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    Working with Partners

    We recognize that we can have a greater impact by working with others

    Platform Partnerships

    Through partnerships with multiple stakeholders we aim to raise awareness, and secure adoption, of our sustainability policies by LDC suppliers on all our platforms.

    We are also constantly engaged with different partners on a variety of country-specific projects promoting sustainable agriculture, advancing human rights and driving supply chain transparency.

    Palm Oil

    We work with Earthworm Foundation (formerly The Forest Trust) through training workshops to ensure that all palm oil suppliers to LDC refineries understand, adopt and comply with our No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy.

    Earthworm Foundation is also helping us to achieve full traceability of our palm oil back to mill level This involves gathering and verifying GPS coordinates from all entities in our supply chain, and we publicly report the results every six months.

    Certification is an important tool to ensure we source sustainably, and we work extensively with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and with the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), to certify our palm-related assets and entities.

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    Cotton

    We work closely with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), promoting their comprehensive sustainability standards, cooperating on local projects and purchasing increasing levels of BCI-certified cotton worldwide.

    In Zambia and Burkina Faso, we partner with Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA). In Zambia, this includes training thousands of cotton farmers on agricultural best practice, helping them to improve their livelihoods while reducing their environmental impact.

    In 2010, we joined forces with other members of the Association of Cotton Merchants in Europe (ACME) to support International Labour Organization (ILO) efforts to eradicate child labor from cotton harvests in Uzbekistan. After the 2018 harvest, the ILO reported that child labor was no longer a concern in Uzbekistan, though they will continue to monitor the situation.

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    Juice

    Our Juice Platform places huge emphasis on training our people working at the 38 citrus farms managed by LDC in Brazil, on safe and sustainable agricultural practices.

    We also share our know-how with external partners and third-party fruit suppliers through LDC’s Programa Compartilhar, which includes training on LDC policies and sustainable production.

    Working with the Rainforest Alliance, we strive for both farm-level certification and chain of custody certification, ensuring supply chain traceability from certified farms in Brazil all the way to our destination terminal in Ghent, Belgium.

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    Coffee

    Training coffee farmers in sustainable agriculture is at the heart of our responsible coffee sourcing program, working through projects tackling specific local issues – ourselves and in collaboration with experts and partners.

    For example, we have worked with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and Syngenta in Lam Dong, Vietnam since 2016, setting up our joint Initiative for Sustainable Landscape Approach (ISLA) that continues to train thousands of farmers to adapt to climate change.

    We also work with a variety of partners toward coffee verification and certification, including the Rainforest AllianceFairtradeUTZC.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity) and 4C.

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    Soy

    Beyond training employees and promoting our soy policy among our suppliers, we work with several stakeholder groups to eliminate conversion – from global NGOs such as The Nature Conservancy to local organizations such as the Cerrado Working Group and ABIOVE, the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries. We are also a founding member and fervent upholed

    As members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), we helped launch the Soft Commodities Forum (SCF) – a global platform for leading companies in the industry to advance collective action around common sustainability challenges.

    As a founding member and fervent upholder of the Soy Moratorium in the Amazon, LDC considers very positive the significant reduction in soy origination from areas deforested since 2008, even as productivity gains have seen the volume of soy increase.

    Alongside other SCF members, we are committed to moving the conversation from deforestation to non-conversion. In 2019, we initiated a joint process to trace and report on any soy sourced from the Cerrado, and publish these figures twice a year, aiming to protect high-risk areas by driving increasing supply chain transparency.

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