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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/4
      Conversion-free/zero-gross conversion/zero-net conversion commitment or a zero deforestation/deforestation-free commitment that explicitly includes all other natural ecosystems
      4/4
      "Cargill is committed to transforming our agricultural supply chains to be free of deforestation and land conversion by 2030." 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: New York Declaration on Forests; Soy Moratorium; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; Palm Oil Innovation Group; UN Global Compact
      Cargill is a member of the New York Declaration on Forests, the UN Global Compact, the Tropical Forest Alliance, Cerrado Manifesto. "We have firmly upheld the Brazilian Soy Moratorium in the Amazon since 2006 and do not source from newly deforested areas." ; They are aligned with the POIG
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests provide food, water, fuel, medicine and livelihoods to billions of people, while providing vital habitat, regulating the climate and storing carbon for the wider environment. Agriculture is essential to the livelihoods of billions of people and to food security for all. "
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Quarterly

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & Paper
      " Sustainability management is integrated into the functioning and management structure of Cargill and is overseen by the Executive Team led by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Team provides strategic direction that ensures our actions are aligned with our purpose — to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.Reporting to the CEO is the Business Operations Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer who leads the implementation of sustainability practices across different integrated commodity supply chains.To ensure sustainability efforts are operationalized across the organization, the Corporate Sustainability Hub was established in 2019 to share learnings and best practices across diverse supply chains and with the broader industry to drive sector-wide transformation."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      "For this year’s program (2019), 60 Cargill employees and local students from the villages of Bonikro and Bowaly planted 7,500 seedlings in each of their communities. Both villages are located in sourcing zones of SOCODD and COOPAAHS partner cooperatives participating in the Cargill Cocoa Promise.The planting activity is part of the “One School, 5 hectares of Forest” educational project initiated by the Ministries of Water and Forests and National Education, that encourages schools to replant five hectares of deforested areas near their schools." 
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2025
      "Reducing emissions across our operations. We’ve set targets to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse emissions – those caused directly and indirectly by our operations – by 10% by 2025, measured against a 2017 baseline. That means steps like pursuing emissions-reducing technology and investing in renewable energy to power our operations or offset our emissions."
  • Commodity score
    55/88
    • Palm oil
      68/88
      • Commitment Strength
        19/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat
            "Cargill is committed to transforming our agricultural supply chains to be free of deforestation and land conversion by 2030." ; "Cargill’s commitments to producing and sourcing palm oil in an ethical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner are 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."  
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Cargill is committed to transforming our agricultural supply chains to be free of deforestation and land conversion by 2030." ; "Cargill’s commitments to producing and sourcing palm oil in an ethical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner are 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."  
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "Cargill is committed to transforming our agricultural supply chains to be free of deforestation and land conversion by 2030." ; "Cargill’s commitments to producing and sourcing palm oil in an ethical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner are 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."  
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            Cargill’s commitments to producing and sourcing palm oil in an ethical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner [...] aim to deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices. [...] Cargill commits to a transparent, traceable and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: 1. Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth. [...] 2020 Goals - Cargill-owned mills/plantations (and smallholders supplying to them) compliant with NDPE policy - 100% of mills, plantations and managed smallholders RSPO (2020) certified, 100% of fresh fruit bunches (FFBs) originate from NDPE-compliant sources"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Cargill commits to a transparent, traceable and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Cargill commits to a transparent, traceable and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Cargill commits to a transparent, traceable and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Cargill commits to a transparent, traceable and sustainable palm oil supply chain that: Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-priority landscapes. - We continue to work toward our goal of providing traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-risk landscapes, implementing a targeted, risk-calibrated approach." [...] "We are rolling out the risk-calibrated approach across our supply base in a structured way based on classification of mills in four categories: • Fully traceable with 100% traceability to plantation. • Lower-risk Mills with less than 25% high-risk land (as defined above). • Higher-risk with partial traceability data Mills with greater than 25% high-risk land and less than 100% traceability to plantation. • Higher-risk with zero traceability data Mills with greater than 25% high-risk land and no traceability to plantation data."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Not specified. 
            "Traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-priority landscapes. - We continue to work toward our goal of providing traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-risk landscapes, implementing a targeted, risk-calibrated approach." [...] "We are rolling out the risk-calibrated approach across our supply base in a structured way based on classification of mills in four categories: • Fully traceable with 100% traceability to plantation. • Lower-risk Mills with less than 25% high-risk land (as defined above). • Higher-risk with partial traceability data Mills with greater than 25% high-risk land and less than 100% traceability to plantation. • Higher-risk with zero traceability data Mills with greater than 25% high-risk land and no traceability to plantation data."
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            "Traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-priority landscapes. - We continue to work toward our goal of providing traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-risk landscapes, implementing a targeted, risk-calibrated approach." [...] "We are rolling out the risk-calibrated approach across our supply base in a structured way based on classification of mills in four categories: • Fully traceable with 100% traceability to plantation. • Lower-risk Mills with less than 25% high-risk land (as defined above). • Higher-risk with partial traceability data Mills with greater than 25% high-risk land and less than 100% traceability to plantation. • Higher-risk with zero traceability data Mills with greater than 25% high-risk land and no traceability to plantation data."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-priority landscapes. - We continue to work toward our goal of providing traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-risk landscapes, implementing a targeted, risk-calibrated approach." [...] "We are rolling out the risk-calibrated approach across our supply base in a structured way based on classification of mills in four categories: • Fully traceable with 100% traceability to plantation. • Lower-risk Mills with less than 25% high-risk land (as defined above). • Higher-risk with partial traceability data Mills with greater than 25% high-risk land and less than 100% traceability to plantation. • Higher-risk with zero traceability data Mills with greater than 25% high-risk land and no traceability to plantation data."
      • Social Considerations
        16/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We promote and respect human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are a participant in the UN Global Compact. We take guidance from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work."; "We expect our Supplier Partners to: [...] Never use or tolerate the use of human trafficking, forced labor, or child labor as defined by theInternational Labour Organization (ILO);Foster an inclusive work environment that is free of harassment and discrimination; Respect employees’ rights to organize and bargain collectively" 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 22,000

