ONE and Cargill join forces to fight extreme poverty

WASHINGTON — The ONE Campaign announced a new partnership today with Cargill to advocate for improving access to education and lifting women and girls out of extreme global poverty. The new partnership, which is aligned with ONE’s Poverty is Sexist campaign, will engage world-class storytellers to share inspiring stories of girls and women who are fighting for change on the front lines in their communities. These stories will serve to educate and inspire the public, Cargill employees, and ONE’s network of 9 million activists around the globe to take meaningful action to achieve real results for women and girls in developing countries.

“Every girl and woman should have the opportunity to thrive, no matter where she lives. But far too often, women and girls are denied the opportunities they need and deserve. Cargill’s generous support and dedicated partnership will enable ONE’s 9 million members to further amplify the fight for women and girls and push for policies that help the world’s poorest,” said Gayle Smith, the chief executive officer of The ONE Campaign. “Poverty is sexist and none of us are equal until all of us are equal. This exciting partnership with Cargill moves us one step closer to achieving that shared, worthwhile goal.”

“Empowering women is essential to strengthening families, communities and society as a whole. While the need for progress is universal, it is most urgent in developing countries, many of which are highly dependent on agriculture,” shared David MacLennan, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer. “We must all use our voices to advocate for the women and girls whose voices are not yet heard. Through ONE, we are proud to amplify the stories of women who are striving for change and stand with them as we all work toward a world where everyone is equal.”

The Cargill-ONE partnership will help fight extreme poverty by:

  • Building Poverty is Sexist, ONE’s signature global campaign, into a stronger movement for change, driving at least 2.5 million actions and reaching at least 100 million people.
  • Engaging Cargill’s employees and ONE’s 9 million members to raise awareness and take action in support of Poverty is Sexist.
  • Leveraging Poverty is Sexist stories to help achieve concrete progress for girls and women globally over the next two years.
  • Convening private sector leadership and other stakeholders to amplify the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, forge stronger relationships and cooperation in order to achieve these goals by 2030, and share exciting progress and results related to the partnership.

About The ONE Campaign & Poverty is Sexist 

ONE is a policy and advocacy organization of more than 9 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Not politically partisan, ONE was co-founded by U2 lead singer Bono to raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and other preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.

ONE launched the Poverty is Sexist campaign in 2015 to ensure that the girls and women living in extreme poverty were not left out of the conversation on gender inequality, and to begin to break down the barriers that disproportionately hold them back. Since then millions of people have taken action with the campaign, contributing to real progress for girls and women.

About Cargill

Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

We combine 153 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our News Center.