Monitoring practices and verifying progress
With increased transparency comes increased responsibility to evaluate practices, engage on solutions and verify progress. We monitor for potential land use changes in our supply chain to ensure compliance with Cargill’s Policy on Sustainable Palm Oil and "No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) commitment.
Satellite and radar technology
To verify practices, we monitor our supply chain using Global Forest Watch Pro, a satellite imagery system that provides alerts on deforestation-related issues within our supply chain. When issues are identified, we engage with our suppliers to develop corrective action plans.
We also collaborate with World Resources Institute to use radar technology to track issues across our supply chain in near-real-time and address concerns in accordance with our grievance procedure. In areas prone to cloud cover, radar can pierce through the clouds and provide data that cannot be obtained using optical sensors alone. Radar systems also are capable of capturing data at night. The addition of radar technology provides more timely and reliable deforestation detection.
We integrate data from both of these satellite and radar monitoring technologies into the Global Forest Watch platform to enable effective monitoring.
Policy compliance verification
As part of our commitment to working toward a transparent, traceable and sustainable palm supply chain, in 2019, Cargill partnered with Preferred by Nature, a non-profit organization, to develop the Cargill Environmental Compliance Verification Guideline. With this initiative, we aim to offer stakeholders more transparency and accountability in the way we deliver on our “No Deforestation, No Development on Peat and No Exploitation of people and indigenous communities” (NDPE) commitments and how we report impact.
The Cargill Environmental Compliance Verification Guideline is one of the first company-led independent verification guidelines. It reinforces our commitment to independent verification as a key element of delivering an NDPE palm oil supply chain. It also supports our broader supplier engagement strategy to help ensure that our plantations, as well as suppliers, are empowered to achieve and maintain compliance and are held accountable for transforming their supply chains.
Measuring our performance
- Percent of the supply chain covered by satellite and/or radar monitoring.