Each year, Cargill’s employees come together to participate in the company’s largest environment-focused volunteer program. From Earth Day through World Environment Day − April 22 and June 5 respectively − volunteer-led committees offer all global employees opportunities to bring about positive change in their communities.
In 2011, more than 375 teams of Cargill employees in 32 countries around the world demonstrated their commitment to the environment by participating in 420 community service projects. In addition, contributions to environmental sustainability projects amounted to more than $826,000 benefitting communities across the globe.
Activities and projects are currently underway for Cargill’s 2012 Earth Day through World Environment Day program.
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Johannesburg, South Africa
Planting cypress trees
Volunteers from the Cargill Cares Shanghai Council joined together to help protect the environment on Chongming Island by planting 40 cypress trees beside the island’s wetland. The trees are expected to help sustain the wetland and create a better environment for the community.
Honduran employees educate, plant trees, host a clean street contest
Nearly 30 employees volunteered 64 hours presenting information on environmental preservation to children at schools near a customers’ distribution facility and near the Bufalo animal nutrition plant, as well as at an orphanage near the company’s offices. Over the course of one week, these volunteers reached more than 1,000 students.
Meats Central America
One hundred employees from four Meats Central America locations in Honduras – San Pedro Sula, Santa Cruz, Tegucigalp, La Ceiba, Villanueva and Siguatepeque – volunteered 300 hours on a variety of environmental activities. Highlights include:
- Employees partnered with public schools to teach 800 students about the environment. Together, the volunteers and students also planted 75 trees.
- At La Antorcha Supermarket, employees gave away reusable shopping bags to customers in an effort to reduce the number of plastic bags being used.
- The volunteers also hosted a cleanest street contest, during which 5,000 pounds of trash was collected.
Teaching students about recycling
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Employees partnered with San Antonio del Tejar School and distributed information about the process of recycling to its 380 students. Following the tutorial, volunteers challenged groups of students to a contest with recyclable materials.
Employees and their families came together to plant trees at Culver Park in London, Ontario. The tree planting event is expected to improve the watershed area surrounding Pottersburg Creek. Watch a the tree planting event video.
Collecting garbage, tree planting
Fifty volunteers from Cargill’s case ready facility in Calgary spent eight hours picking up garbage along the Bow River. Together, they collected more than 50 bags of garbage, including old tires, shoes, cans and glass.
In addition, the location donated $4,000 to support a tree planting effort at the Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Marsh at the Bow Habitat Station. Employee volunteers planted 20 trees to improve the condition and provide more protection for birds and ducks in the area.
Installing solar lighting
Cargill Foods India invested $4,000 to purchase and install solar lighting around the perimeter of its facility in Kandla, India. By changing to the renewable lighting source, the plant will save energy.
Distributing water barrels
In Kurkumbh, India, employees of Cargill Foods India purchased and distributed 20 water barrels to residents of a nearby village. The goal of this project was to help the village overcome water shortage issues.
Drilling a well to increase water supply
In Paradip, India, Cargill Foods India donated $3,000 and employees volunteered time to help drill a well in a nearby village. Previously, the village’s municipal water supply was not sufficient to meet residential needs.
Rebuilding a lift facility at Stichting Dagen Woonvoorziening
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
More than 7 Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe employees in collaboration with some of the key-suppliers volunteered to refurbish and re-build a lift facility at Stichting Dagen Woonvoorziening , a nonprofit organization that supports disabled people by providing day time activities. The lift facility is used to lift people onto horses for daily riding activities. Refurbishment to the exterior was also done by providing a sheltered area, rabbit den and renewed fence. Finally new automatic sliding doors will be installed.
Planting a garden for future educational opportunities
Employees from Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe, their families and local school teachers came together to plant a garden at an area school. The garden will provide students with recreational and educational opportunities and serve as a location for future lectures on biology and ecology.
"Clean up of the city"
The City of Hamburg invites every year to a “clean up of the city”, this event takes place within 10 fixed days during the year. This year the employees from Cargill joined to clean-up the town. The common Cares Council Hamburg, which represents three plants, decided to clean the area surrounding the company’s facilities.
In 2012, all over Hamburg participated totalling 58.200 habitants, from 898 Initiatives, collecting approximately 299 ton of rubbish.
The participants were able to win some “prizes.” It was a good opportunity to give from a Cargill site, as well sponsoring base cups, city backs and backpacks.
Rehabilitating mangrove forest and coastal swamp
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
More than 35 employees recently participated in a day-long environmental conservation program to rehabilitate a mangrove forest and coastal mangrove swamp. During the event, which was coordinated by volunteers and the Malaysian Nature Society, a total of 100 mangrove saplings were planted. The new saplings will help protect the coastal areas from erosion and extreme weather conditions.
Planting trees, "Dive the Lake"
More than 100 employees from Cargill’s headquarters community joined the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board to plant trees along the boulevards of a neighborhood that had been severely damaged during a tornado. They joined volunteers from a number of other Minnesota-based organizations during the week-long Arbor Week Northside Treecovery event.
"Dive the Lake"
Also, Cargill’s scuba diving club participated in an event at an area lake, called “Dive the Lake.” During the activity, divers removed trash from the lake bed, which enhances the habitat for fish by minimizing the impact people have on the lake.
Clean-up of lorry park with students
In Ghana, Cargill employees volunteered to clean up one of the busiest lorry parks in the area with approximately 50 students from local schools in the community. During the clean up event, one of the schools presented a sketch on protecting the environment and handed out flyers on environmental protection to the public. The participating schools received waste bins from Cargill to help them continue their actions to protect the environment.
Teaching school children about recycling
Johannesburg, South Africa
Employees from the Cargill office in Johannesburg volunteered at a local school to teach 250 children about recycling and the importance of the environment. New recycling bins were also provided, and the students and teachers plan to continue to make their school more environmentally friendly.
450 hours of service, inventorying trees and restoring park area
-- Martorell, Spain
Area river clean-up
Fifty employees from Cargill’s starches and sweeteners facility in Martorell, Spain, volunteered to clean up the banks of an area river, including a trash clean-up effort in surrounding forests. Together, Cargill employees provided 450 hours of service.
Inventorying trees and restoring park area
More than 25 volunteers from the Cargill Cares Spain Council and their families will join together to carry out several environment actions at the Can Cases Forest Park.
The Can Cases Forest Park is one of the biggest forest parks in the Martorell area. It is home to more than 70 species of birds and more than 30 species of butterflies, as well as other amphibian and reptile species.
Cargill volunteers will inventory the trees of the forest and pick up garbage in the park’s picnic area. They will also restore two fountains, which are currently out of use, and wood benches in the picnic area. The volunteers put up a new forest park welcome sign at the entrance of the park, including a description of the park, list of the different species present, map of park paths and a mention of Cargill’s contribution.
This forest park provides students and the local community with recreational opportunities, as well as a location for biology and ecology educational purposes.
Beautifying the Tula area
Yefremov (Tula area), Russia
Approximately 300 Cargill employees from Cargill Foods Russia in Efremov, Russia, came together to clean up city woods, a pond and river banks. They also planted trees, provided landscaping for the town square and shared environmental conservation and preservation information with city residents.