ED&F Man is an agricultural commodity trader, first founded in London in 1783 as a barrel-maker and sugar broker. Today, the company is active in 50 countries, working with 14,000 suppliers and sourcing and trading various commodities for its 15,000-strong customer base. Annually, ED&F Man trades 11 million bags of coffee, 11 million tonnes of sugar and 6 million tonnes of animal feed, among other products.

Baseline assessment


Room for improvement


Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Started the journey


ED&F Man publicly discloses a number of social commitments but has significant room for improvement when it comes to nutrition and the environment. In the environment dimension, the company has made commitments to sustainably source its commodities. While it reports on its GHG emissions and water use, it is yet to set related reduction targets. Furthermore, it lacks commitments to improve soil health, minimise fertiliser and pesticide use and reduce food loss, plastic and packaging waste. In terms of nutrition, the company discloses its commitment towards food safety, but is yet to commit to improving nutritional value for its consumer-facing products, and promoting workforce nutrition. In terms of social inclusion, the company is committed to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain and to improving the health and safety of its employees and workers. Through regional programmes, the company trains farmers on increasing coffee productivity and quality. However, it does not commit to paying a living wage 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
USD 8,123,300,000
Major subsidiaries
Cofi-Com Trading, Volcafe
Consumer brands
Volcafe, Westway Feed Products, Iansa, Royal Ingredients

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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