Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is involved in the origination and processing of agricultural commodities, and in the manufacturing, sale and distribution of specialty food and feed products and ingredients. Founded in 1902 as Daniel Linseed Company and incorporated as Archer Daniels Midland in 1923, today ADM is among the world's largest commodity traders. Its business is divided into three segments - Ag Services and Oilseeds, Carbohydrate Solutions and Nutrition - with activities spanning more than 50 countries across six continents. Soybeans and derivative products account for approximately 30% of the company's total revenue.

Baseline assessment


Started the journey


Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey


Archer Daniels Midland publicly discloses a number of commitments across all three dimensions. The company has a target to reduce its GHG emissions by 2035 and is committed to sustainably sourcing its high-risk commodities such as palm oil and soya through its no-deforestation policy. The company also discloses targets to increase its acreage dedicated to sustainable agriculture and has a target to reduce its water usage by 2035. While evidence was found of initiatives and R&D programmes to reduce food and packaging waste, the company is yet to set time-bound targets. In terms of nutrition, Archer Daniels Midland is committed to food safety through third-party certifications. However, no information was found regarding product reformulation, promoting workforce nutrition and improving affordability and accessibility of healthy foods. In the social inclusion dimension, the company is committed to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain and improving the health and safety of its employees and workers. It respects land tenure rights across its supply chain and supports smallholder productivity through training programmes in Malaysia and Brazil. However, it does not commit to paying a living wage.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 64,656,000,000
Major subsidiaries
ADM International Sarl, Golden Peanut Company, Stratas Foods, Edible Oils Limited, Almidones Mexicanos
Consumer brands
CardioAid, NOVATOL, Arcon

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.