Global Commitments and Partnerships
In 2009, Marfrig Beef undertook, jointly with Greenpeace, the Public Commitment on Amazon Cattle Ranching, through which it committed not to purchase any animals originating from deforested or conservation areas or from indigenous lands.
In 2017, Marfrig reaffirmed the Commitment by proposing to make progress on important aspects of the agreement, such as: greater detailing of geospatial studies of the cattle supply chain in the Amazon Biome; banning cattle purchases from all farms located in the Amazon Biome that overlap any indigenous lands identified; and adopting a system that blocks, rather than permits, cattle purchases in the case of any doubts.
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa) and Marfrig Global Foods have forged a strategic alliance to strengthen the de-commoditization of Brazilian beef through the production concepts of Carbon Neutral Beef (CNBB) and Low Carbon Brazilian Beef (LCBB), which are seals developed by Embrapa to certify beef produced using systems that neutralize or reduce the methane gas emitted by the animals.
The partnership represents an important advance by encouraging an important link in the cattle production chain to foster development and promote the concept of a more sustainable product with consumers, bisedes strengthens both the local beef market and the market for beef exports, especially to more demanding markets.
In 2014, Marfrig Global Foods joined the National Institute to Eradicate Slave Labor (InPACTO) and since 2005 has been a signatory to the pact with the same name that gave rise to the institute. As a result, it undertook responsibility for ensuring dignified working conditions throughout its entire production chain.
In 2012, Marfrig became the first food producer in the animal protein segment to trace its production chain in accordance with the Forestry and Agriculture Management and Certification Institute (IMAFLORA). As a result, it received permission to use the Rainforest Alliance Certified (RAC) seal, also known as the “Green Cattle Seal.”
In 2005, in partnership with the NGO Alianza del Pastizal, Marfrig launched a seal to recognize rural properties that conserve native fields in the South American Pampa biome. The initiative enables consumers to identify and choose meat produced in compliance with environmental conservation practices. The seal was granted after an evaluation of the agreement in accordance with the guidelines of the Pastizal Meat Certification Board (CCCP).
Partnership signed in 2013 with NGO The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Walmart to promote sustainable cattle production in the cities of São Félix do Xingu and Tucumã, both located in southeastern Pará state. Under the partnership, Marfrig Beef offers technical consulting to local producers on environmental issues and animal welfare. Activities also include monitoring production and tracing products until they reach consumers’ tables. Marfrig is the only company with georeferenced maps for 100% of its suppliers in the Amazon biome.