Sustainability Highlights [G4-EC8]
WATER AND CITIZENSHIP [G4-EC7]
The Pace Project (“Piauí – Água, Cidadania e Ensino”/ “Water, Citizenship and Education”), in the region of Curimatá, state of Piauí, received an investment of nearly R$ 120 thousand between 2013 and 2014. The investment was made through a partnership with Núcleo Cristão Cidadania e Vida (“Christian Center for Citizenship and Life”, fund manager), the Lamb Watchers Foundation and eventual partners like a large cosmetic company. This initiative accomplished the following results:
- Building of four wells and treatment stations.
- Collection and treatment of 11 million liters of water.
- Renovation of four schools.
- Building of a community center for cultural and educational activities.
- Implementation of a permaculture system.
- With the farming, members of the communities started to sell their vegetables in local markets and even in different cities, since 2015.
- Water is being used both in the farming and in the community’s daily activities.
During 2013 and 2014, after the execution of a cooperation agreement, Beraca, a large cosmetic company and the German Agency for International Development Cooperation – GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ of the Federal Republic of Germany, worked with communities that supply the raw materials sourced from extractive agriculture to Beraca, aiming at the improvement of their income and the development of the families. The results of this partnership were:
300 families in 24 cities of the Amazon region received support to the sustainable socioeconomic development of their raw material collecting activities.
1.2 million euros were invested in technology transfers, training and organic certifications for the families.
SOCIOBIODIVERSITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM® [G4-EN12]
- Over 2,500 families benefited from the jobs and income created through sustainable practices in the 105 community centers that exist in the states of Pará, Amapá, Amazonas, Maranhão, Piauí, Tocantins, Acre, Rondônia, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Bahia and Minas Gerais.
- 1.5 million hectares certified organic, traced and conserved.
- The Group maintains around 15 partnerships to coordinate specific projects about biodiversity conservation and education of the local communities. With the new biodiversity regulations, the Group is leading the utilization of Brazilian biologic diversity as a strategic asset for the economic development of several areas in the country.
- The suppliers of Brazilian biome raw materials take part on Beracom – Beraca Dialogue, Community Leaders and Partners – periodically. [G4-26] [G4-SO1] [GR4-SO10]
- 2013: IV Beracom, in Belém (PA), with 42 community leaders.
- 2014: two regional Beracom, in Ilha do Marajó (PA) and Bom Jesus (PI), with a total of 97 participants.
In addition to these results, the Program brings important and positive externalities:
- For every R$ 1.6 invested in seed collection in a community at the north of Breves (PA), there was a reduction of R$ 4.5 in sawmill activities. This calculation is one of the conclusions of a research conducted with the University of São Paulo.
- The conservation of ecosystems is a positive externality because it reduces erosion, desertification, fauna migration and the temperature increase, among other benefits that protect the water environment, having an impact in water quality and availability.
The Group does not maintain protected or restored areas, but has an influence in the areas where the suppliers of biodiversity raw materials are located. Through the operations in Extractive Reserves, intense actions and the education of the community, the Group collaborates with the maintenance of thousands of hectares of conserved forests and sustainable local development.
The Group had been participating in several conferences and global panels, carrying its vision about sustainability and biodiversity protection, representing the Brazilian private sector. Beraca took part on the 12nd meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) during the Convention on Biological Diversity, in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Group also took part and had an active role in the Business Forum of the Nagoya Protocol, a supplementary agreement formalized in 2014 that creates rules and incentives for the conservation of genetic resources and biodiversity.
The internal positions of the Group are in line with the policies for the preservation of biodiversity discussed during these international panels. Furthermore, the company participates in several advocacy groups, such as the Ethos Institute and the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle, with the pro-active posture of managing the issue. The concrete actions of the Group include several projects that were approved in the Genetic Heritage Management Council (CGEN) of the Federal Government.
Sabará Químicos provides products, dosage systems for sanitation and technologies for water treatment that reach nearly 47% of the Brazilian population. In a country in which almost 50% of the people do not have access to sanitation, the Group provides cutting-edge technology to states and cities, mainly through the Global Service, that offers the complete solution in water services and treatment, costing only a utilization fee paid by the population, influencing the quality of life and health of thousands of people.
With a technology developed and patented by BioE, the Group allows the reduction of raw materials costs by cubic meter of ethanol by up to seven times in comparison to conventional methods. The Diox® is a solution applied in the fermentation process of alcohol and ethanol industries, substituting the use of antibiotics. With this application, the exceeding yeast resulted from alcohol production may be commercialized as a source of protein for animal food, without risks of bioaccumulation and environment contamination.
