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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0.00/6
      Palm oil; Soya
      "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Soy Moratorium; UN Global Compact; Other intiative, Soft Commodities Forum of the WBCSD
      ADM are a signatory of the Soy Moratorium, the UN Global Compact, and the Soft Commodities Forum of the WBCSD.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We commit to preserving High Conservation Value land. ADM recognizes that in some instances, non-forest areas — particularly those with significant cultural or historical value — may also be considered High Conservation Value land."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    43/86
    • Soy
      58/86
      • Commitment Strength
        30/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          12/15
          • 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
            ADM were able to "maintain a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers in Brazil and Paraguay)".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            ADM were able to "maintain a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers in Brazil and Paraguay)".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            ADM were able to "maintain a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers in Brazil and Paraguay)".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            ADM were able to "maintain a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers in Brazil and Paraguay)".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            ADM were able to "maintain a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers in Brazil and Paraguay)".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            ADM reports on engagement and collaborative activities carried out to implement their commitment in their progress report.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            ADM were able to "maintain a high level of traceability to the farm of origin (99% of direct suppliers in Brazil and Paraguay)".
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Review all direct suppliers according to the volumes they provide, the risks present in their region(s) of sourcing, and their own policies and action plans for ensuring our goals are met within their supply chains"
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          ADM state that they will "based on supplier review, create an action plan for engagement with suppliers to achieve our commitment".
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "Grievances and Resolutions - Procedure We welcome correspondence from any external parties, including individuals, government organizations and non-governmental organizations, regarding the implementation of and compliance with our Commitment to No-Deforestation and our Human Rights Policy. Please send any concerns to responsibility@adm.com."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "ADM is an active member of Grupo de Trabalho da Soja (Soy Working Group), a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and industry companies, most notable for developing the Amazon Soy Moratorium."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          ADM sate that they will "respect land-tenure rights, and the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to operations on lands to which they hold legal or customary rights".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          ADM commit their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          ADM committed to "facilitate the inclusion of smallholders into the supply chain".
    • Palm oil
      58/86
      • Commitment Strength
        32/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "ADM has been working diligently to implement our No-Deforestation program in our palm and South American soy supply chains. The clearing of forested, High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas for planting threatens biodiversity, soil health, and vital carbon sinks as well as indigenous communities who rely on those areas for their livelihood."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oil supply chain: No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas [...] No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oil supply chain: No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas [...] No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oil supply chain: No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas [...] No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oil supply chain: No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas [...] No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oil supply chain: No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas [...] No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth"
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oil supply chain: No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas [...] No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "ADM hereby commits to the following standards in our palm oil supply chain: No Deforestation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas [...] No Development on Peatlands, regardless of depth"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          9/11
          • 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
            ADM aim to "maintain traceability scores of at least 98% traceable to POM [point of manufacture] globally for PO and PKO."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            ADM aim to "maintain traceability scores of at least 98% traceable to POM [point of manufacture] globally for PO and PKO."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            ADM aim to "maintain traceability scores of at least 98% traceable to POM [point of manufacture] globally for PO and PKO."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            ADM aim to "maintain traceability scores of at least 98% traceable to POM [point of manufacture] globally for PO and PKO."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            ADM aim to "maintain traceability scores of at least 98% traceable to POM [point of manufacture] globally for PO and PKO."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            ADM aim to "maintain traceability scores of at least 98% traceable to POM [point of manufacture] globally for PO and PKO."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            ADM aim to "maintain traceability scores of at least 98% traceable to POM [point of manufacture] globally for PO and PKO."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2018, ADM achieved 98.6% traceability of their palm oil, and 98.76% traceability of their palm kernel oil. 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          ADM stated that in 2018 they would "Utilize “Kumacaya” as independent social-environmental monitoring and verification tool."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "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. "
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          ADM publicly report their palm oil supplier list, for both palm oil and palm kernel expeller.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "Grievances and Resolutions - Procedure We welcome correspondence from any external parties, including individuals, government organizations and non-governmental organizations, regarding the implementation of and compliance with our Commitment to No-Deforestation and our Human Rights Policy. Please send any concerns to responsibility@adm.com."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          ADM sate that they will "respect land-tenure rights, and the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to operations on lands to which they hold legal or customary rights".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          ADM commit their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          ADM committed to "facilitate the inclusion of smallholders into the supply chain".
    • Pulp & Paper
      12/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "Grievances and Resolutions - Procedure We welcome correspondence from any external parties, including individuals, government organizations and non-governmental organizations, regarding the implementation of and compliance with our Commitment to No-Deforestation and our Human Rights Policy. Please send any concerns to responsibility@adm.com."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          ADM's human rights policy states that they will "respect land-tenure right and the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to operations on lands to which they hold legal rights". 
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          ADM commit their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    21/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    11/16
    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 top five  processors of soy in Brazil with an annual capacity of around 4 million metric tons in 2016, and is a leading player in Bolivia and Paraguay. Additionally, ADM is one of the world’s major biodiesel producers with a reported production capacity of more than 135 million barrels per day. It is also involved in the palm oil supply chain and has an ownership interest in Wilmar International.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture, Ingredients
Segments
Producer, 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

How we assess the Forest 500

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