Cargill Honored with a 2015 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence
State Department names Cargill winner in human and labor rights category for partnering with farmers in Vietnam to sustainably strengthen the country’s agricultural economy
- Cargill Vietnam has trained more than 12,000 farmers in sustainable agriculture practices and more than one million farmers on animal husbandry.
- The company has also strengthened local economies and rural education by building 76 schools benefiting more than 13,000 students per year.
Washington, D.C. - March 1, 2016 – Cargill was today awarded a 2015 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) which recognizes American companies that make an important contribution to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they work. The company was one of three finalists in the human rights and labor rights category.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken presented the award to Cargill Chairman and CEO Dave MacLennan who accepted it on behalf of Cargill, the company’s 1,600 employees in Vietnam and the one million farmers and community members it partners with in the country.
“Cargill is committed to helping our customers, farmers, employees and their wider communities thrive,” said MacLennan. “We’re proud to be investing in Vietnam’s rural economy and advancing our global commitment to building a more sustainable, food-secure future.”
In the past 20 years, Cargill Vietnam has trained more than 12,000 farmers in sustainable agriculture practices and more than one million farmers on animal husbandry. The company has also strengthened local economies and improved rural education. Through Cargill’s partnerships in education, it has built and improved 76 schools across Vietnam – benefiting more than 13,000 students every year. Cargill has pledged to invest in a total of 100 schools by 2020 to reinforce its commitment to education and economic development.
“Cargill is proud to be partnering with government, non-governmental organizations and rural communities across Vietnam,” said Jorge Becerra, Vietnam country representative. “The real winners, of course, are the local farmers and communities that Cargill in Vietnam works with every day.”
U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said, “We are proud to be partnering with companies like Cargill who are investing in Vietnam. Cargill is not only training local farmers, they are also strengthening the country’s long-term economic outlook by investing in education. They are a great example of how U.S. investment builds stronger relationships between countries.”
Each year since 1999, the U.S. Department of State award has recognized leadership in corporate social responsibility by U.S. companies around the world. In 2008, Cargill received the Award for Corporate Excellence for its programs and activities to promote rural development in China.
Deanna Petersen, Cargill, 952-742-6245, [email protected]
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About Cargill in Vietnam
Since 1995, Cargill has operated in Vietnam and worked closely with customers, partners, the government and the farming communities to contribute to the country’s economic development. Today in Vietnam, Cargill employs more than 1,600 people in 14 locations. The company continues to invest in the country and developing business in areas of animal nutrition, grain and oilseeds, food ingredients and metals.
About the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE)
Since 1999 the Secretary of State has bestowed the ACE on U.S. businesses that undertake responsible activities to improve lives and advance the needs of local communities around the world. Other finalists in the labor rights and human rights category included Goldman Sachs Asia in Hong Kong for its workplace inclusion programs and Newmont Ghana Gold Limited for partnering with public and private security forces to promote human rights. The Department of State remains committed to furthering best practices by collaborating with U.S. businesses. For more information, visit www.state.gov/e/eb/ace.