Many of the challenges in the palm oil supply chain, such as deforestation and human rights concerns, are not specific to a single mill or to the palm sector alone. These issues often are common within a region and across commodities. Therefore, to drive meaningful change, Cargill is focusing on supplier engagement not only at the mill level, but also through interventions more broadly at the landscape level, especially in high-priority landscapes. Shared action is needed to tackle persistent, complex social and environmental risks involving multiple mills, growers, buyers and other stakeholders. We recognize that engagement of public institutions is critical to enforce systemic change.
To address these common environmental, land and labor issues, Cargill is joining together pre-competitively in multi-stakeholder industry programs focused on landscape-level interventions. For example, Cargill is one of seven palm oil purchasing and consumer goods companies participating in a collaboration with local government, NGOs, producers and smallholders to achieve sustainable land use in the Siak and Pelalawan districts of Indonesia. Together, we are building on existing efforts to develop scalable solutions, pilot sustainable approaches, support local organizations, improve smallholder livelihoods and share lessons learned with other landscape initiatives. Learn more about this landscape program.
In addition to the landscape program in Siak and Pelalawan, we are pursuing landscape programs in other areas of Sumatra and West Kalimantan, including Ketapang. We also are exploring development of initiatives in Latin America to address workers’ rights in the palm sector through collaboration with public, private and civil society stakeholders.
Measuring our performance
We measure progress against the following key performance indicator:
- Percentage of high-priority landscapes covered by a project
To learn about our progress, see the updates posted under Reports and Publications.