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5 Mar 2023

B4Ukraine Coalition

Letter to Cargill regarding its ongoing business activities in Russia

We write to you as B4Ukraine, a coalition of Ukrainian and international civil society organizations working to curtail the financial resources enabling the Russian invasion of Ukraine...We request an urgent dialogue regarding potential inconsistencies between Cargill Incorporated’s obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, as articulated by the UNGPs, and the company’s ongoing business operations and relationships in Russia that may contribute to, or be linked with, human rights harms...

Since the beginning of the invasion, Cargill has exported over 336,000 tons of grain from Russia, as well as large volumes of sunflower oil. After a Russian missile hit a Cargill chartered ship Yasa Jupiter in the Black Sea, the company responded by closing significant operations in Ukraine due to the security risks. However, at the same time, the company continued much larger business operations in Russia. With the soaring prices of wheat, maize, barley, and cereal, Cargill has announced record profits, with the 2022 fiscal year revenue jumping by 23 percent from the previous year to $165 billion...

We seek to understand the status of Cargill’s exposure to Russia and how it has conducted and continues to conduct heightened human rights due diligence, per its stated policy and the UNGPs concerning due diligence in conflict-affected areas, and how the findings of such a process has resulted in these continued business activities and relationships...