CHS is a globally active agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. First organised as the North Pacific Grain Growers in 1929, today CHS collectively engages 950 local cooperatives representing 500,000 farmers, in addition to 75,000 individual farmers and ranchers who sell grain directly to them. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, the company supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. In recent years, CHS has expanded its international presence with operations in Argentina, Jordan, Taiwan and Uruguay.

Baseline assessment


Room for improvement


Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Room for improvement


While CHS provides some public disclosure on relevant sustainability topics, it has significant room for improvement across the three dimensions. In the environment dimension, the company is committed to improving soil health and minimising fertiliser and pesticide use by providing guidelines to maximise nutrient availability for crops and working with partners to better under soil conservation. However, no evidence was found of commitments in other key areas, notably reducing GHG emissions, minimising freshwater use and reducing food loss and packaging waste. Similarly, CHS is yet to disclose relevant nutrition-related commitments such as promoting workforce nutrition and ensuring food safety. In the social inclusion dimension, the company is committed to improving employee health and safety. However, no information was found on other social topics, including eliminating child and forced labour, paying a living wage and promoting smallholder productivity.

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 24,720,072,000
Major subsidiaries
Ardent Mills, Ventura Foods, Consumers Supply Distributing, TCN
Consumer brands
Allegiant, Paralign, Cenex, Honeysoy, CHS Payback

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.

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