Cargill prohibits the use of child labor in its operations and works diligently to eliminate illegal, abusive or enforced child labor in its supply chains. We are concerned about the safety and well-being of children who may be involved in dangerous or forced work in agricultural operations and elsewhere, and we are taking action to tackle those issues.
- Cargill does not tolerate child labor under any circumstances. We have strengthened that principle with specific commitments in some of the most challenging supply chains, including cocoa, palm oil, soy and cotton.
- We are committed to protecting the rights of children, raising awareness of labor issues among farming communities, and taking action to prevent children from being put at risk.
By focusing on improving farmer livelihoods and access to education, we can help eradicate poverty and the other root causes of child labor. We are working to make a difference by focusing on three areas:
- Training farmers
- Supporting farming communities
- Investing in the long-term sustainable production of their crops.
Recognizing that we cannot tackle child labor on our own, we work with partners such as local governments and NGOs to improve farmer livelihoods, education and the wellbeing of children in the communities we touch. Working in partnership, we can achieve these goals through:
- Raising awareness of child labor
- Identifying practices that harm children and training farmers on how to avoid them
- Expanding access to education
- Providing basic services for children and their families
- In our West African cocoa supply chain, we have dedicated teams in place to implement our child labor policies. We provide awareness training to our teams, children in cocoa growing communities, farmers and other community members. All our employees in Côte d’Ivoire are trained by the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) to help them understand and identify children who may be at risk.
- As part of our sustainable palm oil commitments, we adopted a grievance procedures that allows all stakeholders to raise issues such as child labor and have their complaints dealt with in a timely matter.