Sustainability: impacting future generations
Sustainability in all aspects of SLC Agrícola
SLC Agrícola believes that excellence in the management of economic, social and environmental aspects has, as a result, the reduction of environmental impacts of its operations, improving the quality of life in the workplace and guaranteeing satisfactory results for its investors and shareholders. Sustainability in SLC Agrícola is based on these principles and in the Company Big Dream: to positively impact future generations, through global leadership in agribusiness and respect to the planet.
The programs and actions adopted in the Company have, as components, economic management, consistent social responsibility policies, well-structured individual and collective protection programs, promotion of environmental education and information, as well as adoption of the best practices and agricultural technologies. All this is aimed at minimal impact on the environment.
With these actions, we believe that it is possible to produce food, fuel and clothing for the world’s population in a sustainable way.
Environmental Management in Practice
SLC Agrícola and its responsibility to the environment
The preservation of native areas on farms is a legal compliance that is provided for in the Brazilian Forestry Code. These areas ensure the maintenance of rivers and springs, and shelter animals and plants. It is prohibited to access these areas and use them to hunt, fish or any other type of activity.
Waste management at SLC Agrícola is grounded on the 3R’s approach: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Farms have the structure to contain and temporarily store contaminated and uncontaminated waste, to later be used or disposed of appropriately.
Natural resource management
Natural resources used by SLC Agrícola are many, from soil and water up to industrialized agricultural inputs through other natural resources, such as fertilizer. The Company optimizes its resources in order to use them in the best way, avoiding waste.
Certifications in agribusiness
Standards that guarantee sustainability
The Big Dream of SLC Agrícola brings several factors to the business that requires the standardization of their processes – these are geared towards operations, the business or its management. The Integrated Management System is the main tool for sustainability. A certification process in which economic, social and environmental pillars are supported by international standards of performance such as OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety, the NBR 16001 for Social Responsibility and ISO 14001 for Environmental Management. Within the good practices of agricultural cultivation, other certifications of national and international nature stand out for SLC Agrícola commodities, such as RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy), CRS (Certified Responsible Soya), the ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) for soybean and ABR standards (Responsible Brazilian Cotton) and BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) for cotton crops.
Management focused on sustainability
A committee that gives life to our actions
Created in 2008, SLC Agricola’s Sustainability Committee brings together directors for decision-making related to sustainability projects within the Company. One of the main actions of the committee was to prepare and review the Integrated Policy, which guides the IMS – Integrated Management System. The IMS is comprised of the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and NBR 16001 standards and permeates all areas and operations of SLC Agrícola.
Social Responsibility Awards
SLC Agrícola won the Top Citizenship Award from Brazilian Human Resources Association of Rio Grande do Sul (ABRH RS) in 2012 with the “Mobiliando Vidas” Project and in 2013 with the “GAS: 10 years of Social Actions” Project.
SLC Agrícola is awarded with the Social Responsibility Certificate from the Legislative Assembly from Rio Grande do Sul State since 2006. This certificate is given to the companies that achieve a high punctuation on their Social Balances.