Presentation

Bunge Brasil presents the 2012 edition of its Sustainability Report, which has been published annually since 2003. Its purpose is to show the Company's sustainable management and the evolution obtained, over the period between January 1st and December 31st of 2011, in the application of triple bottom line concepts on the value chain.

The data and content presented in this report are based on the international directives of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), version G3, a sustainability performance reporting and assessment methodology that is recognized throughout the world, thanks to the fact that it allows for a comparison to be made with other companies. The content of the previous edition of the report published in June of 2010, is also updated.

Specific Protocols

This Report also includes specific indicators from the GRI Food Processing supplement, a set of protocols that are specific to the food production sector. The document deals with requirements that are considered essential, according to a survey of stakeholders (those with whom the company has a relationship of joint interest), in terms of companies involved in this sector reporting initiatives, projects and relationships with a high degree of governance, transparency and sustainability management. These new indicators, launched in 2010, have been developed in collaboration with representatives of companies from around the world, including Bunge, Latin America's sole participant.

In terms of the composition of indicators set down in this Sustainability Report, Bunge Brasil has only included the direct operations of its operational business areas, which include: (Fertilizers, Agribusiness & Logistics, Food & Ingredients and Sugar & Bioenergy) and in support of these areas: Human Resources & Organizational Development, Institutional Relations, Communications & Sustainability, and Finance. It does not deal with the operations of companies not fully controlled by Bunge, which therefore excludes joint ventures.

Full and Short Versions

During production stages of this report, the work has been developed in such a way as to be able to show the initiatives undertaken during the year, in an objective and easy to understand way, and to demonstrate a transparent desire for good governance. The idea is to offer stakeholders a broad view of the initiatives implemented by Bunge in Brazil over the period covered by the Report, which comes in two versions: one full or complete version, offered on the Internet at a specific website that is available to anyone, shows the indicators and data considered relevant as per the GRI-3 (www.bunge.com.br/sustentabilidade).

The shorter version, in printed form, offers the highlights of the year, strategies and issues with a greater economic focus, as requested by stakeholders in recent years. This is sent individually to those who participated in recent stakeholder panels and to others, including customers, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), suppliers, government representatives and others.  

So as to avoid leaving anyone with an interest in Bunge out, the content of the report will also be available in three other formats: a printed magazine, containing all the main themes and information; a leaflett, for distribution in  occasions with general audiences  and a pocket-sized booklet, which will provide a summary of the main activities with a greater relevance to the company's employees, primarily for internal distribution.

An eye on best practices

The 2012 edition of the Bunge Brasil Sustainability Report has been prepared using the best national and international examples of Sustainability reports as its benchmark. It continues to be based on an exclusive study carried out by the Brazilian Sustainable Development Foundation (Fundação Brasileira para Desenvolvimento Sustentável - FBDS) of the 2010 edition of the Bunge Sustainability Report. This study applied the methodology developed by English consultants SustainAbility for the Global Reporters program and, as a result, made certain recommendations for improving the report in terms of Governance and Strategy, Management, Performance Presentation and Accessibility, and Verification.   

Nevertheless, all this effort failed to minimize the difficulties faced by Bunge in obtaining indicators that would allow for reliable levels of comparison, mainly because of the limited volume of information available in the areas in which the Company was operating in the domestic market. The solution found to this problem was to seek international references, and to adapt its presentation in such a way as to meet the indicators set down by the GRI.

Level A+

As a result, Bunge Brasil believes that this Sustainability Report adequately meets the A+ application level of the Version 3 GRI Reports Structure. This document has been assessed externally by BSD Consulting, as informed in the section “Guarantee Declaration”, through a process designated as the Sustainability Report Assurance.

Comments and suggestions relating to this report are always welcome and may be sent to the following e-mail: sustentabilidade@bunge.com.

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Bunge Brasil's Sustainability Icons
Represent the Social, Environmental and Economic dimensions of the actions and projects of the company in the Country. Learn more about Bunge Brasil Sustainability Platform in
www.bunge.com.br/sustentabilidade.
The Sustainability
Platform is a global
effort to ensure that
business performance
is enhanced on four
main fronts
Sustainable Agriculture Bunge is committed to raise awareness and train farmers to produce in order to reduce environmental impacts and maximize the use of finite natural resources.
The Sustainability
Platform is a global
effort to ensure that
business performance
is enhanced on four
main fronts
Climate Change Climate Change can bring significant impacts to food production worldwide. Therefore, Bunge believes it is a key factor in sustainability analyzes.
The Sustainability
Platform is a global
effort to ensure that
business performance
is enhanced on four
main fronts
Healthy Diets Offering safe and beneficial products to health. Bunge works to identify customer needs and provide the best food ever in the market.
The Sustainability
Platform is a global
effort to ensure that
business performance
is enhanced on four
main fronts
Waste Reduction Development of mechanisms and processes for the reduction of waste in industrial processes and expansion of the rational use of water and other non-renewable resources in the management of operational efficiency.