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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "We aim to eliminate deforestation from all of our supply chains by 2030." 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify:: Cerrado Working Group 

      Which initiatives?: Soy Moratorium; World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; UN Global Compact; Other initiative
       "Since 2006, we have been a signatory of the Amazon Soy Moratorium", member of Global Compact and WBCSD 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Impacts such as reduced supply of agricultural commodities due to weather-related factors could adversely affect our ability to procure, transport, store, process, and trade agricultural commodities in an efficient manner. The early achievement of our GHG emissions and energy intensity goals in 2017 demonstrates the seriousness of our commitment. [...] We address climate change through three main pathways: renewable product and process innovations, such as our carbon sequestration project; supply chain commitments, such as our No-Deforestation policy".
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Operational
      "Impacts such as reduced supply of agricultural commodities due to weather-related factors could adversely affect our ability to procure, transport, store, process, and trade agricultural commodities in an efficient manner. The early achievement of our GHG emissions and energy intensity goals in 2017 demonstrates the seriousness of our commitment. We address climate change through three main pathways: renewable product and process innovations, such as our carbon sequestration Mitigating climate change Mitigating climate change project; supply chain commitments, such as our No-Deforestation policy"
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy
      Has a Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee - "The Committee shall oversee (a) the Company’s objectives, goals, strategies, and activities relating to sustainability and corporate responsibility, including workplacesafety, process safety, environmental, social well-being, diversity and inclusion,corporate giving, and community relations, (b) the Company’s compliance withsustainability and corporate responsibility laws and regulations, and (c) the Company’sperformance relating to its sustainability and corporate responsibility goals and industrybenchmarks" - one of these goals includes a no-deforestation commitment.
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Absolute zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2035
      "Target: GHG emissions 25% absolute reduction in GHG emissions over 2019 baseline by 2035." 
  • Commodity score
    47/88
    • Soy
      55/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            " We aim to eliminate deforestation from all of our supply chains by 2030." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            " We aim to eliminate deforestation from all of our supply chains by 2030." 
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            " We aim to eliminate deforestation from all of our supply chains by 2030." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2021
            Action Plan: "June 30, 2021- Report DCF footprint % for direct suppliers in Brazil. December 31, 2022- DCF footprint % including indirect suppliers in Brazil " 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "In addition to maintaining a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers), ADM began efforts to obtain digital satellite farm maps (polygons) of our soybean suppliers in select municipalities."
          • 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; Indirect suppliers

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Not specified 
            "In addition to maintaining a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers), ADM began efforts to obtain digital satellite farm maps (polygons) of our soybean suppliers in select municipalities."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "In addition to maintaining a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers), ADM began efforts to obtain digital satellite farm maps (polygons) of our soybean suppliers in select municipalities."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "In addition to maintaining a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers), ADM began efforts to obtain digital satellite farm maps (polygons) of our soybean suppliers in select municipalities."
      • Social Considerations
        14/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect Indigenous and Local Community rights to land and resources in accordance with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, • Respect Human Rights, according to the U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, • Respect Labor Rights as set out in the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work"; "In accordance with our Commitment to Respect Human Rights, we require that stakeholders in the ADM supply chain: [...] Never use child labor, or forced and/or bonded labor; [...] Do not discriminate in employment-related decisions; [...] Respect workers’ rights, including contract, temporary and migrant workers, to the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Education and training
          "In Brazil, ADM partnered with theBrazilian Society for Wildlife Research andEnvironmental Education (SPVS) on a projectto promote sustainable farming practices andbiodiversity conservation. Focusing mainlyon smallholder farms, the project drew ontraditional agricultural knowledge and modernbiodiversity initiatives to provide guidanceon improving sustainability management,resistance to climate change and overallcrop yields. ADM trained approximately 300smallholders located in the municipalitiesof São Domingos do Capim, Mãe de Rio andIrituia, located in the Northeastern state ofPará, which encompass highly biodiverseforests and rivers: ecosystems that are vitalto the conservation of biodiversity in theAmazon, as well as the socio-economicdevelopment of the local area."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following: ... Cooperate with ADM and all parties necessary to enable the provision of access to fair and just remediation."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following:... Application of the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to ensure protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples and vulnerable communities. This includes but is not limited to respecting legal and customary land rights and prevention of land grabbing activities,.."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        27/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            ADM reports 450,257 tonnes in 2020 certified by RTRS 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            In Brazil and Paraguay, we can trace the soy we process to the field where it was grown. We monitor more than 15,000 farms, covering more than 10 million hectares. We have zero deforestation in our Amazon soy supply chain.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS 

