Private Social

Bunge Brasil's private social investment reached a total
of R$5.6 million in 2011, spread out over various sustainable
development, education, environmental awareness and corporate memory projects.

With its principles and management focused on Sustainability, Bunge Brasil is involved in developing a number of initiatives for local communities, so as to participate in the growth of the regions where it operates, since it considers that, in addition to economic results, it also needs to create partnerships, provide opportunities and boost education. Sustainable development requires long-term planning, and society needs to understand that natural resources are finite, and that decisions that may affect the collective need to be taken in a broad and participatory way. SO1

Fundação Bunge SO1


The Company operates in several regions through its Fundação Bunge (FB – Bunge Foundation), which, in 2011, invested in programs and projects aimed at developing communities in which Bunge units operate, at encouraging excellence, and at sustainable knowledge and memory preservation. These initiatives were focused on education, to expand the educational boundaries of the people, the community and of scientific knowledge as a whole. SO1

Thus, in 2011, Fundação Bunge’s investment in programs and projects totaled R$7.4 million, up 25% on the previous year. Donations made by the foundation’s patrons (Bunge Alimentos, Bunge Fertilizantes, Fertimport, Pedro Afonso Açúcar & Bioenergia and the Bunge Philanthropic Foundation) came to R$5.2 million in the same period. The difference between Fundação Bunge’s budget and the funding provided by these patron organizations came from the foundation’s own revenues, mainly from real estate rentals (floors rented out at a Business Center).

By project, Bunge Foundation invested, in 2011:

Investments in Fundação Bunge Projects (in R$)
  2009 2010 2011
Comunidade Educativa 2,232,184.04 1,570,232.56 2,923,935.56
Fundação Bunge award 987,750.58 993,599.58 916,443.58
Bunge’s Heritage Center 684,377.37 438,632.98  472,293.44
Knowing to Sustain Project 748,878.88 537,348.85 71,985.84
Brazil Teachers Award 112,426.44 - -
Recicriar – The Pedagogy of the Possible 13,369.26 - -
Integrated Community (a Sugar & Bioenergy area project) 11,703.20 603,941.87 861,943.56
Administrative/financial/communication expenditure 2,499,552.70 1,807,793.34 2,180,596.18
Total 7,290,242.47 5,951,549.18 7,427,198.16

Fundação Bunge’s activities are based on three pillars of activity, known as “continents”, where the projects are developed. These are as follows:

The Socioenvironmental Pillar Pilar Preservação da Memória Incentive for Excellence and Sustainable Knowledge Pillar

Direct social investments

Bunge Brasil’s private social investment hit R$5.6 million in 2011. In addition to funds placed with the Foundation, among the main initiatives invested in, the following  should be highlight:

Pomar Urbano

September marked the launch of the book “Pomar Urbano, uma história de sucesso” (“Urban Orchard, a story of success”), about the Pomar Urbano Project, an initiative conceived by the Environment Department of the state of São Paulo in partnership with Bunge and 23 other companies. The event also included the launch of the project’s new website at (, a permanent exhibition about the project, and a seminar entitled “Rio Pinheiros: o futuro passado a limpo” (“The River Pinheiros: a fresh start”).

With annual investments totaling R$96,000 since 1999, the Pomar Urbano Project has already recovered some 26 kilometers along the banks of the River Pinheiros, in São Paulo, through the planting of thousands of tree saplings and bushes, and by installing a water treatment plant, which allows for the river water to be purified and used to irrigate the saplings.

Bunge Natureza

Launched in 2005 at the Gaspar unit (Food & Ingredients), the Bunge Natureza (Bunge Nature) Program has already recovered around 500,000 square meters of previously degraded areas. In 2011, the program was expanded and its administration transferred to the Corporate Sustainability Department, with its focus now turning to supporting the needs of the Company.

This has helped engage employees in the steady improvement of environmental management and to provide them with better conditions for interacting with the communities that surround their business units.   

In order to control the potential impacts of Bunge’s activities on the communities in regions where it is active, the program carried out, in 2011, a diagnosis of Bunge’s productive units, analyzing the critical variables associated with each location. 

The idea was to organize the socio-environmental demands at each unit, such as the environmental impacts caused locally and that are questioned by local communities. Based on this, a plan was conceived, with a constructive and participatory format, aimed at reducing such questionable impacts.

This program carried out, over the course of 2011, a series of analyses of many units based in Brazil, in order to diagnose the externalities of the company’s operations impacting the communities in which it operates.

