Protecting Forests, Land and Water Resources
Reducing environmental impact and improving the sustainability of cotton production
We work to reduce the environmental impact of cotton production across our supply chain and within our own operations:
- Supply chain: We are committed to protecting forests and water resources in our cotton supply chain. Cargill has pledged to reduce and eventually end deforestation across our entire agricultural supply chain, with the goal of halving it by 2020 and ending it completely by 2030.
- Operations: In all of our operations, we strive to improve our energy efficiency, increase the use of renewables, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce fresh water use. Our cotton operations comply with our stringent corporate environmental policies and support our corporate goals in these areas.
Forest Action Plan in Zambia
As part of our supply chain commitment, we are taking action to reduce deforestation in Zambia, where we work with partners to encourage more than 70,000 farmers to improve conservation. This agricultural conservation training includes crop management, conservation agricultural practices and agroforestry programs.
Cargill is playing an active role in a local multi-stakeholder forum called the Chipata Roundtable which has established The Luangwa Valley Ecosystem Partnership Management Initiative, helping to bring together key government and non-government stakeholders. The Chipata Roundtable has established an action plan to support local community leaders’ efforts to establish Community Conservation Areas to discourage production in sensitive areas.
Also in the Luangwa Valley, Cargill is helping facilitate connections between the Chipata Roundtable and the newly formed World Bank Group’s BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL). ISFL aims to operate for 10 years (2015-2024) and achieve emissions reductions while improving rural livelihoods and wildlife conservation
Reducing environmental impact of our operations
Our cotton warehouses and cotton gin have a relatively low environmental impact, because the operating season lasts for less than six months of the year following harvest, and facilities use minimal resources. Our ginning operation uses renewable energy sourced from nearby hydroelectric sources. All of the waste produced at our gin is reused or recycled, including wastewater and discarded plant material.