SOURCE: Atrevia

Atrevia

November 12, 2015 10:05 ET

Brazilian Companies Show Great Examples of Sustainable Practices

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2015) - After the ECO-92 conference (Conference on the Environment and Development) in Rio de Janeiro, sustainability gained even more attention in Brazil, stimulating public and private groups to become really engaged in the issue.

Since the year 2000, the subject has become even more serious with global warming being in the media spotlight, but, in addition to global warming, other matters also became more important, since sustainability cannot only be associated to the environment. Economic, social and cultural aspects are also highly important pillars that underpin the concept of sustainability.

The confectionery industry in Brazil, for example, has companies that care about sustainability from the cultivation of the raw material, to the conscious use of water.

Nugali is a chocolate manufacturer that has been using cacao planted in Southern Bahia for over ten years, cultivated in the shade of the native trees of the Atlantic Forest in harmony with the local ecosystem. This agroforestry system, called the Cabruca system, centenary in the region, has been responsible for the preservation of large areas of Atlantic Forest in Bahia. "In most parts of the world, cacao plantations can be found on any farmland: the area is cleaned up and the cacao rows are planted, interspersed with rows of other crops such as acai or rubber plants to provide shade for the cacao plants."

The manufacturer of nougat Montivérgine has a program for the destination of products that didn't make it through the production process, such as any excess and accumulated waste in the machines, using it for animal feed.

The chocolate manufacturer Harald has a number of social programs within their sustainability program that benefit employees and institutions. Two of these actions include the "Citizen Company", which extends maternity leave for employees by a further 60 days -- the company has offered this option since it was announced as possible to do so by the government in 2009; and the "Institutions" program that donates a fixed amount on a monthly basis to institutions such as the Sítio Agar (a home to children and adolescents with HIV), and GRENDACC (a group that support children and adolescents with cancer and hematologic illnesses), relying on participation by their employees, who make the monthly donations to these institutions, deducted on the payroll.

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