Cargill statement on situation in Eastern Europe
March 30, 2022
The people of Ukraine are living an unthinkable and horrifying reality. Since their country was invaded, many have lost their lives, their families, their homes – everything. Through our 157 years, two things are a constant: We always put people first, and we do everything we can to produce and move food as that is how we nourish families around the world.
We have a long history in Russia, but now is a time like no other. As such, we are scaling back our business activities there to only operate essential food and feed facilities and have stopped investment. This region plays a significant role in our global food system and is a critical source for key ingredients in basic staples like bread, infant formula and cereal. Food is a basic human right and should never be used as a weapon.
We have committed to contributing any profits from these essential activities to humanitarian aid. Given the uncertainty, we have set a minimum donation amount of $40 million to support our Ukrainian colleagues and humanitarian efforts in the region. Cargill is contributing to the World Food Programme, World Central Kitchen, Red Cross, Save the Children, European Food Banks Federation, CARE, and local relief organizations supported by our employee-led Cargill Cares Councils in Ukraine, at borders and in neighboring countries.