Our role as a sustainable business
We provide our customers with safe and quality products that are responsibly sourced, allowing our clients to achieve their economic and social objectives, while contributing to a more sustainable supply chain.
By default, our core process is highly sustainable. We are proud to say that 98% of our raw materials sourced are co-products, refinement by-products and production residues from sugar producers which we turn into nutritious value-added animal liquid feed products. While doing so we aim to grow the quantity of sustainably certified products we trade and meet the increasing demand for sustainably sourced products.
Since many years we source our ingredients responsibly. Our suppliers of ingredients in all origins have signed up to our Supplier Code of Conduct, a requirement for (continued) supplier acceptance, confirming they comply with rules and standards on business ethics, child labour, forced labour, human rights, working conditions, health & safety, migrant workers and the environment.
Our sophisticated blends to match customer’s needs have proven to be beneficial to animal health and growth, increase meat and milk yields and improve fertility and breeding results. In addition, cane molasses and molasses based liquid feeds improves on-farm sustainability through various effects, such as reducing feed wastage, reducing sorting, driving intakes, improving protein efficiency and increasing fibre digestibility.
Molasses based liquid feeds offer a sustainable feed option on farm as it is a by-product of another industry and has a low carbon and water footprint. The utilisation of by-products that are not used for human consumption contributes to the “circular economy”, in that value is created from potential by-products that otherwise would be discarded which are now circulated back as a nutritional source for humans i.e., meat and milk. As more farmers are urged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is important to understand the impact of individual feed ingredients on farm and not just the manufacturing impact.
Bonsucro is the leading global non-profit multi-stakeholder sustainability platform and standard for sugarcane, one of the world’s most important crops. Its purpose is to collectively accelerate the sustainable production and uses of sugarcane, including cane molasses. Bonsucro convenes over 280 members from more than 50 countries to address critical challenges in the sugarcane sector and drive both performance and impact through our system of sustainability standards.
As founding member ED&F Man was involved from the beginning, and remains committed to grow our sustainable supply chains, and the distribution of certified sustainable molasses. In doing so, contributing to the earth agenda via the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
ED&F Man Liquid Products Ireland also is Bonsucro certified and can offer blends with cane molasses certified under this Bonsucro scheme. No matter which part of the supply chain you’re interested in, no matter the size or nature of our business with you, if you want to take the next step and want to invest in sustainable molasses, or want to make a sustainability claim on your product to your customers, we can help you achieve this.
Giving back to comunities in origin
When our clients buy our Bonsucro certified cane molasses – either as a product or as part of a blend – they help to make a positive impact in the origin communities. Started in 2019 our MAS Program (MAS meaning ‘more’ in Spanish) ties together quality assurance, responsible sourcing and community impact. Unique in its kind, our MAS Program executes philanthropic projects in the origins from where we source our cane molasses, where funding of these projects is taken from our margins on sales of sustainably sourced cane molasses. In its conception year the MAS Program was runner-up in the 2020 Bonsucro Inspire Awards, was shortlisted for the 2020 SEDEX Responsible Business Award, and was nominated for the 2021 World Sustainability Awards in two categories.
Responsible Liquid Feed Production
As a responsible business our aim is to use our scarce natural resources responsibly and to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment. Our terminal in Dublin operates a highly efficient automated liquid feed blending system, ensuring our liquid feeds are produced in the most efficient way, using the least amount of energy. In 2021 our Dublin terminal switched to 100% green renewable electricity, cutting the carbon emissions of our operations by 30%, and fully eliminating the Scope-2 emissions from our operations. Activities are ongoing to reduce our Scope-1 emissions of fuels in line with ED&F Man Group ambition and objectives in reaching carbon-neutrality.
Quality & Feed Safety
As a feed business operator our main social responsibility is to place on the market safe liquid feeds of agreed quality, each time, and on time. We operate a HACCP-based quality management system that is certified under ISO9001-2015 and the leading FEMAS scheme (Feed Materials Assurance Scheme). Working to these standards our operation is fully compliant to all applicable legal and industry standards, where our quality management system addresses and verifies product quality and feed safety issues up the supply chain and to our customers. Our automated blending system ensures all liquid feeds produced meet customer specification and the exact formulations. Independent accredited laboratories, together with our own rapid NIR analysis, are used to ensure that our blends are safe, and are manufactured to tight nutritional constraints.