Cargill launches Sustainability Hub for supply chains

Cargill is setting up a Sustainability Hub to boost its sustainability-related activities. With initiatives including the launch of a South American sustainable soy policy, a commitment to human rights and an updated forestry policy, the global agricultural corporation intends to protect forests and promote rural agriculture development across its supply chains.

Cargill’s sustainability policy supports its purpose of feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. The company is establishing the Sustainability Hub to ensure its sustainability efforts are operationalized across the organization. “Farming and forests can – and must – coexist. The world depends on agriculture to feed a growing population, but also depends on the long-term viability of our natural resources,” says Cargill’s CEO Dave MacLennan.

With the publication of three policies, Cargill outlines the approach for a fully sustainable and transparent supply chain for soy, cocoa and palm oil. The policies are aimed at achieving a supply chain that prevents deforestation and also protects native vegetation. The measures also promote responsible production, thus benefiting farmers and surrounding communities. This revolves around respecting and upholding the rights of workers, indigenous peoples and communities.

Joining forces

To achieve a deforestation-free supply chain, Cargill has joined forces with The Nature Conservancy, industry partners, direct and indirect suppliers, customers, governments and farmer groups. “Comprehensive sustainability policies combined with action on the ground will help ensure that we sustain natural landscapes, not only today but also for years to come. There has been good progress but work must continue to end deforestation,” states David Cleary, director of The Nature Conservancy.