Sustainability is part of the company’s DNA, for the business offers every opportunity for it: sugarcane is renewable and absorbs large quantities of CO2 during its life cycle. What is more, the majority of the waste from the industrial processes is transformed in by-products, which are reused in the production cycle, such as, for example, the generation of clean energy, which enables self-sufficiency.
In the 2012-2013 crop, Odebrecht Agroindustrial worked on the organization’s Sustainability Policy with the aim of translating it into guidelines focused on sustainable actions in agribusiness. These guidelines must be implemented during the next crop. Important advances were also made in the assessment of materiality, which began in 2011.
By circulating questionnaires both internally (to members) and externally (to clients, community, suppliers, partners, governments and the public), 11 priority topics were identified. The following were selected as priorities for this crop year: Environmental Conservation; Health and Safety; Job Creation; Burn-off Practices; and Local Development.