São Paulo – Brazil 2019, July 10th To: Centro de Informação sobre Empresas e Direitos Humanos
Re: Indigenous lands and deforestation in the Amazon
Dear, In reference to the request of the Center for Information on Business and Human Rights, Marfrig Global Foods brings the necessary clarifications. Marfrig has maintained, since 2009, a public commitment to “Zero Deforestation” in the Amazon biome…[I]t established strategic and operational guidelines that are transformed into concrete action plans to strengthen control of its cattle sourcing and to mitigate any risks of sourcing cattle from critical zones associated with deforestation and improper and illegal work conditions. Marfrig also maintains a rigorous animal sourcing policy and a protocol of criteria and procedures that are prerequisites for approving suppliers. To ensure compliance with all sourcing requirements envisaged in the policy and protocol, Marfrig has created and maintains a supplier Monitoring Platform...Developed by the company Geoflorestas, the tool monitors all farms that supply animals to Marfrig’s processing plants. The system crosschecks the georeferenced data and farm documents with official public information to identify potential nonconformities, which helps to prevent the purchase of cattle from producers that raise cattle on deforested or banned areas, conservation units or indigenous land or that use slave labor, in accordance with the sourcing protocol. The criteria adopted by the protocol are: - Deforestation...; - Banned areas...; - Conservation units...; - Indigenous lands...; - Slave labor...Marfrig has since 2005 applied the criterion of not purchasing animals from any supplier in this situation…[I]n 2014, soon after the pact for the eradication of slave labor became an Institute (InPacto), Marfrig reaffirmed the commitment and this was highlighted again in 2018...Marfrig has participated in the Working Group for Sustainable Cattle Raising...