Dangote Industries

Dangote Industries is a diversified Nigerian conglomerate and trading enterprise. The company imports sugar, salt, vegetable oil and other consumer goods. Founded in 1981, the company is now one of the largest African conglomerates, operating in 16 countries across the continent in a range of sectors, including cement, sugar, salt, flour and real estate. Dangote Sugar Refinery has an annual production capacity of 1.44 MT and processes raw sugar into a range of fortified and non-fortified granulated white sugar products.

Baseline assessment


Room for improvement


Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey


Dangote Industries publicly discloses a number of commitments across the dimensions but has room for improvement in all three. Despite being one of the largest diversified conglomerates in Africa, the company has not set time-bound targets to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions. Neither does it have commitments around soil health and fertiliser and pesticide use. However, it does seek to source and distribute quality fertilisers to farmers to pre-empt potentially harmful farming practices. The company uses rainwater for cooling in the sugar production process but does not disclose commitments to minimise freshwater use. Nor were commitments found to reduce food loss, plastic use and packaging waste, though the company states that it aims to use alternative yet environmentally friendly materials. In the nutrition dimension, Dangote Industries lacks commitments to increase the availability, accessibility and affordability of healthy foods. Neither does it commit to transparent labelling or responsible marketing strategies. However, it does provide fully paid nutritionally balanced meals for staff in its canteens. The company is also committed to food safety. In the social inclusion dimension, Dangote Industries reports efforts to ensure that its corporate values integrate with the best practices noted in the UN Global Compact, including the elimination of child and forced labour. However, it is unclear how the company intends to realise these efforts. Dangote Industries is committed to health and safety in its own operations but does not commit to paying a living wage. While it provides support to farmers through a special outgrower programme, the company does not commit to protecting the land rights of vulnerable groups.

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
NGN 150,373,083,000
(USD 495,000,000)
Major subsidiaries
Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar Refinery
Consumer brands

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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