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Bunge Ltd

Established in 1818, Bunge is a global agribusiness and food company. Bunge operates in the

  • Market cap:
    9,482,346,852 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    BG.N
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    BG US
  • ISIN:
    BMG169621056
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Bunge Ltd

SPOTT assesses companies against over 100 indicators across ten categories. Click on the icons or bars below to expand each category for further details, scoring and links to reports and sources.

Total: 69% 44.5 / 64.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 5.5 / 6 91.7%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      1. Sustainable palm oil policy or commitment for all its operations?

      The company has a Global Palm Oil Sourcing Policy

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      2. Policy or commitment applies to direct and third-party suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company states "At an executive level, sustainability is led by the vice president, global corporate affairs, who reports directly to our CEO. The global sustainability council, made up of public affairs, operational and commercial specialists from around the world, monitors issues, conducts programs and stakeholder engagement and makes strategic recommendations to management"

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      5. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to improve sustainability in relation to palm oil?

      Member of TFT, WBSCD and UNGC

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      6. Verification report on compliance with POIG Charter, if a POIG member?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      7. Activities with government and/or NGOs to improve palm oil sustainability?

      The company details partnerships with NGOs and government, but not explicitly in relation to palm, except for that it is partnering with TFT to improve sustainability of its supply chain

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 3 / 7 42.9%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      8. Total land area managed/controlled for oil palm (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      10. Plasma/scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      11. Unplanted (areas designated for future planting)(ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      12. Conservation set-aside area, including HCV area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      19. Time-bound commitment to achieve 100% traceability to mill level?

      Bunge commit to 100% traceable supply to the mill level, but do not specify that this is time-bound

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      20. Time-bound commitment to achieve 100% traceability to plantation level?

      Bunge's Global Palm Oil Sourcing Policy only states they will only strive to full traceability to the FFB level for areas of high environmental or social sensitivity

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      21. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level (above 80%)?

      92%

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      22. Percentage of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from own mills traceable to plantation level (is above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

      23. Percentage of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from supplier mills traceable to plantation level (is above 75%)?

      12%

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 5 / 8 62.5%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      24. Commitment to address deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      26. Deforestation commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      Bunge commits to "protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas as defined by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) P&C 5.2 and 7.3 and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests as defined by the HCS Steering Group"

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      Bunge states that it supports landscape work in Aceh
      Province, Indonesia; supporting satellite mapping efforts to delineate forest cover and identify areas of deforestation. The company states that the district of Aceh Tamiang, previous investment has led to the identification of critical at-risk forest areas utilizing the Starling system

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      30. Evidence of habitat management and/or habitat restoration?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

      Bunge states that in Aceh Tamiang, previous investment has led to the identification of critical at-risk forest areas utilizing the Starling system. Bunge is further supporting a pilot to scale up High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) mapping across the
      entire district, with the objective of developing HCS and HCV information that can be applied by a wide range of users, including smallholders

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      32. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      33. Commitment to not endanger species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      34. Commitment to no hunting or only sustainable hunting of species?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      35. Commitment not to operate within internationally and nationally designated protected areas?

      The company only states "Our operations are also subject to laws relating to environmental licensing of facilities, restrictions on land use in certain protected areas, forestry reserve requirements."

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      36. Evidence of species conservation activities?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      37. Commitment to High Conservation Value (HCV) approach?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      38. HCV commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      39. Commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      40. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments for planting undertaken prior to January 2015, and associated management and monitoring plans?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      41. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments for all estates planted since January 2015?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      42. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans for all estates planted since January 2015?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      43. Satisfactory review of all High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments undertaken since January 2015 by the HCV ALS Quality Panel?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      44. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      46. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs)?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      47. Social and environmental impact assessment (SEIAs) undertaken, and associated management and monitoring plans?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 6 / 7 85.7%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      48. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      49. Peat commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      50. Commitment to best management practices for soils and peat?

