SUSTAINABILITY IN ALL PHASES OF THE PRODUCTIVE CHAIN
The Sustentar Program was developed and executed by Caramuru to ensure that all products are originated in a sustainable and traceable way.
We periodically carry out socio-environmental and economic analysis with raw-material suppliers (soy, corn, and sunflower) to point out non-conformities, evaluate indicators, and request corrections on points that are not in line with the Sustentar Program guidelines.
The Sustentar Program also provides training and constantly monitors suppliers with the goal to improve socio-environmental information, proving tools to control production costs and to maximize the supplier’s profitability.
Our customers need to have clear and documented evidence that agricultural production, or its derivatives, were sustainably originated by the best global practices already established. With this traceability process, the Sustentar Program ensures sustainability in all stages of the production chain.
THE SUSTENTAR PROGRAM TAKES PART IN THE BRAZILIAN AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
The Sustentar Program promotes sustainability concepts and applications throughout the raw materials productive supply chain. It is essential for the industrialization and commercialization of Caramuru products in the local and international markets.
The Sustentar Program was created based on the accumulated knowledge through technical assistance and raw material suppliers’ monitoring experience. Thus, it was possible to develop a methodology for creating a seal of approval from Caramuru, based on robust concepts and guided by our values and determination in the effective program’s rules execution, with the technical support of our team of agronomists.
THE SUSTENTAR PROGRAM’S FOUNDATIONS
The Sustentar Program‘s methodology is compliant with Trade for Sustainable Development’s (T4SD) guidelines, meets the European Feed Manufacturers Federation’s (EFMF) standards, and fulfills the Goals for Sustainable Development from the United Nations.
Caramuru Collaborators: Who promote the best practices in all industrial units, aiming for engagement from all of its collaborators.
Raw material suppliers: They are the ones who need to adapt their production processes to the concepts of sustainable production, which are also applicable to their personal, family, and community life.
Global client: They are the ones who buy products and sub-products certified by the Sustentar Program with guaranteed traceability, ensuring the sustainability of the production and marketing chain.
SUSTAINABILITY AS A VALUE
The Sustentar Program is currently updated to its fourth version. We would like to fully insert the sustainability concepts in the agricultural production chain of raw material suppliers.
The Sustentar Program complies with Brazilian laws and regulations in place as of February 2021:
The relevance of the Sustentar Program is directly linked to Caramuru‘s values. When we offer products that come entirely from sustainable sources and are recognized for their respect for the environment, social issues, and their economic viability to attend an increasingly demanding market. The evolution of the Sustentar Program up to the present status demanded constant improvement throughout its implementation in the rules applications and regulations that integrated its structure.
Furthermore, from a broader perspective, the Sustentar Program is also a result of the best practices suggestions signed by the United Nations in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the goals number 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS BY THE SUSTENTAR PROGRAM
The guidelines and practices established by the Sustentar Program generate exceptional results in creating value for Caramuru, as well as for suppliers of raw materials that benefit from the best practices required by the Sustentar Program considering the ESG principles, among which we highlight:
- Health and safety of the raw material suppliers’ collaborators, decreasing the accident rate and exposure to risk factors (pesticides, machinery, and implements, among others).
- Income generation improvement through professional training.
- Combat against fire usage (wildfire) as a management practice, reducing the incidence of CO2 emissions.
- Cost reduction to the producer through the adequate use of machinery and input from training and monitoring.
- Insertion of the producer in the sustainable production chain.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
The Sustentar Program uses artificial intelligence and geospatial technology, monitoring 100% of its raw material supply chain through a protocol with several socio-environmental criteria appropriate to the MRV System – Measurable, Reportable, and Verifiable – This is a determining factor that allows the acquisition of raw material.
Caramuru, as of August 2020, assumed the Zero Deforestation commitment in its acquisitions of raw material in the operating biomes (Amazon, Cerrado, and Atlantic Forest). It was only possible due to the intensive use of this technological package for the traceability of all raw material acquired.
CARAMURU ABIDES BY ENTIRETY TO THE “SOY MORATORIUM” PUBLISHED IN 2008.
SUSTENTAR PROGRAM RESULTS (2017-2019)