Stories

Setting your trading strategy

You take an overview of the pieces. Consider who your opponent is. Plan a strategy and put it into motion. Commodities trading in the over-the-counter market is not a game, but for Guilherme De Castro Achcar, Trading Manager for COFCO International in Brazil, there are similarities in how to approach it. He likes to play games such as chess, where he plans the position he wants to be in and then the tactics to get there, and adapts as necessary according to whom he is playing against.

Trading with a knockout punch

Maria Fernanda Moreno Marcondes likes to get her day started with some kicking and punching – exercising through boxing and muay thai are an essential part of her motivation.

Focus on West Africa: Growing a business in a rapidly changing region

When Gregoire Lhermitte first started working in West Africa in 2000, he instantly felt it was going to be more than just a job. Today, over 20 years since he first set foot in the region, he thinks of it as his extended home.

The coffee collective

Coffee when you wake up in the morning. Coffee with your colleagues. Tasting of coffees. For Alexandre Chen, trading coffee is a natural extension of his personal interest and passion.

How a woman in rural Brazil opened the door to a career in agriculture

A woman in rural Brazil has become one of the first women to operate heavy agricultural machinery at one of COFCO International’s four sugar mills. Tatiane Gonçalves Machado, 28, who lives near COFCO International’s Sebastianópolis mill, works as a Special Machines Operator. She operates a 15-tonne tractor to help feed the boiler continuously with around 2,500 tonnes of bagasse (a by-product of sugar production) daily to produce electricity for the plant.

Tackling Covid-19 freight challenges, together

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented disruptions and challenges for vessel operations and chartering, largely due to the additional contractual, operational and trade restrictions caused by strict preventive measurements imposed by ports and governments. COFCO International’s Freight Department – which supports the company’s commodity trading by ensuring the smooth movement of goods for safe and timely delivery of its physical trade - is responding to this with flexibility and foresight.

Impact Season: COFCO International employees step up their action on sustainability

Collective action is the way forward to achieving a more sustainable world and promoting global food security. That’s why COFCO International is engaging all its partners and employees to fulfil its vision to meet the growing demand for food responsibly. The company is acting on the social and environmental issues where its stands to make the greatest difference – within its operations, supply chains and communities. Its first Impact Season provided an opportunity to further engage employees in its sustainability strategy, empowering teams to take action for impact at a local level.

A global career, from Japan to Geneva

It’s a long way from rural Japan to Geneva. But the mountains and lakes have helped Tetsuya Watanabe, Global Trading Manager for feed grains at COFCO International, to feel at home in Switzerland. His journey to Geneva has been long but underpinning it has been his interest in agricultural commodities.