Prioritizing the Health of Our Communities During COVID-19
The rapid spread of COVID-19 around the globe impacted the health of countless individuals in the communities where Bunge operates. The need for medical resources and services to provide adequate treatment for the virus often exceeded the available supply. We believe it’s crucial to support not only the health of those dealing with COVID-19, but the healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines of this global pandemic.
As part of our philanthropy efforts, we made a $1 million donation to the International Red Cross and distributed another $1.5 million in communities where we operate. Our regional taskforces selected many worthy organizations around the globe to receive support.
Read about our efforts in our 2021 Global Sustainability Report.
Since 1955, the Bunge Foundation (Fundacao Bunge) has been supporting social investments in Brazil, overseeing the realization of projectes that contribute to the development of local communities.
Comunidade Educativa, for example, is Bunge's corporate volunteering program in Brazil, and is working in the municipalities where the company operates. About 650 volunteer employees, in nine Brazilian states, dedicate up to two hours of work per week to develop recreational and cultural activities in schools, children's and elderly shelters and other relevant places. Visit the webpage for Fundação Bunge by clicking here.
Shea Rollers in West Africa
Since 2016 Bunge Loders Croklaan has provided shea rollers to aid women in collecting the shea nuts in the field. This roller is an innovation which has its origins in New Zealand’s walnut sector and enhances the collecting activity by making it possible not to bend, crouch or kneel, as well as carry less weight. Bunge Loders Croklaan was the first major buyer to introduce the rollers. Several NGO’s have also started using the rollers. As a result of the successful distribution in 2016-2017, Bunge Loders Croklaan decided to distribute an additional 300 rollers to women groups in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Benin.