Cargill at a glance
We provide food, ingredients, agricultural solutions and industrial products to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.
Combining 159 years of experience with new innovations and insights, we serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers. With a unique role spanning the global supply chain, we bring a world of possibilities — delivered locally.
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Who we are
A diverse team
160,000-plus colleagues worldwide
More than 50% of our team works in plants
34.8% women in leadership
Our team members:
- Make and move essential goods in our plants, ports and facilities
- Wrangle cattle in America’s heartland
- Feed salmon in the Norwegian Sea
- Crushing palm fruit in Indonesia
- Find solutions for customers in our innovation centers
- Help farmers finance their operations and manage risk
- And much more!
125 markets served
70 countries of operation
1000 locations, worldwide
To help our customers succeed and communities flourish we:
- Partner with farmers growing crops and animal products
- Originate, source, transport and process commodities into branded food, feed, fuel and bioindustrials
- Sell ingredients, finished solutions and services to manufacturers, foodservice customers and retailers
- Provide insights to our partners
- And much more!
Innovative products and services
1500 research, development, applications technical services, and intellectual property specialists
200 R&D locations
Our innovation and application centers allow us to stay at the forefront of emerging customer needs and solutions and bring important new knowledge to our partners. Locations include:
Purpose- and values-led
1 purpose: To nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way
3 core values that guide us in living our purpose:
- We put people first, placing people’s safety above all else and helping colleagues reach their full potential.
- We reach higher, believing we can create a better future and being motivated to improve, each and every day.
- We do the right thing, going beyond what is required by law and asking what is “right” for our employees, customers and communities and the planet.
7 guiding principles that underpin the behaviors expected from our team members around the world.
9 business resource groups
A pioneering history
159 years of expertise
1865: William Wallace Cargill founds the company with one grain warehouse in Iowa, U.S.
1895: The Cargill and MacMillan families come together through the marriage of Edna Cargill and John H. MacMillan.
1910s: CEO John H. MacMillan states our ethical tenet, “Our word is as good as our bond.”
1930s: Our company designs an innovative grain storage facility and river barges. We launch our first safety campaign.
1990s: We commit 2% pretax earnings¹ to support social and environmental impact and strengthen communities
2000s: New products like TRUVIA, Rumba meats, and bioplastics meet evolving consumer preferences.
Based on global, consolidated pre-tax earnings over a three-year trailing average.
Our business structure and brands
Our businesses are organized around five enterprises that source raw materials, and make and deliver products that are vital for living.
Awards and recognition
We’re honored to have been recognized by some of the best and brightest organizations for our commitment to sustainability, innovation, our customers and our people.
2023 Business Intelligence Group (BIG) Sustainability Award for Sustainability Leadership for overall organizational impact and Service of the Year specifically recognizing Cargill RegenConnect™
2023 Edison Award™ GOLD for Cargill RegenConnect™
2023 Sustainability Magazine Top 10 Sustainable Food Manufacturers
2022 Fast Company Brands That Matter Award for communicating and demonstrating brand purpose
2023 Business Intelligence Group (BIG) Innovation Award for food and agricultural product innovation
2023 Edison Award™ 4 product innovation awards (two gold, one silver, one bronze)
2023 Fast Company Best Workplaces for Innovators
2023 Fortune America’s Most Innovative Companies - product innovation and innovation culture
2023 Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award.
2023 Campus Forward Award winner for “unwavering commitment to seeking out and hiring early career talent, emphasis on diversity and inclusion and investments in nurturing and retaining the next generation of talent.”
2022-2023 HR Magazine Best Companies to work for in Asia Awards and Kincentric Best Employer Thailand Awards
HRC Corporate Equality Index 2022 100% rating by Human Rights Campaign for the 18th consecutive year.
Where we operate
Our 160,000-plus talented team members are as diverse as our customers and communities. We work in 70 countries serving 125 markets.
Our global workforce distribution
Visit our Worldwide page for more information about the countries in which we operate.