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Cosun is an agri-industrial cooperative specialised in processing arable crops and vegetable raw materials from sugar beet, potatoes and chicory. Consisting of approximately 9,000 Dutch sugar beet growers, the cooperative is involved in supplying products for food service and retail outlets as well as trading and distributing animal feed. In addition, Cosun is involved in other non-food applications such as developing building blocks for biobased chemicals and producing bioenergy. Among the cooperative’s most widely known business groups are sugar producer Suiker Unie and Aviko, one of Europe’s largest producers of fresh, frozen, dried and speciality potato products.

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Governance and strategy

#1 3.3 /10 #150


#1 3.8 /30 #220


#1 2.5 /30 #173

Social inclusion

#1 4.4 /30 #196
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Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #85
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #142

Segment ranking(s) summary

Cosun is active in the agricultural products and commodities and food and beverage manufacturers/processors segments. The company sits in the middle of the ranking when compared to its peers in the agricultural commodities segment, but it performs below average among food and beverage processors. In both segments, the company has considerable room for improvement in terms of outlining commitments and reporting progress across the topics assessed in environment. In nutrition, Cosun performs better than many of its peers in the agricultural commodities segments, but it has an opportunity to align with its peers in the food and beverage processors segment by disclosing more information regarding commitments and activities related to its consumer products. Cosun lacks public policies setting out its approach to human rights and social inclusion, therefore, falling behind its peers in the two segments.

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Breda, Netherlands
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