MOVING FORWARD WITH PURPOSE

At LDC, we are committed to working with our partners toward the global effort to provide sustenance for a growing global population, creating fair and sustainable value across the food production chain. In 2018, we continued to make progress and build positive momentum in this direction:

We launched our new Soy Sustainability Policy – the first of its kind in our industry and a key commitment toward zero conversion of native vegetation.

We exceeded our targets by increasing the volume of Better Cotton purchased by over 140%.

Through collaboration with the ILO and other partners, we helped eradicate child labor from cotton harvests in Uzbekistan.

We signed the UN’s Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business.

Our Lampung, Indonesia oilseeds facility found a way to reuse by-products from operations to reduce solid waste sent to landfill.

Two of our oilseeds plants in China reduced emissions by recycling heat generated during soybean oil extraction.

We installed solar panels at our oilseeds storage facilities in Mombasa, Kenya, and Alto Garças, Brazil, making the latter energy self-sufficient.

We met our target to bring the total number of Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM citrus farms in Brazil to 29 overall, which represents 80% of all the farms we manage.

Innovative sensors and satellite tracking data allowed us to optimize marine voyage duration, helping us to decrease fuel consumption at sea and reduce freight emissions by 5%.

ENVIRONMENT

We continued to focus on efforts to improve environmental performance across our operations, even if we fell short of environmental targets for 2018, due mostly to lower volumes and extreme weather patterns.

Harnessing solar power

We installed solar panels at our oilseeds storage facilities in Kenya and Brazil, making the latter energy self-sufficient.

Reducing energy consumption

Our Ponta Grossa oilseeds processing asset in Brazil cut electricity consumption by 1.7%.

Recycling solid waste

Our facility in Lampung, Indonesia reuses ash generated when refining palm oil, turning it into cement and bricks instead of discarding it as waste.

Saving water

Our Matão juice processing plant in São Paulo state, Brazil, installed a new conveyor belt system that will save over 175,000m3 of water annually.

COMMUNITIES

Working with local experts, we want to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals related to education, poverty, health and life on earth. We do this by creating jobs, protecting the environ-ment, training and educating communities, and supporting health projects.

Farmer training center in India

We opened a center in Gurugram to train farmers in new crop technologies and efficient irrigation methods.

Vocational agri-school in Ivory Coast

We are building a vocational school to teach innovative and sustainable agricultural practices to local farmers.

Sustainable micro-farming in Brazil

We helped train açaí farmers in Marajó and Rurópolis to improve the yield, quality and profitability of their production, providing dedicated technical support.

Agroforestry for sustainability in Brazil and Africa

We trained local farming families to grow nutritious and profitable crops, while protecting biodiversity.

PARTNERS

We believe that we can have a greater impact by working through partnerships, leveraging our position to learn from, train and create change with others toward Sustainable Development Goals.

ILO

Through collaboration with the ILO and other ACME members, we helped eradicate child labor from cotton harvests in Uzbekistan.

WBCSD

Alongside other Soft Commodities Forum members, we are committed to moving the conversation from deforestation to non-conversion.

United Nations

We are contributing to the private movement for social change on the human rights of LGBTI people.

Louis Dreyfus Foundation

In partnership with local experts and authorities, we are supporting farming communities in 3 continents to rise out of poverty and toward sustainable self-sufficiency.

INSIGHTS FROM OUR PLATFORMS

Discover some of our advances in 2018 toward more sustainable practices in our business lines.

Palm

We increased certified sustainable palm oil sales by 17% year-on-year, and by 1500% compared to 2012.

Juice

We met our target to obtain Rainforest Alliance certification for an additional 14 citrus farms.

Coffee

We helped train thousands of coffee farmers on environmentally sustainable practices.

Cotton

We purchased over 140% more BCI cotton year-on-year.


Soybeans

We launched and communicated our Soy Sustainability Policy to major suppliers, and will continue this process in 2019.

Freight

We now report the full carbon profile of our shipping activities, and reduced our overall Freight emissions by 5% year-on-year.



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