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In 2014, the global restaurant recognizes its suppliers’ achievements in sustainability with a series of awards—several of which go to Cargill.

Since launching its Truvia® sweetener agricultural standard in 2011, Cargill is actively reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water use and on-site waste.

Through a long-term project with The Coca-Cola Company, Cargill is educating 25,000 Chinese corn farmers on how to improve yields and enhance sustainability.

In Africa, Cargill is helping grow incomes for 26,670 farmers. And in Indonesia, similar training is promoting the sustainable sourcing of palm oil.

Cargill’s economics expertise is increasing crop yields and farmer incomes in tandem, positively impacting 110 cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire alone.

By improving ventilation and developing a new bedding material, Cargill is reducing the carbon footprint of its European poultry houses by 30%.

Big Goals Mean Big Impact for McDonald's

Cargill helps the global fast-food chain achieve its goals for sustainable, responsibly owned supply chains and more.

January 01, 2015

Every two years, McDonald’s recognizes the sustainability accomplishments of its global suppliers with its Best of Sustainable Supply Awards. In 2014, the restaurant chain received nearly 600 submissions. From that pool, 51 honors were given across eight categories. McDonald’s awarded seven honors to Cargill, applauding their long-time partner for its economical, environmental and ethical achievements.

“This recognition by our long-term partners at McDonald’s is a great example of what Cargill is capable of accomplishing when we first align to our customer success criteria, then figure out how to engage the broader Cargill—and not the other way around.”
— Pete Richter, President, Cargill McDonald’s business

In the Economics category, Cargill was honored for its Cocoa Promise, an Africa-based initiative that teaches sustainable practices to smallholder farmers, improving yields, stabilizing trade flows and enriching local communities. Within the same category, Cargill won for its work with canola in Canada, harvesting more high-oleic canola on fewer acres of land, which reduces environmental impact.

In Animal Health & Welfare, Cargill was recognized for implementing renewable practices on chicken farms. The company also won in the Land & Biodiversity category for its improved corn growing practices in China. Cargill captured a Climate Change & Energy award for its Truvia® sweetener program, which has set environmental standards in stevia cultivation throughout South America and Asia.

Cargill won top honors in the Community Impact category as well. Its ongoing work with CARE is helping to reduce hunger, increase productivity and improve childhood education around the world. And in Indonesia, Cargill established a palm oil teaching farm where smallholders learn sustainable agricultural practices.

While the awards celebrate the hard work of Cargill employees, they also reinforce the two companies’ longstanding partnership and their shared values: taking an ethical, sustainable approach to every aspect of business.