De Heus is an international producer and exporter of feeds, concentrates and premixes. Through its subsidiary Koudijs, the company exports its products in more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. De Heus has strategic alliances with regional players in the Chinese, Russian, Egyptian and Ethiopian feed markets through joint ventures. In Belgium, the company has a joint venture with Nukamel that specializes in processing milk ingredients for young animals. De Heus has also expanded its presence in the Brazilian market with its recent acquisition of Cerrado Nutricao, a cattle nutrition company producing feeds, concentrates, and mineral protein supplements.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Room for improvement

Nutrition

Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Room for improvement

Summary

De Heus publicly discloses limited commitments across the dimensions, showing significant room for improvement in all three. It demonstrates awareness of its role and responsibility as a large animal feed producer by committing to purchase sustainable soya and palm oil for its animal feeds produced in the Netherlands. Although demonstrating some efforts to reduce food loss and waste by converting residuals from food production processes into ingredients for animal feed, it lacks commitments relating to key environmental topics such as GHG emissions reduction, soil health and minimising freshwater use. De Heus demonstrates its contributions to nutrition through its practices on protein diversification and food safety. In particular, the company is investigating the use of alternative protein sources to reduce its dependence on imported high-risk commodities. Although adopting third-party food safety certifications and standards, it does not report on their implementation. As a large animal feed manufacturer, the company has a limited impact on nutrition issues compared to companies involved in manufacturing consumer products. However, no commitments were found relating to other relevant nutrition topics such as workforce nutrition and activities to improve the nutritional quality of its products. Regarding social inclusion, De Heus commits to eliminating child labour and ensuring health and safety in its own operations, but it does not extend these commitments to its supply chain. It does not commit to paying a living wage, supporting smallholder productivity or protecting land tenure rights.

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
EUR 2,996,439,000
(USD 3,354,438,000)
Major subsidiaries
Liaoning Wellhope Agri-Tech Joint Stock, Koudijs
Consumer brands
n/a

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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