By dedicating itself to the processing of beef protein, Marfrig acquires its raw material from supplier ranches. In order for a property to be approved and authorized to become a Marfrig animal supplier, it must meet requirements regarding issues related to animal welfare, food safety, social responsibility, environment and health and safety, among others. These principles follow a specific policy, developed based on the commitments assumed by the company and in accordance with the procedures related to the Integrated Management System, Food Security, the Environment and Human Rights practices. Some of the elements requested from suppliers involve:
- Type of management adopted by the property (production cycle and feeding of animals),
- Good environmental conservation practices, including compliance with deforestation criteria,
- Legal compliance of the operation (issuance of invoices by the producer),
- Not to be on the IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment) embargo list and no record of forced or compulsory labor (on the blacklist controlled by the Department of Labor Inspection Unity of the Ministry of Economy),
- Submit documents as proof of Land Title (SNCR or equivalent), Rural Environmental Registry (CAR), Letter of Guarantee, Marfrig Club Protocol Checklist and Animal Transport Guide, among others.
Since 2009, Marfrig has been continuously monitoring supplier ranches located in the Amazon Biome. Based on satellite images of the properties, and deforestation areas made available by the National Institute of Space Research (Inpe), National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) and Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), the company seeks to ensure that the properties are free of deforestation, conflicts over indigenous lands and restricted conservation areas. In 2019, heat focal points (fire burns) also were monitored. These requirements, when met, minimize the impact of livestock-raising activities on the community and the environment. Irregular suppliers are blocked from the supplier list.
Procedures are audited by the DNV-GL consulting firm, based in Norway, and the results can be tracked here.
In addition to geospatial monitoring, Marfrig monitors suppliers through a questionnaire based on the international SA8000 social responsibility standard. Made by sampling, this process allows for the checking of information related to human rights, such as working hours, adequate remuneration and appropriate working conditions, in addition to preventing practices related to discrimination of any nature and the use of child labor. So far, 100% of the active suppliers evaluated meet the criteria for working conditions, human rights and other social aspects.