Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company is a Humankind 100 company whose ranking is based on its Humankind Value, a proprietary metric that provides an estimate of the overall dollar amount a company creates for investors, consumers, employees, and society at large.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., known as ADM, is a food processing and commodities trading company. Its ingredients are used in food, drinks, and animal feed worldwide. It processes raw ingredients like cereal grains and oil seeds to make them ready to add to food products.

Ticker: ADM

Humankind Value: $125.3 B

Revenue: $71.6 B

Market Cap: $50.4 B

(All values are in US Dollars, where M=Million, B=Billion, T=Trillion.)

ADM is responsible for positive Humankind Value, largely because of Crop Production ($332.5 B) and Economic Value ($36.3 B). Our modern food systems result in relatively stable and low prices, and thus profits, that do not reflect the full life-sustaining value of food. Out of the companies we have analyzed, ADM makes the top ten in the Crop Production category, which contains our estimation of 6,898,824.7 equivalent years of life that are not lost to a reduced quality of life or to death. ADM produces economic value by offering to consumers goods and services that they value, paying employees for their labor in producing these goods and services, and providing value for shareholders. ADM has room for improvement with respect to Biofuel Production (-$119.7 B) and Calorie Conversion (-$57.1 B). Biofuel Production is attached to this company because of its direct business activities. Crop Production, Economic Value, and Calorie Conversion are mostly or entirely a result of supply-chain relationships. The direct Humankind Value for this firm, in a vacuum, is negative. But with our supply-chain methodology, a more complete and positive picture of its total impact can be seen.

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