          What is the nature of that support?: Certification; Technical assistance/support; Economic; Other
          "Cargill has helped more than 16,500 of the 21,600smallholders around our plantations and mills in South Sumatra and West Kalimantan to become RSPO certified. As a result, more than 10,000 hectares of smallholder plantation land is now part of the sustainable palm oil supply." "Our plantations work with nearly 22,000 smallholder farmers (who have plantations of 2 hectares each)."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          2/4
          "Today, Cargill has partnerships with many diverse suppliers, including small businesses and we continue to grow our network of diverse supplier partners, especially in large and sustainable supply contracts and through business development opportunities. As a corporation, we strive to spend $1 billion with minority and women-owned businesses around the world."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "In our own operations and by engaging with our suppliers, Cargill is committed to: Require and partner with all suppliers to implement HCV and HCSA in their own operations and supply chains [...] Development taking place without prior implementation of this methodology will be investigated through Cargill’s grievance process and may require remedial action."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "In our own operations and by engaging with our suppliers, Cargill is committed to: [...] 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."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
          "Cargill is guided by the SOP Land Dispute Settlement in dealing with land claims/dispute in our business operation license area. The company will ascertain and map the area first to ensure the land dispute is located inside the company’s own plantation, Inti or KKPA concession. The land claimant must meet at least 2 criteria: there is a written statement from the claimant and there is valid supporting documentation issued by the relevant authority held by the claimant. Settlement of land claims result in a legally accountable agreement, which becomes a valid record and evidence, to avoid reoccurrence of the issue on the same place or land objection in the future." 
      • Reporting and Implementation
        34/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In their 2021 report they state - "Proportion of RSPO certified volumes out of global volumes: 17% of all Cargill volumes physically certified (RSPO segregated and mass balance), 38%RSPO segregated sold in Europe, 10% RSPO mass balance sold in Europe and US"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In their 2021 reporting, "100% Fresh fruit bunches originate from NDPE-compliant sources", 83% of plantations were RSPO certified, 715 of managed smallholders were RSPO certified and 92% of mills were RSPO certified. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            " Traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-priority landscapes. - We continue to work toward our goal of providing traceability to plantations by 2020 in high-risk landscapes, implementing a targeted, risk-calibrated approach." [...] 2020 KPI Report: "98% Cargill global traceability score to mill level and 48% Cargill global traceability score to plantation level." 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            In their 2021 report they state - "Proportion of RSPO certified volumes out of global volumes: 17% of all Cargill volumes physically certified (RSPO segregated and mass balance), 38%RSPO segregated sold in Europe, 10% RSPO mass balance sold in Europe and US"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            In their 2021 reporting, "100% Fresh fruit bunches originate from NDPE-compliant sources", 83% of plantations were RSPO certified, 715 of managed smallholders were RSPO certified and 92% of mills were RSPO certified. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Satellite (internal) monitoring 
            "Monitoring and verification - NDPE compliance verified across Cargill supply chain Percentage of supply chain covered by satellite and/or radar monitoring (New verification KPI to be introduced in 2021) - 98% monitoring" 
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          The scope of the palm oil policy includes all operations of suppliers - "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." 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?:  Tropical Forest Alliance, Palm Oil Collaboration Group

