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Cargill statement on situation in Eastern Europe

March 30, 2022

The people of Ukraine continue to live an unthinkable and horrifying reality. Since their country was invaded, many have lost their lives, families, homes – everything. Unfortunately, those impacted include many of our Cargill team members, customers, and farmers. In response to this devastating conflict, we scaled back business activities and stopped new investments in Russia, only operating essential food and feed facilities.

The Black Sea corridor, however, plays a significant role in growing key ingredients in basic staples like bread and animal feed and feeding people worldwide. Our company’s purpose is to nourish the world, and we work daily with farmers, shippers, and customers to keep food moving and counter the significant stress the conflict has put on the global food system This includes buying critical commodities that have maintained the flow of Ukrainian grain throughout the conflict to ensure farmers can support their families, earn a living, and feed the world. After all, food is a fundamental human right and should never be used as a weapon.

Working with our global humanitarian partners, including World Food Programme, World Central Kitchen, Red Cross, Save the Children, European Food Banks Federation, CARE, and local relief organizations, we invested an initial $40 million to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, in neighboring countries, and across Europe. Through our Cargill Cares Councils, employees also volunteered by donating food and supplies to those in need.