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  • Overall approach
    3/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "SLC Agrícola joined the Working Group for Food and Agriculture which is part of the Brazilian Network of the United Nations Global Compact."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      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
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Soy

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
      "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

      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No
      "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
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    39/84
    • Soy
      39/84
      • Commitment Strength
        25/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            If Other, specify here: ProTerra

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS; Other certification

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Supply chain includes no indirect soy
            "We also adopted the best soy and cotton cultivation practices and, due to that, our products count on internationally renowned certifications. Among them, RTRS and ProTerra are highlights for soy culture [...] Our certifications: RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) Establishes an international standard for environmentally correct, socially fair and economically feasible soy production. ProTerra Standard that ensures compliance with environmental and social requirements in the production of grains without genetic modifications (OGM)"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Segment; Location
            RTRS commitment does not apply to all of their plantations (some are certified by ProTerra instead), and only applies to their own operations, not their suppliers. "We also adopted the best soy and cotton cultivation practices and, due to that, our products count on internationally renowned certifications. Among them, RTRS and ProTerra are highlights for soy culture [...] Our certifications: RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) Establishes an international standard for environmentally correct, socially fair and economically feasible soy production. ProTerra Standard that ensures compliance with environmental and social requirements in the production of grains without genetic modifications (OGM)"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "We also adopted the best soy and cotton cultivation practices and, due to that, our products count on internationally renowned certifications. Among them, RTRS and ProTerra are highlights for soy culture [...] Our certifications: RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) Establishes an international standard for environmentally correct, socially fair and economically feasible soy production. ProTerra Standard that ensures compliance with environmental and social requirements in the production of grains without genetic modifications (OGM)"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "SLC Agrícola has developed a system – called QBEN, and derived from knowledge and experience developed by the Company’s own intellectual capital – that traces the product from the field, through processing, and thus gives the process higher quality, as well as speed."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "SLC Agrícola has developed a system – called QBEN, and derived from knowledge and experience developed by the Company’s own intellectual capital – that traces the product from the field, through processing, and thus gives the process higher quality, as well as speed."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "SLC Agrícola has developed a system – called QBEN, and derived from knowledge and experience developed by the Company’s own intellectual capital – that traces the product from the field, through processing, and thus gives the process higher quality, as well as speed."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No

            (Downstream only) How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 0 Not specified

            (Producers only) How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 0 Not specified

            (Downstream only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date in the operations of the company's direct or indirect suppliers?: 0 Not specified

            (Producers only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date on land owned, controlled, or managed by the company?: 0 Not specified

            (Upstream only) How many hectares of land owned, controlled or managed is certified?: 0 Not specified
            In their 2018 report, SLC Agricola report that they have 114,695 hectares certified under the RTRS, and 29,545 hectares certified under ProTerra. In their 2019 RTRS report, they indicate that they have a total of 230,089.11 hectares of soy production, of which 101,227 hectares are RTRS-certified. In 2019 they produced 432,401 tons of RTRS-certified soy.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0 Not specified

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: 0 Not specified

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS, ProTerra

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS, ProTerra

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0 Not specified
            In their 2018 report, SLC Agricola report that they have 114,695 hectares certified under the RTRS, and 29,545 hectares certified under ProTerra.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Lidl Soybean Initiative

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "SLC Agrícola participates in a project to promote sustainability in the European soybean industrySLC Agrícola’s Parnaíba and Planeste Farms in Maranhão state were carefully selected to supply soybeans to Lidl, Germany and Europe’s main food retailer. The so-called “Lidl Soybean Initiative” project aims to use only suppliers that deliver, sustainable and transgenic-free soybeans for the manufacture of food products.This means the retailer contributes to the gradual increase in the pursuit of this type of soybean in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Lidl plans to obtain a total of 147,000 metric tons of certified soybeans for these three countries. Under the project, these certifications mean SLC Agrícola receives a higher price.The initiative is being run in partnership with the ProTerra Foundation, which certifies only transgenic-free soybeans across the supply chain. The Parnaíba and Planeste Farms already have ProTerra and RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) certification." On the Lidl website, "Lidl Germany participates in the cross-border “Lidl Soy Initiative”. In the context of this, the discounter aims to only use sustainably produced and non-GMO soy as feed for cattle and pigs in the long term (...). The company plans on certifying the total amount of soy needed (147 000 tons) in 3 countries. For this, Lidl is working with Not-for-Profit organisation ProTerra and supports selected farms in Brazil over the next 3 years with a 7 digit amount. This should enable the farmers to transition to more sustainable, non-GMO soy and increase the available supply in Europe. In the first year the soy beans will be exclusively derived from two carefully chosen farms from SLC Agricola, one of the biggest Brazilian agricultural producers, in Maranhao."
        • 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 toour internal guidelines before establishing thecontract. In this stage, we check documentationsand legal compliance of the companies and, forspecific cases, we assess practices of health,safety and environment of employees."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0 Not specified

          Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

          What is the certified volume?: 432,401 tons
          In their 2018 report, SLC Agricola report that they have 114,695 hectares certified under the RTRS, and 29,545 hectares certified under ProTerra. In their 2019 RTRS report, they indicate that they have a total of 230,089.11 hectares of soy production, of which 101,227 hectares are RTRS-certified. In 2019 they produced 432,401 tons of RTRS-certified soy.
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of uncertified land holdings only
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of uncertified land holdings only
          1/4
          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: 0 not specified

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 448,162 ha

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 not specified

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

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: 300,254 ha

          What types of ecosystems are these?: Cerrado

          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed?: 100%

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: 0 not specified

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: 0 Not specified

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: Mato Grosso do Sul, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Bahia, Goiás, Piauí
          SLC Agricola publishes a map of its production farms, including areas of production and coordinates for each farm.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using a third-party monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using a third-party monitoring system
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: Not specified

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 Not specified

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 0 Not specified

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

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No
          "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."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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
    25/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    14/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    0/18
    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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