Best Sustainability Program Finalists

ADM

ADM has worked with India’s Ministry of Agriculture for two decades to develop a sustainable supply chain that allows smallholder soy farmers to scale production and achieve organic and non-GMO certification. The Public-Private Partnership for Integrated Agricultural Development Program has equipped small and midsize soy growers in India with the resources, technology, and best practices necessary to access lucrative global markets for sustainably sourced soy, subsequently increasing crop yields 50% and raising farmer incomes.  

As a result of the partnership, 250,000 smallholders in India’s Maharashtra and Karnataka states are now registered vendors with ADM. The program has also successfully advanced both the well-being of people and the health of the planet. Economic conditions have improved for growers and their communities, and positive environmental impacts have been delivered for biodiversity and the conservation of natural resources.


Biogen Inc.

As a pioneer in neuroscience, Biogen cares deeply about human health and the link between climate, health, and equity. Biogen’s Healthy Climate, Healthy LivesTM is a $250M, 20-year commitment to go fossil fuel free, engage employees and suppliers around shared climate goals, and advance the science and action on climate, health, and equity. 

Biogen set ambitious goals approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative in support of the Business Ambition for 1.5C and is collaborating with leading institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development to help address the impact of the climate crisis on the health of vulnerable communities. Biogen’s program aims to create a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future.


Microsoft Corporation

To protect the world's ecosystems, it’s critical to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources and tackle the growing waste problem. Microsoft is acting on ambitious plans to address these challenges and become carbon negative, zero waste, and water positive by 2030. The company’s strategy to achieve these goals is based on circularity to ensure restorative cycles for everything it produces.  

Microsoft Cloud Supply Chain is utilizing the power of data science, artificial intelligence, and digital technology with three supply-chain focused areas: Circular Cloud, Circular Design, and Circular Supply Chain to achieve circularity at scale with a zero-waste plan for every part. Since Microsoft’s January 2020 commitment to becoming carbon negative by 2030, the company has reduced carbon emissions by 6 percent, or roughly 730,000 metric tons.


Philips

Philips is committed to making the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation with the goal of improving the lives of 2 billion people per year by 2025, including 300 million in underserved communities. In 2016, the company launched a five-year sustainability program titled ‘Healthy people, Sustainable planet.’ The program reflected the company’s commitment to three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: good health and well-being; responsible consumption and production; and climate action. 

Philips met all targets, which include carbon neutrality in its operations, 100% electricity from renewable sources, over 70% of sales from Green Products and Services, 15% of sales coming from circular revenues, recycling 90% of its operational waste, and sending zero waste to landfill. Philips continues to build on the success of the program, reinforcing its commitments as a purpose-driven company with ambitious Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) targets for 2025.