Cargill makes progress towards bold sustainability goals

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June 19th, 2020: Cargill has recently outlined progress against sustainability goals in critical supply chains including aqua nutrition, cocoa and chocolate, palm, soy, ocean transportation and beef. With a focus on advancing progress on land use, climate change, water, farmer prosperity and human rights, the company is working across every supply chain to drive sustainable production, transportation and operations.

‘The call for radical transparency is increasing. More than ever, our customers and consumers want to understand the story behind the products they buy,’ said Jill Kolling, Vice President of Global Sustainability, Cargill. ‘By investing and partnering on solutions to enhance transparency in the food system, we can deliver meaningful and sustainable impact on the ground and increase consumer confidence.’

Over the past year, Cargill adopted global sustainability efforts to more quickly advance progress. The company established a science-based commitment to reduce supply chain emissions by 30 percent by 2030, a bold climate commitment to reinforce support of the Paris Climate Commitment.

Cargill established its Forest Protection Advisory Panel to bring diverse insights and support continuous improvement on the ground. Additionally, a BeefUp Sustainability Advisory Panel will offer critical review of the strategy and resources underpinning the North America beef supply chain sustainability initiative.

Progress with Cargill’s aqua nutrition
Cargill continues to support the sustainable growth of the global aquaculture industry by enabling better seafood and helping farmers succeed. With a focus on delivering animal health and welfare through feed and nutrition, Cargill reports in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, which provides a level of transparency to build trust.

Cargill is educating consumers about the efficiency and favourable ecological foot-print of farmed fish by reporting openly and supporting industry certification schemes. Through partnerships like Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) and Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), Cargill works with customers, food service and retail industries, suppliers, industry partners, and even competitors, to advance and communicate about sustainability in the aquaculture industry.

Last year, Cargill trained more than 5,000 seafood farmers and workers in Thailand and Vietnam through local sustainability workshops and mobile lab services, supporting continued growth of sustainable practices in these regions.

In 2019, Cargill ranked sixth out of the top 30 seafood companies on the World Benchmarking Alliance’s Seafood Stewardship Index, reflecting their progress on key topics like responsible ingredient sourcing. For example, all of the soy used in Cargill’s salmon feeds was certified to RTRS or ProTerra standards or was organic, supporting their deforestation commitments. This sustainability report shows how Cargill has continued to progress in 2019.

For more information visit the Cargill website, HERE.