it with the very greatest care. Protect it. Preserve it. That’s why the time of the agro-ecological transition has come. Together with our partner farmers, we’re taking action!

Transforming agriculture for the good of the planet

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Our goals

- 80% of our partner farmers committed to sustainable farming by 2030

- 20% reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions by 2035

- 100% of packaging designed to be recyclable or reusable by 2025

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So where are we at today?
94%

of farmers are signatories to the agronomic supply charter

90%

of partner farmers have renewed their contract

52%

of land is farmed with alternatives to synthetic pesticides

10.6%

renewable energies in the Group's energy mix

97.3%

of packaging is designed to be recyclable or reusable

Our commitments for the planet in action

Our partner farmers use crop rotation. They avoid growing the same vegetables on the same plot of land two years in a row to give the soil time to recover. There is a minimum of chemical inputs and the right amount of water.

Whenever possible, we develop natural or mechanical solutions for fighting diseases and pests to avoid using fertilizers and pesticides. These solutions include anti-insect netting and mechanical weeding, among others. The same is true for fertilization, for which crop cover and crop rotation are employed.

We have precisely managed the supply of water using chosen irrigation techniques like drip irrigation and precision nozzles for pivots. New technologies make it possible to save even more by conducting a water balance assessment for each parcel of land.

Our vegetables are only grown and harvested in season. Freezing and canning techniques make it possible to enjoy them all year round. Our fresh lettuce is grown in the north in the summer and in the south in winter to abide by nature’s cycles.

100% of harvested vegetables are used. None of our vegetables are thrown away. For example, a bean that is not the right size can be used in another recipe. Even green bean stalks are used for compost, to feed animals or for methanation to produce energy.

We donate products that cannot be sold but are perfectly consumable to help combat food waste. For example, the plants donate products nearing their expiration dates to local associations.

Our plants are as close as possible to production fields and our customer’s plates to limit transportation as much as we can. This has the double advantage that the vegetables are fresh when they arrive at our plants and the carbon footprint of our activities is limited.

Water consumption in our plants has fallen by 16% in 10 years. How? Thanks to daily involvement and investments: stop valves, water meters, reuse, new and more water-efficient machines and team sensitization, etc. In addition, by looking in detail at our energy expenditure we have made the optimal choices: replacing neon lights with LEDs, engine energy recovery systems such as Start and Stop, etc. We are in the midst of an energy transition, with the proportion of energy from renewable sources in the group’s energy mix increasing every year. In Hungry, Portugal and France, we are forming more partnerships and using equipment from our plants to expand the use of renewable energies.