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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      Cargill states "we commit to transform our agricultural supply chains to be deforestation-free, through prioritized supply chain policies and time-bound action plans[...]This policy applies to all Cargill operating entities, all agricultural supply chains, including direct and indirect sourcing, processing, and physical trading. This policy takes effect immediately". 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      New York Declaration on Forests; Soy Moratorium; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      Cargill have stated that they are a part of the UN Global Compact, Soy Moratorium, New York Declaration on Forests, UN Consumer Goods Forum, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change, avoiding erosion and increasing biodiversity. [...] Cargill has pledged to eliminate deforestation from our agricultural supply chains. We believe forests and farming can and must coexist in order to sustain the health of people and our planet."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    46/86
    • Palm oil
      71/86
      • Commitment Strength
        34/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "Cargill’s commitment to producing and sourcing palm oil in an economical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner is embodied in our responsible production requirements that aim to deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices". "We continue to encourage and support our palm product supply chain partners to join the RSPO and become RSPO certified". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s commitment to producing and sourcing palm oil in an economical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner is embodied in our responsible production requirements that aim to deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices". "We continue to encourage and support our palm product supply chain partners to join the RSPO and become RSPO certified".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s commitment to producing and sourcing palm oil in an economical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner is embodied in our responsible production requirements that aim to deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices". "We continue to encourage and support our palm product supply chain partners to join the RSPO and become RSPO certified".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s commitment to producing and sourcing palm oil in an economical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner is embodied in our responsible production requirements that aim to deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices". "We continue to encourage and support our palm product supply chain partners to join the RSPO and become RSPO certified".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s commitment to producing and sourcing palm oil in an economical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner is embodied in our responsible production requirements that aim to deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices". "We continue to encourage and support our palm product supply chain partners to join the RSPO and become RSPO certified".
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Cargill’s commitment to producing and sourcing palm oil in an economical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner is embodied in our responsible production requirements that aim to deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices". "We continue to encourage and support our palm product supply chain partners to join the RSPO and become RSPO certified".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Cargill’s commitment to producing and sourcing palm oil in an economical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner is embodied in our responsible production requirements that aim to deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices". "We continue to encourage and support our palm product supply chain partners to join the RSPO and become RSPO certified".
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Cargill commits to a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth" "This Policy applies to all the physical palm oil products that Cargill produces, trades and processes. We work with our direct and indirect suppliers across all their operations, smallholders, customers, governments, non-governmental organizations, industry associations and other stakeholders to implement this policy and continuously drive compliance."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill commits to a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth" "This Policy applies to all the physical palm oil products that Cargill produces, trades and processes. We work with our direct and indirect suppliers across all their operations, smallholders, customers, governments, non-governmental organizations, industry associations and other stakeholders to implement this policy and continuously drive compliance."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill commits to a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth" "This Policy applies to all the physical palm oil products that Cargill produces, trades and processes. We work with our direct and indirect suppliers across all their operations, smallholders, customers, governments, non-governmental organizations, industry associations and other stakeholders to implement this policy and continuously drive compliance."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill commits to a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth" "This Policy applies to all the physical palm oil products that Cargill produces, trades and processes. We work with our direct and indirect suppliers across all their operations, smallholders, customers, governments, non-governmental organizations, industry associations and other stakeholders to implement this policy and continuously drive compliance."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill commits to a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth" "This Policy applies to all the physical palm oil products that Cargill produces, trades and processes. We work with our direct and indirect suppliers across all their operations, smallholders, customers, governments, non-governmental organizations, industry associations and other stakeholders to implement this policy and continuously drive compliance."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            The HCS and Peat commitment is part of their roadmap to 2020
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Cargill commits to a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth" "This Policy applies to all the physical palm oil products that Cargill produces, trades and processes. We work with our direct and indirect suppliers across all their operations, smallholders, customers, governments, non-governmental organizations, industry associations and other stakeholders to implement this policy and continuously drive compliance."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Cargill’s goal is to have all palm oil volumes we produce, trade (ship and physically handle) and process traceable to plantations in high-risk supply chains by 2020". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s goal is to have all palm oil volumes we produce, trade (ship and physically handle) and process traceable to plantations in high-risk supply chains by 2020". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s goal is to have all palm oil volumes we produce, trade (ship and physically handle) and process traceable to plantations in high-risk supply chains by 2020". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s goal is to have all palm oil volumes we produce, trade (ship and physically handle) and process traceable to plantations in high-risk supply chains by 2020". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s goal is to have all palm oil volumes we produce, trade (ship and physically handle) and process traceable to plantations in high-risk supply chains by 2020". 
