Louis Dreyfus Company shipping
Sustainability is at the heart of LDC’s operations and the company has set targets for environmental improvements across every aspect of its operations.
Photo courtesy of LDC.
 
ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC) is working to create a more environmentally sustainable maritime industry by 2040. LDC has become a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry.

The SSI is an independent charity, comprised of leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies whose common objective is to make sustainability mainstream. The SSI works with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry. One that is truly sustainable by 2040.

LDC joins 13 other SSI members: ABN-AMRO, AkzoNobel, Bunge, Cargill, China Navigation, Forum of the Future, IMC, Lloyd’s Register, Maersk Line, RIGHTSHIP, U-Ming Marine, Wartesila and WWF. 

Tom Holmer general manager of SSI
Tom Holmer, general manager of SSI.
“I am delighted to welcome Louis Dreyfus Company as our latest member,” said Tom Holmer, general manager of SSI. “LDC joins other like-minded organizations committed to driving change in shipping to create a clean, sustainable and socially responsible industry. The sharing of ideas and best practice across different organizations is a critical part of our journey toward reducing greenhouse gases, developing new technology and becoming more transparent and accountable. I look forward to the valuable contribution that LDC will make.”

As an agribusiness company, LDC originates, processes, transports and merchandizes a diversified product range around the world annually, helping to feed and clothe up to 500 million people. Sustainability is at the heart of LDC’s operations and the company has set targets for environmental improvements across every aspect of its operations. This includes engaging with shipyards and encouraging more fuel-efficient vessels.

Sebastien Landerretche head of Freight at LDC
Sebastien Landerretche, head of freight at LDC.
“At LDC, the importance of identifying and addressing sustainability challenges across our wide variety of businesses cannot be overstated,” Sebastien Landerretche, head of freight at LDC. “This applies equally to our freight activity. We recognize that the SSI can help us to address such challenges in shipping the 81 million tons of agricultural goods that we handle annually, and we look forward to working together towards more sustainable shipping operations.”