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We are present from the field to the tables of millions of Brazilians, Latin Americans, Europeans and Asians.


Present in Brazil since 1905, Bunge is one of country’s leading agribusiness and food companies and its largest exporter of agricultural products. It operates in an integrated way, from the field to the table, from the production and commercialization of fertilizers, purchase and processing of grains (soybean, wheat, corn and other commodities), and production of food (cooking oils, margarines, mayonnaises, olive oils, rice, flour and tomato products), to the production of sugar and bioenergy, and port services. 2.1

Presence

The company has more than 19,000 employees working in nearly 150 facilities, including, plants, mills, ports, distribution centers and silos, in 19 states throughout Brazil and in the Federal District. Bunge Brasil directly serves more than 4,630 municipalities, which is equivalent to 83% of the total of 5,565 towns that exist in Brazil. Its brands have a strong link not only to Brazil’s economic history, but also to its customs, scientific research, technological pioneering and to the formation of generations of professionals.

The Company’s operations are organized into four business areas: Fertilizers, Agribusiness & Logistics, Food & Ingredients and Sugar & Bioenergy. Bunge Brasil products are part of the daily life of millions of Brazilians, as well as those of people in countries in Europe, Asia, South and North America, thanks to the efficient logistical platform that is available to these four business areas. 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 2.7

Acclaimed brands

The Company is also one of the largest suppliers of industrial ingredients in Brazil. Annually, it produces around 840,000 tons for the food industry. Its main food brands include Suprema, Salada, Soya, Cyclus, Delícia, Primor, Rica, Etti, Bunge Pró, among others. Every year, the Company supplies more than a million tons of final food products including flours, premixes, margarines, fats, oils, rice, creams and mayonnaises.  In the countryside, strong and acclaimed brands of agricultural fertilizers, such as Manah, Serrana and Iap are part of daily life in the farming community. 2.2

Crossing Leadership

Bunge is the market leader in the origination (acquisition) of grains and the processing of soybean and wheat, in the production of fertilizers, in the manufacture of food products and in port services. It contributes significantly to the country’s balance of payments surplus, and to its foreign exchange reserves. In 2011, the company’s gross earnings were in the order of R$29 billion. 2.8

A strategic operation for the Corporation

At the present time, Bunge Brasil equates to 49% of the total assets of its parent company, Bunge Limited, a holding company founded in 1818 and headquartered in White Plains, New York, and now present in, aproximately, 40 countries. This means that the Brazilian operation is of extreme strategic importance to the Corporation. Bunge Brasil's earnings represented 29.8% of the total earnings of the parent, Bunge Limited, in 2011.

Bunge's strength in Brazil grows from year to year, thanks to its research, pioneering spirit and belief that Brazil is the world's new breadbasket. 2.6

Business Directives

Organized in the form of a set of Values, and expressed in its Code of Ethics and Conduct, the company’s organizational culture forms the basis of its ability to face new changes and challenges. It is this that governs all of the activities of Bunge Brasil’s businesses, and it is based on:

Vision

  • Food is Life.
  • Energy is Life.
  • The world will need more food and energy and natural resources are getting increasingly scarce.

Mission

Enhancing lives, with the promotion of sustainable increase in food and bioenergy supply, by improving the global agribusiness and food production chain.

Bunge Core Values

Integrity, Teamwork, Openness and Trust, Entrepreneurship and Citizenship. 4.8


To be Bunge

Actively involved in the international food and agribusiness markets for nearly 200 years, Bunge has always been proud of its strong organizational culture, one that has been deeply rooted in the ultimate goal, to improve lives. In 2011, the Company as a whole dedicated itself to a national project aimed at consolidating the Bunge Brasil Culture.

In order to achieve its objectives, the Company based itself on a set of values: integrity, openness and trust, teamwork, entrepreneurial spirit and citizenship. More than just concepts, these values represent the way in which Bunge and its professionals around the world conduct business and relate to their stakeholders.

The Bunge business model, seemingly paradoxical, has resulted in certain advantages in what is a rapidly changing market: integrated and decentralized. Decentralization has enabled the company’s businesses to act locally with greater speed and freedom of action, thereby guaranteeing a greater acceptance in the market. Integration, on the other hand, has allowed for initiatives to be aligned with each other, which has made it easier to achieve pre-set objectives.

