Louis Dreyfus Company Joins Sustainable Shipping Initiative

LDC becomes a member of high profile leadership group working to create a more sustainable maritime industry

Rotterdam, The Netherlands and London, UK – 18 December 2017 – Global agricultural goods merchant Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has become a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry.

LDC joins other SSI members who are working together to help create a more environmentally sustainable maritime industry by 2040.

As a leading agribusiness company, LDC originates, processes, transports and merchandises a diversified product range around the world annually, helping to feed and clothe up to 500 million people. Sustainability is at the heart of LDC’s operations and the company has set ambitious targets for environmental improvements across every aspect of its operations. This includes engaging with shipyards and encouraging more fuel-efficient vessels.

Tom Holmer, General Manager of SSI, said: “I am delighted to welcome Louis Dreyfus Company as our latest member. LDC joins other like-minded organisations committed to driving change in shipping to create a clean, sustainable and socially responsible industry. The sharing of ideas and best practice across different organisations is a critical part of our journey towards reducing greenhouse gases, developing new technology and becoming more transparent and accountable. I look forward to the valuable contribution that LDC will make.”

Sebastien Landerretche, Head of Freight at Louis Dreyfus Company, said: “At LDC, the importance of identifying and addressing sustainability challenges across our wide variety of businesses cannot be overstated. This applies equally to our freight activity. We recognise that the SSI can help us to address such challenges in shipping the 81 million tons of agricultural goods that we handle annually, and we look forward to working together towards more sustainable shipping operations.”


About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative 
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.
The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry. One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.
The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.

About Louis Dreyfus Company
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. We leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve our customers around the world, delivering the right products to the right location, at the right time – safely, responsibly and reliably. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork, across a broad range of business lines (platforms). Since 1851 our portfolio has grown to include Oilseeds, Grains, Rice, Freight, Finance, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Juice, Dairy, Fertilizers & Inputs and Metals. We help feed and clothe some 500 million people every year by originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of products. Structured as a matrix organization of 6 geographical regions and 12 platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 21 000 people globally at peak season. For more information, visit www.ldc.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn


For more details please contact:
Tom Holmer
E: tom.holmer@ssi2040.org
T: +44 7807 311 852

Eleni Androulaki
eleni.androulaki@ldc.com or media@ldc.com
+41 58 688 2700