Social responsibility

Engaging Our Communities

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Bunge operates in hundreds of communities around the world and we value our relationship with our neighbors, taking part in local activities and buying from nearby farms. We contribute to the well-being of local communities through employment and investments, through our work with local associations, and through employee volunteer activities. With industry associations and government agencies, we engage at both the local and the global level to discuss sustainability issues related to our sector and advocate for our views. Finally, we engage in constructive dialogue with a wide variety of stakeholders on the subject of advancing sustainability within our global operations and supply chain. This approach applies to all of our operations, worldwide, and programs and activities vary depending on local needs.  
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We participate in and sponsor activities that support the communities in which we operate around the world. 

 

Bunge operates in hundreds of communities around the world and we value our relationship with our neighbors, taking part in local activities and buying from nearby farms. We contribute to the well-being of local communities through employment and investments, through our work with local associations, and through employee volunteer activities. With industry associations and government agencies, we engage at both the local and the global level to discuss sustainability issues related to our sector and advocate for our views. Finally, we engage in constructive dialogue with a wide variety of stakeholders on the subject of advancing sustainability within our global operations and supply chain. This approach applies to all of our operations, worldwide, and programs and activities vary depending on local needs.  
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We participate in and sponsor activities that support the communities in which we operate around the world. 

 

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Shea Rollers in West Africa

Since 2016 Bunge Loders Croklaan has piloted  a new shea roller tool to aid women in collecting the shea nuts in the field. This roller is an innovation which has its origins in New Zealand’s walnut sector and enhances the collecting activity by making it possible not to bend, crouch or kneel, as well as carry less weight. Bunge Loders Croklaan was the first major buyer to introduce the rollers. Several NGO’s have also started using the rollers. As a result of the successful distribution in 2016-2017, Bunge Loders Croklaan decided to distribute an additional 300 rollers to women groups in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Benin in 2018.

 

 

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Fundação Bunge

60 years of valuing people and building new paths

Since 1955 when the Bunge Foundation (Fundação Bunge) was established in Brazil, the company's social investments in the country have been directed uninterruptedly to the realization of projects that contribute to the local development of the communities where we are inserted.

Integrated Community- Pará

In 2018, the Bunge Foundation led the program in two regions:

  • Mato Grosso (Rondonópolis): the program aims to increase the qualification and inclusion of young apprentices and people with disabilities in the labor market. During 2018, 41 institutions participated in networking and 97 people participated in awareness-raising workshops.

  • Pará (Barcarena and Itaituba): the Bunge Foundation's activities in the region in 2018 took place through Unitapajós, a joint venture between Bunge and Amaggi, focused on the integral protection of children and adolescents and support for the socioeconomic development of the population riverside.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

In partnership with Senar (National Rural Apprenticeship Service), we encourage income generation to raise the self-esteem of the local population in Pará communities. Throughout 2018, 18 meetings were held with local leaders; 196 hours of courses, such as handicrafts and rural tourism and the 1st Agrocultural Gastronomic Fair of Fazendinha and Biojoias Fair.

Educational Community

Every year, the Bunge Foundation proposes a working theme and volunteer groups have the freedom to analyze the priorities of the municipality and the best way volunteering can act in order to focus efforts on what the community really needs. In 2018 the worked theme was "New Looks, Many Possibilities", which dealt with gender, people with disabilities and intergenerational aspects. Currently the program has around 650 volunteers from 14 Bunge units in nine different Brazilian states who receive monthly training and have up to 2 hour a week work to develop activities in schools, children’s and elderly’s shelters, community and reading spaces, hospitals, etc. In 2018, volunteers spent 5,878 hours on 299 actions developed in 49 different institutions, in the states of São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina, Tocantins, Piauí, Pernambuco, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais and Bahia.

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Bicentennial volunteer activities

To commemorate our bicentennial year in 2018, Bunge employees around the world engaged in special volunteer projects in their communities.

North America

In celebration of World Food Day, volunteers in North America (Chesterfield, Missouri and multiple cities throughout Mexico) packed food at local food banks. In Miami, Florida, employees cleaned a local beach. In White Plains, New York, employees packed food at Feeding Westchester’s warehouse and made fleece blankets for children in need.

South America

Volunteers in Argentina and Paraguay provided CPR training to students at local schools. In Brazil, employees volunteered at local organizations including schools, nursing homes, children’s homes and hospitals.

Europe & Asia 

In India, employees planted trees. Employees in China collected garbage, volunteered at a nursing home and donated books and sweaters to children. In Singapore, employees volunteered at AWWA Senior Community Home and AWWA Senior Activity Centre to pack food to distribute to families and seniors in need. In Vietnam, employees donated food, books and clothes to local families and children. A group of volunteers also helped build a house for a local family. Employees in Ukraine collected toys for children with cancer as part of a volunteer project called “Box of Courage," and employees in Buzău, Romania volunteered at a community services center for children.

Eighty Bunge employees from the Bucharest office and Lehliu crushing plant in Romania spent the day at Concordia, an organization in Bucharest that supports disadvantaged children, young people and families. The volunteers renovated the facility by painting the walls, decorating fences, and installing new doors and floors – helping to improve the living conditions of 16 young adults who live there.