American Crystal is an agricultural cooperative owned by almost 2,800 shareholder farmers and specialising in the production of sugar. It is the largest beet sugar producer in the United States (US), selling an estimated 15% of all sugar in the US. The company owns and processes multiple sugarbeet facilities, giving its farmers the capacity to process sugarbeets into molasses, sugarbeet pulp and other by-products.
The company ranks 110th in the agricultural products and commodities segment. No relevant disclosure was found for the company for the governance and strategy and nutrition measurement areas. It lags behind its peers as it reports little information around nutrition and social inclusion.
Sustainable development strategy
The company does not disclose a sustainable development strategy that includes sustainable development objectives and targets, nor an identification and prioritisation process to determine the topics where it has the most impact.
Governance and accountability for sustainable development
The company does not disclose the governance structure for the implementation of its sustainable development strategy or targets, such as the person, team or committee that holds ultimate responsibility for its implementation.
The company does not disclose stakeholder engagement activities, including how it selects the stakeholders, nor an overview of the topics discussed or their outcomes.
Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions
The company does not disclose quantitative evidence to demonstrate that it is reducing its scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Soil health and agrobiodiversity, and fertiliser and pesticide use
The company does not disclose that it is adopting sustainable production practices that improve soil health and increase agrobiodiversity, or that optimise the use of fertilisers and pesticides.
The company does not disclose that it is reducing water withdrawals across its operations and supply chain.
Plastic use and packaging waste
The company does not disclose that it is reducing its plastic use and transitioning to sustainable forms of packaging.
Availability of healthy foods
The company does not disclose a commitment or activities to increase the availability of healthy and nutritious foods.
Accessibility and affordability of healthy foods
The company does not disclose a commitment to address food insecurity by improving the accessibility and affordability of healthy and nutritious foods.
The company does not disclose a workforce nutrition programme that prioritises making healthy foods the standard in the workplace.
American Crystal states that the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) awards it an annual certification through the Safe, Quality Foods (SQF) program that meets the GFSI strict requirements. The company can improve by disclosing the percent of its suppliers that are certified by a GFSI standard.
Child and forced labour
While the company states that is should not use child labour, forced labour or any form of involuntary labour, it does not disclose a commitment to prohibit child and forced labour in its operations and supply chain.
The company does not disclose that it pays its workers a living wage or requires its suppliers to do the same. Neither has it set targets to do so in the future.
Farmer productivity and resilience
The company does not disclose a commitment or examples of activities to support the resilience, productivity and access to markets for farmers, fishers and/or small-scale producers in its supply chain.
Core social indicators
The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.
American Crystal has a grievance mechanism accessible by both its workers and external individuals or communities. However, no further policies or commitments related to respect for human rights were found in the public domain. As such, the company’s disclosures do not demonstrate the necessary policies and systems to respect basic human rights in its operations and supply chain are in place.
American Crystal publicly commits to respecting the health and safety of its workers and contractors/vendors operating on its premises. However, no further policies or commitments related to providing and promoting decent work were found in the public domain. As such, the company does not demonstrate that it provides secure, safe and healthy workplaces, where workers are fairly remunerated and have a meaningful say in decision making.
American Crystal publicly prohibits bribery and corruption and has a mechanism accessible to all stakeholders to raise any related concerns without fear of reprisal. However, no further policies or commitments related to key ethical business topics – personal data protection, tax, and lobbying and political engagement – were found in the public domain. As such, American Crystal does not demonstrate how it ensures ethical business conduct throughout its operations and in its relationships with supply chain partners.