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Cointreau oranges

CSR lexicon

Alternative Cocktails: Alcoholic cocktails with a maximum alcohol content of 8% whose proportion of 40% spirits does not exceed 25ml per glass (or equivalent).

Anaerobic digestion (methanization): Sequence of processes by which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.

Carbon Footprint: A way of measuring the greenhouse gas emissions generated by a business, individual, group or organisation, through their consumption of energy and raw materials. The emission factors related to energy sources mainly correspond to CO2 emissions. They are generally expressed as grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt hour.

CDP: The CDP is an international not-for-profit organisation which manages the largest global database on the environmental performance of companies and cities. It encourages investors, companies and cities to take measures to build a truly sustainable economy by recording their impact on the environment. The CDP focuses on three main areas: climate, water and forests. In 2020, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) awarded Rémy Cointreau Group “Leadership” status in relation to climate, with an A rating. This rating recognises the most transparent companies in the world in terms of environmental reporting. 776 companies globally have reached this level, meaning only 8% of the 9,526 companies analysed this year.

CIFRE: Conventions Industrielles de Formation par la Recherche – Industrial Agreements for Training through Research. Strengthens dialogue between public research laboratories and socio-economic stakeholders, promotes the recruitment of doctors by companies and supports the innovation process of businesses established in France. 

CIRAD: French agricultural research and cooperation body working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. 

Circular economy: A new business model that involves the concepts of the green economy, efficiency in use and design, efficiency in performance and industrial ecology. Its objective is to move away from the notion of waste to producing goods and services whilst significantly limiting the consumption and wastage of raw materials and nonrenewable energy sources. 

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility): The contribution made by companies to sustainable development challenges. It is defined by the European Commission as the voluntary integration by companies of social and environmental concerns into their business activities and relationships with stakeholders. The CSR scope is focused on seven main issues: organisational governance, human rights, labour practices, environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, and community involvement and development.

Eco-conception: Approach to designing products and services with special consideration for the environmental impacts of the product during its whole lifecycle.

Environmental Performance Index (EPI): Was originally created to help measure a country’s performance from an environmental perspective. As with GDP for the economy, the EPI gives an overview of a country’s environmental actions. It was first created in 2006 by the US universities Yale and Columbia. The indicator also applies to companies, to assess the effectiveness and development of their environmental policies and targets. For example, ISO* 14000 standards have been defined based on these indicators.

Global Compact: A non-binding United Nations pact to encourage businesses and firms worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. The UN Global Compact is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

GLOBALG.A.P.: Global Good Agricultural Practice is an international organisation with a key objective – safe and sustainable farming throughout the world. It defines voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products worldwide.   

Green electricity: Electricity from renewable sources (hydraulic, wind, solar).   

GHG: Greenhouse gases

Huanglongbing: Citrus greening disease or Huanglongbing (HLB) in Chinese, is a bacterial disease of citrus fruit widespread in Asia, Africa and South America. Harmless to humans, it attacks all citrus species, weakening the tree and eventually causing its death. 

INRAE: Public research institute working towards the coherent and sustainable development of agriculture, food and the environment.

ISO Standards: These refer to a set of standards comparable to a formula that details the best way of doing something. There are a great many of them, including those on quality management (ISO 9000s) to work more effectively and limit defective products; on environmental management (ISO 14000s) to reduce environmental impacts, limit waste and adopt a more sustainable approach; and lastly those on health & safety (including ISO 22000s on food safety management). For several years, Cointreau has been renewing its Quality, Environment and Food Safety certifications (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 22001).

Net zero carbon: The carbon footprint is a measure of the greenhouse gas emissions emitted by an activity, person, group or organization, through its consumption of energy and raw materials. The emission factors associated with energy sources essentially correspond to CO2 emissions. They are generally expressed in grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour.   

Rainforest Alliance: A international non-governemental organization (NGO) whose mission is to create a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities.

Scopes: Scope 1 covers greenhouse gas emissions directly related to the manufacture of the product (direct emissions). Scope 2 covers greenhouse gas emissions related to the energy consumption required for the manufacture of the product. Scope 3 covers all other greenhouse gas emissions that are not directly related to the manufacture of the product, but to other steps in the product’s lifecycle (purchase of materials, transportation, waste, etc.).

SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals): These are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals related to the 2030 Agenda action plan introduced by the United Nations Development Programme for People, Planet and Prosperity. These sustainable development goals set out the steps to be taken to ensure a better and more sustainable future for all. They address global challenges, notably those related to poverty, inequality, climate action, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice.

Sustainable Farming: A system of agricultural production whose primary objective is to optimise economic performance by controlling the quantities of inputs, and notably the synthetic chemicals used (pesticides, fertilisers) with the aim of limiting their impact on the environment.

Terpenes: By-products obtained when the distillate rests, prior to the final Cointreau blend. They are a delicate waste product that Cointreau sorts and sells to the perfume and cosmetics industry. Once processed, these terpenes can be found in many everyday beauty products, including soap.

2025 Sustainable Exception: The key elements of the “2025 Sustainable Exception” plan are sustainable farming, reducing carbon emissions, and eco-design. The targets are clear – by 2025, guaranteeing sustainable agriculture for all terroirs that enable the production of our spirits, targeting 100% eco-design for our packaging, and gradually reducing our carbon emissions by 25%, aligning ourselves with the global target of “Net Zero” by 2050.