MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill today released its fiscal 2014 corporate responsibility report entitled "Delivering Responsibly in the Global Food System." The report focuses on the work Cargill does around the world to improve access to safe, affordable and nutritious food, operate responsible supply chains and benefit communities in which it operates.
"The global food system is being challenged to provide safe, nutritious and affordable food for everyone – and we all want confidence that our food is grown, processed and distributed responsibly," said Greg Page, Cargill executive chairman. "Our goal is to help make the system better, more resilient and up to the challenge of producing more food with the same or fewer natural resources for a world that is more populous, more urban and more affluent."
Cargill is committed to ensuring that the supply chains it operates respect people and human rights; produce safe and wholesome food; treat animals humanely; promote responsible agricultural practices; and reduce environmental impacts. The report shares information on Cargill's efforts to boost agricultural productivity and incomes around the world while working with customers and others to meet sustainable sourcing requirements.
"Cargill's vision of being the global leader in nourishing people comes with a commitment to being responsible," said Dave MacLennan, Cargill president and chief executive officer. "Building sustainable, responsible supply chains is complex, and requires trust-based partnerships with many stakeholders."
The report documents Cargill's efforts to help produce enough food to feed the world's growing and more affluent population, while also protecting the planet. Included are examples of the company's facility investments to improve efficiency and increase agricultural capacity, as well as storage, handling and transportation investments designed to reduce food waste and improve food security. In fiscal 2014 Cargill invested $3.2 billion in assets and facilities to help it more efficiently move food from where it is grown and processed to where it is needed.
Over the past year Cargill also continued to build vibrant, stable communities by supporting long-term solutions to reduce hunger, improve education and protect the environment. During this time, Cargill contributed nearly $59 million to communities in 59 countries in support of food security, education and the environment.