Bunge Ltd. 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.
Bunge Ltd. is an agribusiness and food company that processes food and trades soybeans, seed oils, grains, and fertilizer. Connected up and down the supply chain, Bunge has made a big impact on feeding people around the world.
(All values are in US Dollars, where M=Million, B=Billion, T=Trillion.)
Bunge has a spot in our top 100 in large part because of its contributions to Crop Production ($335.9 B) and Economic Value ($15.6 B). Bunge is one of the ten best companies for Crop Production out of the companies we analyzed. Positive value from Crop Production includes the impact of an estimated 6,970,139.2 equivalent years of life not lost to death or reduction in quality of life. Bunge 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. Downsides for this company are associated with Calorie Conversion (-$53.7 B) and Biofuel Production (-$40.8 B) which could be areas of improvement. Biofuel is a fuel derived from biomass, such as crops. Edible biomass sustains human life and, as a result, yields a high amount of Humankind Value. Some companies use inputs that could contribute to the food supply, like crops, for biofuel production. For these companies we deduct Humankind Value to offset some or all credit given for food production. The impact on Biofuel Production is a result of the company’s direct business activities. Other sources of both positive and negative Humankind Value, from Crop Production, Economic Value, and Calorie Conversion come from Bunge’s supply-chain relationships. The direct Humankind Value for this firm, in a vacuum, is negative. But with our supply-chain methodology, we can see a more complete and positive picture of Bunge’s total impact.