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Independent audit attests to Marfrig’s compliance with its commitment to Amazonian preservation

The consulting firm DNV-GL verified all of the company’s cattle sourcing processes and the operations of its units located in the Amazon biome

São Paulo, November 23, 2017 – The independent international consulting firm DNV-GL, which specializes in business and environmental risk analysis, has just concluded a report attesting to the compliance of the operations of the Beef Division of Marfrig Global Foods with the public commitment made to preserve the Amazon biome.
The document was prepared based on an analysis of the criteria established in a pact initially signed between the NGO Greenpeace and Brazil’s largest beef producers, which included including Marfrig. The pact’s objective is to combat deforestation in the Amazon, violence against indigenous peoples and the use of labor analogous to slavery in the Amazon biome, a region that includes the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Pará, Amapá, Acre, Rondônia, Roraima and parts of the states of Maranhão, Tocantins and Mato Grosso.

In the first half of the year, Greenpeace left the agreement that Marfrig continues to uphold. The company, which is one of world’s largest animal protein producers, remains committed to practices such as not sourcing cattle from deforested areas, environmental conservation areas or areas infringing on indigenous reserves. To fulfill the commitment, it maintains a system for the geospatial monitoring of farms supplying cattle and a rigid protocol for cattle sourcing by its four units located in the region of the Amazon biome: Tangará da Serra and Paranatinga in Mato Grosso state, Tucumã in Pará state and Chupinguaia in Rondônia state.

Conducted from Aug. 31 to Sept. 14, 2017, the audit by DNV-GL assessed the animal purchases made from Jan 1. to Dec. 31, 2016. For the fifth straight year, Marfrig was certified in compliance with the commitment first undertaken in 2009. “Environmental sustainability, animal welfare and cooperation with local communities are values that we take upon ourselves to preserve and disseminate,” said Martín Secco, CEO of Marfrig Global Foods. “That is why we remain firm in our commitment to preserve the Amazon biome.”

The audit

The independent audit was conducted in three phases: verification of documents, gathering of information through interviews with employees and verification of processes and facilities at the units.

The first phase of the assessment included checking the system responsible for cattle purchases and the blocking of suppliers that fail to comply with the social and environmental criteria established by Marfrig. The audit also included simulations of animal purchasing operations with 45 producers with one or more restrictions, such as those included on the blacklists of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA) or the Ministry of Labor. Specific tests were made to ensure Marfrig’s system would not accept purchase orders from suppliers not accredited by the company’s geospatial monitoring system. In both cases, Marfrig’s systems and processes were certified by the auditors.

In the second phase, the auditors verified the quality and functionality of the geomonitoring system used by the company, with geospatial analyses and the presentation of all data gathering processes. In the final phase, the audit verified the environmental and property compliance process of farms in the direct supply chain.

 “In all phases, the audit verified that Marfrig is honoring its commitment to maintain good sustainability practices,” said Martín Secco. “But it’s equally essential that all participants in the chain work to advance in the construction of a system that can assess the conditions of suppliers and ensure the transparency of basic data for tracking cattle purchase and sale operations.”

Check out the full report here.