Mighty Earth calls for Cargill Brazilian CEO to be sacked over child slavery revelations

Sydney Jones

Press Secretary

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Carole Mitchell

Sr. Director Communications

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Appeal comes after Brazilian court convicted the US commodities giant for “pretending not to see” slave and child labor

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(Washington DC, September 28, 2023) US commodities giant Cargill has been convicted of buying cocoa from farms in Brazil where child labor or forced work was identified.

It’s also been ordered to start a “due diligence” process to verify whether there is child labor in its supply chain and to launch an awareness campaign to combat the practice.

In the lawsuit, Cargill said it buys cocoa from hundreds of producers, co-ops and merchants in Brazil and had no way of knowing whether child labor was used in any of that chain.

Commenting on the conviction, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz said:

“Prosecutors made the right decision in convicting Cargill for ‘pretending not to see’ slave and child labor in its cocoa supply chains. The reason that judicial authorities and independent investigators alike keep discovering deforestation and slave labor connected to Cargill is because the company simply lacks accountability.”

“If Cargill wants to show it is taking these issues seriously, we don’t see how its Brazilian CEO Paulo Sousa can continue in his job. Sousa is running an operation that’s elbow-deep in persistent slavery and nature destruction, and his performance is simply not compatible with a modern company. We normally don’t call for executives to be sacked; we’d rather they do better, but Sousa has compiled such a consistently horrendous record that we don’t see any other pathway for Cargill to clean up its act.”

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Carole Mitchell, Senior Director of Communications (UK-based)

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Sydney Jones, Press Secretary (US-based, EST)

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About Mighty Earth

Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet.  Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish.  We are obsessed with impact and aspire to be the most effective environmental advocacy organization in the world. Our team has achieved transformative change by persuading leading industries to dramatically reduce deforestation and climate pollution throughout their global supply chains in palm oil, rubber, cocoa, and animal feed, while improving livelihoods for Indigenous and local communities across the tropics.



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