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• Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) manufactures artificial sweeteners, cocoa, soybean and peanut oils, processes wheat and corn, and has a variety of other businesses including fish farms and a railroad.

• Between 1980 and 1995, ADM cost American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars to maintain subsidies on 43 percent of its goods.

• ADM is one of the leading producers of genetically engineered corn and is partly responsible for the “genetic pollution” of organic corn species.

• ADM was part of a suit brought against several companies by the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) for involvement in the trafficking, torture, and forced labor of children who cultivate and harvest cocoa beans that the companies import from Africa.

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-- Profile Updated 07/07/2011

About Archer Daniels Midland Company


Archer Daniels Midland Company is a world leader in the processing of oilseeds and cocoa, and produces corn and wheat goods such as sweeteners and durum flour. ADM reported sales of $36.6 billion in 2006 with 25,641 employees.

Campaigns

GROW Campaign

OXFAM launched the GROW campaign in 2011 to fight rising food costs and global food instability…

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OXFAM launched the GROW campaign in 2011 to fight rising food costs and global food instability. In their fight for food justice, OXFAM singles out agribusiness giants ADM, Cargill and Bunge for owning 90% of the grain market and using their insider knowledge of the industry to profit from this instability and the rising food costs.

http://www.oxfamamerica.org/files/growing-a-better-future.pdf


Campaign Against GE Corn

Surreptitiously imported by agribusiness giants such as Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill…

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Surreptitiously imported by agribusiness giants such as Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill, genetically engineered (GE) corn has contaminated "irreplaceable" corn crops in Mexico and other nations. The Organic Consumers Association and other activists are calling on corporations to remove genetically engineered crops from the market until they are found safe for human consumption and the environment.

www.organicconsumers.org/corn/index.cfm


Affiliates

There are no known affiliates associated with Archer Daniels Midland Company.

Contact Archer Daniels Midland Company


Archer Daniels Midland Company
Decatur, IL 62525 USA

Phone: 217-424-5200

Web: www.admworld.com

Alerts

Environment

ADM has become involved in the palm oil market, which is notorious for rainforest and habitat destruction in Indonesia and other p…

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ADM has become involved in the palm oil market, which is notorious for rainforest and habitat destruction in Indonesia and other parts of the world. ADM owns a 16% share in Wilmar International Limited, which is the largest supplier of palm oil to the U.S. Wilmar has been accused of illegally clearing land in Indonesia without the appropriate conservation permits.

-- CorpWatch, 05/18/2010

Source URL: http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15587


The Political Econonmy Research Institute, working under the University of Massachusetts, has released the 2010 Toxic 100 Air Poll…

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The Political Econonmy Research Institute, working under the University of Massachusetts, has released the 2010 Toxic 100 Air Polluters index and ranked ADM as the 7th most toxic corporation.

-- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 03/31/2010

Source URL: http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/


Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups, recently released a report i…

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Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups, recently released a report in 2010 that ranks companies in their water usage practices and how they are addressing the risk of water scarcity. On a scale from 0 to 100, ADM scored a 9. They scored the lowest amongst food companies.

-- CERES, 02/11/2010

Source URL: http://www.ceres.org/press/press-releases/new-report-largest-companies...


Archer Daniels Midland, the largest U.S. producer of ethanol, uses coal to generate the power used to produce ethanol at its proce…

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Archer Daniels Midland, the largest U.S. producer of ethanol, uses coal to generate the power used to produce ethanol at its processing plants in Decatur, Illinois, Columbus, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids and Clinton, Iowa. Coal-fired power generation spews carcinogenic pollutants and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, making the ‘green’ label applied to ethanol a misnomer. Additionally, the biofuel plants themselves emit high levels of carbon monoxide, methanol, and volatile organic compounds. A report published by the EPA found that ADM’s ethanol plant in Clinton alone emitted almost 20,000 tons of pollutants in 2004, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.

-- CorpWatch, 06/01/2006

Source URL: www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13646


Archer Daniels Midland was rated as the 2th worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's Toxic 100 index.…

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Archer Daniels Midland was rated as the 2th worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's Toxic 100 index. The index is based on 2008 EPA Toxics Release Inventory data. PERI's Toxic 100 index ranks the nation's largest companies based on the quantity of their emissions, relative toxicity of chemicals emitted, and proximity to population centers, among other criteria.

-- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 05/11/2006

Source URL: http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic100_index/


The Amazon rainforest is home to nearly 10 percent of the world's mammals, 15 percent of the world's known land-based plant specie…

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The Amazon rainforest is home to nearly 10 percent of the world's mammals, 15 percent of the world's known land-based plant species, and about 220,000 people from over 180 different indigenous nations. However, this biodiverse region is being threatened by deforestation caused by soy production. An estimated 1.2 million hectares of what was once rainforest have been destroyed, mostly illegally, to grow soybeans for animal feed. US-based agricultural commodity giants Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, and Bunge are responsible for an estimated 60 percent of the total financing of soy production in Brazil, which is home to a majority of the Amazon rainforest. These companies also facilitate in forest destruction by providing everything from seeds to agrochemicals, transportation and storage infrastructure needed to draw farmers into the Amazon rainforest. Additionally, the use of slave labor to clear the forests has been well documented. Between 2003 and 2004, the Brazilian government reported nearly 8,700 slaves in the Mato Grosso and Para states.

