ADM interviewed a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including employees, NGOs, investors, and regulators to determine aspects material to its operations. Stakeholders were selected by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) using their knowledge of our industry. The aspects were ranked separately for each business division, but the results were comparable. The following aspects have been identified as material:

Material Aspect Aspect Boundary Materiality
Water Usage Corn and Oilseeds Internal and external
Energy Usage All Internal and external
GHG Emissions  All Internal and external
Waste/Spills All Internal and external
Supply Chain Soy and Palm facilities, and facilities in high-risk geographies Internal and external
Health and Safety All Internal
Product Quality Food and Feed production facilities Internal and external
Local Communities All Internal and external
Anti-Corruption/Anti-Competitive Behavior All Internal and external

To ensure proper long-term focus, the materiality assessment will be updated at regular intervals in the future.

Our external stakeholder interviewees were:

  • Stanford Food Security & Environment Program
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels
  • EPA
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Council on Sustainable Biomass
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Oxfam America
  • Pacific Institute
  • Keystone Center
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • GAIN
  • WWF
  • Conservation International
  • International Labor Organization
  • Calvert Fund
  • Sustainable Asset Management
  • Carbon Trust
  • Environmental Defense
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