Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
Making agriculture a force for good, to nourish people and protect our planet.
Our ambition is to ensure the most sustainable food supply chains in the world.
Our purpose is to be the leader in nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. It’s who we are. It’s why we exist. As the world faces extraordinary challenges – from climate change to food insecurity – delivering on our purpose is more critical than ever before.
To deliver, we’ve identified the most material issues to our business. This prioritization was completed in partnership with external stakeholders and takes into account the significance of the environmental, social and economic impacts of our diverse business and supply chains. Within each of these strategic priorities, we have set goals and objectives.
Our global priorities
Agriculture is how we help people and the planet thrive
We believe that many of the solutions to challenges facing people and the planet today can be found in the very place our food system begins: agriculture. Agriculture can be a force for good. We aim to empower farmers and workers, support our communities, promote safe and fair working conditions, and ensure food is nutritious and plentiful for all.
We’re also driving progress on priorities that safeguard our planet and ensure we’re operating our business in a sustainable way. Through our work with key partners, collaborative initiatives with our customers and constantly innovating the products and services we offer, we are committed to creating impactful change that leverages our scale of operations and reach.
By empowering farming communities, protecting land and regenerating our soils, we’ll nourish this growing population – safely, responsibly and sustainably.
Read more about our priorities and our work in making our supply chains more sustainable
Transparency and governance
Cargill’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Ruth Kimmelshue, leads oversight for the company’s policies and programs to deliver progress against our global commitments. The Cargill Executive Team reviews the company’s progress on a quarterly basis at an enterprise and business level. We report progress externally through our company’s annual report in addition to annual and biannual supply chain reports. All of our reports, supply chain grievance dashboards and other public information can be found on our Reporting Hub.
Recent sustainability progress reports
Connection to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Cargill supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Working to nourish the world, protect the planet and empower communities, we know business plays an important role in advancing the Global Goals, which aim to end poverty, address climate change and ensure prosperity for all. We contribute 2% of our global pre-tax earnings to advance social and environmental impact priorities, and support local communities.