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2009 Highlights

Farmers work hard to raise the crops that nourish and sustain our world. ADM makes the most of their efforts by sourcing corn, oilseeds, wheat, cocoa and other crops from around the globe, then processing those crops into many hundreds of essential products that serve vital needs, ranging from food and feed ingredients to renewable fuels and chemicals.

The world depends on ADM to fulfill its purpose in a sustainable, socially responsible way, and in 2009, we advanced our corporate responsibility commitments in a number of important areas. Highlights included:

  • Breaking new ground in carbon-reduction technology
    ADM is collaborating on major research projects designed to assess the ability of an underground rock formation to permanently store carbon dioxide. An approximately 7,200-foot-deep injection well is now in place near our Decatur, Illinois, ethanol plant, and beginning in late 2010, about 1,000 metric tons per day of CO2 from the ethanol fermentation process will be injected into the Mount Simon Sandstone formation. A second project announced in October 2009 involves research into the technical and economic feasibility of capturing post-combustion CO2 from a large boiler at the Decatur complex’s cogeneration facility. A positive outcome could ultimately result in the injection of an additional 2,100 metric tons of CO2 per day. The results of these studies will help determine whether sequestration represents a viable long-term strategy for reducing carbon emissions.
  • Curbing emissions from U.S. processing facilities
    In 2003, ADM embarked on a 10-year plan to reduce emissions at our major U.S. processing plants as part of an agreement with the U.S. government and several state governments. Capital and process improvements enabled us to achieve a 79 percent reduction in emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from our U.S. corn processing plants by the end of 2007. And by the close of our 2009 fiscal year, we were nearly two-thirds of the way to our overall target of reducing U.S. emissions of VOCs, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter by a total of approximately 63,000 tons by 2012.
  • Completing the first phase of a global water analysis
    More than 100 ADM facilities worldwide participated in this quantitative and qualitative survey, which covered consumption and discharge practices and will ultimately enable ADM to establish key performance indicators in the area of water-resource management.
  • Expanding a successful water filtration and treatment program
    ADM is saving 1.5 billion gallons of fresh water each year at our Decatur, Illinois, corn processing plant by using filtered and treated water at the site. In fiscal 2009, we installed a similar treatment system at our corn processing facility in Walhalla, North Dakota. We will assess results from these installations to determine the feasibility of extending the technology to other plants.
  • Driving Smarter
    ADM Trucking’s success at saving fuel earned our 550-vehicle fleet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWaySM certification.
  • Maintaining our active support of Living Lands & Waters
    In recent years, ADM has directed significant financial and volunteer support to this organization, which promotes the health and vitality of the inland waterways on which our business relies. Since our collaboration began, ADM’s U.S. colleagues have devoted thousands of volunteer hours to removing trash and debris from major rivers.
  • Launching ADM Cares
    We announced a new social-investment strategy that will see ADM directing up to 1 percent of pretax profits to programs that align with our overall business strategy, including those that promote agronomically and environmentally sound growing practices; farm safety and education; and better health, incomes and working conditions for farming families and workers.
  • Promoting sustainable agriculture in South America
    Working with Aliança da Terra — a Brazilian NGO founded by farmers — we are helping soybean growers in the state of Mato Grosso implement more environmentally sound growing practices and improve their yields in a way that can minimize the need to expand crop acreage into ecologically sensitive areas. Based on positive results from a pilot project completed in March 2009, ADM funded a major expansion of the program in the second half of the year.
  • Promoting sustainable agriculture in Africa
    ADM joined the World Cocoa Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and industry peers to launch the Cocoa Livelihoods Program, a US$40 million initiative, which aims to help west African cocoa farmers increase their yields and incomes by adopting more advanced farming techniques.
  • Teaming with fellow stakeholders to promote sustainable soy, palm
    ADM is working to create sustainable supply chains for both palm and soybeans through our participation in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil — an international body composed of stakeholders from throughout the palm supply chain, including oil palm growers, oil processors, food companies, NGOs, retailers of palm oil products and investors — and through our ongoing support of the moratorium on the purchase of soy grown in newly deforested regions of the Amazon biome.
  • Keeping our colleagues safe
    We reduced lost workday injury frequency by 10 percent and our recordable incident rate by 20 percent from the prior year’s levels. May 2009 was our Company’s safest month on record in terms of recordable injuries.
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