Cargill’s sustainable palm oil policy covers our entire supply chain for all the palm we ship and physically handle, including through our third-party suppliers. Our supplier engagement activities are intended to ensure our suppliers are aware of our policy and receive the necessary support to implement it in their operations and supply chain. In the majority of cases, this entails working in partnership and aligning with our direct suppliers – leveraging their commercial relationship with third-party mills and supporting change in principles and practice.
We measure supplier progress through our suppliers’ involvement in engagement programs that include the Aggregator/Refiner Transformation (ART) plan or Proforest’s supplier outreach programs, whether they supply certified Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Segregated products, and have a credible responsible sourcing policy covering No Deforestation, Peat and Exploitation (NDPE).
We continue to engage direct suppliers without commitments to develop and implement NDPE policies, and are encouraged by the progress. Our work with two suppliers in Colombia who demonstrates such progress is further detailed below.
For the first quarter of 2017, 71 percent of our supply chain were implementing transformation and certification programs in their supply chains. The charts below show the percentage of volumes in key destination markets covered by these efforts. We will continue to explore various partnerships to support and encourage both direct and indirect supplier participation in transformation programs..