Cargill’s ambitious school-building program, started in 1997, fits with one of the strongest beliefs of the people of Vietnam: The power of education.
From the start, Cargill involved employees, suppliers and customers as part of its community work, including making them part of an annual fund raising event.
Under Cargill Cares, an employee-led volunteering initiative, employees volunteer their time and skills to supervise school building projects from approval to completion.
As of March 2017, Cargill and our employees have built 80 schools in Vietnam, benefitting more than 13,000 Vietnamese children.
Cargill has a long-term goal to build 100 such schools in Vietnam by 2020 to educate some 15,000 students.
A typical school consists of four or five classrooms, a schoolyard, a fence and restroom facilities. Each school serves about 150 to 250 students.
The provincial government of Ben Tre was so impressed by a school built in the Giao Hoa community that it was designated as a national standard for kindergarten school construction.
For our efforts in school-building program, Cargill received an award from the Minister of Education & Training and Deputy Prime Minister in 2007 and 2009 in addition to the Labor Order Grade 3 presented by Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet.