SUPPORTING INCOME RESILIENCY FOR THOUSANDS OF FARMERS
McCormick engages with the farming communities where our ingredients are grown, so that we can improve the reliability and environmental impact of our business, and support these communities and their livelihoods. Here is what we are doing:
- We have been working with over 2,500 black pepper farmers in Vietnam to implement sustainable agricultural practices that enable farmers to obtain a higher price for their products and protect their local ecosystems.
- Demo farms are also being set up in Vietnam to highlight best practices for farmers such as drip irrigation to conserve water and other resource management systems.
- McCormick has also partnered with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and the International Finance Corporate (IFC) to develop an e-learning app providing training directly to farmers.
- The program supports over 2,000 black pepper farmers, at least 30% of whom are women, and impacts 2,992 hectares of black pepper farms managed sustainably and under certification.
SUPPORTING WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE
Women play a critical role in agricultural supply chains, yet often have unequal access to opportunities, assets, and resources. We are committed to helping women thrive across our broader supply chain. Here are a few ways McCormick is supporting women empowerment and taking action to reduce these inequalities:
- We partnered with CARE Impact Partners (“CIP”), to build the McCormick Women’s Empowerment Framework that continuously maps women’s roles and leadership in farming communities, including women in black pepper farming, to design programming that address the opportunities to reduce inequality.
- In Vietnam, we have also partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to organize and support 11 Women farmer clubs involving 194 women in black pepper farming communities with training on improved agricultural practices, financial literacy, and domestic violence.
As a global leader in flavor, McCormick is committed to promoting the continuous improvement of sustainable sourcing of herbs and spices. To underscore our commitment to sustainable sourcing, we developed Grown for Good. As part of this commitment, each year our goal is to source more black pepper through our Grown for Good program.
- McCormick launched the Grown for Good framework in the 2019, which outlines our theory of change to drive impact through sustainable sourcing.
- Grown for Good stands for a vision in which the lives and livelihoods of farmers and farming communities are not just protected but enhanced. It is a system that conserves and enriches the local and global environment and builds resiliency across the entire farming system.
- To create impact at scale, numerous McCormick initiatives have been awarded funding from international development agencies such as USAID, USDA and GIZ (German International Development Agency), and to date have benefited almost 23,000 farmers, over 2,000 black pepper farmers, their families, and the wider farming communities across our herbs and spices portfolio.
To learn more about Grown for Good and our journey to drive impact across McCormick’s supply chains, click the links below.
ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAINS
REGENERATIVE PRODUCTION SYSTEMS