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Becoming carbon neutral by 2025
From production to distribution and logistics, every part of our value chain has environmental consequences which we, as a business, are committed to minimizing.
The first step in any serious impact reduction effort is to complete a carbon footprint report. We conducted ours in 2013 so that we could get an idea of our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and fine-tune our initiatives. We started by implementing a policy to cut down on any impacts directly generated by our production sites and our product-making processes (Scope 1 and 2). This was why, since 2005, we have voluntarily implemented an ISO 14001 certification strategy that guarantees our environmental management system is of the highest quality. This is also the case for the ISO 50001 energy management certification we secured in 2015. As part of both certification processes, we reinforced our environmental policy and set out some overarching ambitions for the protection we wanted our business to offer the environment.
As well as ensuring our site met the latest environmental regulations, the policy included specific actions around, for example, employee transportation, waste management, water and energy savings, and eco-designing Valrhona products.
Running alongside these Scope 1 and 2 strategies are our Scope 3 programs. Their role is to combat the deforestation generated by our industry’s growth, and to promote agricultural practices – agroforestry in particular – that offer greater sustainability. Both are major issues that are incumbent on us, as a responsible business, to address.