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Marfrig Global Foods reduces by 15% the use of water in its operations


Through an Efficient Water Use Management System and a US$2.5m investment to mitigate impact on the environment, the Company has become a reference in sustainability in the sector

Sao Paulo, October 24 – Marfrig Global Foods, one of the biggest animal protein companies in the world and a sustainability benchmark for the industry, today announces in its 2015 Annual Sustainability Report that it reduced by 15% the use of water at 10 of its Beef Division’s plants.

Released this Monday, the report is part of a broad set of sustainable initiatives, including Animal Welfare best practices, in which Marfrig has reached Tier 2 in the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW); a public commitment with Greenpeace to fight deforestation caused by cattle raising in the Amazon Biome; and the monitoring of 100% of its supply chain to certify an environmentally friendly product from its origin to the consumer.

With the implementation of the Efficent Water Use Management System, the plants in the project saved 1.2 million m³ of water in the last five years, falling to 6.7 million m³ in 2015 from 7.9 million m³ in 2010. The result, which is in the 2015 Annual Sustainability Report, is part of a project that was aimed at reducing total water consumption by 2% at the plants, minimizing the operational impact on the community and the environment.

Marfrig Globl Foods has concluded another successful cycle of efforts aimed at mitigating the environmental impacts on its operations, positioning itself as one of the pioneering companies in sustainability in Brazilian agriculture.  “We have worked constantly on consolidating our position as a global leader in sustainability in the beef chain, including sustainability actions across all of our businesses, whether it be energy use control, water resources management, recycling programs, initiatives directed toward sustainable livestock farming and animal wellbeing,” says Leonel Almeida, head of sustainability at Beef Division.

In 2015, Marfrig Global Foods’ investments in environmental protection totalled R$7.8m. The company adopted monitoring systems to maximize the correct use and reduce the operational impact on the environment. The initiatives include significant investment in energy through the use of renewable sources such as nut peel, scrap wood, sawdust, as well as wood residue, cane bagasse and reforested firewood.

As a global reference in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Keystone Division also worked hard at reducing energy consumption. One of the biggest suppliers of processed foods in the world, the US-based business unit reduced energy consumption by 3.7% thanks to efficiency measures from the improvement in lighting installations to advanced control systems.

Emissions

The impact of Marfrig Global Foods` activities on the atmosphere is another key point. The Climactic Change Policy and Natural Resources establishes the types of industrial, commercial and services activities in the saving of low carbon. Awarded twice with the seal of Golden GHG Brazilian Protocal Program, the company has realized since 2010 annual gas inventory on Greenhouse Effect Gases (GEE), an important tool in the directing of activities aligned with environmental strategies. According to the inventory, the company managed to reduce by 1.6% direct emissions on its own processes (Scope 1) and by 1.3% indirect emissions on acquired energy (Scope 2).

On top of this, the Beef Division reinforced its public commitment to a signing with Greenpeace, not being identified as any irregular operation in the social-environmental criteria in the acquisition of animals. The audit, realized last year, showed through a sample that all purchase of beef undergoes a process that verifies if the property of origin was cited in any lists involving slave work, or is in one of the areas embargoed by IBAMA or is non-compliant with geo-spacial monitoring criteria. The system of purchasing by Beef Divsion automatically impedes any type of beef acquisition from farms that are blocked, guaranteeing the origin of cattle.

The results in the 2015 Annual Sustainability Report reflect the Company’s search for sustainability in all dimensions of the business. “2015 was extremely position in the conquest of new objectives. We took fundamental steps in maintaining Marfrig Global Foods on its path to sustainable growth in the long term and the consolidation in animal protein leadership", said Marfrig Global Foods CEO Martin Secco. "Sustainability is extremely important for our strategy, as our business is intricately linked to questions such as the use of earth and natural resources”, Leonel added.

More information is available in the 2015 Annual Sustainability Report. For access to the document, access: http://www.marfrig.com.br/en/sustainability.



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