Bunge – Green Tigers Index Rankings

2018 SCORE

2016 SCORE

50.5

27

Bunge is among the largest players in Brazil’s soy supply chain. It is the leading soy trader in Piauí, a state in the Brazil’s Cerrado biome. Bunge has a public zero-deforestation commitment, and excludes suppliers that deforest illegally. Bunge has improved its transparency and commitments since 2016 and its score has improved to 50.5 in 2018 from 27 in 2016.

In 2018 the traceability of Bunge’s soy supply chains to farms– in high-risk regions of Brazil it directly sources from– increased to 92 percent. It has co-launched along with other industry partners and NGOs, Agroideal.org to support sustainable land development, scenario analysis, and planning to achieve its zero-deforestation commitment. Bunge does flag its suppliers for recent deforestation for targeted engagement.

However, Bunge continues to source from legally deforested farms. SLC Agrícola and BrasilAgro, two of Bunge’s major soy suppliers, have legally deforested 19,683 ha of native vegetation in Piauí from 2011 to 2017. Both are confirmed Bunge suppliers.

Finally, as of December 2017, Bunge has enrolled 17,000 of its direct suppliers in Brazil’s Rural Environmental Registry Program (CAR) that tracks land-use change and deforestation.

POLICY

1.A

The company has a forest policy for soy produced, traded or processed that applies to its global operations including all subsidiaries and joint ventures. The company also requires its suppliers to follow the policy.

YES

1.B

The policy excludes the sourcing of  raw materials or products originating from natural forests including both primary and secondary forests.

NO

1.C

The policy specifically excludes the sourcing of raw materials or products originating from High conservation Value (HCV) areas.

NO

1.D

The soy policy explicitly requires the company to comply with the Brazilian soy moratorium.

YES

1.E

The company specifically commits to not sourcing from other sensitive land area such as savannahs (for instance the Brazilian Cerrado).

NO

1.F

In Brazil  the company commits to only buy from farms enrolled in the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR).

HALF

1.G

The company has pledged to use (or uses) a third party for compliance verification of its policy.

YES

1.H

The company has developed and published a non-compliance procedure that outlines thresholds for the suspension and/or cancellation of contracts with suppliers in breach of the policy.

HALF

1.I

The company has committed to developing a traceability system that allows of soy back to the farm of origin.

YES

1.J

The company specifically commits (and requires its suppliers to do so) to respect the rights of Indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to development on their lands.

YES

1.K

The company has programs that support farmers or small holders  in its supply chain with support that goes beyond purely financial considerations and the soy supply chain but addresses longer term development.

YES

1.L

The company has programs that support farmers or small holders  in its supply chain with support that goes beyond purely financial considerations and the soy supply chain but addresses longer term development

NO

IMPLEMENTATION & TRANSPARENCY

2.A

Date by which the company aims to achieve full traceability to farms for its entire supply chain.

Full points are given if this date is by 2018. Half points are given if the date is 2019 or 2020. No points are given if the date is after 2020, no date is given or if the company does not commit to full traceability to plantations including for its third party suppliers.

NO

2.B

The company or the relevant third party publishes detailed processes and results of the policy verification assessments.

YES

2.C

The company has established and published an accessible and transparent grievance and dispute resolution mechanism.

NO

2.D

The company reports on its progress towards meeting its policy goals at least annually against measurable indicators.

YES

2.E

The company makes names or locations of the farms or silos in its supply chain public.

HALF

3.A

Points are deducted for the following (occurring since January 1, 2015). There is public evidence that since January 1, 2015 the company has in its own operations not met criteria 1.C, or  1.E  (or uses soy from protected areas). Or the company has sourced from suppliers that have not met these criteria. Or the company had its RTRS   (or other certification) license revoked or suspended since that date. Or there is evidence of significant workers rights violations or social conflicts

HALF

See all of the rankings of major palm oil and soy companies on their adherence to forest conservation requirements on the Green Tiger and Green Jaguar index.