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
           "Issues related to deforestation and social exploitation often are not limited to a single supplier or sector, so we collaborate through landscape-level initiatives and platforms, such as the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA), to address challenges that span physical and political boundaries and involve multiple commodities." [...] "actively participate in the Palm Oil Collaboration Group trialing the NDPE Implementation Reporting Framework as well as developing a collective approach and taking action on deforestation outside of concessions."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Define Apply appropriate and measurable forest definitions to the individual supply chain and/or origination biome so that progress against our commitment can be measured, monitored and verified. Cargill sees that forest and land definitions are situational where the unique characteristics of each different supply chain and/or biome must be considered. Definitions should consider local social, rural economic factors and farmer considerations, as well as the broader issue of indirect land use change. [...] Forest definitions may include the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) or conversion free approaches. [...]3. Quantify and Risk Assess Quantify the level of deforestation in the supply chain so that subsequent action can be taken for its reduction and elimination. Deforestation in a particular geography can be measured once the definition has been established in step 2, thereby allowing each business to annually report the percentage of the supply chain that complies with the deforestation-free commitment."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Compliance with law is set out in the supplier code of conduct which is a pilar within their Palm Policy - "The Cargill Code of Conduct, 1 Policy on Forests 2 , Commitment on Human Rights 3 and our Supplier Code of Conduct 4 are key pillars of our Palm Policy -[..] We will work with credible independent third parties to verify compliance of our suppliers with this Palm Policy, and to audit and evaluate the implementation and performance of this Policy across our supply chain."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          " This Palm Grievance Process is developed as a part of our Palm Policy, April 2019 [...] Grievances can be expressed via any of the following channels: Via internet to Cargill Ethics Open Line By telephone to specific phone number for your country By fax to +65 6393 8797 ATTN: Stakeholder Engagement Manager In writing to Stakeholder Engagement Manager C/O Cargill Asia Pacific Holdings Ptd Ltd 138 Market Street #17-01, Capita Green Singapore 048946"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 3,616,289 tonnes 
          In their 2020 ACOP report, the total volume (including produced and sourced volumes) was 3,616,289 tonnes 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 28.60%

