Corporate Responsibility

Our approach

We aim to be a global leader in connecting agricultural supply with demand for commodities in a sustainable way. Our vision of sustainable growth is based on five key areas, which address our impact and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our action areas

Business practices

The way we behave in all of our activities around the world is of fundamental importance. We will conduct our business with integrity, accountability and responsibility.

Our material issues

Direct impacts

  • Business ethics 
  • Company culture 

Impact on SDGs

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People

How we interact with people defines us as a business. We commit to treat people in all walks of life with dignity and respect, wherever we operate. Equally, we promise to provide our employees with a safe place to work.

Our material issues

Direct impacts 

  • Health and safety 
  • Wellbeing at work 
  • Talent management 

Impact on SDGs

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Environment

Our main business is linked to soft-commodities production, so the way we treat the world around us will inevitably affect our future. Therefore, we are committed to constantly reducing our environmental impact and conserving natural resources.

Our material issues

Direct impacts 

  • Soil management 
  • Transport and logistics 
  • Utilities management for factories 

Impact on SDGs

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Supply chain

Our supply chain affects communities in the areas we source from. We are protecting forests in the coffee and cocoa supply chains through innovative tree planting programs. We are looking to better understand our overall carbon footprint in this critical part of our business.

Our material issues

Indirect impacts 

  • Livelihoods of growers and workers 
  • Responsible and sustainable supply 
  • Nature conservation and forest protection 
  • Understanding our carbon footprint 
  • Managing suppliers 
  • Chain of custody 
  • Implementing sustainability programs 

Impact on SDGs

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Communities

We aim to invest in the communities we interact with. We will make the most of our employees’ local knowledge and involvement and to effect positive change and identify innovative solutions.

Our material issues

Indirect impacts

  • Engaging with local people 
  • Local social investment and support 

Impact on SDGs

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STEP-BY-STEP PROGRESS

Looking to maximize the positive impact that we can make, we have developed a four-step approach to identifying our key material issues and the direct and indirect impacts we have.

Step 1 – Risk assessment and compliance principles 

Conducting a risk and opportunity assessment on matters that we identify as significant to our activities creates a clear framework for focusing our efforts.

Step 2 – Know our impacts and identify our material risks

Given our diverse activities, we face many challenges, so, analyzing the materiality of these issues is essential to establishing a responsible and efficient strategy.

Step 3 – Continuously work on our company culture and establish a sustainability mindset

We do this by setting an efficient governance framework that ensures responsibility and sustainability run throughout our business, and by communicating this both internally and externally.

Step 4 – Define how we will reach our objectives

As part of our license to operate, we implement measures to improve the sustainability of our operations.

RESPONSIBILITY REPORTs

Download 2020 Responsibility Report PDF (6.16MB)

Download 2019 Responsibility Report PDF (5.09MB)

Download 2018 Responsibility Report PDF (4.06MB)