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MCCAIN applying responsible purchasing criteria

5. Fair Operating Practices

Responsible purchasing


McCain is a Canadian company founded in 1957, and well-established in Europe since the 1960s. Its European headquarters are located in Villeneuve d’Ascq (Department 59, France). Every year, McCain processes over 5 million metric tons of potatoes into French fries and related products in its 7 European factories, 4 of which are in northern France. The company's CSR policy is implemented through its 5 “Be Good Do Good” pillars: Good Agriculture, Good Production, Good Food, Good Company and Good Partner.


  • Maintain the company's leadership on the potato product market.
  • Develop shared value partnerships in order to show McCain's social mission.


McCain implements responsible purchasing on several levels:

The Agreement: 

  • A 3-year contract is established with farmers belonging to GAPPI. 
  • Strong relationships with suppliers, aiming to build long-term partnerships and prioritizing human relations over the commercial transaction. 
  • Potato prices are fixed for the 3 years' duration of the contract, thus enabling producers to obtain bank loans and ensuring sustainable economic development.

Local supply principle: 

  • Factories are built in the heart of rural areas. 
  • Potatoes are produced at a maximum of 150 kilometers from the factory. 

Ethical trade:

  • Compliance with local and international legislation with regard to minimal age of laborers, freedom of association, forced labor, discrimination and equal pay.
  • All employees are required to sign the “Code of conduct”, an online document containing directives for fighting corruption.


  • 78% of the company's potato producers have been working with McCain for over 10 years and some farmers have been working with McCain for 3 generations.  
  • Closer proximity to the producers allows for greater flexibility and savings in transportation costs


  • McCain favors local supply
  • The long-term contract established with the producers ensures them stable employment and pay.
1100 salariés (2015)
374 millions d’euros (2014)


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Mise à jour le 13/02/2017

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