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Tongaat Hulett

Tongaat Hulett is an agriculture and agri-processing business, focusing on the complementary feedstocks of sugarcane and maize. The company was formed through a merger between the Hulett Corporation Limited and the Tongaat Group Limited, with both their operations dating back to the 1800s. Tongaat Hulett's sugar operations are mainly concentrated in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Eswatini, with a central refinery in Durban, South Africa producing 600,000 tonnes of sugar annually. In addition, the company processes approximately 670,000 tonnes of maize annually into starch and starch-based products, serving customers both domestically and internationally.

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Governance and strategy

#1 5.8 /10 #56


#1 6.4 /30 #161


#1 3.8 /30 #131

Social inclusion

#1 6.7 /30 #135
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Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #50

Segment ranking summary

Tongaat Hulett operates in the agricultural products and commodities segment, in which it ranks 50th out of 142. The company performs well in the governance and strategy measurement area, ranking in the top 25% of its peers, due to its strong disclosure on stakeholder engagement. However, Tongaat Hulett ranks in the middle of the pack for the other measurement areas, with many opportunities for improvement.

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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.

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Tongaat, South Africa
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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