Sustainable agriculture

Supply chains that are transparent, verifiable and impactful

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Bunge is a strong advocate of sustainable agriculture.

We believe that for the agricultural sector to grow the safe, quality food needed now and in the future, the natural environment on which its depends must be protected and improved, and the social and economic well-being of growers, their employees and local communities must be supported.

At Bunge, our vision is to build 21st Century Value Chains that are transparent, verified sustainable and create positive impacts on the ground in support of global SDGs.  This includes:

  • eliminating deforestation from our agricultural supply chains worldwide
  • reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • protecting peat land and other carbon-capturing ecosystems
  • conserving freshwater and acting responsibly in water-stressed regions
  • conserving biodiversity
  • supporting livelihoods
  • respecting labor and land use rights
  • applying free, prior and informed consent.

Our commitment to Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains details our plans.  You can find our palm oil sourcing, non-deforestation and other policies on our governance page.

GRI 103-2

 

Transparency

We’re increasing the volume of products we can trace back to the mill or farm.  In 2017, we achieved 93% traceability to the mill for palm oil.  In Brazil, we reached 90% traceability to farm for soy sourced directly in high risk regions in Brazil.

We maintain a public grievance process for stakeholders, and we document our performance and activities via our palm and shea oil dashboards, and, for grains and oilseeds, in public reports:

 

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Verified Sustainable

We are certifying or verifying the sustainability profile of greater volumes of the products we process and ship.  A key part of our efforts is satellite monitoring.  In 2017, we monitored 6,700 different locations in South America for deforestation.  We also blocked farmers who violated Brazilian environmental and labor laws.  For our palm supply we maintain a monitoring program to check for deforestation in key regions in Southeast Asia.  By Q1 2018, 34% of our palm oil was verified deforestation free.

Bunge sells a variety of certified products:

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Palm

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)

Soy

Biomass biofuel, voluntary sustainability scheme (2BSvs)
European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC)
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2, EPA)
U.S. Soybean Export Council
International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)

 

Canola, Corn, Rapeseed, Sunflower, Wheat

International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)

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Our PRO-S certification program for Brazilian soy meets EU feed sector baseline criteria for responsible soy production and is benchmarked against the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) sourcing guidelines (standardsmap.org).  It encompasses 55 mandatory indicators and five main requirements:  farmer legal compliance, land use rights and community relations, farm working conditions and employee needs, environmental responsibility, and agricultural best practices.

In 2015, Bunge in North America was the first company to receive sustainability certification for a soy shipment from the United States, as recognized by the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

For all cases, Bunge certifies volumes based on customer demand and fit with our business strategy.

 

Impact on the Ground

Bunge is committed to building supply chains that reflects these beliefs and principles, and believe if we do, the impact on the ground will be tangible.  We also recognize the important role we can play in encouraging a broader transition to more sustainable industry, and we will work with partners and stakeholders to advance leading standards and develop practical approaches to realize them at scale.

We have a history of action in the field.

In 2017 we helped launch Agroideal.org, a decision support tool that promotes the sustainable expansion of agriculture in the Brazilian Cerrado.

We continue to support the Amazon Soy Moratorium, of which Bunge is a founding member, and which was initiated by industry associations (ABIOVE and ANEC) in 2006.  It obliges members not to buy soy from areas in the Amazon Biome that were deforested after July 2008.  This initiative, still active today, represented the most appropriate solution for the sector, given the lack of information, systems and regulations that could support better governance in 2006.  In 2017, we disqualified 4 soybean growers for noncompliance with the moratorium, resulting in a total of 103 producers who remain blocked.

In the palm value chain, we work with The Forest Trust (TFT) to support landscape projects and satellite monitoring with the goal of protecting high-conservation-value (HCV) and high-carbon-stock (HCS) forests critical for minimizing GHG emissions, combating climate change, and preserving habitats and biodiversity.

GRI 102-10, GRI 103-2, GRI 304-1, GRI 304-2, GRI 304-3

Impact on the Ground

Bunge is committed to building supply chains that reflects these beliefs and principles, and believe if we do, the impact on the ground will be tangible.  We also recognize the important role we can play in encouraging a broader transition to more sustainable industry, and we will work with partners and stakeholders to advance leading standards and develop practical approaches to realize them at scale.

We have a history of action in the field.

In 2017 we helped launch Agroideal.org, a decision support tool that promotes the sustainable expansion of agriculture in the Brazilian Cerrado.

We continue to support the Amazon Soy Moratorium, of which Bunge is a founding member, and which was initiated by industry associations (ABIOVE and ANEC) in 2006.  It obliges members not to buy soy from areas in the Amazon Biome that were deforested after July 2008.  This initiative, still active today, represented the most appropriate solution for the sector, given the lack of information, systems and regulations that could support better governance in 2006.  In 2017, we disqualified 4 soybean growers for noncompliance with the moratorium, resulting in a total of 103 producers who remain blocked.

In the palm value chain, we work with The Forest Trust (TFT) to support landscape projects and satellite monitoring with the goal of protecting high-conservation-value (HCV) and high-carbon-stock (HCS) forests critical for minimizing GHG emissions, combating climate change, and preserving habitats and biodiversity.

GRI 102-10, GRI 103-2, GRI 304-1, GRI 304-2, GRI 304-3