Cargill Philippines, a local subsidiary of the global food and agribusiness leader, doubles down on its commitment to sustainability and nourishing communities as it celebrates its 75th anniversary of helping Filipino partners and consumers thrive.
From its beginnings to its current position as a key player in the country’s agricultural landscape, Cargill has consistently pushed the boundaries in the pursuit of a thriving, sustainable future. As part of its anniversary, Cargill Philippines will plant a variety of 7,500 trees across the locations of where they operate to capture at least 25,000 tons of carbon. This initiative reflects the company’s commitment to sustainability and will be done along with its community partners from the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST).
“Enriching local communities is embedded in Cargill’s purpose to nourish the world, driving progress in our efforts to deliver meaningful social and environmental impact where we live and work. We believe in supporting local communities to pave the way for a more inclusive and resilient food system and sustainable future for Filipinos,” said Sonny Catacutan, Country President of Cargill Philippines.
To continuously empower communities in its milestone year, Cargill is investing $2.6 million to support existing and new projects that advance farmer livelihood and the agriculture industry, as well as drive environmental impact. This investment will launch the Adopt-a-River for Tigiro River project, where Cargill aims to rehabilitate the river that runs beside their processing plant in Batangas.
Part of the investment will also be allocated to expand Cargill’s long-term efforts to support smallholder corn and coconut farmers through training on sustainable agricultural practices, improved productivity and market access, and increased income.
These efforts comprise the Agri-Sagana Project in partnership with ASSIST, which will create value for an additional 7,000 corn farming families and 10 cooperatives in Isabela and Cagayan; and the RISE Coco (Recovery Intervention for SEverely Affected Coconut Farming Communities of Bohol by ST Odette) Project in partnership with CARE Philippines train an additional 300- 400 coconut farmers in Bohol.
As Cargill reflects on its 75-year journey, the impact it has created serves as a testament to its commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of Filipinos and the communities it serves. Catacutan expressed optimism that Cargill will remain bullish to grow its businesses and give back to communities in the country. “Cargill envisions a future marked by shared success with Filipino farmers, as well as our employees, customers, industry and government partners. By coming together, we can scale our impact in
transforming the local agriculture sector and helping build vibrant and resilient communities that thrive,” said Catacutan.
Cargill helps the world’s food system work for you. We connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and families with daily essentials – from the foods they eat to the floors they walk on. Our team around the world innovates with purpose, empowering our partners and communities as we work to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, sustainable way. This includes 2,000 colleagues across 27 locations in the Philippines, where we’ve been working since 1948 to make our global vision a local reality.
From feed that reduces methane emissions to waste-based renewable fuels, the possibilities are boundless. But our values remain the same. We put people first. We reach higher. We do the right thing. It’s how Cargill has met the needs of the people we call neighbors and the planet we call home for 158 years – and how we’ll do so for generations to come. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our News Center.