Last week, Cargill released a new policy on forests, taking the next step forward in meeting its commitment to end deforestation by 2030. The announcement spotlighted Cargill’s commitment to working with local farmers, governments, businesses, advocacy organizations and consumers to help craft and implement solutions tailored to protect diverse landscapes. Cargill’s policy on forests is one of the ways it is working to feed a growing global population, while also sustaining vital forest ecosystems for the future.
In September 2014, Cargill endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests at the United Nations Climate Summit, pledging to do its part to halve deforestation by 2020 and end it completely by 2030. The new policy and action plans go a step further by outlining specific measures that will help the company reach its goal.
Cargill’s focus on deforestation is part of a broader sustainability program. Earlier this year, David MacLennan, Cargill’s chairman and chief executive officer, convened a working group of senior leaders from across the organization to identify the next generation of sustainability efforts at Cargill. The working group solicited input from key stakeholders, including customers and NGOs. It identified four focus areas where Cargill can best leverage its expertise and global scale to drive positive change: land use (including deforestation), water, climate change and farmer livelihoods.
Cargill embodies manufacturers’ commitment to sustainability principles and is a leading example of how manufacturers continue to provide the solutions to our greatest environmental challenges.