          What is the certified volume?: 1034732 tonnes
          The volume of produced and sourced palm oil that is RSPO certified is 1034732 tonnes- 28.6% of total. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "To ensure our suppliers are operating in compliance with our NDPE policy commitments and our Supplier Code of Conduct, we engage with them through visits, assessments and workshops. Our risk-calibrated approach for traceability helps us prioritize the most important areas and suppliers for action. Our supplier engagement programs address both environmental and social sustainability challenges as we work to end deforestation and protect human rights in our supply chain... When an issue is identified through our monitoring efforts, we immediately take action to address it." 
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          "In its palm oil policy, Cargill commits to "Conduct due diligence of new suppliers, assess risk, and proactively monitor our supply chains and sourcing landscapes using tools such as spatial assessments and social risk methodologies." This includes "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."
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 0 ha

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Venezuela, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Panama,  Costa Rica, Ecuador, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Gabon, Thailand, Nicaragua
          They have an updated Cargill mill list which includes coordinate locations. 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Venezuela, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Panama,  Costa Rica, Ecuador, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Gabon, Thailand, Nicaragua, Philippines

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?:  Primary processing sites (mills)
          Publishes a quarterly mill list, including direct and indirect suppliers- most recent being Q1 2021. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: Satellite and radar, remote monitoring and RSPO audits
          "Our goal: Cargill-owned mills/ plantations (and smallholders supplying them) are compliant with our NDPE policy. [..] Our goal: NDPE compliance verified across the Cargill supply chain. We take a two-track approach to verification, including remote monitoring using satellite and radar technology to verify compliance with deforestation and peat commitments, and soon through our newly developed verification procedure" [...] "We have put in place or improved procedures to ensure continued compliance with our Policy on Sustainable Palm Oil and we regularly conduct internal audits of NDPE practices within our operations in addition to scheduled RSPO audits."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "We will work with credible independent third parties to verify compliance of our suppliers withthis Palm Policy, and to audit and evaluate the implementation and performance of this Policyacross our supply chain."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Suspend suppliers, engage to bring into compliance, and reintroduce to the supply chain
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Suspend suppliers, engage to bring into compliance, and reintroduce to the supply chain
          2/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Action plan 

