2019 Latin America Winner

Adecoagro - Buenos Aires, Argentina

The company’s operations are distributed over a wide geographic range of Argentina, especially in rural areas. Even so, the company organizes visits to its operations, for those in the community, schools, and local authorities.

Sustainability is the basis for Adecoagro’s approach to agriculture. But the company works to take the concept well beyond its circle of influence.

“At Adecoagro, we are convinced the production of food and renewable energy must be carried out under sustainable criteria. This will allow us to carry out our business in harmony with the development of people and the care of the natural environment,” says Alejandro Lopez Moriena, Chief Sustainability Officer.

It’s for that reason that the company decided to participate in the Environmental Respect Awards program. It allows the organization to share its values ​​and plans for a more sustainable world with the larger community. The Buenos Aires, Argentina-based company was named a Regional Winner of the award and will participate in the Gala Awards week in Washington, DC, in October.

“We were happily shocked by receiving the award,” Lopez Moriena says. “It was not only a distinguished milestone for us but also a great way to be recognized by peers and society as a whole on what we regularly do every day.” Adecoagro began operations in 2002 and now has almost 8,000 employees.

Although there has been a growing awareness of the importance of employing a sustainable approach, the company expects that trend to increase.

In the next five to 10 years, “the awareness in the care of the environment will be much greater than today,” Lopez Moriena says. “This will be reflected both at the public level in policies and laws and at the private level in business requirements and operational decisions in business.”

Adecoagro mainly produces wheat, soy, corn, sunflower and peanuts among others. Part of this production is transformed into animal protein, another part is processed in industrial sunflower and peanut plants, the rest is sold as commodities both in domestic and export markets.

It’s not only about sustainability for Adecoagro. It’s also about being a good neighbor and supporting the communities in which it operates. During times of heavy rains, many nearby rice fields suffer natural floods because they are located in areas of temporary natural flooding.

Adecoagro knows supporting clients is important, but the company also wisely shares its activities with a wider audience.

“We believe that the best way to get consumers to appreciate the environmental improvements we carry out is through communication,” Lopez Moriena says. “For this, we organize visits to our operations, both for local communities, schools, authorities, as well as for more remote institutions. We carry out field trips showing our production method, detailing our techniques and processes involved. In turn, we participate in discussion forums on this subject, such as conferences and congresses. We also participate in some journalistic dissemination about the sector, both in local and national media. Finally, starting this year, we are beginning to make and publish a Sustainability Report of the entire company under the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards.”