Cargill invests in local communities through economic development, partnerships and giving combined with the volunteer efforts of our employees. Cargill provides corporate support to select national and global nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that serve communities in which we have a business presence. We support partners working within our focus areas of food security, nutrition, and sustainability. And, our businesses and facilities sponsor employee-led groups, called Cargill Cares Councils, which support civic and non-profit organizations in their local communities.
Cargill Cares Councils seek to recognize issues important to our communities; build effective relationships with community leaders; and work to help improve living standards and promote vibrant, stable communities.
The Cargill Foundation, created in 1971, is the channel through which we coordinate the company's community involvement. We contribute to the development of community projects to expand the capacities and resources of local social institutions and thus improve the quality of life in the places where we are present.
In the last year more than 220 community actions were developed in 114 localities, with the participation of more than 350 employees. This is a point worth highlighting, given that the activities are proposed by employees through the Network of local referents who are the ones who design the projects in conjunction with the beneficiary institutions, and adding other key actors of the community as Local governments and agricultural producers. The projects in which the Foundation is involved are those where it is possible to contribute value from the internal knowledge of the company such as food, environment and safety and hygiene, as well as programs such as "Chocleadas" and festivities "Children's Day.
We also highlight the strengthening of the logistics capabilities of the Argentine Network of Food Banks.