Responsible Supply Chains
Taking into account social and environmental considerations
Cargill goes beyond operational efficiency by ensuring a responsible supply chain, which:
- Respects people and human rights
- Produces safe and wholesome foods
- Treats animals humanely
- Reduces environmental impact
In our malt business we are constantly assessing how our supply chains take into account social and environmental considerations when managing relationships with suppliers.
We are developing global optimization programs to minimize the environmental impact of our shipments from field to location, and from plant to customer. In 2013, on average 69 percent of our total product shipment to customers used reduced environmental impact transportation, like barges and trains.
Falcon nest at Strasbourg Facility supports local wildlife
Cargill has partnered with Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (League for the Protection of Birds) to install a falcon nest on top of one of the silos at their Strasbourg, France facility. Between 1970 and 1990, 95% of falcons have disappeared from France, so the LPO is very active in trying to find ways to reestablish and support falcon repopulation. The LPO supplied Cargill with a nest box that was installed at the top of silo 48 on site due to its ideal accommodations: enormous height, abundant food supply, a flat landing strip for young falcons, and little human interference. Since its installation, 7 falcons were born and have a survival rate of 100%, much higher than the 50% average in nature. Cargill employees continue to clean and maintain the nest (between hatchlings and with the guidance of the LPO), and the successful implementation of this nesting box is a model for future deployment throughout France.
Leveraging waterways in Argentina
At our two Argentine facilities, over 93 percent of our malt is transported by barge to our customers. This helps in reducing the environmental footprint.
Maximizing train transportation in the United States
Our facilities in the United States utilize trains to lower our ecological footprint per ton of malt. Our Spiritwood plant transports over 95 percent of the incoming barley by train. That same stat is at 99 percent for our Sheboygan plant. Transporting barley by rail is more efficient and carbon-friendly than transportation using trucks, which is why it is always our preferred method of delivery.