      The company commits to best management practices for existing plantations on peat, but does not have a commitment to soils

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      51. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      52. Evidence of best management practices for soils and peat?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      54. Zero burning commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      56. Details/number of hotspots/fires in company estates?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      57. Details/number of hotspots/fires within surrounding landscape/smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      58. Time-bound commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

      The company states it has a 10 year plan to GHG emission target to reduce emissions by 10% for total production by the end of 2026

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      59. GHG commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

      The company reports GHG emissions for fuel use and manufacturing only

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      Brazil GHG Protocol Programme, the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2006), and the U.S. EPA Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

      The company has achieved a 8% reduction in emissions between 2014-2016

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      64. Percentage of mills with methane capture (is above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 2 / 4 50%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      65. Time-bound commitment to improve water use?

      The company's 10 year plan includes a target to reduce water use by 10% overall and 25% in high water stress regions by the end of 2026

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      66. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      67. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The company states "reduced our freshwater use per metric ton of production by 9 percent since 2013, tripling our goal of a 3 percent reduction by year-end 2016"

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      70. Evidence of treating palm oil mill effluent (POME)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      71. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      72. No use of paraquat?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      73. No use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      74. No use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      76. Chemical usage per ha or list of chemicals used?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 8.5 / 13 65.4%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      77. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration of Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

      The company states that its palm oil sourcing policy includes human rights protection, but does not refer to the UN Declaration of Human Rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      78. Commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights?

      The company states it is subject to land use and ownership of land laws, and also states it supports the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure as part of its Palm Oil Sourcing Policy that references customary rights

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      79. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights, referencing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or ILO 169?

      The company states in its Palm Oil Sourcing Policy respect for local and indigenous community rights, but does not reference the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      80. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      81. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      82. Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      83. Process for addressing land conflicts?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      86. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles?

      Bunge's labour policies cover no forced labour, no child labour, minimum age, non-discrimination, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, however there is no clear reference to equal remuneration for men and women workers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      32,772

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      6,050 (19%)

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

      Bunge only state "We will comply with all wage and compensation requirements as defined under applicable local laws and regulations for regular work, overtime, maximum hours and other elements of compensation and employee benefits."

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      0.17

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      93. Number of fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

  • Certification standards Certification standards 3.5 / 6.5 53.8%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      95. Member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?

      2007

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      96. Submitted most recent RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP)?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      97. Listed all countries and regions in which operates in most recent RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      98. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates within 5 years or achieved 100% RSPO-certification of estates?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      99. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of scheme/associated smallholders within 5 years or achieved 100% RSPO-certification of scheme/associated smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      100. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all supply chains?

      2020

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

      101. RSPO-certified within three years of joining the RSPO or by November 2010, for companies joining prior to finalisation of the RSPO certification systems in November 2007?

      2011

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      102. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      103. Percentage of area (ha) RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      104. Percentage of scheme/associated smallholders (ha) RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      105. Percentage of FFB supply (tonnes) from independent FFB suppliers that is RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

      106. Percentage of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) that are RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      80,993 (9%) - Total volume of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed in the year divided by total volume handled/processed/traded in year RSPO certified (tonnes)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      107. Sells or processes/trades RSPO-certified palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains?

      Mass Balance, Segregated and Identity Preserved

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      108. Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certified (100%)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      109. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified (100%)?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      110. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme (e.g. ISCC, SAN, RSB, etc.)?

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      113. Number or percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      116. Number or percentage of independent smallholders involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      117. Process used to prioritise, assess and/or engage suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      Ongoing efforts across all areas of strategy with a strong focus on supplier engagement

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      Bunge states "In the event that the supplier does not want to engage in the process towards resolution and compliance with the Group’s Policy, Bunge will review its relationship with that supplier and may cease the relationship"

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      119. Number or percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 7 / 7 100%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      120. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

      Bunge has a hotline for reporting misconduct

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      122. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      123. Grievance system accessible to internal stakeholders (i.e. employees)?

      Bunge has a ethics and compliance hotline where employees can report a number of issues, including violation of policies and procedures

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      124. Grievance system accessible to external stakeholders?

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      125. Details of grievances disclosed?

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