USA's second-largest private corporation (after Koch Industries). Cargill is the world's largest grain trader, one of the largest flour millers, and its second-largest meatpacker.
The 2016 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report ranks global food companies on how they are managing and reporting their farm animal welfare policies and practices. This company appeared in tier 2, "Integral to Business Strategy", with tier 1 being the best, and tier 6 the worst.
[Source 2017][More on Animal Rights]
The Forest 500 identifies, ranks, and tracks the governments, companies and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation. Rankings are based on their public policies and commitments and potential impacts on tropical forests in the context of forest risk commodities (palm oil, soya, beef, leather, timber, and pulp and paper). This company received a score of 4/5.
[Source 2016][More on Forests]
This company is listed as having best practice on a report card on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in corporate America.
[Source 2017][More on Workers Rights]
Cargill's has made a commitment to build a sustainable cocoa supply chain and support cocoa farmers in the Ivory coast through the UTZ Certified and Rainforest Alliance schemes. Over 50 per cent of the payments go directly to farmers with the remainder used by cooperatives to provide assistance to their members and to build local community facilities. (Between October 2010 and May 2011 UTZ Certified and Rainforest Alliance cocoa was 20,000 tonnes, representing approximately 10 per cent of Cargill's total bean sourcing in Cote d'Ivoire.)
[Source 2011][More on Workers Rights]
Cargill has been criticised together with ADM and Bunge (who together account for 60% of the total financing of soy production in Brazil) in Greenpeace report 'Eating up the Amazon' Publication, May 2006, as having severe environmental impacts in the Amazon including deforestation, displacement of native people and use of slave labor.
[Source 2006][More on Forests]
Anti-Slavery International is calling on cocoa traders Cargill, ADM and Barry Callebaut to increase their efforts to end child slavery in the industry, particularly in the Ivory Coast. These big multinational commodity trading companies buy cocoa sourced from Ivorian cocoa farms where children in slavery are frequently found, and export it to the global brands which make and sell chocolate worldwide.
[Source 2012][More on Workers Rights]
Cargill has been criticised as a large commodity trader still sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. The corrupt and dictatorial Uzbekistan government has set up a system of compulsory state procurement, where farmers are forced to produce a certain amount of cotton each year and then hand it over to the state, and children are taken out of school and forced to work in the cotton fields for little or no money during the harvest in order to meet official imposed quotas.
[Source 2012][More on Human Rights]
Cargill (and Archer Daniels Midland) have been criticied as being instrumental in the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms into the food chain. These two companies, principally involved in distribution and primary processing of commodities, are responsible for around two thirds of US soya and maize exports.
[Source 2000][More on Genetic Engineering]
In their 2015 report 'Feeding Ourselves Thirsty', Ceres looks at how the food sector is managing water risk. The report evaluates publicly available information on the water use, stewardship and policies of 37 major food sector companies. This company received a score of 17/100
[Source 2015][More on Habitats]
A civil society coalition is calling on investors and buyers (including this company) of palm oil producer Felda Global Ventures (FGV) to take robust, transparent action to address ongoing risks. This follows the Wall Street Journal's expose of human trafficking, forced labor, withholding of wages and other abuses of workers on FGV's palm plantations in July 2015.
[Source 2016][More on Palm Oil]
Criticisms include burning and clearing rainforests, causing conflict with local communities, destroying peatlands and operating in violation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's (RSPO) Principles and Criteria and outside of Indonesian law. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
[Source 2010][More on Palm Oil]
Friends of the Earth's 2014 report "Tiny Ingredients, Big Risks" names this company as one of over 200 transnational food companies engaged in nanotechnology research and development, and on their way to commercializing products. New studies are adding to a growing body of scientific evidence indicating nanomaterials may be toxic to humans and the environment.
[Source 2014][More on Product Safety]
Various criticisms relating to factory farming in the USA, including multiple offences of pollution violations, occupational health & safety violations, labour standards violations, food standards violations, Humane slaughter violations, documented animal abuse, and product recalls. (This assessment has been included under 'information' due to the age of this report - violations occurring between 2000 and 2008).
[Source][More on Animal Rights]
Named one of Multinational Monitor's '10 Worst Corporations of 2008'. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
[Source 2008][More on Governance]
This company is a member of Bonsucro - Better Sugar Cane Initiative, a global non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation fostering the sustainability of the sugarcane sector through its leading metric-based certification scheme and its support for continuous improvement for members.
[Source 2014][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), an international membership organization representing more than 100 member companies across the cocoa value chain. WCF is committed to creating a sustainable cocoa economy through economic & social development and environmental stewardship in cocoa-growing communities.
[Source 2014][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The Sustainable Food Lab is a network of business, public sector, and civil society leaders from around the globe who are working together to accelerate sustainability in mainstream food and agriculture.
[Source 2016][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company is a member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), who's stated mission is to advance continuous improvement in sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. However the GSRB has been criticised by a group of NGOs for its failure to address misuse of antibiotics and animal welfare concerns, among other things (http://bit.ly/1xWw5pV).
[Source 2015][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires companies operating in California to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. KnowTheChain.org has examined this company's disclosure statement and concluded that it addresses the majority of SB 657 requirements. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
[Source 2013][More on Workers Rights]
Green America's Responsible Shopper provides details about the corporate responsibility records of well-known companies. Follow the link to see this company's profile. [Last updated 2009]
As one of the largest grain traders in the world, with hundreds of grain terminals worldwide, integration of storage and transportation, and as one of the top beef, pork, and turkey processors, and cattle feedlot operators, Cargil's power in enormous in the US, Europe and globally. Cargill has been a leading architect of an agricultural system in which it is both buyer and seller. See Food and Water Watch Europe's comprehensive fact sheet on Cargil.
Corporate Watch report, including aid for trade, burying US farming, free trade agreements, political power, and corporate crimes. (2000)
The Corporate Research Project's Corporate Rap Sheets are dossiers summarising the most significant crimes, violations and other questionable activities of the world's largest and most controversial companies. Follow link to see this company's Corporate Rap Sheet. "Cargill has frequently been associated with controversies involving food contamination, workplace injuries, anticompetitive practices and environmental violations and has been targeted by climate activists for destroying rainforests in countries such as Indonesia."
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
This company is listed on the Facing Finance website as a company that manufactures weapons or profits from violations of human rights, pollution, corruption, or international law. Follow link for further details.
|Company Structure||Private company|
|Revenue||US$117 billion in 2009|
|# Employees||159,000 in 2009 in World|
|Subsidiaries||Cargill Australia Ltd
- AWB Ltd
- Teys Australia (50% owned)
Products / BrandsCargill
TruVia (stevia) Sweeteners
Teys Australia - A Cargill Joint Venture (50% owned)
Slave labor linked to palm oil
18th Jul 2013 — Businessweek has released a groundbreaking article connecting Indonesia's palm oil industry to widespread cases of forced and child labor (18/7/13). The stories include workers, many of whom are children, being defrauded, abused, and held captive on palm plantations. The investigation focused on Kuala Lumpur Kepong, one of the world's most significant palm oil suppliers, a major supplier to agribusiness giant Cargill. [source]
Agrium offloads AWB unit to Cargill for $870m
16th Dec 2010 — AGRIUM has reached a deal to sell a majority of the AWB's Australian commodity-management business to Cargill Inc. [source]