In the more than a 100 years that it has been in Brazil, the final tally of Bunge’s growth strategy has been the purchase of around 150 companies, all with their own individual cultures. Such a sizable accumulation of experience has had to be, nevertheless, integrated in some way. The challenge has been, therefore, to integrate these companies into four separate business areas – Fertilizers, Agribusiness & Logistics, Food & Ingredients and Sugar & Bioenergy.

The restructuring of the Organizational Culture is a reponse to the new challenges imposed by the change head-on. The new culture is based on an appreciation of the company’s historical background, its strategy, on leadership as a vehicle for transformation and on a reliable and up-to-date diagnosis of the company which, for its part, signaled its desired form of culture. This resulted in a journey of self-awareness. The first stage of this work began back in August of 2010 and ended in May of 2011. It included months of work, research, workshops, focus groups and interviews with employees at all the company’s units, hierarchical functions and levels, and the full participation of the Executive Committee.

Bunge Brasil's aspirations for the year 2015
A Bunge Brasil that is integrated and decentralized
To produce growing and consistent operating profits
To be among the best in terms of work environment
To exhibit professional excellence
To be a company that is admired

The new culture that Bunge is building consists of a set of principles, values​​, beliefs, vision, mission, inspiration, aspiration, policies, strategies, systems and models that all members of the Company adopt as directives and maxims, that govern their daily work. It defines the way in which Bunge’s activities are conducted, how the company’s professionals should behave and how the company is viewed by the market and its stakeholders.    

To be Bunge today is to be integrated, entrepreneurial, to work as a team and to be confident and open to new ideas. The Company is relying on the efforts of its employees to consolidate, in the coming years, this new Bunge Culture throughout its Brazilian businesses.1.2 and 4.8

Focusing on its processes, on total quality and on customers, to be implemented the new Bunge Culture relies on an action plan that combines the attributes of the brand with those of the organization.

In order to emphasize its set of values, Bunge has applied policies and analyses of shortfalls in sustainability to segments of the business, to the training and qualification of senior staff in relation to business development, to the participation in sector-related panels, to the creation of institutional and commercial partnerships, and to the provision of support for product development.

Certifications

As evidence of its adoption of practices of excellence, the Company has units that have been certified by an independent third party assessor (SGS), in accordance with the management standards of Quality (ISO 9,001), Environment (ISO 14,001) and Food Safety (ISO 22,000) at two oils plants, and one wheat mill.

Bunge imposes strict quality controls on all of its suppliers and carries out regular conformity inspections – at present, 100% of the company’s suppliers are in compliance with its purchasing policies.FP1

In Sugar & Bioenergy, two of the company’s plants are certified under the Bonsucro standard, which establishes a set of international criteria of sustainability applicable to the production of sugar and ethanol. This implies belonging to a select group of global producers with this kind of certification, and it applies to 51% of the production of ethanol and 49% of the production of sugar at the Moema Plant, and 53% of the production of ethanol and 47% of the production of sugar at the Frutal Plant. The Bonsucro Standard was created in order to provide a mechanism for achieving sustainable production of sugar cane (and all their products) in relation to economic, social and environmental factors. It incorporates a set of Principles, Criteria, Indicators and Verifiers to be used to certify the sugar producers that meet these requirements and advises companies that wish to acquire sustainable raw material, and also the financial sector in sustainable investments matters. Bunge employs no other production standards because there is no international recognition in the operations of other agricultural commodities operated by the company. However, the company fully supports the Soja Plus Program, that is recognized worldwide for the implementation of sustainable practices in cultivation and the company participates in discussions related to the RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy). The company also has the following certifications in its production process: a GMP+ B2 (Production of Feed Ingredients) for plants; a GMP+ B3 (Trade, Collection and Storage & Transshipment) for transshipment terminals, ports and commercial areas; and a NBR ISO/IEC 17025 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories) being implemented at the biodiesel laboratory in Nova Mutum (MT). FP2

Entities and Associations

Bunge actively participates in the following institutions, in a strategic approach, to contribute to sustainable development of its value chain:

