The company was recognized in the human and labor rights category for partnering with farmers in Vietnam to sustainably strengthen the country’s agricultural economy
Cargill has been awarded a 2015 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) which recognizes American companies that make an important contribution to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they work. The company was one of three finalists in the human rights and labor rights category.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken presented the award to Cargill Chairman and CEO Dave MacLennan who accepted it on behalf of Cargill, the company’s 1,600 employees in Vietnam and the one million farmers and community members it partners with in the country.
“Cargill is committed to helping our customers, farmers, employees and their wider communities thrive,” said MacLennan. “We’re proud to be investing in Vietnam’s rural economy and advancing our global commitment to building a more sustainable, food-secure future.”
In the past 20 years, Cargill Vietnam has trained more than 12,000 farmers in sustainable agriculture practices and more than one million farmers on animal husbandry. The company has also strengthened local economies and improved rural education. Through Cargill’s partnerships in education, it has built and improved 76 schools across Vietnam – benefiting more than 13,000 students every year. Cargill has pledged to invest in a total of 100 schools by 2020 to reinforce its commitment to education and economic development.
“Cargill is proud to be partnering with government, non-governmental organizations and rural communities across Vietnam,” said Jorge Becerra, Vietnam country representative. “The real winners, of course, are the local farmers and communities that Cargill in Vietnam works with every day.” U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said, “We are proud to be partnering with companies like Cargill who are investing in Vietnam. Cargill is not only training local farmers, they are also strengthening the country’s long-term economic outlook by investing in education. They are a great example of how U.S. investment builds stronger relationships between countries.”
Each year since 1999, the U.S. Department of State award has recognized leadership in corporate social responsibility by U.S. companies around the world. In 2008, Cargill received the Award for Corporate Excellence for its programs and activities to promote rural development in China.