People, Safety and Well-Being
Sending our employees home safely whilst improving safety standards across the maritime industry
Cargill is committed to sending our employees home safely at the end of each day. We are also striving to improve safety standards across the maritime industry.
Seafaring is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous jobs that exist. Crews spend months away from their families, suffering from isolation, anxiety and other mental health issues, including suicide. They endure violent storms, accidents, flooding, explosions, even pirate attacks, and the risk of abandonment is still a reality.
As a charterer, Cargill is not responsible for the management, maintenance or crewing of the ships we operate - this is managed instead by our shipowner partners. Nonetheless, we try to influence our partners and encourage safe practices and ethical treatment of their crews in three ways: by selecting owners of modern and well-maintained vessels; by partnering with owners to encourage best practices; and by setting clear expectations through our Supplier Code of Conduct.
For our 280 employees, we emphasize the importance of safety every single day and strive to foster a work environment that is both physically and psychologically safe.
We know from experience that better quality ships improve crew safety. We continue to use better and higher rated vessels, we are installing Cargill safety standards across our partners, we have appointed a Safety Officer and we are driving improved safety standards across the industry. Last year, there was no loss of life or major incident impacting the safety of our employees and we continued to work on awareness about safety and well-being.
Read more about our 2020 targets for people, safety and well-being and our progress to date.