From the Chairman

ADM’s purpose—the reason we exist—is to serve vital needs for food and energy. We source farmers’ crops from around the world, transport them to more than 265 processing facilities, and convert them into food ingredients, animal feeds and other renewable products that are part of people’s everyday lives, all over the world.

Our ADM values of respect, responsibility, integrity and resourcefulness inspire us to fulfill our purpose responsibly and sustainably. So two years ago, ADM set a goal of achieving, by 2020, 15 percent reductions on a per-unit-of-production basis in energy, emissions, water and waste. Most of these reductions are from baseline levels established in 2010; in the case of water, our baseline dates to 2008, and we are working to reach our 15 percent target by 2018.

Since November 2011, when our last Corporate Responsibility report was published, our company has made significant progress toward these targets. And the ongoing implementation of our global Environmental Management Information System will give us the ability to more regularly track and report progress in the future. 

In addition, we have:

  • Replaced our environmental mission and principles statement with a formal environmental policy;
  • Continued to enhance the integrity of our palm, soy and cocoa supply chains with programs that encourage sustainable agricultural practices;
  • Brought the total value of our ADM Cares giving to $44 million since 2009. This includes our contributions to sustainable agriculture, education, environmental programs, hunger relief, disaster relief and social services around the world; and
  • Improved our companywide safety performance from 2011 to 2012 by reducing recordable-incident and lost-workday incident rates.

This report provides an overview of these and other recent corporate responsibility accomplishments and milestones. As always, we invite readers to share their thoughts, comments and suggestions at corpresponsibility@adm.com.

 

Patricia A. Woertz
Chairman, CEO and President

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