Just like you, McCormick Flavor Solutions is committed to doing what’s right for people, communities where we live, work, and source, and the planet we all share. Increasing the resilience of our smallholder farmers doesn’t just improve their livelihoods, it makes good business sense. Our 2025 goal to increase the resilience of over 35,000 farmers is measured by increasing skills and capacity, income, access to financial services, education, and nutrition and health. To date, we have positively impacted over 31,000 farmers. As a result, McCormick has greater transparency within our supply chains, which decreases risk and builds supply chain resilience.
Many of the communities from which we source vanilla from in Madagascar are situated in remote regions of the Sava district, with limited resources and infrastructure. Over the last few years, we have invested in multiple projects within the region, taking a holistic approach to the development of social and agricultural initiatives. One of our focus areas, identified through our risk analysis and needs assessment, has been the drive to create better access to schooling for children, who may otherwise have no option but to stay at home or work on the family farm.