Commitment and action to deliver on the EU forest protection objective
1 July 2021

The EU Green Deal promotes imported products and value chains that do not involve deforestation and forest degradation.

For over a decade, Cargill has been addressing deforestation in its supply chains and working with farmers, governments, customers, environmental organisations and members of the communities in which the company operates in order to find practical and scalable solutions.

Cargill is committed to transform its agricultural supply chain to be deforestation- and conversion-free through prioritised policies and time-bound action plans, as outlined in Cargill’s Policy on Forests, and is a strong advocate for the industry to join pre-competitively in support of multi-stakeholder efforts to address deforestation on landscape level interventions.

Each supply chain is unique, and Cargill leverages its size, expertise and supply chain capabilities in a variety of ways to create a more sustainable, food-secure future. Cargill is taking action in its cocoa, palm oil and soy supply chains in order to achieve help the company’s commitment of 100% deforestation-and conversion-free supply chains by 2030.


Cargill’s Protect Our Planet Strategic Action Plan is the company’s strategic action plan to eliminate deforestation from the cocoa supply chain. It outlines concrete actions to achieve 100 percent cocoa bean traceability, to expand programmes to grow more cocoa on less land and to support farmers to effectively include agroforestry and conservation practices on their farm. Cargill is also one of the original signatories of the industry’s Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI) committed to no further conversion of any forestland and ending deforestation in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. All signatories are committed to annual reporting on progress. These are our Annual CFI Progress Reports: 2019 and 2020.

Palm Oil

Cargill is committed to producing and sourcing palm oil in an economical, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner and is working toward a 100% transparent, traceable and sustainable palm supply chain. Cargill’s commitment is embodied in the philosophy of ‘No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation’. The company is taking action to increase transparency, improve engagement with stakeholders, verify progress and help transform the industry. Cargill’s Policy on Sustainable Palm OilForest Policy and Human Rights Commitment govern the company’s actions in this regard.


Cargill has been working to end deforestation related to soy production for decades. This work started in the Brazilian Amazon with the Soy Moratorium and continued through the development of Cargill’s Policy on South American Soy, which captures our commitment to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain. Cargill’s Soy Action Plan – South America Origins, in support of the company’s Sustainable Soy Policy, is an important component of the comprehensive actions that Cargill is taking across supply chains to increase transparency and advance the company’s sustainability commitments. For more information see the 2020 Soy Progress Report.

About Cargill

Cargill’s team of 155,000 professionals in 70 countries draws together the worlds of food, agriculture, nutrition and risk management. For more than 155 years, Cargill has helped farmers grow more, connecting them to broader markets. Cargill is continuously developing products that give consumers just what they are seeking, advancing nutrition, food safety and sustainability. And Cargill helps all of its partners innovate and manage risk, so they can nourish the world again tomorrow.

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