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "When an issue is identified through our monitoring efforts, we immediately take action to address it. For example, when deforestation grievances are identified and validated, we immediately suspend suppliers and work with them to define an action plan with clear timelines and milestones. Our supplier suspension process is outlined in our Palm Grievance Procedure. We recognize that a range of issues affecting labor and human rights occur in the palm oil supply chain with varying levels of severity and impact. To be able to tackle these issues effectively, we believe in prioritizing engagement to drive long-term capability and compliance improvements – in most situations banning producers is not a productive first step. When a supplier is unable or unwilling to make progress within the agreed upon timeframe, or has repeated non-compliances, we take action to remove them from our supply chain in cooperation with our upstream supply chain partners. We hold ourselves and our suppliers accountable to respond to grievances, set time-bound action plans to ensure progress and close the grievance in a timely manner as agreed to by the complainant. We do not tolerate retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, raises a concern or participates in an investigation or whistleblowing."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged; Yes, excluded
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged; Yes, excluded
          2/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: Mill list includes suppliers (both direct and indirect) who have been 'struck off' the list, indicated by strikethrough
          Mill list includes suppliers (both direct and indirect) who have been 'struck off' the list, indicated by strikethrough - "Mills that have been struck off from our mill list are those which our suppliers formerly purchase from but have been suspended from our supply chain. We will continue to reflect these changes as they get updated" . Elsewhere, they report that 30 "mills in Cargill supply chain [are] engaged in Siak/Pelalalwan Landscape Program" and that it has a "Mill prioritisation for engagement", with 303 mills identified as high risk, 459 as medium risk, and 524 as low risk
    • Soy
      55/88
      • Commitment Strength
        14/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "Cargill is committed to transforming our agricultural supply chains globally to be deforestation- and conversion-free (DCF) by 2030. This includes taking action now to find solutions for soy from South America in the quickest and most effective way possible." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "This includes taking action now to find solutions for soy from South America in the quickest and most effective way possible. Our global forest policy lays out our overarching approach to achieving this target. It is founded on our belief that farming and forests can and must coexist. Finding solutions for this equation is what we and our partners are striving to achieve. Our businesses source soy from all of the major growing regions in the world. We are focused on South America as the highest-priority region for soy sustainability because it is home to vital landscapes such as the Amazon, Cerrado and Gran Chaco biomes that must be protected." 
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            "Cargill is committed to transforming our agricultural supply chains globally to be deforestation- and conversion-free (DCF) by 2030. This includes taking action now to find solutions for soy from South America in the quickest and most effective way possible." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Traceability progress is reported through the Soft Commodity Forum - "Our work with the Soft Commodities Forum supports this company commitment. To achieve our goal of becoming deforestation- and conversion-free, we need to increase traceability, which is why we have been investing heavily in the process of mapping our supply chain. This work is a meaningful undertaking given we have thousands of suppliers in the region. We reached our goal of having 100% of the Brazil supply chain mapped with geo-referenced single points, six months ahead of schedule."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            Traceability progress is reported through the Soft Commodity Forum - "Our work with the Soft Commodities Forum supports this company commitment. To achieve our goal of becoming deforestation- and conversion-free, we need to increase traceability, which is why we have been investing heavily in the process of mapping our supply chain. This work is a meaningful undertaking given we have thousands of suppliers in the region. We reached our goal of having 100% of the Brazil supply chain mapped with geo-referenced single points, six months ahead of schedule."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Traceability progress is reported through the Soft Commodity Forum - "Our work with the Soft Commodities Forum supports this company commitment. To achieve our goal of becoming deforestation- and conversion-free, we need to increase traceability, which is why we have been investing heavily in the process of mapping our supply chain. This work is a meaningful undertaking given we have thousands of suppliers in the region. We reached our goal of having 100% of the Brazil supply chain mapped with geo-referenced single points, six months ahead of schedule."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Traceability progress is reported through the Soft Commodity Forum - "Our work with the Soft Commodities Forum supports this company commitment. To achieve our goal of becoming deforestation- and conversion-free, we need to increase traceability, which is why we have been investing heavily in the process of mapping our supply chain. This work is a meaningful undertaking given we have thousands of suppliers in the region. We reached our goal of having 100% of the Brazil supply chain mapped with geo-referenced single points, six months ahead of schedule."
      • Social Considerations
        16/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We promote and respect human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are a participant in the UN Global Compact. We take guidance from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work."; "We expect our Supplier Partners to: [...] Never use or tolerate the use of human trafficking, forced labor, or child labor as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO);Foster an inclusive work environment that is free of harassment and discrimination; Respect employees’ rights to organize and bargain collectively" 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 1,700 farmers directly and 700 farmers within cooperatives

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training
          "Since 2011, Cargill and the Instituto Biosistêmico (IBS) have partnered to bring cost-free training to Brazil’s smallholder farmers growing soybeans for biodiesel, to help them grow their crops with more sustainable methods. Technical visits to farms by IBS specialists analyze soil, erosion, crop rotation and fertilizer applications. In addition to greater productivity and protecting the natural resources of their farms, farmers also receive a premium for their soy, with the amount varying by state. Across six states in the 2019-20 crop season, the family farming program benefitted more than 1,700 farmers directly and 700 farmers within cooperatives." 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          2/4
          "Today, Cargill has partnerships with many diverse suppliers, including small businesses and we continue to grow our network of diverse supplier partners, especially in large and sustainable supply contracts and through business development opportunities. As a corporation, we strive to spend $1 billion with minority and women-owned businesses around the world."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "In order to systematise its external engagement activity, Cargill, working closely with its stakeholders, has established a Forest and Land Use Sustainability Advisory Panel. The Panel will advise and challenge Cargill on delivering its Forest Policy and specific supply chain ambition and action plans (cocoa, palm, soy), ... Labor Practices: Prohibit the use of human trafficking, illegal, abusive, forced or child labor within our operations anywhere in the world and work with our suppliers to prevent and address such practices across the supply chain. In cases where exploitative practices are identified, we will determine remedial actions to ensure appropriate and transparent responses." 
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Today, Cargill has partnerships with many diverse suppliers, including small businesses and we continue to grow our network of diverse supplier partners, especially in large and sustainable supply contracts and through business development opportunities. As a corporation, we strive to spend $1 billion with minority and women-owned businesses around the world."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        22/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Cargill soy volumes estimated to be deforestation- and conversion-free: 96.1% in Brazil, 98.8% in Argentina, 98% in Paraguay. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "We reached our goal of having 100% of the Brazil supply chain mapped with georeferenced single points, six months ahead of schedule."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2008
          "Cargill uses external registration and monitoring programs combined with internal processes to ensure that we do not buy soy produced from areas deforested after 2008"
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: AIBA, AgTech 

