Geneva, 13 June 2018: Leading agricultural commodity business Glencore Agriculture has today joined nearly 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Glencore Agriculture is a market leader in originating, handling, processing and marketing agricultural commodities. The company is active in more than 35 countries and employs more than 14,000 people globally. Glencore Agriculture joins a unique collaboration of agriculture companies at WBCSD who are working to transform how food is produced, processed and transported.

With a focus on sustainability, safety and a high-quality supply chain, Glencore Agriculture are committed to safeguarding customers, employees, local communities and the environment.

Glencore Agriculture CEO Chris Mahoney stated: “We are delighted to join WBCSD and look forward to joining forces with industry leaders to explore sustainable development solutions to the environmental challenges our industry faces. The long term environmental sustainability of agriculture will be critical in meeting the world’s future food demand. Our commitment is to continuously improve the environmental track record of our supply chains in the communities in which we operate. We are confident that working with WBCSD and its members will support us in achieving our goals.”

WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said: “WBCSD’s Food, Land and Water projects aim to encompass the entire value chain from production to consumption. Glencore Agriculture, which buys directly from producers and farming cooperatives before engaging with processors, importers, distributers and others, has a long-established direct-line to many of these stakeholders. Our aim to transform global food systems will only be achieved in collaboration with industry leaders such as Glencore Agriculture.”

Glencore Agriculture becomes WBCSD’s 14th global member company in the food industry and its 16th with headquarters in the Netherlands.