AVIGNON, Frace—Naturex unveiled new developments in its sustainability program by revealing the targets set out for the coming years through its Pathfinder report.
“Our paths are not mapped; they’re made by listening to local people and understanding the particularities of an environment," said Serge Sabrier, president of Naturex’s sustainability committee. “It reflects our continuous drive to go one step further. This is what we stand for and how we behave as a company. These values form the basis of our behavior towards employees, suppliers, customers and shareholders."
One year after the publication of its own sustainability principles, the group is releasing its first sustainability Pathfinder report, which is structured around four pillars: sourcing, operations, people and innovation. The report charts the progress the company has made and reveals the objectives set out.
Naturex illustrates the Pathfinder philosophy in the way it puts the values of proximity, quality and respect at the heart of its procurement practices for raw materials. For example, Naturex encourages partners to collect only the secondary roots of devil’s claw in Namibia in order to preserve the resource.
As part of its operations, the group reconciles the demands of competitiveness while ensuring a safe and healthy workplace for Naturex employees and respecting the environment. As an example, the water treatment station in Avignon is completely underground to ensure its seamless integration into the surrounding landscape.
Innovation is highlighted by ORTESA, a partnership between Naturex and the University of Avignon designed to develop eco-friendly extraction techniques.