Toward zero deforestation

Our non-deforestation mapping and commitment is presented here in our Global Sustainability Positioning as part of a more comprehensive framework.

We believe that the pursuit of sustainable development is one of the most important points for our business’ sustainability, and therefore, sustainability must permeate our entire management process, operations and value chain. Sustainable development is one of society’s greatest challenges, and one of its greatest responsibilities to future generations.

The answer to this challenge lies in sustainable agriculture, which recognizes the true complex food production chain structure, but also understands that it is possible to be more productive and add value, while preserving natural resources, respecting the environment, and contributing to the development of local communities and the society.

With this commitment, we reaffirm our desire to reach a supply chain that is entirely deforestation free, therefore we declare that we will work in conjunction with suppliers, customers, the civil society, and governments in order to achieve this result in the shortest time possible.

Our commitment to non-deforestation must be analyzed with our institutional commitments and other policies. And furthermore, due to the social, environmental and economic impacts deforestation causes, we also include and/or reinforce our commitments, (i) to require compliance with local forest-related laws and support the strengthening of governmental actions to ensure its implementation and governance; (ii) to respect and protect human rights, especially when it comes to local and indigenous communities; (iii) to promote solutions for the protection, conservation and recovery of high conservation areas which are important to maintain biodiversity and manage carbon emissions; (iv) to continuously improve the traceability and transparency of our supply chain, within the laws’ framework, while also preserving strategic information; and (v) to respect the right to use land, including principles of free, prior and informed consent.

What do we believe in?

The Brazilian Forestry Code (CF) plays a fundamental role in the processes of regularization of land use in Brazil and the improvement of environmental management, through new tools such as the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR) and the Environmental Regulation Program (PRA). The implementation and success of this code depends on the joint actions of the private sector, producers, governments and the civil society.

The Brazilian Environmental Governance has developed immensely in the past decade, and we see a strong commitment to continue this improvement process in the coming years. Among the tools implement by the Brazilian Government, we can highlight: the real-time deforestation and fire detection system, IBAMA’s list of embargoed areas, the greater inspection structure and the creation of new conservation areas.

Although the Brazilian environmental legislation is very robust and demanding, we know that there are challenges to be faced when implementing and complying with such legislation. And precisely for this reason, the implementation and success of the Forestry Code are key agents for any commitment to achieve deforestation reduction or elimination.

However, only the implementation of the Forestry Code is not enough to provide expected results of having a supply chain free from deforestation. It is necessary to work on other parallel activities, programs and initiatives such as certification, jurisdictional insights, payments for environmental services, among others, so to create a structured framework that supports producers in their regularization process and provides benefits for the development of a positive forestry environment.

Having a deforestation free chain is not the same as achieving the total elimination of deforestation in a region or in a country. This can only be achieved when all productive sectors, governmental spheres, civil society organizations, enterprises linked to food, agriculture, livestock and forestry, financial institutions, and consumers work together with the same purpose.

With a success definition, it will be necessary to also define these steps and assess challenges, opportunities, risks, impacts and environmental, social and economic concessions that are necessary for this agenda to move forward and to be materialized.

Nevertheless, even knowing that the greater result will only be achieved by working in conjunction with others, we will work hard to reach a supply chain free of deforestation at AMAGGI as soon as possible.

What are we already doing?

In the supply chain

AMAGGI has minimum principles that extend to 100% of its trading with grain producers, in which it establishes: (i) veto to producers that are on the slave labor black list of Ministry of Labor and Employment, (ii) veto areas embargoed by IBAMA due to deforestation, (iii) areas located in indigenous and conservation lands; (iv) veto areas deforested after July 2008 in the Amazonian biome (Soy Moratorium).

For AMAGGI, certifications are tools that besides attesting the commitment to responsible production in its own process and of its productive chain, are also important instruments of productive, social and environmental management. In 2016, the company certified 213 thousand tons of A.R.S. soybeans (Amaggi Responsible Soy Standard), 822 thousand tons of RTRS soybeans and almost 1 million tons of ProTerra soybeans. Considering that the ProTerra and RTRS certifications together correspond to 2,2% (6.93 million tons) of all soybeans produced in the world, we can say that AMAGGI is responsible for 26% of soybeans in the world which are certified by these two certification standards.

We have also developed and launched the AMAGGI Responsible Soy Standard (A.R.S.), which aims to establish some minimum criteria for producers and to work on their socio-environmental management.

Partnerships and Iniciatives

AMAGGI participated in the creation and development process of the Soy Moratorium and attends the Soybean Working Group (GTS), meetings, formed by the companies associated to ABIOVE and ANEC, the Ministry of the Environment, Banco do Brasil, and civil society organizations. The Soy Moratorium effectiveness is internationally recognized and all positive impacts of this agreement are reported in several scientific studies.

We support and are expanding our actions together with the Soja Plus Program, which is organized by ABIOVE and the Mato Grosso Soybean and Corn Producers Association (Aprosoja), which aims to generate a gradual and continuous improvement of environmental, social and economic production aspects through better rural property management.

We have also joined the Brazil Climate, Forestry and Agriculture Coalition, which is a multisector coalition formed to promote and propose public policies, actions and financial/economic mechanisms to stimulate agriculture, livestock and forestry economics that shall propel Brazil towards leadership relating to sustainable economy and low carbon emission.

Together with the Earth Innovation Institute we are searching for innovative development solutions capable of maintaining healthy tropical forest ecosystems, as well as working on developing the Territorial Performance Systems (TPS) that monitor and provide greater transparency in our supply chain.

We are proud to have overseen the creation and participated in the Aliança da Terra, activities from the start. Aliança da Terra is a non-governmental organization created by rural producers with the objective of promoting sustainable production development. Furthermore, each year we strengthen our partnership with projects that encourage responsible production through a process of producer support and follow-up, in order to meet various indicators of good agricultural and socio-environmental practices.

Since 2004 AMAGGI has a scientific technical cooperation with IPAM for the Savannah Transformation Experiment and good agricultural practices in the state of Mato Grosso in the Tanguro Farm, located in Querência – MT. This cooperation aims to carry out scientific studies directed to identifying and promoting landscape management practices that allow the development of more sustainable agricultural systems. Moreover, the company is also a partner in the Sustainable Landscapes project, which aims to strengthen socio-environmental governance, support the creation of multi-sector forums and evaluate the promotion of productive chains for small producers in the municipality.

In a partnership with The Nature Conservancy – TNC that has existed for years, AMAGGI supports improving rural producers’ environmental performance in Mato Grosso. This initiative is currently focused on strengthening the post-CAR agenda (Rural Environmental Registry) in Alto Teles Pires region in the state of Mato Grosso with projects for restoring Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) and mapping municipalities through the socio-environmental registry.

AMAGGI participated in the creation and is a member of the STATE STRATEGY COMMITTEE: PRODUCE, PRESERVE AND INCLUDE launched by the Mato Grosso Government in partnership with several institutions during the Conference of the Parties (COP), part of the UN’s Climate Change Convention in 2015. One ambitious strategy that has as some of its highlights the goals of eliminating illegal deforestation in the state by 2020; replacing 6 million hectares of degraded pasture with high productivity crops by 2030; to recover 1 million hectares of the deteriorated PPAs by 2030 (100%); preserve the native area of the state, now estimated to be 60% of the total territory; and the socioeconomic inclusion of 100 thousand families in the agriculture family structure with adequate technical assistance.