Sustainability action in Brazil

Sustainability action in Brazil

As we continue to expand our operations in Brazil, we are committed to doing so responsibly, aiming to create fair and sustainable value across our value chains and activities in the country

Protecting the Environment:

  • LDC is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our farms, industrial assets and offices, and to sourcing and managing products responsibly.

Meeting Environmental Targets:

  • We installed solar panels at oilseeds storage facilities in Brazil, making them energy self-sufficient

Our Ponta Grossa oilseeds processing plant, in Paraná state, cut electricity consumption by 1.7% using frequency modulators in key electrical equipment

Our Matipó coffee warehouse, in Minas Gerais state, was designed and built with translucent roof tiles, to reduce electricity consumption by relying on daylight in certain areas

We installed a rainwater collection system at our Bebedouro dry peel plant, in São Paulo state, to recycle wastewater for floor cleaning, instead of drawing clean water

We monitor rain forecasts at citrus farms to optimize the use of crop protection products, avoiding water and fuel waste resulting from repeat applications due to rain rinsing off applied products.

Green Office:

  • All LDC offices in Brazil have introduced measures to reduce our environmental footprint, such as the elimination of plastic cups, efficient water management, trash recycling, reduced printing, use of biodegradable cleaning products and LED lighting.
  • Offices that demonstrate top environmental performance and progress are recognized through our annual Green Office initiative.

Working with Partners:

  • Recognizing that we can have a greater impact by working with others, we act through a wide range of collaborative initiatives and associations to drive positive change in our supply chains.

Conduct Manual for Raw Material Suppliers:

  • We inform all Brazilian suppliers of LDC’s expectations and standards regarding sustainable sourcing and practices, mapping all supply channels to ensure requirements are communicated to all suppliers by means of our Conduct Manual (only in Portuguese).
  • In addition, a digital platform enables our origination teams to map production practices at farm level and identify any weaknesses needing to be addressed in our supply chain to protect local communities, our partners and the environment.

LDC Seal of Responsible Origination:

  • Launched in 2018, LDC’s Sustainable Agriculture program certifies soy suppliers who meet our sustainability standards. In 2019, we worked closely with farmers to certify our soy supply chain, aiming to satisfy customer expectations and promote the production of sustainable soy in Brazil.
  • Our seal of responsibly origination complements LDC’s Soy Sustainability Policy, commitment to No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation, and efforts to drive supply chain transparency and traceability – for instance, reporting on soy sourced in Brazil’s Cerrado biome, as members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Soft Commodities Forum.