SAFETY [G4-LA8] [G4-HR7] [GR4-S02]
The Group invests in the promotion of health and safety at work, and also maintains safety practices in the transportation, handling and storage of hazardous materials. The operations are guided by a safety specialist from Itapissuma and supported in every unit by the formal CIPA (Internal Commission for Accident Prevention) committee, comprising collaborators from different hierarchic levels and different departments.
The operational units are located in industrial districts or industry zones and adopt procedures to ensure the safety of the unity and its surroundings, complying with the security certifications of their sector. Thus, the real or potential negative impacts of the operations are reduced. Those measures have an impact in the quality of the products and in the health and safety of the employees and collaborators that handle the products.
100% of the employees from CIPA and the Fire Brigade received formal education on the company’s specific human rights policies and procedures, as well as their application for safety:
The Group had a significant growth in relation to previous periods, keeping the water and energy consumption under control with the Eco Efficiency projects. During the triennium, the Group invested in: [G4-EN7]
- Solar panels.
- Rainwater collection systems.
- Effluent treatment stations.
- Collection of water for reutilization in the plant’s hydrants, restrooms and courtyard
- Destination of recyclable materials.
- Hazardous waste incineration.
RESIDUES [G4-EN23] [G4-EN27]
In 2014, the Group reinforced the operations of residues recycling and destination. The efforts aim at closing the chain of recyclable materials, so they may be reused as new raw materials and return to the industry. These initiatives reduce the exploitation of natural resources and change the habits of collaborators. The actions include:
- Resumption of the recycling processes of scrap metal and barrels as part of the routine in the plants.
- Awareness campaigns for the appropriate disposal of waste in the Anália Franco unit. The Operação Resgate (“Operation Rescue”) engages the collaborators in the appropriate disposal of recyclable and non-recyclable materials.
- With their own visual identity, the residues disposable areas display information so the collaborators may adequately dispose their materials.
- The Corporate TV also discloses tips on appropriate disposal and information about what can be done in the office and at home.
The Group made several changes in its logistics operations, optimizing the use of resources and targeting the reduction of its indirect emissions, which represented 93% of the carbon footprint in 2013. Those initiatives include:
- Optimization of road routes, especially in the North and Northeast regions.
- Larger road equipment started to carry more cargo, reducing the number of trips
- Inclusion of multiple destinies in the same delivery line.
- Use of fluvial transportation.
- In 2014, Sabará Químicos began to purchase important raw materials from Pernambuco instead of São Paulo, reducing the route from 3 thousand kilometers to mere 16 kilometers, cutting emissions, costs and reducing the impacts on the vehicles, besides not registering a single accident in three years.
CHILD AND SLAVE LABOR [G4-HR11]
- The Group promotes a periodic surveillance of the supplier communities, including these issues in the awareness activities of the Beracom events promoted in those areas.
- The Group uses the external audits from the Union for Ethical Biotrade and Ecocert, and also internal audits as tools for ensuring the compliance with the legislation and regulations of the International Labor Organization, fighting all possibilities of child labor.
- Fight against the sexual exploitation of minors on the highways, in a partnership with Childhood Brasil. All the transportation service providers must adhere by a contract to the program “Programa Na Mão Certa”.
The most important awards received by the Group in this triennium:
- The Group was ranked among the 20 green companies in the Época Empresa Verde Award.
- Among the 61 more sustainable companies of the Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade.
- Second place in the category Preservation and Protection of Natural Resources, in the LIF 2013 Award, promoted by the Brazil-France Chamber of Commerce.
- Winner of the 3rd FECOMERCIO Sustainability Award.
- Winner of the Finep Award for Innovation in Sustainability in the North region.
- Winner of the Eco-Amcham Award, category Strategy, Leadership, Innovation and Sustainability, as a small and medium company.
- Positioned among the “50 good companies” of the magazine IstoÉ Dinheiro, category Environment.
- Finalist of the 5th Award Millennium Development Goals Brazil 2013.
- Finalist of the Green Project Awards 2013.
- Winner of the Curuca Sustainability Trophy.
- Brazilian most sustainable chemical company, by Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade.
- One of the 16 Latin American companies acknowledged as a Global Growth Company by the World Economic Forum.
- Winner of the Eco-Amcham Award, category Sustainable Practices in Processes.
- Finalist of the 20th FIESP Award of Environmental Merit.
- Trophées Fournisseurs Yves Rocher 2014.
- Highlighted in the Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade 2015.
- Third place in the Stevie Awards – Category “Company of the year – Chemicals”.
- Third place in the Stevie Awards – Category “Most Innovative Company of the Year in Mexico, Central and South America”.
- Esteé Lauder Supplier Excellence Award, category Sustainability.
- Acknowledgment for sustainability in Brazilian exportations by Apex Brasil.