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Cargill’s goal is to have all palm oil volumes we produce, trade (ship and physically handle) and process traceable to plantations in high-risk supply chains by 2020". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Cargill’s goal is to have all palm oil volumes we produce, trade (ship and physically handle) and process traceable to plantations in high-risk supply chains by 2020". 
      • Reporting and Implementation
        24/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Cargill report on progress towards certification and NDPE and engagement on their Palm oil dashboard
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Cargill report on engagement and progress in their Palm oil progress reports
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Cargill Global Traceability score to mill level 92%, Cargill Global Traceability score to plantation level  42% 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Cargill "proactively monitor our supply chains and sourcing landscapes using tools such as spatial assessments and social risk methodologies".
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Cargill states that they will "work with parties to resolve complaints and conflicts relating to non-compliance of this Palm Policy through an open, accessible, transparent and consultative process" in instances of non-compliance. 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Cargil publishes their mill lists on quarterly basis with parent companies and location data included. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "Cargill is committed to sustainable palm oil production and sourcing. We believe it is critical that all parts of our palm oil supply chain – plantations, processing and trading operations and all third-party suppliers – act in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. Cargill's Palm Grievance Procedure is established to provide a transparent, open, and predictable process for dealing with grievances. Any grievance, complaint or concern from external parties concerning the implementation of Cargill’s palm supply chain commitments may be submitted in writing, online or by phone via Cargill’s secure Ethics Open Line."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Cargill is a founding member of the Palm Oil Traceability Working Group (TWG). The TWG is convened by IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative and was formed early 2014 after many companies committed to produce and source sustainable palm oil from no deforestation areas". 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          574,939 tonnes
          Cargill reports its commodity volumes through RSPO.
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Cargill "Respect the rights of indigenous and local communities. We support FPIC as a core to protecting those rights. Concerning the utilization of lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights, all new developments where appropriate, must undergo a social impact assessment and implement a FPIC process prior to commencement of activities, in a manner that is locally relevant to the affected communities."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Cargill ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Cargill "Respect and protect human rights including rights of all workers regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, language, local customs, physical ability, race, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, contract status or migration."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Cargill is committed to "Promoting the inclusion of smallholders into sustainable palm supply chains. We work directly and in partnership with our suppliers to support smallholders and communities to identify and manage HCS, HCV and customary areas." 
    • Soy
      35/86
      • Commitment Strength
        14/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            If Other, specify here: International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), 2BSvs (Biomass and Biofuel Sustainability voluntary scheme), Triple S (Sustainably Sourced & Supplied)
            Certification schemes mentioned: RTRS; Other (specify)
            "Cargill commits to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain that: 1. Transforms our supply chain to be deforestation free while protecting native vegetation beyond forests."  "Cargill is a member of RTRS."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Cargill commits to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain that: 1. Transforms our supply chain to be deforestation free while protecting native vegetation beyond forests." "Cargill operates a network of soy crush plants, in-country collection facilities and port facilities in Argentina, Boliviaxiv, Brazilxv, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Chile, serving customers around the world with South American soybeans and soy derivative products"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Cargill commits to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain that: 1. Transforms our supply chain to be deforestation free while protecting native vegetation beyond forests.""Cargill operates a network of soy crush plants, in-country collection facilities and port facilities in Argentina, Boliviaxiv, Brazilxv, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Chile, serving customers around the world with South American soybeans and soy derivative products"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Cargill commits to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain that: 1. Transforms our supply chain to be deforestation free while protecting native vegetation beyond forests."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Cargill commits to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain that: 1. Transforms our supply chain to be deforestation free while protecting native vegetation beyond forests."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            "Cargill commits to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain that: 1. Transforms our supply chain to be deforestation free while protecting native vegetation beyond forests."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            "Cargill commits to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain that: 1. Transforms our supply chain to be deforestation free while protecting native vegetation beyond forests."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Cargill reports on their progress to sustainable soy procurement in Brazil and Paraguay in their 2017 Forestry Report.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          Cargill has on open line to report any grievances related to their supply chains " Our Ethics Open Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for employees and third parties anywhere in the world (subject to certain countries’ legal limitations)."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          Cargill states "we participate in an ongoing working group with members of industry associations – including the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE) and ANEC — as well as TNC, World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Conservation International and Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia[...]Through our membership in ABIOVE, we are supporting the Soja Plus Program, which encourages environmental conservation, better agricultural practices and improving the rights and well-being of rural producers and other workers in soy supply chains. To date, the program has reached more than 6,200 producers in Brazil". 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Cargill "Respect the rights of indigenous and local communities. We support FPIC as a core to protecting those rights. Concerning the utilization of lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights, all new developments where appropriate, must undergo a social impact assessment and implement a FPIC process prior to commencement of activities, in a manner that is locally relevant to the affected communities."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Cargill ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "We support soy farmers at all levels of production across Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay to help them achieve commercial success while growing crops more sustainably. For example, through Soja Mais Sustentável – a partnership with The Natural Conservancy (TNC) – we promoted good agricultural practices and train farmers in accordance with the Brazilian Forestry Code". 
