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Responsible Sourcing

ADM procures agricultural commodities around the world, and our vast supply chain has a direct impact on the land use and biodiversity of those regions, as well as the lives of individuals living and working there. Some of our sourcing regions are at a particular risk for deforestation and human rights violations. Our policies and commitments related to these issues apply to our entire supply chain with implementation activities focusing first on high-risk geographies.

In addition, we leverage our experience in responsible sourcing practices to enhance local communities’ access to clean water and sanitation (as part of our commitment to human rights) and sustainable agriculture practices.

Sustainability Commitments and Policies

ADM has set forth several key social and environmental commitments and policies that collectively outline our expectations for our colleagues, business partners and contractors, and our organization as a whole with respect to our sourcing operations. They establish clear standards that govern our approach to raw material sourcing, environmental stewardship and employee conduct, among other areas, and they state our positions on issues of widespread public interest. These standards were developed with input from our operations, law, compliance, environmental, and health and safety teams, and were approved by Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano.

Learn more by visiting our progress tracker for soy, palm and human rights.

Building a More Sustainable Agricultural Value Chain

We are the foundation of food on tables the world over – flavoring culture, forwarding health and wellness, and venturing into new possibilities and discoveries for human and animal nutrition. Creating value through the entire supply chain gives us the opportunity to help build a more sustainable food system.

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Sustainable Agriculture

We know that the health of our natural resources is critical to our future. Consumers around the world know it as well, and they are making it clear that they expect their food and drink to come from sustainable ingredients, produced by companies that share their values.

sustainable-agriculture-infographic.png?mtime=20200601030102#asset:11478At ADM, we define sustainable agriculture as good stewardship of the natural systems and resources that farmers rely on for crop production. The objective of our sustainable agriculture efforts is to help our supply chain meet society’s commodity needs without compromising our future ability to produce.

Certification Programs

ADM Responsible Soy is a certification program designed to promote environmentally and socially responsible soy production that meets and exceeds the benchmarks set by the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC). ADM Responsible Soy covers select growers in Brazil and Paraguay.

2BSvs is a voluntary scheme that covers GHG emission savings, land with high biodiversity values, highly biodiverse grassland, land with high carbon stocks, and peat land. ADM sources 2BSvs certified soybeans in Brazil and Paraguay.

Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS) assures that soy products originate from a process that is environmentally correct, socially adequate and economically viable. ADM sources RTRS soybeans in Argentina and Brazil.

ISCC sourced crops meet stringent guidelines and work to achieve zero-deforestation; protection of land with high biodiversity value and high carbon stock; protection of soil, water and air; compliance with human, labor and land rights; measurement and reduction of GHG emissions; traceability throughout supply chains, integration of smallholders into international supply chains; legal compliance; and implementation of best management practices. ADM sources ISCC canola, corn and soy in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe and Paraguay.

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is an accreditation of palm supply and suppliers that the production meets strict standards for legal, economically viable, environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial management and operations. Traceability and credibility are key pillars of RSPO certification. ADM sources RSPO palm in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

ProTerra is a certification program that assures non-GMO quality and sustainable agriculture production. ADM sources ProTerra soybeans in Brazil.

Red Tractor is the UK’s largest food standards scheme. It focuses on animal welfare, food safety, traceability and environmental protection. ADM sources Red Tractor canola in the UK.