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Archer Daniels Midland Company

Company Profile: Archer Daniels Midland Company

  • Parent company:
    N/A
  • Landbank (total):
    13,000 hectares
  • Market cap:
    24,375,877,954 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    ADM.N
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    ADM US
  • ISIN:
    US0394831020
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    ISCC
  • Activities:
    Oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK), food and feed production, commodity trade, biofuel production
  • Locations:
    Brazil (Pará state)
  • Headquarters:
    USA
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    Archer Daniels Midland has a 19% ownership interest in Wilmar International Ltd. ADM is udnertaking a 37.5% joint venture with Wilmar (Olenex) to market palm oil products in Europe (http://www.olenex.com/)
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Company Assessment: Archer Daniels Midland Company

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Total: 20 / 41* 48.8%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 4 / 6 66.7%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has been an RSPO member since 2007.

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    • Q: 1.2. Has the company submitted its most recent Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) report to the RSPO?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 1.3.1. In the company's  most recent and up-to-date RSPO ACOP report, does the company refer to itself as an oil palm grower?

      A: Yes, ADM refers to itself as an oil palm grower

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    • Q: 1.3.2. In the company's most recent and up-to-date RSPO ACOP report, does the company state all the countries and regions in which it operates?

      A: Yes. ADM states all the countries in which the company operates: Brazil

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    • Q: 1.4.1. Has the company RSPO-certified its first plantation estate: a) By November 2010, for companies joining prior to finalisation of the RSPO certification systems in November 2007? b) Within three years of joining the RSPO or of acquiring plantation operations as an RSPO member?

      A: No. Archer Daniels Midland acquired its Brazilian operation in 2011, which is yet to be RSPO certified. Archer Daniels Midland has a time-bound plan to complete certification of groups by 2018.

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    • Q: 1.4.2. Has the company missed any of its public targets to be 100% RSPO-certified?

      A: No

      No score

    • Q: 1.5. What percentage of the company's total plantation estates is RSPO-certified?

      A: This indicator has been temporarily disabled as Archer Daniels Midland does not yet have a palm oil mill, which is required by the RSPO for certification to take place. Archer Daniels Midland states that certification will commence in 2017. This is extended from a target in the 2014 ACOP to commence certification in 2016.

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    • Q: 1.6. Are the company's RSPO Principles and Criteria certification assessments publicly available?

      A: N/A. None of Archer Daniels Midland's plantation estates are currently RSPO-certified.

      No score

    • Q: 1.7.1. Have the first of the company's independent FFB suppliers achieved RSPO certification?

      A: This indicator has been disabled as Archer Daniels Midland does not have independent FFB suppliers.

      N/A

    • Q: 1.7.2. Has the company missed any public targets for 100% of its independent FFB suppliers to be RSPO-certified?

      A: This indicator has been disabled as Archer Daniels Midland does not have independent FFB suppliers.

      No score

    • Q: 1.8.1. Has the company RSPO-certified its first scheme smallholders?

      A: No. Archer Daniels Midland has a time-bound plan to complete the certification of its smallholders by 2018, and is currently working with Solidaridad to support its smallholders to achieve this certification.

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    • Q: 1.8.2. Has the company missed any public targets for 100% of its scheme smallholders to be RSPO-certified?

      A: No

      No score

    • Q: 1.9. What percentage of the company's scheme smallholder plantations is RSPO-certified?

      A: This indicator has been temporarily disabled as Archer Daniels Midland does not yet have a palm oil mill, which is required by the RSPO for certification to take place. Archer Daniels Midland state that certification will commence in 2017.

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    • Q: 1.10. Does the company have any open complaints filed through the RSPO complaints system?

      A: No

      No score

  • Landbank and maps 6 / 8 75%
    • Q: 2.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement detailing its land acquisition criteria?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols. Archer Daniels Midland states in its No Deforestation Policy that it "respect[s] land-tenure rights, and the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to operations on lands to which they hold legal or customary rights", but no further details are given.

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    • Q: 2.1.2. Does this statement apply to all of the company's scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 2.2.1. Has the company publicly disclosed its total landbank area for oil palm cultivation?

      A: Yes, landbank for oil palm cultivation is 8,040 ha

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    • Q: 2.2.2. Has the company publicly disclosed its total planted area?

      A: Yes, planted area is 5,418 ha (figure excludes scheme smallholder hectarage)

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    • Q: 2.2.3. Has the company publicly disclosed its total scheme smallholder area?

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 2,030 ha

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    • Q: 2.2.4. Has the company publicly disclosed its total area of land managed for conservation that is set aside (i.e. including areas of High Conservation Value)?

      A: Yes, conservation area that is set aside is 7,399 ha

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    • Q: 2.3.1. Are all of the company's concession maps publicly available for all countries in which it operates?

      A: Concession boundaries have been made available to the RSPO, but are not publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

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    • Q: 2.3.2. Are all of the company's scheme smallholders' concession maps publicly available for all countries in which it operates?

