Cargill invests in local communities through economic development, partnerships and giving combined with the volunteer efforts of our employees. Cargill provides corporate support to select national and global nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that serve communities in which we have a business presence. We support partners working within our focus areas of food security, nutrition, and sustainability. And, our businesses and facilities sponsor employee-led groups, called Cargill Cares Councils, which support civic and non-profit organizations in their local communities.
Cargill Cares Councils seek to recognize issues important to our communities; build effective relationships with community leaders; and work to help improve living standards and promote vibrant, stable communities.
In Korea, we focus our efforts in three main areas: Environment & Industry, Enriching Communities and Youth & Education.
Our employee-led Korea Cargill Cares Councils coordinate our community efforts. The councils support local non-profit organizations with employee volunteer activities and charitable giving. Some examples of our corporate responsibility initiatives in Korea include:
Cargill Agri Purina Foundation
Cargill Agri Purina foundation was established in 1997 to support our customers and communities. Since its formation, it has contributed to the growth and development of South Korea’s feed and livestock industry and remains the first non-profit organization supported by and run in the agriculture industry. Visit Cargill Agri Purina Foundation.
Cargill Agri Purina Scholarship
We award scholarships to college and graduate students majoring in animal/veterinary science, as well as to high school students who plan to be livestock producers. Since 1999, the foundation has provided more than 400 students with scholarships.
Habitat for Humanity
Since 2000, we have sponsored Habitat for Humanity, which aims to eliminate poverty by building homes for those in need. Our employees in Korea have actively participated by contributing their time and labor toward annual house-building projects.
Therapeutic Horse-Riding Program
Since 2006, Cargill has sponsored this program, which uses horses to provide emotional and physical support for adults and children with disabilities.
Jeju Bio-Gas Plant
A Cargill-funded bio-gas plant on the island province of Jeju converts livestock manure into energy through a fermentation process that generates methane. The methane is then converted into 700,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for the local power grid each year. We funded the plant as part of our long-term commitment to environmental innovation.
Partners for the Future Foundation
We support Partners for the Future Foundation, The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea’s charitable organization. The foundation helps unemployed families in Korea by providing scholarships and vocational training. Since 2003, Cargill has provided a matching grant for employees’ monthly donations to the foundation.
The Youth Bright Center
Since 2008, we have sponsored The Youth Bright Center’s educational program for at-risk students, focusing on character- development. The center is the only non-profit organization that engages in such a cause.
Enactus, formerly known as SIFE, is an international non-profit organization. It works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities, while developing skills that enable them to be socially responsible business leaders. In addition to providing funds, Cargill employees volunteer their time with the organization.