WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. —The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) on April 18 announced the addition of its newest member company, Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.

"Cargill's strategic leadership and participation will be a solid asset for GEMI as we move forward to provide environmental sustainability solutions for our members that represent more than 15 business sectors," said GEMI's Chair Keith Miller, manager, environmental initiatives and sustainability, 3M. "I am particularly pleased that a leading company such as Cargill, which is headquartered in Minnesota, is committed to GEMI and will be bringing their leadership and experience to GEMI's collaborative table."

Cargill, Inc. will be represented by: LaRaye Osborne, vice-president, environmental health and safety (EHS); Peter Dahm, director, sustainability and renewable energy collaborations; and, Scott Hartter, vice-president, environment, health and safety, Cargill Beef.

"As GEMI continues to grow, we continue to add new perspectives and expertise of global corporate EHS leaders from diverse business sectors on emerging EHS and sustainability issues," said GEMI's Membership Chair Neville Dias, director, reporting and analysis, Carnival Corporation & plc. "GEMI looks forward to working with Cargill as we continue to develop insights and create leading environmental sustainability solution-based tools for business.”

Cargill's LaRaye Osborne said, "Our EHS professionals often say that we care about people and the environment, as demonstrated by our actions. GEMI not only explores the environmental challenges and opportunities of our times, but also develops the tools that allow EHS professionals to convert that energy into action. We are pleased to be a member of this organization of leading companies."

"GEMI is looking forward to combining the knowledge and expertise of Cargill with that of our other member companies, as we continue to work towards GEMI's mission of improving environmental sustainability," concluded Miller.

For more information about GEMI, visit GEMI's web site at www.gemi.org.

GEMI members include: 3M; Abbott; Biogen Idec; BNSF Railway Company; Cargill, Inc.; Carnival Corporation & plc; ConAgra Foods; ConocoPhillips; CSX Transportation; Diversey, Inc.; DuPont; FedEx; Johnson & Johnson; Johnson Controls, Inc.; Kraft Foods Inc.; Legrand; MedImmune; Merck & Company, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Perdue Incorporated.; The Procter & Gamble Company; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; and, Union Pacific Railroad.