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Biggest global agricultural commodity companies including Wilmar, Olam International commit to sustainability roadmap

Atiqah Mokhtar
Atiqah Mokhtar11/2/2021 05:54 PM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Biggest global agricultural commodity companies including Wilmar, Olam International commit to sustainability roadmap
The companies issued a joint statement at COP26 pledging to lay out a shared roadmap consistent with a 1.5°C pathway by COP27.
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Ten of the largest global agricultural trading and processing companies in the world, including SGX-listed Wilmar International, Golden Agri-Resources and Olam International have issued a joint statement at the World Leaders’ Summit on Forests and Land Use at climate change conference COP26.

In the statement, the companies pledge to lay out a shared roadmap for enhanced supply chain action consistent with a 1.5 degrees Celsius pathway by COP27.

The other seven companies that signed the joint statement are ADM, Amaggi, Bunge, Cargill, JBS, Louis Dreyfus Company, and Viterra. Together, the ten companies have a combined annual revenue of almost US$500 billion ($675 billion) and a major global market share in key commodities including cattle, cocoa, palm oil and soy.

See: Wilmar reports 3QFY2021 earnings of US$568.7 mil, up 6% y-o-y

The companies state that progress must be accelerated and scaled-up to support global efforts in reaching net zero emissions globally by 2050, halting biodiversity loss, and providing sustainable livelihoods.

“So we intend to build on our shared efforts, working with governments, farmers, and other key stakeholders in our supply chains, to accelerate sector-wide action and to identify opportunities for public-private collaboration to catalyse further progress on eliminating commodity driven deforestation,” the statement reads.

See also: Misallocation of capital biggest challenge in reaching net zero: Ecosperity Week panel

The joint statement comes following a roundtable meeting in October convened by US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry and UK Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Kwasi Kwarteng, supported by the Tropical Forest Alliance and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Ongoing collaboration continuing to COP27 will be supported by these parties.

“Eliminating deforestation from global agricultural supply chains is critical to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This joint statement from leading agricultural trading companies is a terrific example of the power of markets to end deforestation and drive climate action,” says Kerry.

“With the UN COP26 summit in Glasgow underway, it’s fantastic to see some of the world’s largest agricultural trading companies working together to cut their emissions right across the supply chain, helping to ensure we keep the 1.5 degrees target in reach,” Kwarteng comments.

See also: GenZero signs MOU with AJA Climate Solutions, invests in Ghana landscape restoration project

Shares in Wilmar, Golden Agri-Resources and Olam International closed at $4.50, $1.69 and 27 cents on Nov 2.

Photo: Bloomberg

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