Our approach

At Nidera, social and environmental responsibility is part of everything we do.

We are convinced that Nidera’s success depends on a strong economic, social and environmental performance, with this triple value creation being key to long term profitability.

Being an international producer, exporter and marketer of agricultural commodities and services, we operate globally and in the whole agro-industrial value chain. As a global company, we have a great number of diverse stakeholders. We believe that this diversity should be rooted in our approach to CSR and our commitment to sustainability.

Accordingly, we formalized our new and more focused sustainability strategy “Meeting tomorrow’s demand” in 2015, which articulates how we seek to help feed the world’s growing population more sustainably. This strategy follows our former CSR approach “Nidera Values”.  For Nidera, meeting tomorrow’s demand means using our critical position within international trade to do business in a responsible and sustainable way.

CSR report 2015

Our annual Corporate Responsibility report provides an overview of the company’s economic, social and environmental performance and is intended for our stakeholders and all other interested parties. Below you can find our latest report, which covers the period from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015.

Sustainability strategy

Our new strategy includes the twelve issues identified as being most material to the company and its stakeholders in 2014 and groups them into five strategic objectives:

  1. Safeguarding standards
  2. Taking care of our people
  3. Connecting supply and demand responsibly
  4. Reducing our environmental impact
  5. Building strong communities

It is our road map for addressing these issues and mitigating our corporate impact. As such, it incorporates our CSR policies and procedures as well as the programs designed to help us achieve our five strategic objectives. Read more

Safeguarding standards

Nidera believes that corporate governance and compliance are critical components of a company’s success.

No company can achieve its objectives without balancing its commercial objectives with its legal and social responsibilities and maintaining the long-term confidence of its stakeholders. At the same time, our customers and distributors expect us to deliver goods that are not only safe, but also live up to their expectations.

Our governance structure, Business Control Framework, and the Nidera Code of Conduct have been designed to safeguard the company's legal and quality standards. Critical supply chain processes such as storage, handling, and quality control are likewise closely monitored at all our locations. All of these mechanisms, policies, and procedures have been developed to assure the quality of our products.

Taking care of our people

Maintaining a good relationship with the people who work for us is crucial to the success of our business.

After all, our employees are the driving force behind our performance and the key to reaching our full potential as a business and a corporate citizen. Only by offering employees opportunities to develop their potential and providing them a healthy and safe working environment, can we attract talent, create a committed workforce, and boost the company’s productivity.
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Connecting supply and demand responsibly

Given that we move grains and oilseeds from surplus to demand locations, food security is directly linked to our core business.

As we reach the limits of arable land, we must find new ways to secure the world’s future food supply. Meeting this challenge cannot be done alone. It will require entering into new partnerships and emerging markets, following sound strategic and implementation plans, increasing agricultural productivity through responsible innovation, and managing our supply chains in an efficient and responsible way that allows us to better connect supply and demand.
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Reducing our environmental impact

The impact that we as a company have on the environment is quite broad and extends, directly or indirectly, throughout our entire supply chain.

However, we can only completely control the part of it that is related to our own facilities. In consideration of this impact, the water and energy that we use at these facilities and the waste we generate through the agricultural and industrial activities and processes that take place in them have been identified as most material indicators. As the vast majority of our facilities are located in Latin America, most of our environmental management activities are concentrated in that region.

Building strong communities

Given that the majority of Nidera operations are located in industrial or rural areas at some distance from populated areas, the company’s direct interface with local communities is often limited.

Nevertheless, it is clear to us that the success of our company depends to a large extent on the strength of the communities that surround us. It is obvious that community issues like for example literacy, education, depopulation, and sanitation directly affect our business. At the same time, our daily operations generate employment, boost economic growth, and affect the livelihoods of local communities.
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Stakeholder engagement

We believe that engaging with our stakeholders and learning from their insights is of vital importance to our company and the communities in which we operate.

Such a dialogue enables us to make better decisions, create successful operations, and discover the most viable solutions to our sustainable development challenges. Communicating with stakeholders on a regular basis is therefore a vital part of our CSR approach.