      A: Scheme smallholder boundaries have been made available to the RSPO as part of their estate maps according to ADM, but not all are publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

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  • Environmental management 4 / 14 28.6%
    • Q: 3.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement to address deforestation resulting from its operations?

      A: Yes, ADM has a policy of no deforestation, including no development of High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests or High Conservation Value (HCV) areas

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    • Q: 3.1.2. Does this statement apply to all its scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.2.1. Does the company have a publicly available commitment to undertake Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) prior to any new planting taking place?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.2.2. Does the company make its Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process publicly available?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 3.3.1. Does the company have a publicly available commitment to conduct SEIA (Social and Environmental Impact Assessments) assessments prior to any new planting taking place?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 3.3.2. Are all SEIA assessments conducted after November 2005 publicly available?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols.

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    • Q: 3.4.1. Does the company have a publicly available commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments prior to any new planting taking place?

      A: No statement could be found using the research protocols committing Archer Daniels Midland to undertaking HCV assessments prior to any new planting taking place. However, the company does commit to not developing HCV land.

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    • Q: 3.4.2. Has the company publicly committed to only using licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 3.4.3. Are all of the company's High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments conducted after November 2005 publicly available?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols.

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    • Q: 3.4.4. Does the company make its High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans for all of its estates publicly available?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols.

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    • Q: 3.5. Has the company publicly committed to applying a High Carbon Stock (HCS) methodology to all of its landholdings and not developing on HCS areas?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.6. Does the company have a publicly available Water Management Plan or equivalent for its operations?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols. Archer Daniels Midland states it is commited to a 15% reduction in water use by 2020, but its water management plans are not available.

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    • Q: 3.7. Does the company have a publicly available Integrated Pest Management Plan for its operations?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 3.8. Does the company have a publicly available commitment to not use WHO Class 1A and 1B pesticides and paraquat, or time-bound plan for phasing out their use?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 3.9. Has the company been mentioned in any relevant media stories and/or reports that make reference to wildlife conflict or deforestation within the company's plantation estates and/or its scheme smallholders' or independent FFB suppliers' plantations?

      A: Please find the relevant media stories listed in the media monitor below.

      No score

  • Fragile, marginal and peat soils 2 / 2 100%
    • Q: 4.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement stating that it is committed to a strict 'no new development on peat' policy?

      A: Yes. ADM has a policy of no new development on peatland, regardless of depth.

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    • Q: 4.1.2. Does this policy apply to all its scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 4.2. What percentage of the company's landbank for oil palm cultivation is located on peat?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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  • Zero burning 2 / 2 100%
    • Q: 5.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement stating that it is committed to a strict policy of zero burning?

      A: Yes, the company has a no-burn policy and does not accept the use of fire for clearing land for palm oil production.

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    • Q: 5.1.2. Does this policy apply to all its scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 5.2. Has the company been mentioned in any relevant media stories and/or reports that make reference to fires found within the company's plantation estates and/or its scheme smallholders’ or independent FFB suppliers’ plantations?

      A: No relevant media stories could be found

      No score

  • Greenhouse gas emissions 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Q: 6.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available time-bound plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

      A: Yes, ADM's 15x20 plan aims for 15% efficiency improvements (against a 2010 baseline) by 2020, including in GHG emissions. This commitment covers all operations, rather than being specifically about emissions associated with palm oil production.

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    • Q: 6.1.2. Does this time-bound plan apply to all its scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 6.2. Does the company publicly report on progress made towards achieving its time-bound plan?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 6.3. Does the company publicly report its GHG emissions from land use change associated with new planting?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 6.4. Has the company made a public commitment to report and to reduce effects from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME)?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 6.5. Has the company made a public commitment to eliminate methane emissions from all of its palm oil mills?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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  • Traceability 0 / 3 0%
    • Q: 7.1. Are all of the company's mill locations publicly available for all countries in which it operates?

      A: This indicator has been temporarily disabled as Archer Daniels Midland does not yet have a palm oil mill

      N/A

    • Q: 7.2. What percentage of the company's total palm oil mills is RSPO-certified?

      A: This indicator has been temporarily disabled as Archer Daniels Midland does not yet have a palm oil mill, which is required by the RSPO for certification to take place. Archer Daniels Midland states that certification will commence in 2017.

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    • Q: 7.3. What percentage of the company's total fresh fruit bunches (FFBs) purchased from independent suppliers (not including outgrowers and scheme smallholders) is RSPO-certified?

      A: This indicator has been disabled as Archer Daniels Midland does not have independent FFB suppliers.

      N/A

    • Q: 7.4. Does the company have a public commitment to move towards Segregated and/or Identity Preserved certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO)?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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    • Q: 7.5. Does the company prioritize certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) from Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chain models over Mass Balance or GreenPalm?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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Media Monitor: Archer Daniels Midland Company

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Deforestation and wildlife conflict

Fires and haze

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