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS
            ADM reports 450,257 tonnes in 2020 certified by RTRS 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          "In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following: • No development of hotspot areas (High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock), • No development on peatlands, regardless of depth2, and the utilization of best management practices for soils and existing commodity production on peatlands,.."; "This policy applies to ADM’s own operations and across all supply chains in which ADM operates, including all supplier tiers back to the origin from where commodities are sourced, and for all companies/JVs in which ADM holds an ownership stake." 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          "No crops are produced in areas with legal deforestation or legal conversion of HCV native vegetation after March 1, 2015 in accordance with ADM´s Commitment to No-Deforestation. Between the cut-off date mentioned in legislation and March 1, 2015, only legal conversion is permitted."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Grupo de Trabalho da Soja (Soy Working Group)
          "ADM is an active member of Grupo de Trabalho da Soja (Soy Working Group), a group of NGOs and industry companies, most notable for developing the Amazon Soy Moratorium. We are also a member of the spinoff group Grupo de Trabalho do Cerrado (Cerrado Working Group), which is working to address deforestation in the Cerrado Biome. And, we participate in the MATOPIBA Coalition, an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environmental Finance (GEP), which brings together different actors willing to find sustainable balance between agricultural production and conservation."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "ADM will do a risk-based assessment to define the type of traceability/monitoring that will be required geographically3 . ADM’s sourcing commitment in high-risk areas is especially focused on soybeans sourced in areas of South America, such as the Amazon, Cerrado, and Chaco biomes. - In low risk areas for deforestation, identify sourcing of the country of origin (ex: United States, Canada). - In medium risk areas for deforestation, identify the state/province of origin and where possible, the municipality level. - In high risk areas for deforestation, identify the percentage from indirect and direct sourcing. For direct supplier, the origin to farm of soy being sourced (e.g., obtain farm polygons), and for indirect suppliers obtain GPS coordinates."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect country, state, municipal and local laws regarding environmental, safety, human rights and labor rights,... We require our suppliers to operate their businesses ethically - including land acquisition and land use - within all applicable laws and regulations, and to uphold our commitments... Regional and supply chain-based monitoring procedures will be established and updated to verify supplier compliance with this policy. If indicated by the supply chain assessment, remote sensing will be used to track where the commodity is being produced." 
        • 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
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes available here: https://assets.adm.com/Sustainability/Grievance-and-Resolution-Logs/Grievance-and-Resolution-Log-6-3-20.pdf

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "ADM is working hard to develop supply chains that meet our Commitment to No-Deforestation and Human Rights Policy. To that end, we invite stakeholders who have concerns related to the implementation of our policies to email us at responsibility@adm.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 450,257 tonnes
          450,257 tonnes are RTRS certified in 2020. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What is the certified volume?: 450,257 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: RTRS
          450,257 tonnes are RTRS certified in 2020. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Monitoring & Verification: Regional and supply chain-based monitoring procedures will be established and updated to verify supplier compliance with this policy." The policy states that "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect Indigenous and Local Community rights to land and resources in accordance with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, • Respect Human Rights, according to the U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, • Respect Labor Rights as set out in the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.." 
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using an internal verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using an internal verification system
          4/4
          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Satellite imaging

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified but appear to report annually

          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%
          "Monitoring and Verification - Since 2018, specialized firms with GIS technology (satellite imaging) started cross-referencing planted areas within the polygons with historic land coverage to understand if the soy being sourced was compliant with our No Deforestation Policy. Farms are also verified to make sure there are no environmental issues (IBAMA embargos), encroachment into protected areas or Indigenous Territories,or labor issues which violated our No Exploitation Policy"
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "The ADM Responsible Soybean Standard applies to select soybean suppliers. To ensure compliance, an annual inspection will be conducted by a third party inspection body with knowledge and accreditations for auditing of sustainability standards. The inspections will be done in groups, managed by ADM. ADM will be responsible for including and excluding farms belonging to the group; the farms shall go through a verification before becoming members. The members must agree to annual inspections, performed by a third party."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Not disclosed 
          "Direct engagement when grievances or non compliance occurs."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil *
      60/88
      • Commitment Strength
        16/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            "We aim to eliminate deforestation from all of our supply chains by 2030." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We aim to eliminate deforestation from all of our supply chains by 2030." 
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "We aim to eliminate deforestation from all of our supply chains by 2030." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oilsupply chain:1. No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas2. No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
             "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oilsupply chain:1. No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas2. No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth [...] This policy and applies across all palm oil supply chains in which ADM operates, from direct suppliersback to the source (plantation and smallholder-sourcing region), and for all companies in which ADMholds an ownership stake."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: "We will partner with stakeholders to improve the performance of suppliers who do not adhere to these policies, but who are willing to commit to taking appropriate, immediate action to correct their violations. We will not conduct business with suppliers who violate this policy repeatedly and refuse to take action to comply." https://assets.adm.com/Sustainability/ADM-No-Deforestation-Policy.pdf
            "This policy is effective immediately. We understand that our palmsuppliers may need time to implement the provisions described. We therefore expect our suppliersto develop action plans to achieve compliance by Dec. 31, 2015."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
             "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oil supply chain:1. No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas2. No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth [...] This policy and applies across all palm oil supply chains in which ADM operates, from direct suppliers back to the source (plantation and smallholder-sourcing region), and for all companies in which ADM holds an ownership stake."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            In 2019, ADM commit to "Maintain traceability scores of at least 98% of palm oil and palm kernel oil to mill", and "Increase traceability of palm oil and palm kernel oil to plantation".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Not specified 
            "-Maintain traceability scores of at least 98% traceable to POM globally for PO and PKO. -Set a percentage by volume sourced target for traceability to plantation level -Establish communication with all direct suppliers to assess their efforts on traceability to supply chain." "In 2019, ADM commit to "Maintain traceability scores of at least 98% of palm oil and palm kernel oil to mill", and "Increase traceability of palm oil and palm kernel oil to plantation".
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            In 2019, ADM commit to "Maintain traceability scores of at least 98% of palm oil and palm kernel oil to mill", and "Increase traceability of palm oil and palm kernel oil to plantation".
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            In 2019, ADM commit to "Maintain traceability scores of at least 98% of palm oil and palm kernel oil to mill", and "Increase traceability of palm oil and palm kernel oil to plantation".
      • Social Considerations
        14/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect Indigenous and Local Community rights to land and resources in accordance with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, • Respect Human Rights, according to the U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, • Respect Labor Rights as set out in the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work"; "In accordance with our Commitment to Respect Human Rights, we require that stakeholders in the ADM supply chain: [...] Never use child labor, or forced and/or bonded labor; [...] Do not discriminate in employment-related decisions; [...] Respect workers’ rights, including contract, temporary and migrant workers, to the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Education and training

