Social responsibility

Actively engaged

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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. In 2017, these activities supported access to water; farm safety; children and families in need; education and culture.

 

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. In 2017, these activities supported access to water; farm safety; children and families in need; education and culture.

 

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Improving reading comprehension in Uruguay

Children’s Haven in the Philippines

Bunge employees supported the non-profit Edúcate in their program “Leer es un viaje,” (Reading is a Voyage). The program aims to improve reading comprehension and instill a love of reading in students in rural Uruguay by offering trainings and materials to teachers and schools. Bunge employees supported this program by donating books that supported 219 students and 19 teachers in 12 schools. 

 

 

Sustainable Power for Indigenous Communities

Helping bees in Poland

Since late 2015, Bunge and Fundación Paraguaya have developed the Lighting Lives project, which aims to improve the living standards of 100 families from the districts of Curuguaty and Concepción in Paraguay. The project utilized the “Poverty Spotlight”, a methodology that seeks to eliminate multidimensional poverty by allowing families to trace their own poverty map, and to develop and implement a clear plan to overcome their poverty.

The 100 families were in conditions of extreme poverty, representing the indigenous communities of Ñande Yvy Pavê, Jeguahaty, Takuaro, and Ybytymy. 

Over an 18-month period, a multi-sectoral group of experts, technicians, and community members worked together to install solar panel kits in houses, schools, and meeting areas. The places now have power for the first time.

 

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Fundação Bunge, founded in 1955, supports education, innovation and sustainable development in Brazil

60 years of valuing people and building new paths

Integrated Community- Pará

Since 2014, Fundação Bunge has been conducting sustainable development programs in the cities of Barcarena and Itaituba, which have both seen a recent growth in agribusiness-related activity. Achievements from the Foundation include:

  • Creating a Good Navigation Practices Plan, which includes Navigation Safety Courses and the distribution of safety materials that educate residents on river safety best practices (given the increase in commercial navigation in the region).
  • Training adolescents on health issues, through public awareness programs, engagement with local public policies, and prevention education. The Foundation has partnered with the NGO Childhood Brasil, and maintains a group of Bunge employees who are trained in health education. In addition, local partnerships have provided young people with professional training, allowing them to fully participate in the region’s growing economy.
  • Training of more than 250 people from the river basin communities in sustainable entrepreneurship, increasing income generation with handicrafts, cooking, and ecotourism practices.

 

 

Educational Community

The Corporate Volunteering Program, created back in 2002, aims to value community work in municipalities where Bunge is present in Brazil.

In 2017, 687 volunteers devoted 9,500 hours developing hundreds of activities in 29 institutions through 10 Brazilian states. Almost 22,000 people were reached with the activities.

All the actions planned with the volunteers during the year were focused on the theme "Observe the differences to do different". A broad campaign guided volunteers in conducting activities addressing topics such as gender, sexual orientation, race, disability and refugees. One of the many activities throughout the year is a blood donation drive, which helped save the lives of 396 people.