SUSTAINABILITY

Our approach

As a socially responsible business we make sure we act in a transparent and responsible way that protects our people, our customers, our communities and the environment.

Our sustainability approach

Our sustainability approach encompasses all of our employees, our supply chain and every community where we operate.

 

It is supported by a robust structure that ensures our standards meet or exceed legal requirements and our performance is closely monitored.

 

Our approach consists of:

Our values

Our approach to sustainability is built on our values of safety, entrepreneurialism, simplicity, responsibility and openness. These values reflect the culture of Glencore Agriculture.

Our code of conduct

Our values provide the foundations for our code of conduct, which sets out the standards our people must meet and understand. This code puts our values in to practice and informs our daily actions and decisions.

 

Code of conduct 2018

Our policies

We have a range of policies which set out our strategic positions and form part of our corporate decision-making. 

 

They are supported in turn by more detailed operational policies, procedures and processes created to support our policy statements and meet the specific needs of individual assets.

 

Governance

Monitoring our performance

Progress is monitored by our sustainability committee and relevant business leads to keep it in line with the needs of our business. Performance in the areas of health, safety, environment and communities is a key element of management reporting to the global executive management team and the board of directors.

 

We regularly share our performance, learnings and experiences with all internal stakeholders and management around the world to ensure everyone remains informed and benefits from being a part of our global network.

Sustainability Report 2019


To view Glencore Agriculture's Sustainability Report for 2018, click here.

Our sustainability strategy

Our sustainability strategy is designed to safeguard our people and communities, protect the environment and ensure all our food and feed products meet the highest international standards.

As a global leader in agricultural commodities we understand the vital role we play in the lives of those who work for us, in the communities they live in, in the safety of those we serve through the commodities we supply and in supporting the environment we all share. We aim to meet our responsibilities to our people, customers, communities and the environment, ensuring we fulfil our legal requirements and go beyond them to manage the risks inherent in our business and maintain our social licence to operate.

Sustainable Development Goals

We support the 17 principles of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which are mapped on to our sustainability pillars. We take active measures to contribute to the following:

SDG 2: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote
sustainable agriculture

SDG 3: ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

SDG 5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG 6: ensure access to water and sanitation for all

SDG 8: promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

SDG 12: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 

SDG 13: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 

SDG 15: sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

SDG 17: revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

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External partners

We work with a range of organisations and businesses in our industry and beyond so that together we can build the most sustainable future possible.

United Nations Global Compact

We are participants in the United Nations Global Compact, an initiative to generate a global movement towards sustainable development. It calls for companies to align their operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

We are a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global advocacy association made up of 200 international companies that have a focus on sustainable development. It provides leadership to drive change and improve sustainability within each business and will increase the opportunities for us to collaborate with like-minded companies in creating a sustainable future.

Soft Commodities Forum

We are members of the Soft Commodities Forum (SCF), a global platform for leading soft commodities companies, convened by the WBCSD. We participate in a common framework for reporting and monitoring progress on transparent and traceable supply chains for soy in Brazil's Cerrado region. The initiative aims to turn the commitments made by its members into accountable and measurable action.

Read our June 2020 report

Read our December 2019 report

Read our June 2019 report
 

Cerrado Working Group

We are a member of the Cerrado Working Group, which brings together stakeholders such as major retailers groups, financial institutions, civil society members, agri-industry and commodity exporting associations. The group, formed in 2017, is seeking solutions to end legal conversion of natural areas by developing an environmental compensation mechanism that would compensate farmers to keep native vegetation inside their lands beyond the legal requirements.
 

Round Table on Responsible Soy

As members of the Round Table on Responsible Soy, an international organisation that promotes the responsible production, processing and trading of soy globally, we are part of a joint effort to increase production of soy while reducing environmental harm.
 

Amazon Soy Moratorium

As long-term signatories of the Amazon Soy Moratorium, we do not source soybeans from lands deforested after 2008 in Amazon Biome or from producers who are not compliant with other socio-environmental requirements across Brazil.

Since the start of the Amazon Soy Moratorium in 2006, deforestation in the Amazon has significantly reduced. We continue to work with the industry, producers, governments and many other interested parties to bring solutions to the sector in order to fully eliminate deforestation from our value chains.
 

Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world and aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better 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 volume of sustainably produced cotton in our supply chains.
 

International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

We are members of the ISCC, a globally leading certification system that certifies the sustainable origins of the agricultural produce we market and supply.