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 300 
          In Brazil, ADM partnered with theBrazilian Society for Wildlife Research andEnvironmental Education (SPVS) on a projectto promote sustainable farming practices andbiodiversity conservation. Focusing mainlyon smallholder farms, the project drew ontraditional agricultural knowledge and modernbiodiversity initiatives to provide guidanceon improving sustainability management,resistance to climate change and overallcrop yields. ADM trained approximately 300smallholders located in the municipalitiesof São Domingos do Capim, Mãe de Rio andIrituia, located in the Northeastern state ofPará, which encompass highly biodiverseforests and rivers: ecosystems that are vitalto the conservation of biodiversity in theAmazon, as well as the socio-economicdevelopment of the local area.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following: ... Cooperate with ADM and all parties necessary to enable the provision of access to fair and just remediation."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following:... Application of the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to ensure protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples and vulnerable communities. This includes but is not limited to respecting legal and customary land rights and prevention of land grabbing activities,.."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        30/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
            "ADM engaged in a palm supplier assessment through a third-party assessor, which resulted in an overview of supplier performance through a scorecard tool. Progress of ADM’s suppliers will be measured on an annual basis through tracking and comparing the average score. The average score of suppliers on this first Palm Supplier Scorecard assessment will act as the baseline for future comparisons. Average performance of direct suppliers on the Palm Supplier Scorecard: 76%. 97.3% were part of a system that conducts deforestation monitoring."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "A total of 94 . 3 % of volumes are covered under the NDPE IRF reporting ." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In their 2020 palm report, they state that globally 99.7% of palm oil is traceable to mill and 40% of palm oil to plantation. 99.7% of PKO is traceable to mill and 59.3% to plantation. 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Palm Supplier Scorecard

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Palm Supplier Scorecard
            "ADM engaged in a palm supplier assessment through a third-party assessor, which resulted in an overview of supplier performance through a scorecard tool. Progress of ADM’s suppliers will be measured on an annual basis through tracking and comparing the average score. The average score of suppliers on this first Palm Supplier Scorecard assessment will act as the baseline for future comparisons. Average performance of direct suppliers on the Palm Supplier Scorecard: 76%. 97.3% were part of a system that conducts deforestation monitoring."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: IRF reporting Sustainability Progress Tracker

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: IRF reporting Sustainability Progress Tracker
            "We recently underwent Profile Data Verification of our NDPE IRF profiles which can be found on the Sustainability Progress Tracker page on the ADM website . A total of 94 . 3 % of volumes are covered under the NDPE IRF reporting ." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          "In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following: • No development of hotspot areas (High Conservation Value or High Carbon Stock), • No development on peatlands, regardless of depth2, and the utilization of best management practices for soils and existing commodity production on peatlands,.."; "This policy applies to ADM’s own operations and across all supply chains in which ADM operates, including all supplier tiers back to the origin from where commodities are sourced, and for all companies/JVs in which ADM holds an ownership stake." 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: ABRAPALMA - Brazilian Palm Association
          "ADM is a member, participant or signatory of more than 200 business/trade associations and sustainability initiatives, including: ABRAPALMA – Brazilian Palm Association".
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Prior to new plantings or after operations
          "In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following: ...Conduct of Social and Environmental Impact Assessments (SEIA) prior to new plantings or after operations,.."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect country, state, municipal and local laws regarding environmental, safety, human rights and labor rights,... We require our suppliers to operate their businesses ethically - including land acquisition and land use - within all applicable laws and regulations, and to uphold our commitments... Regional and supply chain-based monitoring procedures will be established and updated to verify supplier compliance with this policy. If indicated by the supply chain assessment, remote sensing will be used to track where the commodity is being produced." 
        • 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
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes available here: https://assets.adm.com/Sustainability/Grievance-and-Resolution-Logs/Grievance-and-Resolution-Log-6-3-20.pdf