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing financial support; Providing technical capacity
          Through their Land Innovation Fund, they are part of several collaborations including: "CIMATEC has begun work with AIBA, the producer association in Brazil’s state of Bahia, to develop a system for AIBA’s farmers that monitors land use, water resources and good agricultural practices [...] Brazil-based innovation hub AgTech Garage successfully launched a first challenge for startups that will develop new technologies and approaches to reduce deforestation in the Cerrado" 
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified 
          "Regarding risk assessment overall, land conversion is our primary filter in order to protect natural landscapes [...] In order to identify the risks in our supply chain and direct our interventions as effectively as possible, we must understand the sources of the soy we buy and how it was produced. That’s why mapping our soy supplies has been one of our most significant areas of focus during the past two years. [...] Identifying the sources of all our soybeans in South America and the risks of deforestation in those areas, through mapping and analysis"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Compliance with law is set out in the supplier code of conduct which is a pilar within their Palm Policy - "The Cargill Code of Conduct, 1 Policy on Forests 2 , Commitment on Human Rights 3 and our Supplier Code of Conduct 4 are key pillars of our Palm Policy -[..] We will work with credible independent third parties to verify compliance of our suppliers with this Palm Policy, and to audit and evaluate the implementation and performance of this Policy across our supply chain."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No - but states that "58soy-related grievances were reported inour system during the first half of 202072%of these were unrelated toour supply chain or operations" - https://www.cargill.com/doc/1432166466608/soy-progress-mid-year-report-2020-en.pdf

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "This Soy Grievance Process is deployed by Cargill to handle any grievance identified and raisedby internal or external parties, including individuals, employees, contractors, suppliers, and civilsociety organizations, concerning compliance of the Soy Policy [...] The grievance may be raised by any external stakeholder or Cargill employee through threechannels available to receive grievances. These are listed below.- Via internet or phone through Cargill Ethics Open Line: In this case, the grievance isreceived through Cargill’s Global Ethics & Compliance Office (GECO) and then forwardedto the member of the Sustainability team responsible for the grievance process- E-mail: Ideally directed to the e-mail soy_grievancecoordinator@cargill.com- Letter: Handed out in person to members of the Sustainability team or addressed to theSouth America Soy Sustainability Grievance Coordinator, located in Brazil headquartersAv. Dr. Chucri Zaidan, 1240 – 6th floor – Diamond Tower – São Paulo – SP – Brazil"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Implementing an effective grievance mechanism is a part of being a responsible global citizen, in line with Cargill's Code of Conduct and Guiding Principles, Commitment on Human Rights, and Supplier Code of Conduct... Cargill’s South American Soy Grievance Process (“Soy Grievance Process”) serves as a guide to review, address, and monitor the outcome of any grievance concerning the Soy Policy across Cargill’s South American supply chain. It aims at providing a clear, predictable and effective path of action."
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: Action plans

