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Cargill is one of the world’s largest globally active agricultural commodity traders, and one of the largest privately owned companies in the United States. Founded in 1865 in Iowa as a grain warehousing company, Cargill today spans much of the food and agriculture value chain, with businesses including agriculture commodity trading and processing; food ingredients and applications; meat, poultry and eggs; farmer services; animal feed and nutrition; financial, energy and industrial. Cargill operates in 70 countries and regions globally and holds market leading positions in commodities including soya beans, cocoa and palm oil.

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Governance and strategy

#1 4.2 /10 #120


#1 11.9 /30 #52


#1 7.5 /30 #61

Social inclusion

#1 8.7 /30 #78
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Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #23
Animal proteins #11

Segment ranking summary

Cargill is mostly active in the agricultural products and animal proteins segments. It clearly outperforms most of its peers in both segments, particularly in the environment and nutrition measurement areas. However, while it still ranks above average in the social inclusion measurement, it is where the company has more opportunity to improve relative to its leading peers.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

More about the company

Wayzata, Minnesota, United States of America
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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