For the sixth straight year, audit confirms Marfrig’s compliance with Amazon conservation practices
The audit conducted by Norwegian-based DNV-GL assessed and tested the company’s cattle sourcing from areas located within the Amazon biome
São Paulo, November 7, 2018 – The independent international consulting firm DNV-GL, which specializes in business and environmental risk analysis, has concluded a report attesting to the compliance of Marfrig Global Foods with the Public Commitment on Amazon Cattle Ranching. The document aims to assess the practices adopted to combat deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, violence against indigenous peoples and the use of slave labor within the Amazon Biome, which encompasses the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Pará, Amapá, Acre, Rondônia, Roraima and parts of the states of Maranhão, Tocantins and Mato Grosso.
DNV-GL’s audit assessed the animal purchases made from Jan 1. To Dec. 31, 2017. For the sixth straight year, Marfrig was certified in compliance with the commitment first undertaken in 2009. “Preserving the Amazon Biome is one of our priorities in environmental sustainability,” said Eduardo Miron, CEO of Marfrig Global Foods. “We were the first company in the industry to sign the agreement with Greenpeace and, even after the NGO discontinued the Public Commitment on Cattle Ranching, in 2017, Marfrig maintained its good sustainability practices and reinforced its actions to combat deforestation of the Amazon Biome.”
The independent audit was conducted in three phases. The first phase assessed the system responsible for cattle sourcing and the blacklisting of suppliers located in the Amazon Biome that fail to comply with the social and environmental criteria established by Marfrig. Tests were conducted to simulate animal purchases from suppliers that are blacklisted by Brazil’s Environment Institute (Ibama) or by the Ministry of Labor. The simulations confirmed that all Marfrig units follow the policy of not sourcing cattle from farms included in areas currently banned by the institute and the ministry.
In the second phase, the auditors verified the quality and efficacy of the geomonitoring system used by the company, with tests, geospatial analyses and the presentation of all data-gathering processes. In the third and final phase, DNV-GL verified the environmental and property compliance process throughout the supply chain. It showed that everyone is in good standing and consequently in compliance with the social and environmental criteria established by Marfrig for its animal sourcing supply chain.
“Since 2012, Marfrig is the only company to be certified 100% in compliance by all audits related to the Public Commitment on Amazon Cattle Ranching,” said Miron. The audit’s findings reflect our commitment to best environmental practices.”
DNV-GL is an independent foundation driven by the purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment. Established in 1864 and with a global reputation of excellence, it is the leader in certification and independent assurance services. Its long experience and competence in risk management make DNV-GL one of the few certification and assurance companies to offer a complete range of services, across all industries. With a network of 300 offices in more than 100 countries, its 14,000 employees work in strategic locations in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. In Brazil, DNV-GL has operated for over 35 years and its main competency is managing risks, which are then transformed into opportunities for organizations.