There has not been a single year in the history of the Company in which sustainability management has not been improved, 2019 was no different. Faced with the market’s concern about the fires that raged in the Amazon, Minerva Foods presented its investors with a positive panorama of its operations.
One of the key highlights is in the area of chain traceability, with the mapping and geospatial monitoring of all of its livestock suppliers in the region, thereby ensuring that 100% of its portfolio presents environmental and labor compliance and land use compliance.
The success of this effort ultimately set the Company apart from others in its sector. Minerva Foods is among the companies that have been audited by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) for its operations in Pará and, in 2018, achieved the best results among major companies in terms of social and environmental monitoring of the supply chain. An audit of cattle purchases for 2018 and the first half of 2019 has not been initiated by the MPF to date.
In the Amazon biome, Minerva Foods also undergoes an independent audit of the Public Commitment for Livestock. In 2019 it again obtained 100% compliance in all its purchases in relation to compliance with the social and environmental criteria adopted.
In Brazil, the Company monitors more than 9,000 suppliers in the Amazon, covering an area of more than 9 million hectares, which translates into 100% geospatial mapping of suppliers located in the biome. The commitment extends to Paraguay, where Minerva has pioneered geospatial monitoring of the Chaco biome through criteria adopted concerning illegal deforestation, encroachment into indigenous lands, and areas of environmental preservation. In that country, in just a little more than a year of operation, the company has already had more than 50% of its suppliers mapped and the remainder certified by an independent audit conducted by independent auditors, BDO RCS Auditores Independes in December 2019.