-- Greenpeace, 04/06/2006

Source URL: www.greenpeace.org.uk/MultimediaFiles/Live/FullReport/7555.pdf


Boston-based Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working to addre…

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Boston-based Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change, published a report in 2006 titled "Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection." The report details a comprehensive measurement of how 100 leading global companies are responding to global warming. Through an evaluation of board oversight, management performance, public disclosure, emissions accounting, and strategic performance, to address climate change, the companies were evaluated on a scale of 0 to 100. ADM scored a total of 12 points.

-- CERES, 03/01/2006

Source URL: www.pewclimate.org/docUploads/Ceres%20--%20Corporate%20Climate%20Chang...


In ADM’s 2010 corporate report, the company notes many sustainability initiatives it is undertaking such as improved energy effici…

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In ADM’s 2010 corporate report, the company notes many sustainability initiatives it is undertaking such as improved energy efficiency, reductions of plant emissions, reduced water usage and responsible waste management to name a few. ADM also claims to be developing large-scale carbon sequestration projects. It remains to be seen if any progress has been made on these fronts. More detailed information about their plans and sequestration program can be found at the link below.

-- Archer Daniels Midland, 07/02/1905

Source URL: http://www.adm.com/en-US/investors/shareholder_reports/2010AR/Responsi...


Health and Safety

Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill were the primary targets of the Organic Consumers Association’s Campaign Against GE Corn.…

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Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill were the primary targets of the Organic Consumers Association’s Campaign Against GE Corn. As the leading producers of genetically engineered corn, these companies are seen as responsible for widespread “genetic pollution” of organic corn species across North and Central America. The OCA was calling on consumers to take action against ADM and appeal to the FDA regarding the proliferation and safety of genetically engineered corn.

-- Organic Consumers Association, 01/01/2006

Source URL: www.organicconsumers.org


Ethics and Governance

ADM scored a 40 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 Corporate Equality Index.…

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ADM scored a 40 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index is a tool to measure how equitably companies are treating their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. ADM has improved from the 15 out of 100 rating they received in 2008.

-- Human Rights Campaign, 07/02/1905

Source URL: http://www.hrc.org/documents/HRC-CEI-2011-Final.pdf


Archer Daniels Midland scored 15 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.…

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Archer Daniels Midland scored 15 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index is a tool to measure how equitably companies are treating their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.

-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/01/2008

Source URL: www.hrc.org/documents/HRC_Corporate_Equality_Index_2008.pdf


According to Grist, an online environmental magazine, ADM financed a lobbying effort in 1982 that led to the “blatantly protection…

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According to Grist, an online environmental magazine, ADM financed a lobbying effort in 1982 that led to the “blatantly protectionist sugar quota system” that has been in effect since Reagan was president. ADM’s two main products from its corn processing division are high-fructose corn syrup, which is the dominant sweetener in the U.S. and which many scientists believe leads to obesity more than white sugar; and ethanol, a corn-based fuel. It is widely held that ethanol would have no market share without government intervention. The 2005 Energy Policy Act renewed tax incentives for ethanol production and required that by 2012 the gasoline supply contain 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol, and further mandated that all government-owned vehicles use ethanol exclusively. These are huge windfalls for ethanol producers.

-- Daily Grist, 02/02/2006

Source URL: gristmill.grist.org/story/2006/2/2/52324/18981


South Africa-based ActionAid International, a large global anti-poverty group, is calling for stricter regulation of transnational…

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South Africa-based ActionAid International, a large global anti-poverty group, is calling for stricter regulation of transnational corporations that now dominate the global food market. A January 2005 report called "Power Hungry" alleges that in that past several years, corporate cartels, particularly in the food and agricultural sectors, have reappeared and are causing "massive market distortions." In 2004, ADM paid a $400 million fine to settle an antitrust suit that alleged that the company “conspired to fix the price of corn fructose”. In 1996 ADM was ordered by the US Justice Department to pay $100 million criminal fine, the largest antitrust fine ever up until then, for its role in conspiracies to fix lysine and citric acid market prices around the world.

-- ActionAid UK, 01/01/2005

Source URL: www.actionaid.org.uk/wps/content/documents/power_hungry.pdf


Labor

ADM and Cargill lobbied against a 2008 farm bill that would require companies to certify that imported chocolate was not produced …

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ADM and Cargill lobbied against a 2008 farm bill that would require companies to certify that imported chocolate was not produced using child labor.

-- CorpWatch, 05/18/2010

Source URL: http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15587


The International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) has sued Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill in Federal District Court in Los A…

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The International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) has sued Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill in Federal District Court in Los Angeles for involvement in the trafficking, torture, and forced labor of children who cultivate and harvest cocoa beans that the companies import from Africa. They filed suit on behalf of a class of Malian children who were trafficked from Mali into the Ivory Coast and forced to work twelve to fourteen hours a day with no pay, little food and sleep, and frequent beatings. The three children acting as class representative plaintiffs are proceeding anonymously as John Does because of feared retaliation by the farm owners for whom they worked.

-- International Labor Rights Fund, 07/13/2005

Source URL: www.laborrights.org/stop-child-labor/cocoa-campaign/585


Campaign Action

OXFAM has recently launched the GROW campaign to fight rising food costs and global food instability.…

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OXFAM has recently launched the GROW campaign to fight rising food costs and global food instability. In their fight for food justice, OXFAM singles out agribusiness giants ADM, Cargill and Bunge for owning 90% of the grain market and using their insider knowledge of the industry to profit from this instability and the rising food costs.

-- Oxfam America, 06/01/2011

Source URL: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/files/growing-a-better-future.pdf