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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "We recognize that losing land of high ecological value destroys habitats, has knock-on effects for climate change, affects water retention and can disrupt local communities. That is why we launched our company-wide No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) committment in 2016."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Soy Moratorium; Forest Solutions Group - WBCSD; UN Global Compact
      Louis Dreyfus state that they are signatory to the WBCSD, the UN Global Compact, and the Soy Moratorium 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We recognize that losing land of high ecological value destroys habitats, has knock-on effects for climate change, affects water retention and can disrupt local communities. That is why we launched our company-wide No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) committment in 2016."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    47/86
    • Palm oil
      53/86
      • Commitment Strength
        30/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "LDC continues to source and sell palm oil that complies with Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards, as part of our ultimate goal: No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "LDC continues to source and sell palm oil that complies with Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards, as part of our ultimate goal: No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "LDC continues to source and sell palm oil that complies with Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards, as part of our ultimate goal: No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "LDC continues to source and sell palm oil that complies with Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards, as part of our ultimate goal: No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "LDC continues to source and sell palm oil that complies with Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards, as part of our ultimate goal: No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "LDC continues to source and sell palm oil that complies with Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards, as part of our ultimate goal: No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "LDC continues to source and sell palm oil that complies with Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards, as part of our ultimate goal: No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation."
        • 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
             
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Louis Dreyfus' Palm Sustainability Policy commits to "Safeguard all high conservation value (HCV) lands or high carbon stock (HCS) areas [and] leave all peat untouched, regardless of depth".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Louis Dreyfus' Palm Sustainability Policy commits to "Safeguard all high conservation value (HCV) lands or high carbon stock (HCS) areas [and] leave all peat untouched, regardless of depth".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Louis Dreyfus' Palm Sustainability Policy commits to "Safeguard all high conservation value (HCV) lands or high carbon stock (HCS) areas [and] leave all peat untouched, regardless of depth".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Louis Dreyfus' Palm Sustainability Policy commits to "Safeguard all high conservation value (HCV) lands or high carbon stock (HCS) areas [and] leave all peat untouched, regardless of depth".
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Louis Dreyfus' Palm Sustainability Policy commits to "Safeguard all high conservation value (HCV) lands or high carbon stock (HCS) areas [and] leave all peat untouched, regardless of depth".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Louis Dreyfus' Palm Sustainability Policy commits to "Safeguard all high conservation value (HCV) lands or high carbon stock (HCS) areas [and] leave all peat untouched, regardless of depth".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            "Trace 90-100% of the palm supplier to us, back to the mill" by 2019.
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Trace 90-100% of the palm supplier to us, back to the mill" by 2019.
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Trace 90-100% of the palm supplier to us, back to the mill" by 2019.
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Trace 90-100% of the palm supplier to us, back to the mill" by 2019.
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Trace 90-100% of the palm supplier to us, back to the mill" by 2019.
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Trace 90-100% of the palm supplier to us, back to the mill" by 2019.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Trace 90-100% of the palm supplier to us, back to the mill" by 2019.
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Louis Dreyfus report on steps taken to meet their NDPE policy in their 2017 sustainability report, stating that they have incoporated the policy into all contracts with direct suppliers and are working towards incorporating it into contracts with indirect suppliers.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Louis Dreyfus report on steps taken to meet their NDPE policy in their 2017 sustainability report, stating that they have incoporated the policy into all contracts with direct suppliers and are working towards incorporating it into contracts with indirect suppliers.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Progress on this commitment is reported every six months.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            other third party verification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Louis Dreyfus' Palm Grievance Protocol states the following: "If identified as a valid grievance & where appropriate:Engage with Target of Grievance (ToG) to understand context & current response [...] Engage external stakeholders relevant to the case as needed [...] Develop set of action planrecommendations including [..] time-bound objectives [and] criteria and evidence for considering that the issue is “resolved”."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Louis Dreyfus publicly report a list of their mills. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "In 2017, LDC joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the organization uniting global businesses in pursuit of sustainability goals, and became one of the founding members of its Soft Commodities Forum (SCF)." "LDC is also a member of the Earthworm Foundation (previously known as The Forest Trust), a leading environmental and social not-for-profit organization which helped us to achieve rapid progress in our No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy (NDPE) commitment."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Louis Dreyfus reported that 478 MT of palm were certified in 2018.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Respect for the rights of local communities, which includes land tenure, and their rightto give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to operations on which theyhold legal, communal or customary rights."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour
          Louis Dreyfus require suppliers to comply with the ILO's conventions on forced labour, child labour and non-discrimination. Collective bargaining is excluded. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Louis Dreyfus state that their suppliers must not discriminate based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      40/86
      • Commitment Strength
        29/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          17/21
          • Commitment details
            Conversion-free commitment
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Conversion-free commitment
            10.7/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero conversion
            "[Louis Dreyfus] commits to influence and collaborate with stakeholders across the soy supply chain in order to: Eliminate engagement in, or financing of deforestation throughout our supply chain, and conserve biomes proven to be of high ecological value, such as the Cerrado, Brazil, with the intent to discourage and eliminate conversion of native vegetation." 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Eliminate engagement in, or financing of deforestation throughout our supply chain, and conserve biomes proven to be of high ecological value, such as the Cerrado, Brazil, with the intent to discourage and eliminate conversion of native vegetation".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Eliminate engagement in, or financing of deforestation throughout our supply chain, and conserve biomes proven to be of high ecological value, such as the Cerrado, Brazil, with the intent to discourage and eliminate conversion of native vegetation".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Eliminate engagement in, or financing of deforestation throughout our supply chain, and conserve biomes proven to be of high ecological value, such as the Cerrado, Brazil, with the intent to discourage and eliminate conversion of native vegetation".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Eliminate engagement in, or financing of deforestation throughout our supply chain, and conserve biomes proven to be of high ecological value, such as the Cerrado, Brazil, with the intent to discourage and eliminate conversion of native vegetation".
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • 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
            "Trace 100% of direct [soybean] purchases in Brazil to farm level."
          • 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
            "Trace 100% of direct [soybean] purchases in Brazil to farm level."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Trace 100% of direct [soybean] purchases in Brazil to farm level."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Trace 100% of direct [soybean] purchases in Brazil to farm level."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Trace 100% of direct [soybean] purchases in Brazil to farm level."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            In their 2018 Sustainability report Louis Dreyfus report on the amount of their soybeans in Argentina and Paraguay that meet different requirements or certifications.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
            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
          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
          No
          0/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          Louis Dreyfus report their participation in collaborative actions throughout central and South America, particularly regarding the Cerrado Working Group, and ABIOVE.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          67,789,000 MT
          Louis Dreyfus report on the certification of soybeans in Argentina and Paraguay.
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO
          "LDC commits to influence and collaborate with stakeholders across the soy supply chain in order to: ... • Comply with all eight International Labour Organization (ILO) fundamental conventions;"
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    30/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    13/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) is a leading processor and trader in agricultural commodities active in more than 100 countries. It is one of the major processors and exporters of soy in South America and one of the largest commodity traders globally. The company has significant oilseed crushing facilities in Brazil and Argentina, as well as having an annual capacity of several million metric tons in China. LDC is among the top ten soy exporters in Argentina and among the top five in Paraguay and Brazil. The company’s palm oil operations are also significant with the company handling over 2 million metric tons of palm oil and derivatives in 2015. It is also a major producer of biodiesel.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities
Segments
Trader, Processor
HQ
HQ 
Netherlands
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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