GTSF-McCormick (IFC-30372)

  • Brazil
  • Indonesia
  • Madagascar
  • Vietnam
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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McCormick & Company Incorporated
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 30.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Apr 16, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Apr 10, 2019

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Project Description

This project is proposed under the Global Trade Supplier Finance program (“GTSF” or the “Program”) approved by the IFC Board on September 21, 2010 (Original Project #28723). Under this project, IFC will provide financing to McCormick & Company (“McCormick” the “Company”) Suppliers based in different emerging market countries. The proposed project (‘the Project”) within the GTSF facility is expected to be US$30 million for the supply of black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, and vanilla from Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, and Madagascar. The pricing offered to Suppliers will depend on their E&S score as determined by a supplier sustainability matrix pending development by McCormick with support through an IFC Advisory Services project. This is expected to provide a financial incentive for Suppliers to adopt and enhance sustainability practices.

The Project is implemented concurrently with an Advisory Services project (#603284, Pepper Sust Viet) over a 5-year period, which aims to enable farmers, suppliers (local vendors) and McCormick to develop more productive, efficient, and sustainable enterprises around the sourcing of black pepper from Vietnam. This project will assist McCormick in establishing systems, testing and documenting improved production practices, applying bio-based protection and tracing these changed patterns to support certification of pepper farmers as way for McCormick to reach its goal of building a 100% sustainable pepper supply chain in Vietnam.




Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Private Actors
  • McCormick & Company (Client)

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a major US multinational company that manufactures, markets, and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the food industry, including retailers, food manufacturers, and foodservice businesses. McCormick does not own or operate farms and does not source a large portion of its agricultural raw materials directly from farmers but rather through joint venture partners or other commercial entities (or vendors). Vendors are increasingly moving away from buying from aggregators but are working directly with farmers. Although McCormick works with approximately 3,000 vendors globally, the scope of this project will focus on 6-7 vendors located in Vietnam, 2 in Indonesia, and 1 in Brazil involved in supplying McCormick’s five “iconic ingredients” (black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, red pepper, and vanilla). McCormick has a supply chain of 3,000 agricultural products, sourced from smallholder farmers in over 80 countries and facilities in more than 50 locations across 27 countries. McCormick is listed on the NY Stock Exchange (as MKC) and company headquarters are located in Sparks, Maryland. In 2019, McCormick was ranked #13 by Corporate Knights on its Global 100 Sustainability Index and #1 in the consumer staples industry overall for a third year in a row, which was announced during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. 

Contact Information

Contact person: Donald Pratt, Managing Director



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