Cargill: The Risky Business of Integrating Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
The complex and fragmented agribusiness sector has been resistant to legislation surrounding greenhouse gas emissions and other climate change regulations. Cargill, one of the largest agribusiness companies and the largest privately held company in the U.S., has the ability to become a significant driver of the climate change conversation and set new industry standards. But, in 2013 Cargill was a traditionally silent group with a negative environmental record. Cargill CEO Gregory Page must decide whether to push Cargill into the climate change spotlight by joining the Risky Business Project, a new and innovative initiative that sought to evaluate the economic impact of climate change on the U.S. economy. Page must weigh the environmental and business implications of his decision, as well as how it may affect company stakeholders.