    • Pulp & Paper
      33/86
      • Commitment Strength
        15/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal.To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -certified fiber where available, also considering factors such as integrity and cost". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal.To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -certified fiber where available, also considering factors such as integrity and cost". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            '"The scope of this policy includes all corrugated, paper bags and folding carton packaging made from wood fiber, making up approximately 98 percent of the fiber-based packaging we buy. It applies to the selection and retention of all significant and substantial packaging suppliers and contracts exceeding $10,000 annually...Approximately 1-2 percent of our supplier base are outside of the scope of [Cargill's Sustainable Packaging] policy."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            '"The scope of this policy includes all corrugated, paper bags and folding carton packaging made from wood fiber, making up approximately 98 percent of the fiber-based packaging we buy. It applies to the selection and retention of all significant and substantial packaging suppliers and contracts exceeding $10,000 annually...Approximately 1-2 percent of our supplier base are outside of the scope of [Cargill's Sustainable Packaging] policy."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            '"The scope of this policy includes all corrugated, paper bags and folding carton packaging made from wood fiber, making up approximately 98 percent of the fiber-based packaging we buy. It applies to the selection and retention of all significant and substantial packaging suppliers and contracts exceeding $10,000 annually...Approximately 1-2 percent of our supplier base are outside of the scope of [Cargill's Sustainable Packaging] policy."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal.To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -certified fiber where available, also considering factors such as integrity and cost". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal.To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -certified fiber where available, also considering factors such as integrity and cost". 
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal.To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -certified fiber where available, also considering factors such as integrity and cost". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal.To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -certified fiber where available, also considering factors such as integrity and cost". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            '"The scope of this policy includes all corrugated, paper bags and folding carton packaging made from wood fiber, making up approximately 98 percent of the fiber-based packaging we buy. It applies to the selection and retention of all significant and substantial packaging suppliers and contracts exceeding $10,000 annually...Approximately 1-2 percent of our supplier base are outside of the scope of [Cargill's Sustainable Packaging] policy."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            '"The scope of this policy includes all corrugated, paper bags and folding carton packaging made from wood fiber, making up approximately 98 percent of the fiber-based packaging we buy. It applies to the selection and retention of all significant and substantial packaging suppliers and contracts exceeding $10,000 annually...Approximately 1-2 percent of our supplier base are outside of the scope of [Cargill's Sustainable Packaging] policy."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            '"The scope of this policy includes all corrugated, paper bags and folding carton packaging made from wood fiber, making up approximately 98 percent of the fiber-based packaging we buy. It applies to the selection and retention of all significant and substantial packaging suppliers and contracts exceeding $10,000 annually...Approximately 1-2 percent of our supplier base are outside of the scope of [Cargill's Sustainable Packaging] policy."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal.To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -certified fiber where available, also considering factors such as integrity and cost". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal.To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -certified fiber where available, also considering factors such as integrity and cost". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "When Cargill acquires a new business, a milestone-based implementation plan will be developed to ensure compliance with our policy within two years of acquisition." 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "Packaging suppliers who are considered out of compliance with our policy will be evaluated and may be suspended if they are confirmed, through a credible source, audit or verification process, to be in violation of our fiber-based packaging policy". 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          Cargill has on open line to report any grievances related to their supply chains " Our Ethics Open Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for employees and third parties anywhere in the world (subject to certain countries’ legal limitations)."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Cargill "Respect the rights of indigenous and local communities. We support FPIC as a core to protecting those rights. Concerning the utilization of lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights, all new developments where appropriate, must undergo a social impact assessment and implement a FPIC process prior to commencement of activities, in a manner that is locally relevant to the affected communities."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Cargill ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    21/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    14/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    11/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Cargill is a US-based agribusiness company operating in 70 countries. Its business operations include the procurement, processing and trading of agricultural commodities, food products and industrial products, and it also offers financial solutions. It is one of the major players in the South American soy industry and one of the largest commodity traders globally. Cargill is one of the major soy processors in Argentina and Brazil. It also has processing facilities in Paraguay, India and China. Cargill is one of the largest exporters of soy in South America, being especially prominent in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The company also has significant palm oil operations, with about 60,000 hectares in Indonesia and a global annual fresh fruit bunch processing capacity of over 1.5 million tons as of 2015.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Animal feed, Ingredients
Segments
Producer, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Cargill, Provimi, Ewos, Purnia, Diamond V, Nutrena

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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