Cargill (Soy) – Green Jaguars Index Rankings

2018 SCORE

2016 SCORE

34.5

31

Cargill’s soy policies and on-the-ground impacts are slowly improving as reflected in its 2018 score of 34.5, up from 31 in 2016. In 2016, Cargill worked with industry, government, and NGOs to extend Brazil’s Soy Moratorium indefinitely. Cargill is also implementing adherence to Brazil’s Rural Environmental Registry program (CAR) over the next few growing seasons as a direct soy sourcing requirement.

It is important to understand that, according to Chain Reaction Research, Cargill is one of the largest food companies in Brazil, where it operates 22 processing factories, six port terminals, and 192 warehouses and transshipment points. Cargill is also one of the main soy traders in Maranhão, a booming soy state that has seen high clearing rates of native Cerrado vegetation. Planned soy expansion in the state threatens Maranhão endangered remaining Cerrado forests, as Brazil’s 2015 Forest Code allows for 65 percent of Cerrado land to be cleared legally.

This means that while Cargill may comply with Brazilian law, this “compliance” does not equal zero-deforestation because Cargill’s zero-deforestation commitment is to “end deforestation by 2030.” This leaves Cargill ample space to continue buying soy and financing deforestation via its indirect soy supply chain relationships. Cargill needs to improve its transparency commitment for its direct and indirect soybean supply chains in Maranhão and in Brazil overall.

Finally, in 2014, Cargill endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests.

POLICY

1.A

The company has a forest policy for soy produced, traded or processed that applies to its global operations including all subsidiaries and joint ventures. The company also requires its suppliers to follow the policy.

YES

1.B

The policy excludes the sourcing of  raw materials or products originating from natural forests including both primary and secondary forests.

NO

1.C

The policy specifically excludes the sourcing of raw materials or products originating from High conservation Value (HCV) areas.

YES

1.D

The soy policy explicitly requires the company to comply with the Brazilian soy moratorium.

YES

1.E

The company specifically commits to not sourcing from other sensitive land area such as savannahs (for instance the Brazilian Cerrado).

NO

1.F

In Brazil  the company commits to only buy from farms enrolled in the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR).

YES

1.G

The company has pledged to use (or uses) a third party for compliance verification of its policy.

NO

1.H

The company has developed and published a non-compliance procedure that outlines thresholds for the suspension and/or cancellation of contracts with suppliers in breach of the policy.

HALF

1.I

The company has committed to developing a traceability system that allows of soy back to the farm of origin.

NO

1.J

The company specifically commits (and requires its suppliers to do so) to respect the rights of Indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to development on their lands.

NO

1.K

The company has programs that support farmers or small holders  in its supply chain with support that goes beyond purely financial considerations and the soy supply chain but addresses longer term development.

YES

1.L

The company has programs that support farmers or small holders  in its supply chain with support that goes beyond purely financial considerations and the soy supply chain but addresses longer term development

NO

IMPLEMENTATION & TRANSPARENCY

2.A

Date by which the company aims to achieve full traceability to farms for its entire supply chain.

Full points are given if this date is by 2018. Half points are given if the date is 2019 or 2020. No points are given if the date is after 2020, no date is given or if the company does not commit to full traceability to plantations including for its third party suppliers.

NO

2.B

The company or the relevant third party publishes detailed processes and results of the policy verification assessments.

NO

2.C

The company has established and published an accessible and transparent grievance and dispute resolution mechanism.

NO

2.D

The company reports on its progress towards meeting its policy goals at least annually against measurable indicators.

YES

2.E

The company makes names or locations of the farms or silos in its supply chain public.

NO

3.A

Points are deducted for the following (occurring since January 1, 2015). There is public evidence that since January 1, 2015 the company has in its own operations not met criteria 1.C, or  1.E  (or uses soy from protected areas). Or the company has sourced from suppliers that have not met these criteria. Or the company had its RTRS   (or other certification) license revoked or suspended since that date. Or there is evidence of significant workers rights violations or social conflicts

HALF

See all of the rankings of major palm oil and soy companies on their adherence to forest conservation requirements on the Green Tiger and Green Jaguar index.