Towards a common goal

The path towards a sustainable production of soy is important to us. At Denofa all of the soy imported from Brazil is certified ProTerra or RTRS. Both organizations are approved by several environmental organizations such as WWF. The development of a sustainable production of food to a continuously growing population is a shared responsibility; we take our part of the responsibility seriously and want to be part of the solution. We cooperate with the UN Global Compact and engaged NGOs to minimize the social and environmental consequences of soybean farming. Over the past couple of decades soybean production have struggled with social and environmental challenges. With this in mind we have committed ourselves to continuously improve the sustainability throughout our entire value chain. Today the best way to ensure this is through the use of acknowledged certificates such as RTRS and ProTerra. WWF has played an important role in the development of soy certification schemes and has taken part in the establishment of ProTerra and RTRS. WWF recommends the use of both RTRS and ProTerra and consider them the best available certifications in today’s market.

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Projected soybean production for 2015 is about 315 million tons on a world basis. Of this only 5 million tons (abt 2%) will be certified sustainable. Out of this 5 million tons our owners Amaggi will produce about 1,5 million of them - amounting to almost 1/3 of the world’s sustainable soybean production. Amaggi was one of the initiators of RTRS and has taken a central part in the development of the certification scheme. Denofa is also a member of RTRS.

Due to their strong engagement with sustainable production of soy Amaggi was in 2009 specially invited to join a workgroup in UN Global Compact working with the UN to contribute to the development of a sustainable soy production. In 2013 Ammagi’s CEO Waldemir Loto was invited to speak at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit about Amaggi’s contributions to sustainable soy. Global Compact is the biggest initiative of corporate social responsibility with more than 8.000 contestants including more than 5.300 companies from 130 countries.

Amaggi’s work and efforts to sustainable soy production is also recognized by the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FDD). Amaggi has been awarded by FDD three times as a reference company for environmental responsibility for the industry.

Amaggi and Sustainability

Amaggi holds the following Social and Environmental Certifications and Commitments:
  • ProTerra Standard
    In 2014 Amaggi Agro (own farming) certified 307,000 metric tons of grains and Amaggi Commodities an additional 704,000 metric tons. The warehouses of Brasnorte, Campos de Júlio, Campo Novo dos Parecis, Cerejeiras, Querência, Sapezal, and Vilhena; the ports of Itacoatiara and Porto Velho; and the crusher in Itacoatiara are certified by this standard. The certified products are soy meal, oil, and grain exported through the ports. In total Amaggi certified 1,011,000 tons of soy by the ProTerra standard in 2014
  • RTRS
    1.3 million tons of soy was certified by RTRS in 2014, a nearly 50% increase from 2013. Worldwide, Amaggi was the first company to receive this certification. In 2014, Amaggi Agro (own farming) certified 241,000 tons in the Tucunaré and Tanguro farms. Amaggi Commodities certified another 308,000 tons from 51 producers. Amaggi has 18 warehouses, three port terminals (Porto Velho, Itacoatiara, and TGG) and two soy crushers (Lucas do Rio Verde and Itacoatiara) certified by RTRS. In total Amaggi certified 549,000 tons of soy by the RTRS standard in 2014
  • International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)
    In 2014 Amaggi produced 309,000 metric tons of grains certified by the ISCC standard. The farms of Itamarati, Tucunaré, and Água Quente, as well as the Porto Velho and Itacoatiara ports and the crushers in Lucas do Rio Verde and Itacoatiara are certified by this standard. In total Amaggi certified 309,000 tons of soy by the ISCC standard in 2014
  • ISO 14001
    Amaggi was the first company who certified a bean farm by this standard in 2007– the Tucunaré farm in Sapezal. Currently operates 22 units with the certification
  • Commitments
    Amaggi also cooperates with an array of different actors through its engagement towards sustainability. These actors include among others United Nations Global compact, the National Pact for the Eradication of Bonded Labor, the Business Pact for Integrity and Against Corruption, the Programa Empresa Amiga da Criança (Child-Friendly Company Program), the Millennium Development Goals, the Natural Capital for Leadership Compact, ABIOVE, Earth Innovation Institute, Soja Plus, The Nature Conservatory, IPAM, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Sustainability Center of the Getulio Vargas Foundation
2014 achievements
  • Through the Soy Work Group Amaggi played a major role in the debate that resulted in the extension of the Soy Moratorium for two more years, until 2016. Amaggi was the first company to adhere to the Soy Moratorium, created in 2006 to prevent the progress of soybean crops in the Amazon
  • R$3 million was invested in social project through the André and Lucia Maggi Foundation. The projects benefitted a total of 49,440 people directly and another 167,704 indirectly
  • R$33.9 million was invested in preservation and environmental management of lands. Amaggi manages a total of 95,123 hectares of preserved areas
  • Amaggi evaluated 352 of their environmentally critical business partners to ensure compliance with environmental legislation
  • Joined the Life Institute to partake in a pilot project in Brazil qualifying and acknowledging public and private organizations that develop favorable and effective actions for the preservations of biodiversity and sustainable development
  • Amaggi does not maintain business relations with companies listed in the Brazilian labor black list, and has since 2014 been a part of the working group of the Ministry of Labor and Employment, working to improve the management and control of the black list
  • Amaggi has a strong sustainability department with 43 employees whose main focus is working towards a common goal - to be the leaders in the field of sustainability