          For what percentage of production units has an ESIA been carried out as part of the land use planning process?: 0 Not specified
          "Building a sustainable, deforestation-free supply chain for soy in South America is anchored in The Soy Toolkit created by Proforest, adapted for the specifics of our business and what we have learned doing similar work in other geographies and supply chains. Regarding risk assessment overall, land conversion is our primary filter in order to protect natural landscapes "[...] "This engagement prioritization process / risk assessment methodology is applied to section 3 of our Soy Action Plan for the Cargill Policy on Sustainable Soy – South American Origins. • The approach incorporates both a historical lens of past land conversion that has soy cultivation today and a future lens of examining existing land status on land that is suitable for future soy cultivation [...] This methodology is applied to the Amazon, Cerrado and Gran Chaco biomes of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia."
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Daily

          Details of monitoring: Using a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism; Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Government agencies in Brazil play a key role in protecting native vegetation. The country’s 2012 Forest Code established mechanisms for addressing illegal deforestation and stipulated that between 20% and 80% of native vegetation on agricultural properties must be preserved, depending on the region. Meanwhile, the federal government maintains lists of farming operations accused of illegal deforestation and slave labor. On a daily basis, our commercial system consults these government lists of embargoed farms and blocks them so they are not eligible to sell soy to us. Our system also consults lists of non-compliant producers managed by the Soy Working Group (GTS) based on the Amazon Soy Moratorium, as well as voluntary programs managed by the state of Pará such as the Green Grain Protocol. When a farm is blocked in our system for being on one of these lists, we also block other farms registered to the same person or entity in the local area (or in the case of a farm that shows up as a labor violator, we block all other associated farms across Brazil). These affiliated farms are only unblocked once we have conducted an analysis to ensure that soy from the violating farm is not being rerouted and sold to us through the affiliated operations. This helps ensure that the soy flowing into our supply chains was produced responsibly. Our local commercial teams have been fully trained on these tools and procedures [...] Cargill uses external registration and monitoring programs combined with internal processes to ensure that we do not buy soy produced from areas deforested after 2008. These programs continue to function robustly. Meanwhile, the latest report on the Soy Moratorium shows that in 95 municipalities across seven states representing 98% of soy production in the Amazon biome, just 1.4% of the total soy grown in the biome during the last crop failed to comply with the no-deforestation requirement. Cargill does not buy from any of these noncompliant producers."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with policy

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Incentive mechanisms for conservation of forest resources
          "Ending legal deforestation will require more detail on where, when and why it occurs. Our new system will use data from sources like the University of Maryland and Global Forest Watch to identify legal land conversion as it is happening in our supply chain. Then, our commercial teams will be able to engage with the relevant farmers. As other incentive mechanisms for conservation are developed, we will be able to offer these as alternatives to those farmers so they can protect both their livelihoods and the forest resources on their land."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged; Yes, excluded
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged; Yes, excluded
          2/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No

