Blog: Dean BestCargill's "disarming" approach to sustainability

Dean Best | 1 November 2010

Late on Friday (29 October), we published our latest Sustainability Watch interview.

The series, which has been running for a year now, this time featured US agribusiness giant Cargill and key CSR executive Mark Murphy.

According to just-food's contributing editor Ben Cooper, who oversees, the monthly column, Murphy's admission that Cargill is "not there yet" with regard to certain parts of its sustainability strategy was disarming - especially when corporate actions around CSR can sometimes be seen as merely box-ticking exercises.

The interview, which can be found here, analyses Cargill's work on issues from greenhouse gas emissions to working with cocoa and soy farmers in countries from the Côte d’Ivoire and Brazil.

"It's evolving," Murphy says. "There are many models that companies have. It's easy to call out a Unilever or a Nestlé who have been at these issues, and have been quite committed from the top of the house down for many, many years and have pretty sophisticated models. Cargill haven't gotten to that level yet."


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