Andrésy: artisan jams and environmental responsibility

by | Art of Confiture

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May 2018

Andrésy is a corporate citizen, firmly rooted in its local region. The environmental values that it has been defending for over 60 years guide and shape its business as a manufacturer of artisan jams. After incorporating a voluntary SER approach into its strategy, today it is going a step further by aiming for ISO 14001 certification.

Consumers are increasingly demanding about the quality, origin and traceability of what they buy, especially where food is concerned.

Josiane Brauchli, head of Quality Systems at Andrésy and in charge of coordinating the ISO 14001 project, explains: “The prestigious hotels and the distributors that do business with us want to be able to reassure their customers about our products. They have accordingly asked us to do a Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) self-assessment test on a specialised platform.”

Andrésy Confitures is only too happy to do so, given that it already respects the principles of the ISO 26000 standard by taking into account sustainable development and the community’s health and well-being. Since November 2016, it has also been certified to the Individual Food Standard (IFS).

A common commitment and a project that is guided and supported

In 2014 and 2015, Andrésy made SER a key priority of its strategy and operations. By joining the “Responsible Companies in Île-de-France” initiative, it was able to receive guidance and support from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) to put its project into operation. It was keen to develop win-win partnerships with its stakeholders (customers, consumers, suppliers, neighbours and the local council) through a common vision and commitment.

It consulted its stakeholders and set up working groups with its employees. Through these meetings, it was able to draw up a responsible purchasing charter and find ways to make certain workstations more comfortable.

Since then, the SER initiative has been written into Management’s commitments every year and presented to employees, auditors and customers.
In 2018, the company is going a step further and aiming for
ISO 14001 certification.

This has entailed carrying out an environmental audit to measure the current level of regulatory compliance and establish the areas for improvement, the priorities and the additional actions to be taken.

Creating and making artisan jams in a way that respects society and the environment

ISO 14001 certification requires the company to set up a system of environmental management. Andrésy will entrust this task to its Quality team, led by Bruno Cassan, the company’s managing director and financial director. He will be assisted by Julia Cassan, in charge of Product Quality, and Josiane Brauchli, for System Quality. 

As a result, many of the company’s decisions will be put into action this year: it will be drawing up an environmental policy, running a communication plan and training courses to raise staff awareness and involve them in the initiative, drawing up action plans and setting objectives, which will be checked by certified organisations, and introducing processes and indicators.

ISO 14001 certification will bring the artisan jam maker recognition, both within the company and in the broader community, of its long-standing action to protect the environment and benefit society. Most importantly, though, it gives the company’s partners a guarantee of reliability and transparency.

“A recognition of the family values, solidarity and environmental stewardship demonstrated by Andrésy”

« A dedicated export team is a guarantee of reliability and credibility in international business »

Andrésy Confitures’s long-standing commitment to the environment

Protect biodiversity and the local land: quality of the fruit and eco-friendly production.

Human and managerial responsibility: recruitment of mainly local staff, investments to improve working conditions. Partnership with ESB Espérance (Chanteloup-les-Vignes) to help job-seekers back into the workforce. Two people were recruited in 2017.

Reduced energy consumption:

– Electricity: in 2013, Andrésy was the first company in the region to install solar panels and a photovoltaic generator. It produces between 12% and 20% of its electricity and has reduced its CO2 emissions.
– Water: the company has purchased machines that use less water and trained its staff in water-saving techniques and practices.

– Gas: installing heat insulation on steam pipes has reduced gas consumption.

In 2018 and 2019: several machines will be replaced by others that use less energy.

Social and environmental commitment:

– Noise pollution has been reduced by limiting the times during which lorries can enter the premises.

– No harmful releases: no chemical products or pesticides used.

– Cardboard, scrap iron, plastic, wood and production waste is recycled. Acquisition of a press and partnership with recycling companies.

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