Non-deforestation

Our approach to responsible supply chains includes a robust vision for sustainable agriculture and a commitment to end deforestation worldwide by 2025

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We have a public commitment to reaching deforestation-free value chains by 2025, the most ambitious deadline at our scale in our industry. This commitment extends to regions where we operate including our direct and indirect soy sourcing from South America, and encompasses native vegetation conversion in the appropriate geographies, reconciling production with environmental, economic and social interests. It also includes a robust NDPE (no deforestation, no peatland, no exploitation) approach for sourcing palm oil.

Read more details about Bunge’s non-deforestation commitment and our approaches to both soy and palm oil in our 2021 Global Non-Deforestation Report.

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We have a public commitment to reaching deforestation-free value chains by 2025, the most ambitious deadline at our scale in our industry. This commitment extends to regions where we operate including our direct and indirect soy sourcing from South America, and encompasses native vegetation conversion in the appropriate geographies, reconciling production with environmental, economic and social interests. It also includes a robust NDPE (no deforestation, no peatland, no exploitation) approach for sourcing palm oil.

Read more details about Bunge’s non-deforestation commitment and our approaches to both soy and palm oil in our 2021 Global Non-Deforestation Report.

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Sustainable Soy

As the leading soybean processor in South America, we are focusing and investing a significant share of our sustainability and technology implementation efforts in this region, which is not only relevant for our business, but also considered home to vital landscapes for the global environment and climate.

As part of our efforts, we:

  1. Apply cutting-edge satellite technology capable of identifying changes in land use and soy planting on the over 9,000 farms we mapped and monitor to date.
  2. Work closely and engage with farmers to protect native vegetation and to support increasingly productive and sustainable value chains.
  3. Collaborate actively in the sector to increase industry-wide transparency and to support the creation of fair compensation to farmers who commit to sustainable agricultural practices and avoid native vegetation conversion. Our intention is to discourage cases of conversion of new land into agriculture, and instead to foster expansion across areas already open for production.

Our Grains & Oilseeds Commitment contains our principles and approach. We have also published ten progress reports since 2016 describing our actions taken and our performance on the ground meeting our 2025 non-deforestation commitment. View these reports by visiting our Accountability page.

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Robust Monitoring and Engagement

As markets evolve and consumer trends become more focused, traceability is becoming table-stakes. That is why we have evolved our focus toward monitoring the farms in our direct supply chain.

Whereas traceability indicates our ability to locate the farm on a map, monitoring describes our ability to see and evaluate what is physically happening on the property. Our monitoring system is industry-leading in terms of its scale and depth, and is only possible due to the strong relationships we have developed with suppliers over the past century. 100% of soy volumes from the high-risk areas of the Gran Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay are monitored, and 96% for similar regions of the Cerrado in Brazil. 

Importantly, Bunge even monitors farms that no longer supply us. We believe this is an important way to assess the prevalence of land use change across an agricultural region, and apply new landscape approaches to our engagement with farms. We are aiming for 100% monitoring of farms in the high-risk areas of South America before 2025. And we’re supporting indirect suppliers to achieve the same through the Bunge Sustainable Partnership.

 

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Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is an essential ingredient and the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. Its use is widespread and diverse in food production and in other industries. It is included in many products – food, feed, health goods, cosmetics and even used in energy production, such as biofuels, in some parts of the world.

Given its importance to so many sectors, Bunge is committed to sourcing and processing traceable and certified sustainable palm oil. We believe traceability enables more responsibly sourced materials. It’s what gives us greater control over our supply chain, right from the origin – and that means being able to more rigorously influence the sustainability, quality and food safety of palm oil for our customers. For several years, we have been on a journey towards high traceability for palm oil, and now have one of the highest traceability-to-plantation numbers in the industry.

We deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with NDPE practices, which guide not only our approach but also help support our customers to deliver on their commitments for:

  • No Deforestation, which refers to no deforestation when developing land, identifying and protecting High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas, a no-burning policy and the reduction of GHG emissions.
  • No Peat, which refers to no new developments on peatland and encourages the use of best management practices on existing plantations on peat. Where possible, peat restoration is also implemented.
  • No Exploitation, which refers to no exploiting workers, children, local communities or small-scale growers in the production of palm oil.

You can learn more about our palm oil sustainability efforts and projects by visiting the dashboard from Bunge Loders Croklaan.