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  • Overall approach
    1/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We promote sustainable land use through our land transformation activities, which seek to promote environmentally responsible agricultural production and a balance between production and ecosystem preservation. We do not operate in heavily wooded areas or wetland areas."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Reforestation disclosure
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 2,700 ha
      "Santa Lucía: regeneration of forest areas allows not only to recover surfaces of these key environments in the ecosystem complex, but also to grant continuity to the entire forest at the center of the property, turning it into a single block of over 2,700 ha. In 2020, 156 ha were added to the livestock exclusion, which became part of the regenerative area. In this case, due to the type of environment (forest), the regeneration process is longer. In any case, on December 2020, we observed quite a decent progress, and no problems associated with regeneration were recorded."
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    20/90
    • Soy
      20/90
      • Commitment Strength
        2/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          2/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            When was this commitment set?: na

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS
            "We are certifying some products with Sustainable, Safety or Quality labels such as RTRS" [...] "Production of cereals and oilseeds RTRS certification for the following plants: • Carmen • Abolengo • San Carlos • El Meridiano • Las Horquetas • Los Guayacanes"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Certification only applies to the following plants: • Carmen • Abolengo • San Carlos • El Meridiano • Las Horquetas • Los Guayacanes

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0 Unclear

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: NA
            "We are certifying some products with Sustainable, Safety or Quality labels such as RTRS" [...] "Production of cereals and oilseeds RTRS certification for the following plants: • Carmen • Abolengo • San Carlos • El Meridiano • Las Horquetas • Los Guayacanes"
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        0/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/2
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        18/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Directors, officers and employees must report to the Chief Compliance Officer any known or suspected violation of laws, government regulations, or the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.[...] The company's environmental management actions are regularly monitored through the Integrated Management System, and by internal and external controls and audits. These control mechanisms ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and specific requirements. This system covers the aspects of quality, innocuousness, environment and safety and hygiene at work."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "Adecoagro has communication channels to receive complaints about irregular facts or circumstances that may be contrary to the guidelines established in the Code of Ethics. Only a detailed description of the facts or circumstances that seem suspicious to you is required. You also have the option to attach documents to your report. A timely and confidential analysis is ensured for all complaints, through a structured process monitored by the Company's Ethics Officer.The channels through which you can send your complaints are the following, depending on your convenience and/or your confidence: 1) Through the free telephone line: 0800-888-0127, 24 hours a day.2) Through the email [email protected]) Through postal mail, telephone number or e-mail to the following people:" In a table on p.20 of their sustainability report, Adecoagro Brazil reports that in 2020 136 Grievances were were filed, 125 of which were resolved.
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          No
          0/5
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          For what percentage of production units has an ESIA been carried out as part of the land use planning process?: 100%

          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: NA
          "Guidelines for the acquisition and rental of landThe land acquisition prior evaluation process consists of four stages of analysis: legal, productive, social and environmental.; We build close and transparent relationships with neighbors and organizations in each community, and we seek to enhance their development. We carry out stakeholder mappings in each area, which include an analysis of potential impacts."
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of un-certified land holdings
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of un-certified land holdings
          1/4
          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: NA

          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed: NA

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: NA

          What types of ecosystems are these?: NA

          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: NA

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company produced/processed/sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: NA

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: NA

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: NA

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: NA

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: NA

          What is the area, in hectares of production units, on which non-DCF commodities are produced or processed, by country and jurisdiction: NA

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: NA
          Adecoagro S.A. disclose locations of crops via an interactive map. They can be zoomed in on to an exact location. It is unclear which crops specifically are at each location but they do include soy. Most of the crop locations are mentioned in their sustainability reports also.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: NA

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Third party audits

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 100%
          "Directors, officers and employees must report to the Chief Compliance Officer any known or suspected violation of laws, government regulations, or the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.[...] The company's environmental management actions are regularly monitored through the Integrated Management System, and by internal and external controls and audits. These control mechanisms ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and specific requirements. This system covers the aspects of quality, innocuousness, environment and safety and hygiene at work."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    2/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    18/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    0/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Adecoagro is a leading agro-industrial company in South America, active in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Its business involves the production of numerous grains and oilseeds, including soy. According to the company, Adecoagro is one of the largest owners of productive farmland in South America. Adecoagro S.A. is selected as a powerbroker for soy.

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