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Our impact

Our impact

Through our daily operations, our businesses make progress toward many of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.



Our corporate responsibility and sustainable development priorities and highlights


Nourishing our world

Food security and nutrition
  • Invested $15.5 million in nutrition programs in 26 countries
  • Donated more than 2 million pounds of food to the Feeding America network of foodbanks
Food safety
  • Shared expertise through the Global Food Safety Initiative that helped other organizations earn more than 125,000 food safety certifications in calendar year 2017

Farmer prosperity

  • Trained more than 475,000 farmers in sustainable agricultural practices


Protecting our planet

Land use
  • Traced 96 percent of our palm oil to the mill and 55 percent to the plantation, while 65 percent of our direct suppliers now have a “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” (NDPE) sourcing policy
  • Developed an integrated approach to forest protection, including an updated global land use policy and operational guidelines that will be released early in the new year
Climate change
  • Set a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from our operations at least 10 percent by 2025, against a 2017 baseline
  • Evaluated virtual power purchase agreements to increase our use of renewable energy
Water resources
  • Launched a new collaboration with Nestlé Purina and The Nature Conservancy using smart weather sensors that will help U.S. farmers irrigate crops with up to 2.4 billion fewer gallons of water over the next three years
Food waste
  • Collaborated with World Resources Institute to incorporate the Food Loss & Waste Protocol’s standard into our global waste inventory


Enriching our communities

Economic and community development
  • Provided $57.1 million in total charitable contributions across 54 countries
  • Invested $15.6 million in education programs worldwide
Employee safety
  • Through our See. Say. Stop. program, employees identified more than 4,600 potentially unsafe work conditions or near misses, enabling us to correct and protect against them
Gender representation
  • Women comprised 27.5 percent of our leadership positions globally, as we aspire to achieve Paradigm for Parity® by 2030
Employee engagement
  • More than 11,000 employees volunteered on projects for World Food Day and Earth Day


By 2030, we will

Increase access to safe, nutritious food for a growing population

Eliminate deforestation and advance climate solutions in our supply chains

Provide training on sustainable agricultural practices and improve access to markets for 10 million farmers


Annual Report Download


See more from our 2018 annual report