Managing our environmental impact
We strive to reduce our environmental impact as we work towards meeting the food demand of a rapidly growing global population.
Our Environmental Policy outlines our commitment to optimise our processes and invest in technologies that further reduce our environmental footprint. With our direct environmental footprint primarily deriving from our crushing plants, refineries, port terminals, warehouses and sugarcane fields, we focus on applying our Environmental Management System here. It systematically identifies and manages our risks in line with ISO 14001, IFC Performance Standards and World Bank EHS Guidelines, among others.
Low carbon operations
Over 80% of our global energy needs are met by renewable sources, largely thanks to combustion of bagasse, wood and other biomass waste from production. That said, we remain committed to further improving our energy and carbon efficiency. Shipping is one such example.
Preserving water sources
With agriculture accounting for around 70% of water use globally, we have a responsibility to promote water efficiency within our farming and industrial operations.
We strive to minimise freshwater withdrawal by increasing water efficiency and reuse. We also practice responsible effluent management to conserve local water sources.
Across biomass residual waste, chemicals, waste oil, construction waste and used personal protective equipment, our waste management approach is to produce less, recycle more and dispose responsibly.
Biodiversity around our sites
Our environmental management system details our approach to preserve biodiversity and natural habitats surrounding our own facilities. For instance, prior to commissioning green field projects, we conduct environmental and social impact assessments to understand and mitigate possible negative environmental impact, including impacts on biodiversity.