Sustainability is at the heart of Louis Dreyfus Company’s vision to work towards a safe and sustainable future, contributing to the global effort of providing sustenance for a growing population. Building on our sustainability efforts in previous years, 2017 saw:

LDC formally join the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Soy Sustainability Policy launch, reinforcing our commitment to eliminate deforestation and the conversion of native vegetation across our supply chain.

Improvements in LDC’s palm oil supply chain traceability to 92% (up from 81% in 2015).

LDC join the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, to work towards a sustainable and successful shipping industry by 2040.

New environmental footprint reduction targets covering energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and waste generation.

More than 12,000 employees and 2,000 contractors take part in our annual Global Safety Day events.

Continued reductions in all key accident metrics, as safety measures are embedded into every LDC employee’s daily activities.

Ongoing partnership with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation on micro-farming, educational and community support initiatives around the world.

Growth in Rainforest Alliance certification for our citrus farms in Brazil, from 11 to 15.

Fossil fuel GHG emissions index,


reduction in KG CO2e/MT year on year

Water consumption index,


reduction in m3/MT


In 2017, we achieved overall reductions in GHG emissions, energy consumption, waste generation and water consumption, with small increases in renewable fuel usage and solid waste offset by reductions elsewhere.

Saving Energy

A variety of steam and electricity usage reduction projects were adopted across North America.

Reducing carbon emissions

Overall fossil fuel emissions index is down, led by a 7% decrease in fossil fuel consumption globally.

Maximizing waste reduction

Our oilseeds processing plant in Kandla, India, reduced total solid waste by 34% and wastewater by 24%, compared to 2016.

Optimizing water use

Our juice processing plant in Ghent, Belgium, adopted a successful water recycling project.


projects led by LDC employees running in collaboration with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation

Ongoing focus on empowering women farmers in partnership with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation


Making a positive difference in the communities we touch contributes to the advancing United Nation's global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to poverty, health, education and wildlife. Our aim is to drive change and empower local communities to lead increasingly sustainable lives, often in collaboration with partners like the Louis Dreyfus Foundation.

Wetlands Mitigation in US

We created a new wetland of 14 acres, after building on 3 acres for a new barge loading facility, with further protection through a new restricted land title agreement.

Useful Uniforms in Brazil

We donated old citrus worker uniforms to a company that employs local community members to turn these into handicrafts, instead of letting them go to waste.

Sustainable Farming in Argentina

We gave farmers and families in water-stressed areas access to water and funding via microcredit.

School of the Future in Indonesia

We renovated and equipped a primary school, while funding training for teacher to provide better education to local children.

11 to 15

Target met – Increase in the number of LDC-owned farms with Rainforest Alliance certification


Target met – Increase year-on-year in the volume of Better Cotton we purchase, using 2013 baseline.


Working together to achieve global change is Sustainable Development Goal 17. This goal reflects our long-held practice of working in partnership, recognizing that no actor can singlehandedly change the world.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

“The soft commodity sector is undergoing a significant evolution, particularly regarding agribusiness and food.”

International Labour Organization

“Business has a vital stake in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, which include decent work for all.”

BNP Paribas

“BNP Paribas is keen to work with its clients like LDC to encourage the implementation of best practices and the application of the highest sustainability standards.”

Global Forest Watch Pro

“Global Forest Watch Pro utilizes advancements in technology for more precise and efficient forest and land monitoring.”


Discover some of the advances we made over the last year towards more sustainable practices in our Palm, Juice, Coffee, Cotton, Soybeans and Freight operations.


We improved our overall mill traceability score to 92%, and increased the proportion of sustainability certified palm oil that we handle.


2017 saw big improvements in all our safety metrics, continuing efforts to protect the environment, and an increase in the number of Rainforest Alliance-certified farms we manage.


We increased our farmer supply network, and expanded our projects targeting livelihood improvements for smallholder farmers.


We pursued our commitment to the Better Cotton Initiative, both as an implementing partner in Kazakhstan and by increasing the volume of Better Cotton we handle.


We launched a new Soy Sustainability Policy, committing to a variety of partnerships to ensure agribusiness meets soy demand sustainably.


We stepped up our efforts to be a responsible charterer and operator, becoming an active member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative.

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