Non-Deforestation Policy

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Growing populations and expanding economies present clear needs: making food more nutritious and available. Strained natural resources—especially forests and watersheds—mean that we have to produce more food, more efficiently and with greater sensitivity to the environment than ever before.

Bunge believes agricultural value chains should be environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial to local communities. We are committed to these beliefs in our operations and supply chains and to working across the value chain to develop practical approaches. Growing populations and expanding economies present clear needs: making food more nutritious and available. Strained natural resources—especially forests and watersheds—mean that we have to produce more food, more efficiently and with greater sensitivity to the environment than ever before.

Bunge believes all agricultural value chains should be environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial to local communities. Our company is committed to applying policies in its businesses and supply chains that reflect these beliefs, and to collaborating with stakeholders and other value chain participants—from farmers to consumers—to develop practical approaches to realize them at scale.

New Commitments

Bunge commits to:

  • eliminate deforestation from our agricultural supply chains worldwide, employing tested methodologies that incorporate carbon and biodiversity protections,
  • respect local and indigenous community rights and apply free, prior and informed consent for land purchases and use,
  • enhance the traceability and transparency of key supply chains over time,
  • publicly disclose progress on our efforts.

Bunge's existing global labor policy prohibits forced and child labor and protects freedom of association.

Process

Starting immediately, Bunge will:

  • inform grain and oilseed suppliers of these commitments and encourage them to avoid deforestation and peat land clearance,
  • begin developing action plans to operationalize these commitments in commodities other than palm oil, with the aim of finalizing these plans by the end of 2016,
  • collaborate with stakeholders to develop and test methodologies and practical tools that support and enable forest protection.

The timing of our efforts and the methodologies we apply may vary by region and commodity.