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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "In the 2020-21 crop, we completed the cycle of expansion with transformation of areas, enabling us to announce a commitment to zero deforestation for agricultural production. In the coming years, even without conversion of areas of native vegetation to creation of plantations, we will be able to reach our targets for production and profitability"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      SLC Agricola is a part of the Grupo SLC and is an active member of the UN Global Compact
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Cerrado Biodiversity Conservation program is promoted in partnership with Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS) at Planalto farm. The objective is to promote academic research in the ambit of doctorate programs, in the areas of legal reserve and PPA of the production units near Parque Nacional das Emas and Parque das Nascentes do Rio Taquari [...] The study focuses on assessing the impact of agricultural activities as drivers of the quality of support to the remaining of native vegetation in Cerrado, a biome that hosts 5% of the entire world biodiversity and springs of important national hydrographic basins."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Soy
      "In 2019, we improved the integration of sustainability aspects to the company’s strategy. In a workshop involving all corporate and farms’ directors and managers, we identified our priority axes and their respective correlation with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FABP). Based on that, we incorporated sustainability issues to our strategic map, like aspects associated to farms certification and environmental constraints of operation. These themes started to be considered in performance assessment and variable remuneration of employees [...] Álvaro Dilli [is the] Chief HR and Sustainability Officer"
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes, for at least one commodity
      0/0
      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: Soy
      "In 2019, we improved the integration of sustainability aspects to the company’s strategy. In a workshop involving all corporate and farms’ directors and managers, we identified our priority axes and their respective correlation with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FABP). Based on that, we incorporated sustainability issues to our strategic map, like aspects associated to farms certification and environmental constraints of operation. These themes started to be considered in performance assessment and variable remuneration of employees"
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    32/88
    • Soy
      32/88
      • Commitment Strength
        6/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No

            Other certification scheme: ProTerra

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS; Other certification
            "In the 2020-21 crop, we completed the cycle of expansion with transformation of areas, enabling us to announce a commitment to zero deforestation for agricultural production. In the coming years, even without conversion of areas of native vegetation to creation of plantations, we will be able to reach our targets for production and profitability"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Segment
            "In the 2020-21 crop, we completed the cycle of expansion with transformation of areas, enabling us to announce a commitment to zero deforestation for agricultural production. In the coming years, even without conversion of areas of native vegetation to creation of plantations, we will be able to reach our targets for production and profitability"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "In the 2020-21 crop, we completed the cycle of expansion with transformation of areas, enabling us to announce a commitment to zero deforestation for agricultural production. In the coming years, even without conversion of areas of native vegetation to creation of plantations, we will be able to reach our targets for production and profitability"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            "In the 2020-21 crop, we completed the cycle of expansion with transformation of areas, enabling us to announce a commitment to zero deforestation for agricultural production. In the coming years, even without conversion of areas of native vegetation to creation of plantations, we will be able to reach our targets for production and profitability"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [translation]"We expect our suppliers to act in accordance with the principles outlined below: Prohibit slave labor and child labor."[...] "SLC values & respects diversity. Therefore, it repudiates discrimination"; "Since 2015, SLC Agrícola has been sign- member of  the United Nations Global Compact (Working Group of Food and Agriculture). Some of the social commitments assumed are the pact against forced labor, exhausting journey and child labor useful; safety and health policies occupational; freedom of association and collective bargaining "
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          [translation]"SLC does not tolerate discrimination of any person and of any na- nature, whether by gender, race, color, ethnicity, social status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, political beliefs or philo- sophic, permanent or temporary physical characteristics, science, nationality or for any other reason. Further, SLC does not tolerate acts of violence, harassment, prejudice and conditions of unworthy work[...] "Our Code applies to all employees, in all hierarchical levels of the SLC. In addition to the collaborations tors, this Code sets out our expectations for third parties with which we interact. All must adopt the guidelines of this document and behave with the highest level of integrity. Third parties: understand all audiences with which the company interacts, including, but not limited to, customers, suppliers, consultants, service providers in general, among others."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "In their 2020 RTRS report, they indicate that they have a total of 128,580 hectares certified under RTRS and they produced 496,744 tons of RTRS certified soy"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS 
            "In their 2020 RTRS report, they indicate that they have a total of 128,580 hectares certified under RTRS and they produced 496,744 tons of RTRS certified soy"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Lidl Soy Initiative
          [translation]"SLC Agrícola participates in a project that promotes Sustainability in the Soy Industry in Europe The farms of SLC Agrícola Parnaíba and Planeste, located in Maranhão, were carefully selected to supply soy to Lidl, the main food retailer in Germany and Europe. The project called “Lidl Soy Initiative” aims to have only suppliers that deliver certified, more sustainable and GMO-free soy for the production of food products."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "All suppliers are homologated according to our internal guidelines before establishing the contract. In this stage, we check documentations and legal compliance of the companies and, for specific cases, we assess practices of health, safety and environment of employees."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: A complaints page 

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          [translation]"All channel users, whether employees, third parties, any interested party or stakeholders in general, will not be identified under any circumstances, if they so wish."[translation] The complaint can be made in the following ways: 1) Communicated to your immediate manager. 2) By direct phone: 0800 648 6306. 3) Through the website: www.contatoseguro.com.br. 4) By the Safe Contact app.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 205,508 hectares
          In 2020 RTRS report, SLC Agricola reported that they had 205,508 hectares of soya of which 128,580 hectares is certified under RTRS
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What is the certified volume?: 128,580 Ha

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What third-party verification is used?: RTRS
          In 2020 RTRS report, SLC Agricola reported that they had 205,508 hectares of soya of which 128,580 hectares is certified under RTRS
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of un-certified land holdings
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of un-certified land holdings
          1/4
          What types of ecosystems are these?: Cerrado

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: Mato Grosso do Sul, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Bahia, Goiás, Piauí

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 0 ha

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Brazil

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: 300,254 ha
          SLC Agricola publishes a map of its production farms, including areas of production and coordinates for each farm.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: FEMAD audit

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: N/A
          "The FEMAS audit for soybean certification took place in December at the Palmares (Bahia state-BA), Paladino (BA), Planeste (Maranhão state-MA) and Parnaíba (MA) Farms. The properties were visited by the certification body, found to be in compliance with the European standard and recommended for certification. FEMAS (Feed Materials Assurance Scheme) is a standard introduced to SLC Agrícola by its client Cargill due to the high demands of the European supply chain. FEMAS aims to assure the safety of all the ingredients used to produce animal feed, whether main processing products or by-products, regardless of their country of origin. Certification by the scheme guarantees compliance with Brazilian legislation and European Union import requirements."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    6/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    21/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

SLC Agricola is a producer company based in Brazil. The produce soybean, cotton, and corn across more than a dozen production sites in six Brazilian states: Goiás, Mato Grosso, Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, Bahia and Piauí. Grupo SLC is selected as a powerbroker for soy.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor
HQ
HQ 
Brazil
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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