  • Abiove - Associação Brasileira das Indústrias de Óleos Vegetais (Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries)
  • Abia - Associação Brasileira das Indústrias de Alimentação (Brazilian Association of Food Industries)
  • Anec - Associação Nacional dos Exportadores de Cereais (National Association of Cereal Exporters)
  • Conaflor - Comitê Nacional de Florestas (National Committee of Forests)
  • ABMR&A - Associação Brasileira de Marketing Rural e Agronegócios (Brazilian Association of Rural Marketing and Agribusiness)
  • Fiesp - Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo (Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo)
  • Fiesc - Federação das Indústrias de Santa Catarina (Federation of Industries of the State of Santa Catarina)
  • Abag - Associação Brasileira de Agribusiness (Brazilian Association of Agribusiness)
  • Bonsucro - Better Sugarcane Initiative
  • ÚNICAUnião da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association)

Awards and Recognitions

In 2011, Bunge received a number of awards and recognitions, some of which are listed below: 2.10

Award Granter Why ?
The Global Sustainable Packaging Award WPO – World Packaging Organization For the Cyclus Nutrycell Margarine brand's biodegradable packaging.
Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade 2011 (The Exame Sustainability Guide 2011) Revista Exame – Editora Abril (The Exame Magazine – Abril Publishers) Thanks to its investments in bioenergy, the Company was included for the third time in this Guide, which lists the companies considered as benchmarks in corporate social responsibility.
Prêmio Época de Mudanças Climáticas (The Época Climate Change Award) Revista Época (The Época Magazine) Voted as one of the 20 most advanced companies in the country in dealing with the issue of environment in its day-to-day business activities.
Prêmio Top Ambiental (The Top Environmental Award) Associação dos Dirigentes de Vendas do Brasil (ADVB) (The Association of Sales Executives of Brazil) In recognition of sustainability initiatives implemented by the company in 2011, and especially its Soya Recicla Program, aimed at recycling solid waste.
Prêmio Socioambiental Chico Mendes (The Chico Mendes Socio-environmental Award)   Bunge was deserving of this award because of its "commitment to responsible socio-environmental management." The assessment took into account aspects of business administration, social impacts, efforts taken to mitigate adverse impacts on non-renewable resources, and attention to climate change and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and use of natural resources.
Baker Top 2011 Award

Revista Padaria
2000 (Baker’s 2000 Magazine)

Highlights the excellence and quality of the products and services of the Baking & Confectionary business, and is an initiative known as the “Oscar of Baking,” involving suppliers, distributors, bakeries and professionals. The award also honors professionals working in this segment (the TOPTEC Award). Chef Kleber Onofre, of Bunge’s CSAC, won an award in the Baking category, for his Onion Bread, made with selected ingredients of Bunge quality.

Líderes do Brasil (Brazilian Leaders)

Grupo Líderes do Brasil Dória (The Dória Brazilian Leaders Group) Bunge Brasil and its president, Pedro Parente, were honored in the Agribusiness Leader's category. This initiative seeks to give recognition to companies and business leaders who have helped give Brazil a leading role among emerging nations.

 MasterCana 2011 (Master Sugarcane 2011)

Mais Influentes do Setor Sucroenergético
(The Most Influential in the Sugar-energy Sector)

Bunge Brasil received the Mastercana Award 2011.

Maiores e Melhores da Panificação Brasileira (The Biggest and the Best in Brazil’s Baking Industry)

Revista Panificação Brasileira, apoiada pela ABIP (The Brazilian Baking Magazine, backed by ABIP {Brazilian Association of the Baking Industry}) Bunge was voted (for the fourth year running) the Company of the Year, the highest award in the category of Ingredients. Under the coordination of the DataFood Research Institute, this initiative seeks to highlight the leading bakeries and suppliers in the country. The survey also designated Bunge as a Baker’s Partner Company.
Os Melhores dos Maiores (The Best of the Biggest) Associação Comercial de São Paulo e pelo Insper (escola de economia e negócios) (The Commercial Association of São Paulo and by Insper {economics and business school}) Bunge won first place in the segment of Food and Agribusiness. The award was the result of the analysis of the balance sheets of around 11,000 companies operating in the Brazilian market.
Empresas que Melhor se Comunicam com Jornalistas (Companies that Best Communicate with Journalists) Revista Negócios de Comunicação (Communication Business magazine) This Award declared Bunge as the big winner in the Agricultural category. In a vote audited by BDO Brasil, around 25,000 journalists working throughout Brazil were heard. In making their choice, these professionals were asked to take into account the quality of their relations with companies from 30 sectors in the domestic economy.
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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.