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "ADM is working hard to develop supply chains that meet our Commitment to No-Deforestation and Human Rights Policy. To that end, we invite stakeholders who have concerns related to the implementation of our policies to email us at responsibility@adm.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 354386 tonnes
          In their most recent RSPO ACOP report, they state a total usage of 354386 tonnes of CPO and CPKO  
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 49.83%

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO 

          What is the certified volume?: 176617 tonnes
          49.83% of the total is RSPO certified. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Monitoring & Verification: Regional and supply chain-based monitoring procedures will be established and updated to verify supplier compliance with this policy." The policy states that "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect Indigenous and Local Community rights to land and resources in accordance with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, • Respect Human Rights, according to the U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, • Respect Labor Rights as set out in the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Brazil, Columbia, Cambodia, Costa Rica,  Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Thailand
          They update their supplier list for full traceability with their point location 
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "In addition to our G&R log, which relies mostly on external inputs, ADM also conducts monitoring and verification of No-Deforestation policy implementation through supplier self-reporting via the EPI tool, and maintains open dialogue with our primary suppliers. ADM also is evaluating the use of further monitoring and verification measures for future implementation, including remote sensing tools and on-the ground civil society monitoring mechanisms."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Repeated violation of policy and refusal to take action to comply. 
          "We will partner with stakeholders to improve the performance of suppliers who do not adhere to these policies, but who are willing to commit to taking appropriate, immediate action to correct their violations. We will not conduct business with suppliers who violate this policy repeatedly and refuse to take action to comply."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          0
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      18/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect Indigenous and Local Community rights to land and resources in accordance with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, • Respect Human Rights, according to the U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, • Respect Labor Rights as set out in the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work"; "In accordance with our Commitment to Respect Human Rights, we require that stakeholders in the ADM supply chain: [...] Never use child labor, or forced and/or bonded labor; [...] Do not discriminate in employment-related decisions; [...] Respect workers’ rights, including contract, temporary and migrant workers, to the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following: ... Cooperate with ADM and all parties necessary to enable the provision of access to fair and just remediation."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "In addition to the principles and commitments of our Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, we expect our direct and indirect palm oil suppliers to commit to the following:... Application of the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to ensure protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples and vulnerable communities. This includes but is not limited to respecting legal and customary land rights and prevention of land grabbing activities,.."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          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
          "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect country, state, municipal and local laws regarding environmental, safety, human rights and labor rights,... We require our suppliers to operate their businesses ethically - including land acquisition and land use - within all applicable laws and regulations, and to uphold our commitments... Regional and supply chain-based monitoring procedures will be established and updated to verify supplier compliance with this policy. If indicated by the supply chain assessment, remote sensing will be used to track where the commodity is being produced." 
        • 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
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes available here: https://assets.adm.com/Sustainability/Grievance-and-Resolution-Logs/Grievance-and-Resolution-Log-6-3-20.pdf

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "ADM is working hard to develop supply chains that meet our Commitment to No-Deforestation and Human Rights Policy. To that end, we invite stakeholders who have concerns related to the implementation of our policies to email us at responsibility@adm.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Monitoring & Verification: Regional and supply chain-based monitoring procedures will be established and updated to verify supplier compliance with this policy." The policy states that "We will work throughout our supply chains to achieve the following: Respect Indigenous and Local Community rights to land and resources in accordance with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, • Respect Human Rights, according to the U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, • Respect Labor Rights as set out in the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    10/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    23/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    13/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is an American company involved in the global cultivation, processing, manufacturing and trading of agricultural commodities, ingredients for food and animal feed, as well as biofuels. It is one of the major processors and exporters of soy in South America and one of the largest commodity traders globally. It is among the largest processors of soy in Brazil, and is a leading player in Bolivia and Paraguay. Additionally, ADM is one of the world's major biodiesel producers. Archer Daniels Midland Co. is selected as a powerbroker for soy and is also assessed for its exposure to palm oil and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture, Ingredients
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

ADM Food, ADM Animal Nutritition, Aces, Eatmoor, PenPals, AMPT

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