Cargill recently released their 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, showing a $69 million commitment to a wide range of projects in fiscal year 2013. This report is released to the corporation’s shareholders. Cargill strives to be a leader in corporate social responsibility around the world on a variety of subjects and endeavors.
The report addresses several areas that Cargill focuses its work: supply chain development, food security, and community development. Working with supply chain development, Cargill addresses those who are vulnerable along its various supply chains. This includes incorporating sustainable farming practices in production to increase yields. These efforts also include their work with soy farmers in Brazil to produce more sustainably and protect the Brazilian rainforest. Cargill also works with cocoa and palm oil producers.
Cargill CEO, Greg Page states that,”Cargill’s vision to be the global leader in nourishing people gives a framework to all our actions.” Cargill is an international corporation that markets agricultural products, food, and financial and industrial services. As a result they have the ability to reach citizens across the world. In 2013, Cargill worked with communities in 53 countries.
Cargill is also committed to increasing food security. The organization has worked with farmers to build their capacity and boost production yields. This investment, which has been boosted in Africa, has partnered with public organizations and non-profits in the region. Some of this work is part of its supply chain development. Cargill seeks to increase rural individuals’ income potential through increased corporate investment in the area.
Cargill recognizes the connection between community development and sustainable livelihoods. Their work in this area includes investing in education and environmental concerns. Cargill has provided training opportunities for students in math and the sciences. In this area, Cargill also works to increase nutritional value and food safety.
– Callie D. Coleman
The Sacramento Bee,