The CEO Water Mandate Secretariat welcomes Cargill as the latest company to join the Water Security through Stewardship Action Platform!
The Action Platform is where all of the CEO Water Mandate’s key programmatic areas and working groups are housed. It is the core mechanism through which endorsing companies, UN entities, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders work together to advance more sustainable water management and the SDGs.
Founded in 1865, Cargill is a global corporation that focuses on providing food, agricultural, financial and industrial products to people around the world. Based out of Minnetonka, Minnesota, the company has approximately 160,000 employees working across 70 countries/regions and delivers products to customers in more than 125 countries. The company’s work along global supply chains includes supplying farmers with feed and other inputs, buying crops and livestock back from them, and delivering finished goods to customers in the foodservice, retail, consumer packaged goods, and industrial sectors. In 2019, Cargill reported revenue of $113.5 billion.
Cargill is committed to addressing the need to conserve water, improve water quality, and promote access to clean water. The company is taking steps to manage water resources across both its supply chain and within its own operations, such as assessing risk, minimizing water use in agriculture, and improving efficiency of operations. Cargill improved freshwater efficiency by 12% from 2005-2015, and the company’s goal is to raise this number by 5% by 2020. The company installs wastewater treatment technology in remote or sensitive locations in order to protect local water sources and enable communities to have access to clean water. Cargill promotes the use of the Fieldprint Calculator with farmers in order to reduce runoff and protect watersheds. The company views water as “an environmental and a humanitarian issue” and access to clean water as both “critical to ensuring strong communities” and “critical to our food system.”
To learn more about joining the Action Platform, click here.