Last week, our soon-to-be-launched agribusiness campaign put Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) on notice that it needs to answer for its role in rainforest destruction. This week, we sent similar letters to agribusiness giants Cargill and Bunge, telling them they, too, must be held accountable for the environmental havoc and human rights violations associated with their soy and palm oil operations around the world. ADM was quick to respond, asking to meet with us. Could this be part of the company’s new strategy to beef up its PR efforts? We’ll see if ADM’s competitors are as eager to spin. Either way, while face-to-face meetings are a good first step, these companies have a long, long way to go on the road to environmentally and socially just practices.
Stay tuned—this campaign is only just heating up.