ADM believes that successfully feeding the world while minimizing our impact on the planet is essential to our goal of setting the competitive standard in the agribusiness and food-ingredient industries.
As a result, in 2015, we continued to make measurable progress in the areas of social and environmental responsibility. ADM became the first major global agribusiness to adopt and begin implementing a comprehensive no-deforestation policy covering both our palm and soy supply chains. We also saw the impact of hundreds of efficiency projects and operational improvements at our facilities, which in turn led to significant reductions in our water, energy and emissions intensity. These results put us on a path to meet or exceed our goal of achieving 15 percent reductions in each area by 2020.
In addition, through ADM Cares, our social-investment arm, we provided more than $10 million in grants to organizations making a meaningful difference in the areas of education, sustainable agriculture, hunger relief, and the environment. And I am very pleased to report that 2015 was the best year in ADM’s history from a safety standpoint, as nearly 95 percent of our facilities had no lost-workday injuries. Of course, our work in this area will not be complete until we reach zero incidents and zero injuries. But I am pleased overall with our progress.
Our 32,300 ADM colleagues are dedicated to growing our business in ways that reflect our values of integrity, responsibility and respect. I am proud of our achievements to date, and I am excited about the work our teams are already doing to further our sustainability efforts.
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions at email@example.com.
Juan R. Luciano
Chairman and CEO