Labor and Human Rights
Cargill is a company that operates around the world. With our global reach comes the responsibility to understand and manage our impact. We are unconditionally committed to protecting human rights and treating people with dignity and respect in the workplace and in the communities where we do business. Cargill’s standards often exceed the requirements of local laws and regulations.
Labor issues vary across regions, countries, supply chains and cultures. They range from matters commonly discussed in collective bargaining, such as occupational safety, labor organization rights, wages and benefits, to matters that fall in the realm of human rights, such as child labor, land rights or sustainability concerns. In each case, we honor the principle that our employees are our greatest asset and our growth as a company depends on how we treat people and communities.
- Our Statement on Human Rights reflects the Cargill Code of Conduct and our Guiding Principles. It outlines our commitments to:
- We do not accept or support the use of illegal, abusive, enforced or child labor.
- We have made specific labor and human rights commitments as part of our sustainability commitments in all our supply chains, including sometimes controversial ones such as palm oil, soy and cocoa. We back up our commitments by working closely with supply chain partners and third-party advisors to prevent and remedy problems, and with grievance procedures that allow all stakeholders to raise issues in a transparent manner.
- We are working to build strong, vibrant communities where we operate. Our ability to grow as a company depends on the way we treat people, including our customers, our employees and our communities.
- Cargill’s employees are our greatest asset. We provide an equitable, safe and supportive workplace, and value the unique contributions of our global team. We strive to help all Cargill employees achieve their own individual potential.
- We respect freedom of association and the right to collectively bargain, enabling employees to join a union and voluntarily negotiate, and we expect the same from our suppliers.
- We value the full range of perspectives and talents of our diverse employees, which includes, for example, ethnicity, gender, language, local customs, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, life experience and socioeconomic status. We maintain employee diversity councils, each with executive sponsors. We make every reasonable attempt to provide religious accommodation to all employees.
- Cargill maintains perfect score in Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index
- Statement on Human Rights
- Cargill’s Guiding Principles
- Cargill on the Issues: Child labor
- Cargill on the Issues: Land rights
- Cargill’s statement on slavery and human trafficking
- Cargill’s California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure