GLG’s Triple bottom line philosophy demands that our company’s responsibility is to our stakeholders rather than just our shareholders. Stakeholders include anyone who might be affected by a company’s or industry’s practices, from workers to surrounding communities, shareholders and beyond. Read more about our triple bottom line accomplishments and commitments in GLG’s Sustainability Report. 



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  • Facilities are built inside major growing areas with a surrounding circular ring of satellite buying stations
  • Eases individual farmer burden for leaf delivery and consolidates loads
  • Reduces kilometers traveled to transport harvested leaf
  • Reduces emissions from truck delivery over long distances
  • All GLG facilities have undergone an environmental impact assessment


  • Ongoing skills training for all organizational levels
  • Well-rounded, continued education programs
  • Equal pay and equal opportunity
  • Local Labor Force
    • GLG hires workers from the local community
    • Hands-on training
    • Good employee benefits and skills training
    • Above average wages
    • More than 60% of the GLG’s workforce in China are local workers who are provided skills and management training
  • Farmer Training
    • GLG educates farmers on cultivation technique and sustainable farming practices
    • Helping farmers deepen their skill set
    • Helping farmers to achieve higher yields
    • Helping farmers raise family income
    • Farmers earn 2-3 times higher income growing stevia than traditional crops such as rice or wheat


  • Processing technology at all facilities has been designed for maximizing water efficiency
  • Improvements are continually being made by GLG engineers to reduce water consumption
  • New recycling R&D has enabled 30% of water used in processing to be recycled and reused.   This R&D recycling technology received patent protection in China in 2010.
  • One facility has reduced its use of the local water supply and built a system to convert river water which meets 70% of total production needs
  • Waste water treatment facilities are present at all facility sites
  • In 2010 GLG received a patent in China for its environmentally friendly waste water treatment system which GLG experts engineered.
  • The system removes impurities and cleanses the water to higher purity levels than when sourced–-when released into environment water is 200% cleaner than national environmental standard
  • Water tested internally and externally by third parties (both independent and government bodies)


  • 100% of GLG industrial waste is fully recycled
  • Active carbon in processing is recycled for reactivation
  • Chemical waste recycled for making bricks or fertilizers
  • By-product is used for animal feed
  • By-product or waste leaf is also used to make fertilizer


  • We are working to positively impact the diets of individuals  around the globe
  • GLG focus is on providing all natural, zero calorie sweetening systems that enable food and beverage manufacturers to offer consumers healthier choices
  • Partner with customers to enable reduction of sugar and caloric content as well as use of all natural ingredients
  • Commitment to new technologies and product innovation
  • Investment in a healthier future as part of our corporate mission


  • Natural breeding of high RA-content stevia varieties, such as the GLG Huinong 3, which has more than 76% RA in the plant leaf
  • GLG leaf varieties enables significant increases in processing efficiencies, further economization of each leaf
  • Direct seed to field, hardy seed, elimination of greenhouses and seedling transplantation step (traditional industry method)
  • Significant reduction in valuable time and resources
  • Dually eases farmer burden and increases crop yield
  • Minimizing our footprint (click and see content underneath)
  • Social responsibility (click and see content underneath)
  • Community (click and see content underneath)
  • Sustainable growth for our future (click and see content underneath)
  • Due to GLG investment in high value leaf, we are able to reduce raw material input, water usage, energy, time and processing costs
  • GLG proprietary stevia leaf means our facilities require on average 50-55% less leaf in processing than use of common market leaf to achieve the same metric ton of finished product
  • Proprietary strains are less prone to disease and pests enabling little to no use of pesticides

Sustainable Agriculture

  • GLG trains farmers in sustainable agriculture
  • Stevia fits within a healthy crop rotation
  • Reduces the need for fertilizers and extends the life of the soil
  • Encouraged to use organic fertilizer for soil improvement
  • Farmers are also trained to meet set quality standards
  • GLG stevia has been certified as a Pollution-Free Agricultural Product by the China Ministry of Agriculture
  • Certification includes a double compliance system with requirements in terms of environment, chemical residual, production process and product quality
  • Regular external audits performed for pesticide residual evaluations

Stevia Utility

  • 250x sweeter than sucrose (cane sugar or beet sugar)
  • Agriculturally requires less consumption of resources to obtain an equivalent sweetness utility
  • Stevia promotes natural resource conservation:
    • Reduced acreage (90% reduction in land required to grow stevia versus sugar cane)
    • Reduced water consumption
    • Reduced energy consumption
    • Reduced labor requirements


  • GLG has donated to support relief for thousands of those affected by earthquakes in China
  • GLG provides funding for local community improvements
  • Maintenance for local roads
  • Building of community infrastructure
  • Strong government relations including local, regional and central government support for GLG projects
  • GLG business provides significant economic stimulus for rural regions
  • Job creation: GLG created more than 1,000 jobs in rural China
  • Industrialization with four industrial campuses
  • Skills training in agriculture, industry and management
  • GLG is recognized by the government as a model foreign enterprise


  • Usage of power, steam and water are closely measured and monitored Solar thermal equipment installed at all worker dormitories
  • New practices, processing techniques and equipment utilized for better efficiency results and to reduce energy consumption
  • At one facility, boilers were upgraded with variable frequency self-control units to control air intake and coal supply and reduce both consumption and emissions
  • Energy saving policies in place for all office and factory workers
  • Goal to reduce energy consumption by 20% by further optimizing the production process and continuing  to make technological improvements


The GLG team built a strong relationship with local farmers and agents by consistently demonstrating our integrity and our friendly, professional approach.