10 December 2021
[...] A figure in the report implies that Bunge owns a significant amount of land. It is unclear from the report and the figure where this data comes from, or the nature of that land. [...] Bunge does not own farms or plantations. Nevertheless, the possibility of human rights violations in our supply chains is taken very seriously. Bunge expects our supply chain partners and business partners to adhere to the principles in our Code of Conduct, including the commitment to uphold human rights, to treat their employees with dignity and respect and to comply with applicable employment laws. The Company does not tolerate any supplier who knowingly employs or exploits children or uses forced labor, or who engages in other forms of exploitation, including against human rights defenders.
In our value chains where the potential for human rights risks are most prominent – chiefly our tropical oils business, including shea from West Africa and palm from Southeast Asia – we have developed robust processes to identify and investigate allegations of human rights violations and take steps to stop confirmed cases. For instance, our publicly available palm grievance list displays current and recent incidents. Our Palm Oil Sourcing Policy lays out expectations of our suppliers to comply with Bunge’s NDPE commitments (no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation).
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