Innovation that sustains: Setting the standard for sustainable stevia
For over 20 years, Cargill has set higher standards for more-sustainable stevia. These include our comprehensive Stevia Sustainability Agricultural Standard, becoming the first to receive the global FSA 3.0 Silver benchmark across our supply chain, and conducting multiple third-party Lifecycle Analyses (LCA) measuring the global footprint of our next-generation stevia sweetener.
Sustainability is a broad concept, encompassing both environmental goals and worker welfare, among other things. Our Stevia Sustainability Agricultural Standard is the most comprehensive in the industry and protects both the farmers and the land where our stevia plants are grown. And, on top of that, we use innovative approaches that drive sustainability.
Rigorous production standards
All Cargill stevia is sourced through our own program – never off the open market. Our grower-partners must adhere to the Cargill Stevia Sustainability Agricultural Standard, which includes:
- 137 control criteria in 13 categories
- 10 critical and 33 major focus areas, including worker health & safety, no forced labor, chemical handling, or banned substances
- Third-party oversight assures compliance through Intertek, Sedex audits; FSSC22000 certification
Cargill's agricultural stevia program has been benchmarked at Silver Level against the Farm Sustainability Assessment 3.0, becoming the first stevia producer to have its entire grower network achieve this distinction.
Unparalleled traceability, consistent quality
Unlike other stevia suppliers, Cargill knows the farmers who raise our stevia plants and the fields where they are grown. Every lot of stevia we sell can be traced back to the cooperative where it was grown.
Throughout cultivation and production, stevia leaves are analyzed to make sure their glycoside content measures up. Only stevia that meets our stringent criteria will make its way into Cargill products.