CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, US — Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) on May 25 released its 2021 Corporate Sustainability Report, which included a list of accomplishments during the past year through the adoption of innovative technology solutions, sustainable agriculture practices and operating processes.
The highlights include:
- 100% traceability of direct and indirect soy suppliers in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay
- Achieving the industry’s first net carbon neutral status of its scale for ADM’s US flour milling operations
- Third consecutive recognition by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies
- Issuance of the company’s first-ever sustainability bond, representing $750 million in capital to support efforts ranging from sustainable agriculture and energy efficiency to food security and socioeconomic empowerment
“When I look back at ADM’s accomplishments over the last year, I see a company that views sustainability as integral to all that we do,” said Juan Luciano, chairman and chief executive officer of ADM. “From our strategic planning, to our relationships with farmers, to how we meet customer needs every day, ADM is scaling up our work to live our purpose and power our continued growth and success.”
In line with these efforts, ADM continues to pursue its Strive 35 goals, which include reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25%, energy intensity by 15%, water usage by 10%, and achieving a 90% landfill diversion rate by 2035 against a 2019 baseline.
The company said it has committed to work with the Science-based Targets Initiative with the aim of obtaining approval of its climate targets and alignment with ambitious global goals to limit rising temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
In 2021, ADM additionally committed to a new, aggressive environmental goal to reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2035 while accelerating its target date to achieve a completely deforestation-free supply chain from 2030 to 2025.
“ADM has a foundational culture of execution and innovation,” Luciano said. “We do what we say we will do, with a focus on constantly improving. We’re excited about enhancing our investments to meet customer needs around the globe and expanding our plans to reduce Scope 3 emissions and eliminate deforestation from our supply chain by 2025.”
For a more in-depth look at ADM’s plans, as well as progress against goals, view the full Corporate Sustainability Report here.