Environmental campaign organization Mighty Earth has denounced the Minnesota-based production firm Cargill as the ‘Worst Company in the World’ over its apparent unscrupulous business practices and destruction of the environment.
A damning report released by the non-profit on Thursday titled ‘Cargill: The Worst Company in the World’, details ten years of alleged poor environmental practice from the company, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products globally, and raked in $114.7 billion in revenue in 2018.
Among the damning accusations aimed at the firm is that indigenous people have suffered a horrific rise in illnesses related to pesticides used by Cargill to grow soy – often sprayed directly overhead without concern for the people below.
A Cargill plant dominates the landscape along Wolf Lake on the edge of Forsythe Park, Indiana
The Might Earth report goes on to state that: ‘Cargill is poised to further wreak havoc on fragile ecosystems in Brazil, taking advantage of President Bolsonaro’s rollback of vital environmental protections.’
Some more of the appalling findings within the
- Incentivizing huge deforestation despite pledging to end the practice by 2020.
- Being fined $10m in 2017 for ‘deliberately misreporting its trade values – by up to 90 percent – in order to defraud both the government and its trading partners.
- Indigenous peoples who depend on forests had their land encroached upon by Cargill-linked soy plantations in Brazil and have been forced off their lands.
- Same indigenous people have experienced sharp rises in cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, and illnesses linked to pesticides and herbicides used to grow soy.
- One of the top 10 polluters in the food industry for more than dozen pollutants, including formaldehyde, lead, asbestos, hydrogen cyanide, and mercury.
‘In my 40-year long career in Congress, I took on a range of companies that engaged in abusive practices,’ Mighty Earth Chairman Henry Waxman writes in the report.
‘I have seen firsthand the harmful impact of businesses that do not bring their ethics with them to work. But Cargill stands out.’
Florian Schattenmann, chief technology officer of Cargill Inc
‘As one of the largest companies in the world, Cargill has a responsibility to address its outsized impact,’ Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz said.
‘Mighty Earth runs campaigns around the globe to advocate for sustainable business practices, and Cargill kept showing up when our investigations identified bad actors.
‘Whether we were working on palm oil in Southeast Asia, cocoa farming in West Africa, or soy cultivation in South America, Cargill was always there, ready to thwart progress and impede joint conservation efforts.
‘Given their ubiquity and obstinance, we decided it was time to take a closer look at their checkered past.’
‘In my 40-year long career in Congress, I took on a range of companies that engaged in abusive practices,’ Mighty Earth Chairman Henry Waxman (pictured) writes in the report
Among the damning accusations aimed at the firm is that indigenous people have suffered a horrific rise in illnesses related to pesticides used by Cargill to grow soy – often sprayed directly overhead without concern for the people below
This issues mentioned in the report are also compounded by Brazil’s incumbent President Bolsonaro’s rollback of vital environmental protections, it states.
Mighty Earth states in their report that they repeatedly tried to engage in discussions with the giant firm but were rebuffed, with the company refusing to confront the issues highlighted.
‘Cargill has refused, time and time again, to substantively address the problems Mighty Earth identified,’ the report states.
The report continues: ‘Cargill continues to prioritize the deforesters in its supply chains over the climate or their customers’ sustainability demands.’
In a statement provided to DailyMail.com, the company said: ‘Cargill has been working to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way for more than 150 years.
‘We have a strong track record of successfully addressing complex challenges and driving lasting, positive change for the entire industry.
‘We are firmly committed to using that expertise and leveraging constructive partnerships to end deforestation and protect human rights.
‘Time-bound action plans articulate how we will deliver this zero-deforestation commitment in our cocoa, palm and soy supply chains.
‘Working with global NGOs and local organizations, we are steadfast in achieving our shared, long-term goals to nourish both people and the planet.
‘We remain committed to conducting business in a responsible manner and to supporting the communities where we live and work.
‘From our strengthened human rights commitment to training 1.2 million farmers last year to supporting the communities where we live and work including almost $60 million in total charitable contributions in 2018 across 54 countries, we live our purpose every day.’