Bunge’s operations circle the globe, stretching from the farm field to the retail shelf.
Bunge is a leading agribusiness and food company whose fully integrated value chain spans the globe. We are accelerating our approach to sustainability, aiming to become a shaper of sustainable practices within our sector. Focusing on the issues that are most material for our business and our stakeholders, we are committed to advancing our performance and to the transparent reporting of progress.
With operations that circle the globe, from the farm field to the retail shelf, we’re working on one of the world’s biggest challenges — how to ensure food security for a growing population in a sustainable way. Our approximately 33,000 employees help farmers produce larger harvests, ensure a seamless connection between farm and customer, and among regions, and create high-quality products ranging from consumer foods to animal feed to renewable fuels. In operation for nearly 200 years, Bunge had net sales of $43 billion in 2015.
- Originates oilseeds and grains from the world’s primary growing regions and transports them to customers worldwide
- Crushes oilseeds to make meal for the livestock industry and oil for the food processing, food service and biofuel industries
- Produces bottled oils, mayonnaise, margarines and other food products for consumers
- Mills wheat and corn for food processors, bakeries, brewers and other commercial customers
- Crushes sugarcane to make sugar, ethanol and electricity
- Sells fertilizer to farmers
Bunge aims to improve the global food production chain, from farm to fork, to help meet global nutrition and food security needs while conserving natural resources and supporting local communities.
We focus on four main Sustainability pillars:
21st-Century Value Chains
Achieve human rights protections, product traceability and zero deforestation; enhance water stewardship through participation in the CEO Water Mandate
Understand and promote adaptation and resilience in Bunge operations and supply chains
Reduce Bunge’s water, waste, energy and GHG footprints
Transparency & Governance
Continually enhance organizational oversight and public reporting
Since 2008, we have been setting resource management goals that span three-year periods. We have made good progress on the most recent set, our 2014–2016 goals, most notably in waste management, and exceeded three of our four environmental goals ahead of schedule. (See Environment for more details.)
Beginning in 2017, we will work toward an expanded set of sustainability goals.
This year we are introducing an “ACE” framework — Act, Conserve, Engage.
This year we are introducing our “ACE” framework — Act, Conserve, Engage — to clearly communicate, to both internal and external audiences, what sustainability means for Bunge and how we are integrating it into our business.
Act stands for what we do — our approach to sustainability, our governance and our businesses. Conserve comprises our efforts to create 21st-century value chains through sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. Finally, Engage is about who we are — in prioritizing safety and promoting diversity and development in our operations; in our interactions with stakeholders and communities; and in our efforts to help shape our industry.
Informed by our engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, we have determined the relative importance of material issues, as shown in the following matrix. Bunge focuses on aspects of sustainability that are most important to our stakeholders and that have the greatest impact on our business.
Please mouse over to see our most material topics.
- Very high
- Labour Safety
- Water Efficiency
- Waste Management
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Renewable Energy
- Water Scarcity
- Product Safety & Quality
- Energy Efficiency
- Food Security
- Human Rights
- Consumer Safety
- Climate Change
- Supplier Relations
- Supply Chain Transparency
- International Standards
- Employees and Sustainability
- Environmental Investments
- Community Impacts
- Energy Consumption
- Healthy Diets
- Corporate Governance
- Labor Training
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Governmental Relations
- National Programs for Agriculture
- Very High