Environmentalist Marcelo Furtado is the newest member os Marfrig´s sustainability committee
The former executive director of Greenpeace in Brazil and a reference in the environmental area, Furtado will contribute to the sustainability strategy of the world’s second-largest beef producer
São Paulo, June 22, 2020 - Marcelo Furtado, one of Brazil’s most prominent environmentalists and former executive director of Greenpeace in Brazil, is the newest member of the sustainability committee of Marfrig, the world’s second largest beef producer and the world’s largest beef patty producer. With a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in renewable energies, Furtado is a founding partner of ZScore, a relationship platform that offers a traceability solution for environmental assets that uses blockchain technology, and is chairman of the board of the World Resources Institute (WRI) Brazil, a global research institute that focuses on Cities, Forests and Climate. He also serves on the board of directors of Conectas, an NGO focusing on human rights, and on the sustainability board of Duratex.
On Marfrig’s sustainability committee, Furtado joins Paulo Pianez Júnior, the company’s chief sustainability officer, Roberto Waack, Daniela Mariuzzo and Alain Emile Henri Martinet. “To Marfrig, it’s a great privilege to be able to draw on the experience and expertise of Marcelo Furtado,” said Marcos Molina dos Santos, founder and chairman of the board of Marfrig. “We are certain that he will make a decisive contribution to reinforcing Marfrig’s current position as a reference in sustainability.”
Furtado is considered one of Brazil’s greatest references in environmental protection. He has been working in the fields of sustainability and social justice for over 30 years, through innovation and public engagement in causes such as climate, energy and land use. From 2008 to 2013, he was executive director in Brazil of one of the world’s largest NGOs, Greenpeace, where he worked on awareness campaigns about the importance of preserving forests and the impacts of climate change.
He also is a founding member of the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder forum with representatives from academia, the private sector and civil society that fosters an inclusive and low-carbon economy with sustainable soil use. He also was executive officer of Alana Foundation, from 2018 to March 2020, and co-founder of the platform Believe.Earth, which supports social and environmental impact causes.