Our divisions


Responsible production and consumption division

In the aftermath of World War II, the aim of agriculture was to feed Europe and the world. Over the past 20 years, this objective has undergone profound changes given the negative impacts of very intensive farming generating awareness throughout society. An overwhelming majority of agri-food stakeholders (producers, cooperatives, processors and distributors) have integrated and share these societal expectations. They are often out of action when faced with the complexity of the issues to be dealt with: technical issues, low prices, globalised market, distortion of competition both at European or international level, received ideas, incoherence of consumer behaviour…

In order to ensure the shift towards a more sustainable agriculture and more responsible consumption generating added value, Transitions accompanies actors in the agri-food chains both on the elaboration and implementation of sustainable development strategies and on operational changing issues. We conceive and carry out our missions by taking the time to engage in a constructive and transparent dialogue with the various internal and external stakeholders to go beyond the actors’ games and by being present in the field, as close as possible to everyday problems.

The “responsible production and consumption” division also carries out preliminary studies or evaluations of international solidarity programmes linked to agriculture, security and food sovereignty at the international level, particularly in developing countries.


Engineering and responsible sourcing division

In our societies in transition, companies must undertake profound changes in their production and operating methods in order to optimise their social and environmental footprint. These necessary changes must be increasingly ambitious and reach the heart of their stakes.

Transitions’ engineering and responsible sourcing division assists private players in identifying priority issues, key risks or impacts, developing targeted strategies, designing innovative tools and solutions to achieve defined targets, as well as implementing and monitoring them over the long term.

Our teams have developed an internationally recognised expertise in responsible sourcing strategies. Our great knowledge of the issues at stake in the field enables us to position us on issues as various as deforestation, climate change, resource consumption, respect for local communities, working conditions, GMOs, etc.

Thus, through collaborative approaches with all direct and indirect stakeholders of the value   chain, we intervene at every step of the supplying process in order to reduce impacts and sustainably support the evolution of practices linked to the production of key commodities (and their derivatives): palm oil, soya, paper, coconut oil, fruit, natural rubber, guar gum, shea butter, cotton, mica, etc.


Energy transition of local territories division

Based on its strong experience of collaboration with public institutions and private operators, Transitions aims at promoting the conditions for bringing these two families closer together to serve the energy and social transition of territories in 4 sectors: energy and environment, urban planning, economic and financial models, public-private partnerships and innovation.

Thus, the missions of the “Energy transition of local territories” division are developing into two complementary and, if possible, converging directions:

Supporting territories according to the definition and implementation of their transition strategy, with a focus on the mobilisation of stakeholders (public and private).

Going deep into the territorial strategies of private actors, organising dialogue between stakeholders in order to elaborate and/or to optimise these strategies.

We work with different types of public actors: local and regional authorities (regions, groupings of communes and agglomerations, regional natural parks, etc.), state services, public bodies (including the French Environment and Energy Management agency). We also work with private bodies: energy operators, large service groups, professional organisations (consular chambers, inter-professional chambers, etc.).

The “Energy transition of local territories” division thus formulates offers dedicated to territories with a public and private component, develops projects in France and abroad and produces tools and methods that aim to facilitate and enhance collaboration between players: running networks, innovative consultation methods, tools to visualise progress made in the field.


Research and development division

Sustainable development issues are constantly evolving. To stay ahead and offer our clients and partners relevant and innovative proposals, we invest in research and development by partnering as much as possible with specialised research centres or universities. If we do not pretend to produce fundamentally new knowledge, we can, on the basis of the field practices that we observe, change our views on the stakes and on the most appropriate solutions to meet them. Our investigations are “action research” rather in the sense that our research activity is directly connected to the fields in which we work and aims to test “in situ” concepts, methods and practices. This action-research allows us to enrich the recommendations made to our clients, and to propose new approaches in order to accelerate ecology and solidarity transitions.

In the aftermath of World War II, the aim of agriculture was to feed Europe and the world. Over the past 20 years, this objective has undergone profound changes given the negative impacts of very intensive farming generating awareness throughout society. An overwhelming majority of agri-food stakeholders (producers, cooperatives, processors and distributors) have integrated and share these societal expectations. They are often out of action when faced with the complexity of the issues to be dealt with: technical issues, low prices, globalised market, distortion of competition both at European or international level, received ideas, incoherence of consumer behaviour…

In order to ensure the shift towards a more sustainable agriculture and more responsible consumption generating added value, Transitions accompanies actors in the agri-food chains both on the elaboration and implementation of sustainable development strategies and on operational changing issues. We conceive and carry out our missions by taking the time to engage in a constructive and transparent dialogue with the various internal and external stakeholders to go beyond the actors’ games and by being present in the field, as close as possible to everyday problems.

The “responsible production and consumption” division also carries out preliminary studies or evaluations of international solidarity programmes linked to agriculture, security and food sovereignty at the international level, particularly in developing countries.

In our societies in transition, companies must undertake profound changes in their production and operating methods in order to optimise their social and environmental footprint. These necessary changes must be increasingly ambitious and reach the heart of their stakes.

Transitions’ engineering and responsible sourcing division assists private players in identifying priority issues, key risks or impacts, developing targeted strategies, designing innovative tools and solutions to achieve defined targets, as well as implementing and monitoring them over the long term.

Our teams have developed an internationally recognised expertise in responsible sourcing strategies. Our great knowledge of the issues at stake in the field enables us to position us on issues as various as deforestation, climate change, resource consumption, respect for local communities, working conditions, GMOs, etc.

Thus, through collaborative approaches with all direct and indirect stakeholders of the value   chain, we intervene at every step of the supplying process in order to reduce impacts and sustainably support the evolution of practices linked to the production of key commodities (and their derivatives): palm oil, soya, paper, coconut oil, fruit, natural rubber, guar gum, shea butter, cotton, mica, etc.

Based on its strong experience of collaboration with public institutions and private operators, Transitions aims at promoting the conditions for bringing these two families closer together to serve the energy and social transition of territories in 4 sectors: energy and environment, urban planning, economic and financial models, public-private partnerships and innovation.

Thus, the missions of the “Energy transition of local territories” division are developing into two complementary and, if possible, converging directions:

Supporting territories according to the definition and implementation of their transition strategy, with a focus on the mobilisation of stakeholders (public and private).

Going deep into the territorial strategies of private actors, organising dialogue between stakeholders in order to elaborate and/or to optimise these strategies.

We work with different types of public actors: local and regional authorities (regions, groupings of communes and agglomerations, regional natural parks, etc.), state services, public bodies (including the French Environment and Energy Management agency). We also work with private bodies: energy operators, large service groups, professional organisations (consular chambers, inter-professional chambers, etc.).

The “Energy transition of local territories” division thus formulates offers dedicated to territories with a public and private component, develops projects in France and abroad and produces tools and methods that aim to facilitate and enhance collaboration between players: running networks, innovative consultation methods, tools to visualise progress made in the field.

Sustainable development issues are constantly evolving. To stay ahead and offer our clients and partners relevant and innovative proposals, we invest in research and development by partnering as much as possible with specialised research centres or universities. If we do not pretend to produce fundamentally new knowledge, we can, on the basis of the field practices that we observe, change our views on the stakes and on the most appropriate solutions to meet them. Our investigations are “action research” rather in the sense that our research activity is directly connected to the fields in which we work and aims to test “in situ” concepts, methods and practices. This action-research allows us to enrich the recommendations made to our clients, and to propose new approaches in order to accelerate ecology and solidarity transitions.