Partnerships & projects

Tackling big challenges together

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The Nature Conservancy

In 2013, Bunge launched a $4 million, five-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil.

Our joint aim is to promote sustainable intensification of agriculture in locations where the expansion of agricultural production is threatening valuable habitats, such as savannas and forests.

The partnership engages with farmers to promote land use planning.

We also aim to increase adherence to Brazil’s forest code, encourage more farmers to participate in the government’s land registration system and train them in best agronomic practices.

Decision Support Tool Coalition

In partnership with coalition of companies, NGOs and EMBRAPA, a Brazilian government agency, we are developing and promoting the adoption of a decision support tool that integrates environmental, economic and agronomic data, and helps the private sector operationalize no‐deforestation policies and advance sustainable land use. The tool will be applicable for South American regions in its first phase.  It will be piloted in Brazil and Paraguay in 2017.

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

Ninety percent of the world’s goods arrive at their destinations on ships. The shipping industry is a crucial link in the global supply chain and it poses a range of social and environmental challenges, including pollution.

Bunge uses ships to deliver grains, oilseeds and other agricultural commodities from producers to consumers. We have joined the Sustainable Shipping Initiative to help create a more socially and environmentally responsible shipping industry. This includes investing in fuel-saving technologies, as well as sourcing and tracking the materials used in ship construction.

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Bonsucro

Two of our sugarcane mills in Brazil have been certified by Bonsucro®, which sets standards for the sustainable production of sugar and derivative products. It evaluates each link within the value chain, including cultivation, processing and transport. To receive certification, mills must comply with UN International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, environmental standards incorporating biodiversity, water use and other metrics and various other technical and administrative requirements. Bunge was the first company to export Bonsucro-certified sugar from Brazil and is active in the organization’s governance.

Field to Market

In North America, Bunge is a founding member of Field to Market, an organization dedicated to improving the productivity and environmental efficiency of agriculture across the entire food production chain. It unites growers, governments, conservation organizations, scholars and companies throughout the agricultural and food sectors to advance sustainability in production agriculture.

Field to Market produces national sustainability reports and has developed a ‘fieldprint’ calculator for farmers. This free online tool allows farmers to evaluate their farms across a variety of metrics, including land, soil, water, energy and crop input use, as well as water quality.

 
 

The Nature Conservancy

In 2013, Bunge launched a $4 million, five-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil.

Our joint aim is to promote sustainable intensification of agriculture in locations where the expansion of agricultural production is threatening valuable habitats, such as savannas and forests.

The partnership engages with farmers to promote land use planning.

We also aim to increase adherence to Brazil’s forest code, encourage more farmers to participate in the government’s land registration system and train them in best agronomic practices.

Decision Support Tool Coalition

In partnership with coalition of companies, NGOs and EMBRAPA, a Brazilian government agency, we are developing and promoting the adoption of a decision support tool that integrates environmental, economic and agronomic data, and helps the private sector operationalize no‐deforestation policies and advance sustainable land use. The tool will be applicable for South American regions in its first phase.  It will be piloted in Brazil and Paraguay in 2017.

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

Ninety percent of the world’s goods arrive at their destinations on ships. The shipping industry is a crucial link in the global supply chain and it poses a range of social and environmental challenges, including pollution.

Bunge uses ships to deliver grains, oilseeds and other agricultural commodities from producers to consumers. We have joined the Sustainable Shipping Initiative to help create a more socially and environmentally responsible shipping industry. This includes investing in fuel-saving technologies, as well as sourcing and tracking the materials used in ship construction.

Bonsucro

Two of our sugarcane mills in Brazil have been certified by Bonsucro®, which sets standards for the sustainable production of sugar and derivative products. It evaluates each link within the value chain, including cultivation, processing and transport. To receive certification, mills must comply with UN International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, environmental standards incorporating biodiversity, water use and other metrics and various other technical and administrative requirements. Bunge was the first company to export Bonsucro-certified sugar from Brazil and is active in the organization’s governance.

Field to Market

In North America, Bunge is a founding member of Field to Market, an organization dedicated to improving the productivity and environmental efficiency of agriculture across the entire food production chain. It unites growers, governments, conservation organizations, scholars and companies throughout the agricultural and food sectors to advance sustainability in production agriculture.

Field to Market produces national sustainability reports and has developed a ‘fieldprint’ calculator for farmers. This free online tool allows farmers to evaluate their farms across a variety of metrics, including land, soil, water, energy and crop input use, as well as water quality.