Our sustainability approach is inseparable from our corporate strategy. Therefore, just as 2016 was a year of refocusing on refining the strategy we launched in 2015, this year we have looked at our approach and reinforced our commitment to multi-stakeholder engagement.

LDC formally joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in January 2017.

The Cotton Platform’s work with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in Kazakhstan raised local yields by 5.5%.

Building on the achievements from our no-deforestation and no-peat commitments with multi-stakeholder Landscape Project.

More than 12,000 employees and 2,000 contractors took part in our Global Safety Day events in 2017.

Established asset-by-asset monthly tracking and optimization processes for energy, water and waste management.

Energy Champions project rolled out to all regions.

On track to establish timebound reduction targets in energy consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water consumption and waste in 2018.

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

Updated and expanded Palm Policy published in September 2016.

GHG emission index,


reduction in KG CO2e/MT

Water consumption index,


reduction in m3/MT


Looking at this year’s metrics, the global increase in processed volumes has resulted in absolute values increasing, but overall improvement in most indices, as resource usage was diluted across the higher volumes we handled. Efficiencies and improvements were made in several areas, as demonstrated by the improved consumption per unit rates.

Saving Energy

Exterior lights at 9 Grain assets in Canada were replaced with LED bulbs consuming 69% less energy, saving 242,794 kilowatt hours per year.

Reducing Carbon emissions

Overall fossil fuel emissions index down, led by a 24.5% decrease in fossil fuel emissions in Asia.

Maximizing waste reduction

North Latin America Region established a cross-functional committee to better understand and reduce waste.

Optimizing water use

Year-on-year decrease in the water consumption index (8% overall) thanks to improvements at several assets in China and US..


LDC employee-driven projects running in collaboration with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation


total beneficiaries reached in partnership with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation


Through the knowledge and expertise of our people, we can drive change and empower local communities to live increasingly sustainable lives and run more resilient businesses. LDC partners with organizations to deliver on sustainable initiatives; our closest partner is the Louis Dreyfus Foundation.

Innovation to Improve Resilience

The Louis Dreyfus Foundation launched an initiative to strengthen farming families in Ethiopia, with Inter Aide’s support.

Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods

With Initiatives for Development, the Louis Dreyfus Foundation led a program on sustainable livelihoods for small-holder farmers in India.

Empowering farmers in Ghana

Our employees work with beneficiaries to sustainably maximize their yields through diversification of micro-farming activities and training.

Agro biodiversity farming

Farmers were trained and prepared to protect the environment while improving productivity, preserving biodiversity, and increasing food security and economic stability.

5 to 11

Target met: Number of LDC-owned farms with Rainforest Alliance certification increased from 5 to 11.


Target met: Volume of Better Cotton we purchase increased by 25% year-on-year from 2013 baseline.


We increasingly build our own collaborative networks to find more sustainable solutions to feeding a growing population. This involves seeking global-level, cross-platform, multi-stakeholder strategic collaboration to help guide our work, towards shared sustainability goals. We have invited some of those stakeholders to contribute their thoughts in this report.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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

REA Kaltim

“Global demand for palm oil traceability has grown over the past few years as consumers have become increasingly aware of the importance of whole supply chain sustainability.”

Crédit Agricole CIB

“These critical challenges must be urgently addressed, not only for sustainability purposes, but also as a condition for sound business.”

The Mighty Earth

“It is now possible to envision a new era where agricultural expansion does not equal deforestation.”


We are pleased to communicate on our sustainable progress across the different commodities that we process or handle. Read on to discover some of the advances we made over the last year in Palm, Juice, Coffee, Cotton and Soy.


In 2015, we completed the initial mapping of our supply chain to mill level. From that, we reached 100% traceability for all palm processed in LDC-owned refineries, all presently in Indonesia.

For the palm oil we merchandize that is not processed at our own refineries, we achieved mill-level traceability for 80% of our flows by the end of the year. We aim to reach 90-100% traceability in this area for the first half of 2017.


In 2016, LDC launched two new initiatives with strong engagement from one of our customers and IDH, the sustainable trade initiative.

In Colombia, the program is working with 1,000 farmers across 3 states, training them on agricultural practices. The aim is to increase productivity and therefore earn capacity.

In Vietnam, we are also training coffee small holder farmers. As well as educating them in agricultural practices, our program develops models of sustainable land management. We aim to spread best practice among 4,000 farmers with around 16,000 total beneficiaries.

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