Sustainability

Environment

We aim to minimise our impact on the environment wherever we operate and to improve sustainability right along our supply chain.

Why this matters

We play an important role in global commodity markets and contribute to the sustainability of agricultural production and the food supply worldwide. Our licence to operate depends on our effective management of environmental challenges.

Our approach

We apply the precautionary approach in decision making. We work to improve our environmental performance year on year, reducing our impact on the communities where we operate, those we source from and those where we supply our commodities.

Each of our assets manages its own environmental plans in line with our environmental policy, which is based on global and industry standards. 

This policy defines how to mitigate, manage or eliminate environmental risk; and determines environmental plans and management systems.

We have four environmental goals:

Contribute to sustainable supply chains

Why this matters

As a leading exporter and marketer of agricultural commodities we operate along the supply chain and can make sure all our activities, from purchase to delivery, meet high environmental standards.

Our approach

We incorporate sustainable best practice wherever possible along the supply chain to protect our communities and vulnerable areas from environmental harm.

We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production.

Soy

We are a member of the Round Table of Responsible Soy (RTRS) and a long-term participant in the Amazon Soy Moratorium. We do not source soybeans from land inside the Brazilian Amazon and we work with the industry, producers, governments and organisations to eliminate deforestation. Deforestation has reduced significantly since the start of the Moratorium, and we are working towards full elimination.

Cotton

We are a member of the Better Cotton Initiative which aims to make global cotton production better for the people who grow it, for the land it grows on and for the sector’s future. It trains producers in sustainable practices to reduce the amount of fertiliser, pesticides and water they use. Our goal is to increase the share of sustainably produced cotton in our supply chains.

Sustainable biofuels

We are among the leading suppliers of sustainable biofuels. We produce biodiesel from rapeseed in Europe and from soybean oil and bioethanol (from sugarcane) in South America which all have International Sustainability and Carbon Certification. We also monitor our infrastructure and supply chains closely to ensure they incorporate the latest sustainable best practice.

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Eliminate deforestation and look after valuable and protected areas

Why this matters

World population growth and greater wealth are creating a rising demand for food and agricultural commodities. This puts pressure on producers to turn more and more land over to agricultural use.

Our approach

To protect the environment, we believe this demand should be met from higher yields and efficient supply chains rather than greater use of land. We are working collaboratively with producers and suppliers along our supply chains to eradicate deforestation, increase sustainability and protect high carbon stock forest, valuable conservation areas and peatlands from uncontrolled expansion.

We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on land.

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Reducing emissions and energy consumption in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change

Why this matters

All the countries where we operate have signed up to the Paris Agreement of November 2016.

Our approach

We contribute to the achievement of the agreement’s targets by making sure all our operations meet both internal and external targets. We are doing this by using more renewable energy and by reducing direct energy consumption.

We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate action.

Minimise impact on water

We aim to minimise the impact of our activities on water availability and quality and to protect waterways and reservoirs.

Why this matters

Agriculture is a major consumer of water and a growing global population is putting pressure on this scarce resource. The impact on communities, agriculture, biodiversity and health could be significant, particularly in areas where water is already in short supply.

Our approach

Where possible we are minimising the impact of water use in our operations, looking at our fresh water use and how we get rid of waste water. We pay special attention to sites in areas where water is already under pressure.

We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation.