Statement of Soy Sourcing
January 14, 2022
Our approach to building more sustainable supply chains includes initiatives that protect the land, invest in regenerative land practices, restore previously converted land and innovate with programs and solutions that can drive long-term change. We are committed to eliminating deforestation from our supply chains in the shortest time possible and are accelerating our efforts.
We have robust procedures to ensure we are respecting social and environmental restrictions – Slave Labor, Soy Moratorium, Green Grain Protocol and Embargoes (from federal and state agencies). On a daily basis, we systematically consult government lists of embargoed farms and blocks them so they are not eligible to sell product to us. Our system also consults lists of non-compliant farms based on the Amazon Soy Moratorium, as well as the Green Grain Protocol. When a farm is blocked in our system for being on one of these lists, we also block other farms registered to the same person or entity either in the local area or the entire country, depending on the violation involved. Upon learning about the situation at Fazenda Conquista, Cargill reported the incident to the administrators of the Amazon Soy Moratorium for appropriate measures. If fire was used and has impacted native forest or any irregularity is confirmed, we will take appropriate action according to our Supplier Code of Conduct. The use of fire to clear land is not a common practice used by the farmers from which we source soy in Brazil.
We have firmly upheld the Brazilian Soy Moratorium in the Amazon since 2006, when we partnered with industry and environmental organizations to implement this voluntary agreement to not purchase soy from lands in the Amazon biome that were deforested after July 2008. This effort has contributed to the 80 percent decline in deforestation in the Amazon in the last decade and was extended indefinitely in 2016.