MINNEAPOLIS — Cargill presented progress on its efforts to meet its commitment to eliminate deforestation from its supply chains in a report issued today (Jan. 16). The first Cargill Report on Forests covers on-the-ground actions within six priority supply chains and global collaborations to advance sustainable agriculture. Cargill worked with numerous global partners to engage more than 148,000 farmers and established a baseline for measuring tree cover loss by mapping the sourcing areas of nearly 2,000 locations across 14 countries, according to a news release.
In the lead up to the 2017 World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Cargill’s inaugural report is intended to spark broader discussion of the issues driving deforestation and the policies and practices that can prevent it.
“Ending deforestation is critical to curb climate change,” said Cargill CEO and Chairman David MacLennan in the news release. “Today, we are at an important crossroads as we work to nourish the world and protect the planet. Sustainable agriculture must be a part of the solution.”
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The report highlights Cargill’s progress on:
• Creating and enacting action plans to protect forests in priority supply chains: Palm oil globally, soy in Brazil and Paraguay, cocoa globally, cotton and maize in Zambia and fiber-based packaging. In support of these action plans, Cargill issued a new Policy on Sustainable Fiber-based Packaging.
• Developing and implementing programs and trainings for more than 148,000 farmers and suppliers to promote sustainable land use, including 15,000 small- and large-scale soy farmers in Brazil, 21,000 palm oil smallholder farmers in Indonesia, 1,000 soy farmers in Paraguay and 90,000 cocoa farmers and cooperatives in West Africa.
• Completing an analysis, in partnership with World Resources Institute and Global Forest Watch, of nearly 2,000 sourcing locations, both Cargill-owned and third-party operated, across its global footprint. Extending the Brazilian Soy Moratorium in the Amazon and the implementation of the Brazilian Forest Code and the Rural Environmental Registry, or CAR, through supplier training and education, and partnerships with cross-sector and multi-sector organizations. Cargill soy contracts in Brazil now require farms to comply with the Brazilian Forest Code and CAR.
The report also outlined challenges and new approaches necessary to drive continued progress.