ST. LOUIS — Bunge Ltd. and Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture have integrated the sustainability metrics of Field to Market’s Fieldprint Platform into Bunge Centerfield, making Bunge the first grain and oilseed processor to integrate the metrics into its platform. As part of the collaboration, Bunge will offer Field to Market’s outcomes-based approach to measuring sustainability directly to farmers.
The partnership also supports downstream customers interested in assessing the aggregated sustainability performance of corn grown in the United States.
Bunge Centerfield is a partnership between growers, food companies and Bunge. The program collects farm-level data to promote supply chain transparency and sustainable agriculture, with aggregated information then shared with participating growers and food customers.
Bunge Centerfield’s integration with the Fieldprint Platform utilizes Field to Market’s common measurement framework of eight sustainability indicators available to U.S. farmers, streamlining the process of documenting and demonstrating their stewardship through the support of Bunge’s merchandising managers.
“For nearly 200 years, Bunge has been deeply committed to advancing responsible agriculture,” said Megan Weidner, vice-president of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Bunge in North America. “Centerfield’s partnership with Field to Market helps us further this commitment by facilitating greater transparency and stronger connectivity from farm to fork. By integrating Field to Market’s outcomes-based sustainability metrics into Centerfield, we offer farmers a simpler, streamlined approach to analyze and share their sustainability performance. Downstream customers can access the aggregated data, increasing transparency throughout the supply chain.”
The platform allows farmers to compare the sustainability performance against regional, state and national benchmarks. It uses datasets and methodologies developed by multiple sources, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
“The combination of the Fieldprint Platform’s sustainability metrics with Bunge Centerfield offers farmers a powerful tool for managing and advancing their stewardship and conservation efforts,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “By using the industry’s most widely accepted sustainability measurement framework, Bunge streamlines sustainability reporting and further advances Field to Market’s efforts to unite the value chain to deliver sustainable outcomes for agriculture.”
Bunge is a founding member of Field to Market and continues to work closely with members in the alliance to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of commodity crop production in the United States.
This is Bunge’s most recent announcement of the company focusing on sustainability and transparency. Bunge recently joined the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative and published its first soy sustainability report as a member of the Soft Commodities Forum.