Protecting our planet
Improving land use, advancing climate solutions and protecting water resources
We protect forests, promote sustainable agriculture, reduce our environmental impact, help farmers adapt to a changing climate and work to conserve water, improve water quality and promote access to clean water.
Cargill promotes balanced land use and sustainable agriculture to protect forests. We are committed to using our market presence to mitigate agriculture as a driver of deforestation. We recognize that forests and farming are both critical to creating a more sustainable, food-secure future.
Our deforestation pledge: We endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests in 2014, committing to help end deforestation across our supply chains. We pledged to reduce and eventually end deforestation across our entire agricultural supply chain, with the goal of halving it by 2020 and ending it by 2030. Learn more about our deforestation efforts (Cargill.com).
We use our insights as one of the world’s largest buyers of soy, palm oil and other crops to promote sustainable agriculture. We work with farmers, governments, environmental organizations and members of the communities in which we operate to find practical and scalable solutions. Examples of our actions and partners include:
- Palm oil – We are working toward a 100 percent transparent, traceable and sustainable palm supply chain by 2020. Our commitment includes no deforestation of high conservation value (HCV) lands or high carbon stock (HCS) areas, no development on peat, and no exploitation of rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. Learn more about how we are advancing sustainable palm oil (Cargill.com).
- Soy – In 2006, Cargill worked with industry, government and NGO partners to put in place the Soy Moratorium in Brazil. As part of this agreement, we committed not to purchase from or offer financing to farmers who grow soy on lands in the Amazon biome that were deforested after that date. The moratorium has since been adapted to align with Brazil’s new Forest Code and extended indefinitely. Today, we are working with The Nature Conservancy to help farmers comply with the Brazilian Forest Code, enter the rural environmental registry (or CAR) and adopt sustainable practices.
- Partners – Our work with global partners to develop and implement scalable solutions to protect forests includes The Nature Conservancy, Proforest, The Forest Trust, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund.
We have a proven track record of protecting forests and are proud of our progress. Yet we know we have more work to do.
Our food system is resilient, but it’s never faced challenges quite like this. Our population is growing, our water sources are dwindling, and our climate is changing.
We’re doing everything we can to meet the challenge accross the global food system, from reducing emissions across our global supply chains to building sustainable practices into farming processes around the world.
Addressing climate change and helping farmers isn’t mutually exclusive. In fact, farmers and agriculture are how the world can solve today’s challenges. We’re committed to working with our partners around the world to improve their environmental impact and to supporting and empowering farmers, whose livelihoods are increasingly affected by the impacts of climate change.
Our commitments and actions include:
- Reduce emissions from our extended supply chain by 30% per ton of product sold by 2030.
- Reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 10% by 2025, against a 2017 baseline.
We believe our food system is resilient. Working together, we can help our agricultural system evolve to match our changing climate while mitigating the environmental impact.
Of the fresh water people use every year, about 70 percent goes to produce the food we eat. At Cargill, we’re taking steps to manage our water resources efficiently by conserving water, improving water quality and ensuring access to clean water in the communities where we operate.
Our actions include:
- Conserving water – We are working across our supply chains and within our own operations to conserve and improve water quality. We minimize minimizing water use, particularly in areas of stress and scarcity, and improving water quality in areas impacted by agriculture. We conduct local assessments and map our plants and supply chains to determine our long-term risk and take appropriate action. We work to improve freshwater efficiency in our facilities around the world. Our progress includes improving efficiency in our operations by 12 percent between 2005 and 2015. In 2015, we set a new target to improve by another 5 percent by 2020.
- Improving water quality through sustainable agriculture – We are improving water quality in areas impacted by agriculture. We work with farmers to optimize use of fertilizer and other inputs to maximize yields, reduce runoff and protect watersheds.
- Promoting access to clean water – We promote access to clean water in communities where we live and work. In areas where we have operations in remote or sensitive locations, we install waste water treatment technology to protect local water sources.