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International community service award for Cargill


December 13, 2010
By Bakers Journal

December 13, 2010, Minneapolis, MN – Its work to improve livelihoods for cocoa farmers and their families has earned Cargill the U.S. Chamber of Business Civic Leadership Centre (BCLC) 2010 International Community Service award.

The award recognizes contributions to positive economic and social development in a country outside the United States.

“This is a great example of the way Cargill goes above and beyond the call of duty, wherever it does business and is one of the keys to its success and sustainability,” said U.S. Chamber BCLC executive director Stephen Jordan. “Cargill’s support for cocoa farmers illustrates how it does well by doing good. That’s why we’re proud to honour Cargill with the 2010 International Community Service Award.”

Accepting the award, Greg Page, Cargill’s chairman and CEO, said: “We’re honoured to have our efforts to raise living standards and strengthen communities recognized by the U.S. Chamber. We want to acknowledge, as well, our partners in these efforts. Partnering with non-governmental organizations, local governments, customers and industry magnifies our efforts to enrich rural communities.”

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Cargill is working in Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia and Vietnam, training thousands of farmers in better agricultural practices. These practices can result in higher incomes and improved standards of living for farm families. Cargill also benefits from this training, gaining more reliable partners and a more dependable, higher quality supply of cocoa beans.

The award was presented at the 11th Annual BCLC Corporate Citizenship Awards dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 30th.