Values and Commitment

Building a strong, sustainable and responsible business that delivers positive impact for all our stakeholders, our people, communities and the planet underpins our approach to business. Our values and culture are based on the commitment that everyone at ED&F Man Commodities makes to behave ethically and conduct business responsibly.

Our sustainability strategy is based on 3 priority areas, details of which you can read below:

In addition, we have five cultural commitments that define our values as a business:


We recognise our differences, valuing the rich diversity of our workforce and our suppliers and customers. We seek out alternative views and value all contributions to build positive and long-lasting partnerships based on trust and respect.

We seek to protect the environment and enhance the prosperity and wellbeing of the communities in which we work. We collaborate and communicate regularly and aim for openness and honesty wherever possible.


We create partnerships and collaborations built on teamwork, trust, and reliability.

We challenge what we believe to be wrong and champion fair, honest and ethical business practices.

We operate robust risk management, and we keep our social and environmental responsibilities at the core of what we do.


We encourage entrepreneurship.

We act upon opportunities, creating and championing new business ideas and hold ourselves accountable for their success.

We constantly seek ways to be more efficient and competitive, even if that means sometimes challenging the status quo.

We create innovative ideas and build solutions that inspire others to do the same.

We take responsibility for turning our ideas into reality, we learn from our mistakes and are determined to improve and succeed.

Client Focus

We strive to build lasting partnerships with our customers and aim to exceed their expectations by creating additional value.

We are a reliable, innovative, and flexible counter party wherever our customers choose to partner with us.

We are ‘as good as our word’ and can be trusted to perform, something that our customers value in an increasingly uncertain world.

Our capacity to construct comprehensive solutions based on deep commodities expertise is valuable to our customers as they seek to maximize their own profitability and mitigate complex and global risk factors.


We know that we will be more successful if we have motivated employees who receive fair rewards for their efforts.

Our employees enjoy equal opportunities and support for building a long and rewarding career at ED&F Man Commodities.

An individual’s progression and reward are based on achievements and ability, not position or status. Our Leaders are selected on the basis of their track record and the ability to coach and develop others.

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