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Response from Raizen to article alleging death threats against opponents and production of ethanol in occupied land belonging to Guarani Indians by its supplier in Brazil
Author: Raizen (Cosan), Published on: 14 June 2011
...Although Raízen is closely monitoring the issue which involves the sugar cane cropping at Santa Claudina’s farm, in Caarapó (MS), it is clear that the area in dispute by legitimacy of ownership does not belong to Raízen. It belongs to a local producer who rents it to a Raízen’s sugar cane supplier. Raízen understands this issue is extremely complex, sensitive and involves many parties. And it is under court decision. However, considering its influential role in the value chain, Raízen is talking to all relevant parties involved, aiming to promote the proper understanding between them, respecting both the legitimate rights of the indigenous population as well as the legal entities which Raízen has commercial and contractual relations. Raízen maintains its policy of dialogue with the parties ever.
This is a response from the following companies: Raizen (joint venture Shell & Cosan)