Food firm Cargill has outlined a raft of actions it is taking as part of a new policy to prevent forest loss in vulnerable areas.
The policy sets out an approach for the company’s priority commodity supply chains that includes a commitment to work with suppliers, farmers and governments to find solutions to deforestation, as well as customers to help them meet their timeframes for deforestation-free supply chains.
The company said it would also evaluate future capital investments based on forest protection principles.
It is also supporting an extension of the Brazilian soy moratorium indefinitely until a viable alternative approach is reached.
Cargill said it would continue to develop a sustainable soy programme in Paraguay by mapping its footprint in the country, and working with government and public institutions to fully comply with the existing local forest code.
It will help farmers in Zambia adopt best practices in agriculture, and it will evaluate its strategic sourcing of fibre-based packaging, and carry out a risk analysis of its corrugated, paper bag and folding carton supply chains.
Cargill also said that it was on track to meet its commitment of traceability to mill for palm oil by December 31, 2015.
Last year, 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.
“Deforestation is a global issue, but a local challenge,” said Paul Conway, Cargill’s vice chairman. “We’re committed to working with farmers, government, business, advocacy organisations and consumers to help craft and implement solutions tailored to the diverse landscapes we seek to protect. Our policy on forests is one of the ways we are working to feed a growing population while also sustaining vital forest ecosystems for generations to come.”
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services globally, working in 67 countries.