          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 2,600
          "In the second half of 2019, 75 farms were blocked"
    • Pulp & Paper *
      29/88
      • Commitment Strength
        14/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Cargill is committed to transforming our agricultural supply chains to be free of deforestation and land conversion by 2030."; "Cargill is committed to sustainable forest management and conservation. Going forward, we will require the assurance that all fiber-based packaging from our suppliers contains fiber that 1) comesfrom a known forest source, 2) is legally sourced from its country of origin, 3) does not cause forestconversion, 4) does not originate from High Conservation Value Areas (HCVs), unless these areasare credibly certified, and 5) does not conflict with human and traditional rights.We seek to partner with suppliers who share our commitment to operating responsibly andsustainably. Our ideal suppliers provide recycled and certified products, with a preference for ForestStewardship Council (FSC) certification."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "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. To ensure business continuity, some instances of “spot buys” from locally-sourced and/or episodic suppliers with less than $10,000 annual spend or approximately 1-2 percent of our supplier base are outside of the scope of this policy."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "By 2025, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging Cargill procures will be sourced responsibly:recycled or certified, with a preference for FSC."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            "We will take a phased approach to achieving this goal. By 2018, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging with fiber origins in higher risk regions will berecycled or at a minimum, third party verified to meet the FSC Controlled Wood Standard. By 2020, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging with fiber origins in higher risk regions will besourced responsibly: recycled or certified, with a preference for FSC."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. [...] To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)2 -certified fiber where available, [...] We will work with our suppliers to help them reach full chain of custody, with a preference for FSC certification  By 2018, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging with fiber origins in higher risk regions will be recycled or at a minimum, third party verified to meet the FSC Controlled Wood Standard.  By 2020, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging with fiber origins in higher risk regions will be sourced responsibly: recycled or certified, with a preference for FSC.  By 2025, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging Cargill procures will be sourced responsibly: recycled or certified, with a preference for FSC."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
             "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. [...] To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)2 -certified fiber where available, [...] We will work with our suppliers to help them reach full chain of custody, with a preference for FSC certification  By 2018, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging with fiber origins in higher risk regions will be recycled or at a minimum, third party verified to meet the FSC Controlled Wood Standard.  By 2020, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging with fiber origins in higher risk regions will be sourced responsibly: recycled or certified, with a preference for FSC.  By 2025, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging Cargill procures will be sourced responsibly: recycled or certified, with a preference for FSC."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "Cargill’s goal is to achieve a 100-percent responsibly-sourced fiber-based packaging supply by 2025. [...] To be considered responsibly-sourced, Cargill will give preference to 100 percent recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)2 -certified fiber where available, [...] We will work with our suppliers to help them reach full chain of custody, with a preference for FSC certification  By 2018, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging with fiber origins in higher risk regions will be recycled or at a minimum, third party verified to meet the FSC Controlled Wood Standard.  By 2020, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging with fiber origins in higher risk regions will be sourced responsibly: recycled or certified, with a preference for FSC.  By 2025, 100 percent of fiber-based packaging Cargill procures will be sourced responsibly: recycled or certified, with a preference for FSC."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Going forward, we willrequire the assurance that all fiber-based packaging from our suppliers contains fiber that 1) comesfrom a known forest source, 2) is legally sourced from its country of origin"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We promote and respect human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are a participant in the UN Global Compact. We take guidance from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work."; "We expect our Supplier Partners to: [...] Never use or tolerate the use of human trafficking,forced labor, or child labor as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO); Foster an inclusive work environment that is free of harassment and discrimination; Respect employees’ rights to organize and bargain collectively" 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          2/4
          "Today, Cargill has partnerships with many diverse suppliers, including small businesses and we continue to grow our network of diverse supplier partners, especially in large and sustainable supply contracts and through business development opportunities. As a corporation, we strive to spend $1 billion with minority and women-owned businesses around the world."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?:  Not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%
          "Define Apply appropriate and measurable forest definitions to the individual supply chain and/or origination biome so that progress against our commitment can be measured, monitored and verified. Cargill sees that forest and land definitions are situational where the unique characteristics of each different supply chain and/or biome must be considered. Definitions should consider local social, rural economic factors and farmer considerations, as well as the broader issue of indirect land use change. [...] Forest definitions may include the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) or conversion free approaches. [...]3. Quantify and Risk Assess Quantify the level of deforestation in the supply chain so that subsequent action can be taken for its reduction and elimination. Deforestation in a particular geography can be measured once the definition has been established in step 2, thereby allowing each business to annually report the percentage of the supply chain that complies with the deforestation-free commitment."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
           " If you see or suspect any conduct or business practices that you think could violate our Supplier Code, please contact Cargill directly. You may raise a concern or get help by: [...] Calling our secure Cargill Ethics Open Line." This includes a link to Cargill's EthicsPoint address, which allows third parties to submit a report online or by phone.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%
          "Our commitment is to work with suppliers who are committed to helping us achieve our sourcing targets, engaged in continuous improvement practices, and making efforts toward adherence to our policy.  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."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Implementation plans, evaluations, auditing

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non-compliance with policy
          "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.  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."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    16/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    24/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    14/18
    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. The company also has significant palm oil operations. Cargill is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Animal feed, Ingredients
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, 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

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