Responsible supply chains

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We promote sustainable agriculture and implement robust projects that protect and improve the environment, while supporting the social and economic well-being of growers and local communities.

The integration of sustainability into the fabric of our business means working together with our suppliers to create positive environmental and social impact everywhere we have a presence around the world.

Our commitment to responsible supply chains extends far beyond simple business transactions with our customers. Our dedication to being a responsible company is built around the belief that we can conduct our operations in a transparent manner, focused on respect, integrity and the protection of lands and livelihoods. And we expect our suppliers to share the same values, and we engage with them to realize it at scale. Learn more in our 2021 Global Sustainability Report.

 

Sustainably Sourcing Products Across the Globe

How we source some of Bunge’s most critical products – and some of the world’s most important food and feed ingredients – is central to our commitment to responsible supply chains. To uphold our commitments, each year we certify or verify the sustainability of products we source, process and ship, with a focus on both the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of our efforts throughout the regions with higher sustainability risks. We aim to employ science-based definitions and cutoff dates for deforestation determined by credible multi-stakeholder processes, and we support the efforts of our partners willing to engage with this commitment. This criteria is applied to our supply chains where deforestation is considered a high risk, including our South America soybean and the Southeast Asia palm oil supply chains.

 

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Our Industry-leading Non-Deforestation Commitment

We believe the commodities we source should be produced in a manner that is traceable and closely monitored, protect forests and biodiversity, contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions, have a positive social impact, and respect the rights of indigenous peoples, workers and local communities.

Therefore, since 2015, we have a voluntary public commitment to reach deforestation-free value chains worldwide by 2025. This is the most ambitious commitment at our scale in our industry and we will continue to use our market position to lead the industry's progress in this direction.

 

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In 2021, we issued our most comprehensive global non-deforestation report, describing our policy, approach, and performance for South America soy, as well as palm oil. Read more by clicking here.

Our Industry-leading Non-Deforestation Commitment

We believe the commodities we source should be produced in a manner that is traceable and closely monitored, protect forests and biodiversity, contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions, have a positive social impact, and respect the rights of indigenous peoples, workers and local communities.

Therefore, since 2015, we have a voluntary public commitment to reach deforestation-free value chains worldwide by 2025. This is the most ambitious commitment at our scale in our industry and we will continue to use our market position to lead the industry's progress in this direction.

 

In 2021, we issued our most comprehensive global non-deforestation report, describing our policy, approach, and performance for South America soy, as well as palm oil. Read more by clicking here.

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Protecting Human Rights

Although Bunge does not own farms or plantations, the possibility of human rights violations in our supply chain is taken very seriously. Bunge expects our supply chain partners and business partners to adhere to the principles in our Code of Conduct, including the commitment to uphold human rights, to treat their employees with dignity and respect and to comply with applicable employment laws. The Company does not tolerate any supplier who knowingly employs or exploits children or uses forced labor, or who engages in other forms of exploitation.

In our value chains where human rights risks are most prominent – chiefly our tropical oils business, including shea from West Africa and palm from Southeast Asia – we have developed robust processes to identify and investigate allegations of human rights violations and take steps to stop confirmed cases. For instance, our publicly available palm grievance list displays current and recent incidents. Our Palm Oil Sourcing Policy lays out expectations of our suppliers to comply with Bunge’s NDPE commitments (no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation).

 

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Enhancing Grower Livelihoods

We use our unique position as a global leader within the broader food system to bring sustainable, safe and socially responsible solutions to growers and customers across our supply chain.  At Bunge, this means:

  • Emphasizing and promoting regenerative agriculture practices with farmers;
  • Protecting biodiversity by complying with or exceeding local laws and restrictions to advance our industry-leading non-deforestation performance for soy and palm oil – a critical effort for the entire industry and for our planet;
  • And remaining focused on compliance with human rights laws throughout our value chains by upholding our expectations regarding responsible supply chains which are in alignment with global conventions

Learn about projects and activities to promote sustainable agriculture and improve the wellbeing of growers in our supply chain by clicking here.