Cargill's Response to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic
April 30, 2020
Cargill provides an essential service to the world: delivering the food, feed, and ingredients that nourish people and animals. As individuals, families, and communities around the world face challenges and uncertainty caused by the spread of COVID-19, our mission has never been more important.
During this unprecedented time, we are working around the clock with farmers and our customers – the world’s food retailers and service providers – to continue feeding the world safely, responsibly and sustainably. We remain confident in the dependability of our global food system.
Disruptions in Cargill’s food supply chains have been limited, as our hard-working employees continue to operate safely in our facilities. We are prioritizing our employees’ health and well-being, as they are essential in delivering the food we all need to stay healthy and nourished. This includes additional precautions to support staff at our production facilities, including temperature testing, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, prohibiting visitors from entering our facilities, prohibiting international travel, limiting domestic travel, adopting social distancing practices and offering shift flexibility to keep our major production facilities open.
We are working differently, but the values that have enabled Cargill to meet previous global challenges remain unchanged. Our commitment to doing the right thing, putting people first and reaching higher will continue to guide every decision we make.
These values extend beyond our business operations, to the communities where we live and work. Vulnerable children and families around the world are facing food insecurity at unprecedented levels, and those needs are only heightened with widespread school closures. Working with nonprofit partners, we are supporting local foodbanks and developing emergency food boxes to address these nutrition needs. Our businesses are also making contributions to support local and regional COVID-19 relief efforts in communities around the world.
Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by the virus, especially those who are sick and under medical care. We are inspired by the contributions of medical professionals, first responders, workers, and farmers in our communities whose selfless efforts are helping ensure that people and animals around the world are cared for and their essential needs are met. Cargill’s 160,000 employees in 70 countries offer our thanks and continued support.