  28,000 m2 of
degraded areas recovered
  More than 43,000 senative
to the Atlantic Rainforest collected
  38,000 seedlings and
saplings produced
  1.478 people, including
students, teachers and members of
the community participating in
environmental education activities

Bunge Natureza


28,000 m2 of degraded areas recovered
More than 43,000 seeds native to the Atlantic Rainforest collected
38,000 seedlings and saplings produced
1,478 people, including students, teachers and members of the community participating in environmental education activities

Bunge Natureza is made up of other programs and structures aimed at encouraging environmental education and recovery, the production of seedlings, and the restoration and conservation of riparian forests. These include:


The Bunge Natureza Program runs two CDALs (Centers of Environmental and Leisure Dissemination), one in Gaspar (SC) and the other in Jaguaré (SP). These are located close to the company’s two units and they coordinate socio-environmental projects aimed at the community, students, partners, employees and families.    

In Jaguaré (SP), the program encourages the growing of community fruit and vegetable plots and hydroponics, and promotes the Fazendo Educação Ambiental Através das Artes (Environmental Education through the Arts) Project. Begun in 2008, this project seeks to awaken environmental awareness, sensitize, educate and encourage interest in environmental issues. Bunge’s employees and their families, partners, family and community from the unit’s surrounding areas participate in classes on environmental education, music, planting, arts and crafts, pisciculture, dance, performing arts and sports activities.   

In Gaspar (SC), the program’s activities revolve around Research, Recovery, Conservation and Environmental Education. Involving a partnership between Bunge and FURB (Regional University Foundation of Blumenau), the program has received recognition for its relevant services to the community.

Environmental Recovery Program

The PRA (Environmental Recovery Program), resulting from a technical and scientific partnership between Bunge Alimentos and FURB (Regional University of Blumenau), maps, researches and recovers alluvial environments in the region, as well as publishing methods and scientific results obtained through its work. Implemented in 2005, under the direction of Bunge Natureza, the PRA is a continuation of a diagnostic, carried out in 2001 by the university and Embrapa/PR, of the conditions of the forests along  the Itajaí-Açu River. The initial report listed the plant species existing in the region, which helped identify those that should be reintroduced into the degraded areas. This first survey thus contributed to a list of plant species for planting.

This initiative is presently involved in the production of seedlings of native species, and the restoration and conservation of the forests bordering the Itajaí River Basin. The activities aimed at environmental recovery range from collecting seeds and producing seedlings of native tree species, to their planting and the restoration of the strip of riparian forest. Since 2005, the area undergoing this process of environmental recovery has reached a total of 807,213 m², of which 136,530 m² was included in 2011 alone.

PRA – Environmental Recovery Program
Year   Area Undergoing Environmental Recovery (m2) Area Undergoing Environmental Recovery Research (m2) Seeds Collected Seedlings Produced Seedlings Planted Seedlings Donated Partners Municipalities Covered (New)
2005 14,000 0 101,696 32,737 2,465 0 1 1
2006 33,325 12,225 572,539 28,813 10,949 18,563 9 2
2007 45,596 15,300 424,741 35,837 7,663 3,626 12 2
2008 150,009 4,500 60,479 37,277 21,697 2,315 112 11
2009 224,813 0 60,208 44,380 22,290 5,044 56 6
2010 202,940 6,000 33,118 19,227 30,295 6,106 45 3
2011 136,530 500 43,750 38,511 16,720 2,208 120 49
Total Accumulated 807,213 38,525 1,296,531 223,782 112,079 37,862 355 2

In 2011, this CDAL (Centers of Environmental and Leisure Dissemination) program dealt with 1,478 people, including students, teachers and people from the community as a whole, supported 7 school projects, and helped 26 institutions in relation to socio-environmental questions. In addition, the program developed 27 initiatives with its employees and partners, which involved 1,712 people.

Figueira Branca

The Figueira Branca Private Natural Heritage Reserve (RPPN), meanwhile, another example of Bunge’s environmental conservation activities, received, in 2011, a total of 170 visitors. Also located in Gaspar (SC), this reserve occupies an area of around 300 hectares and is maintained by Bunge as a legacy of biodiversity for future generations.

A recreational area ideal for appreciating environmental issues, Figueira Branca attracts visitors from local schools and towns, as well as from communities in the region, who visit this nature reserve to see the abundance of wealth that is the Atlantic Rainforest. The reserve is also a source of seeds for the CDAL nursery, which supplies Bunge’s PRA (Environmental Recovery Program).

Bunge also has two other environmental reserves that combined, cover a conservation area totaling some 30,000 hectares (30 million square meters) in the state of Tocantins (TO). The Company employs a sustainable management program in these preservation areas.

In 2012, the program means to further extend the integration between the solutions offered by the individual units, achieving unity through a better understanding of all the environmental externalities involved. 

Planeta Sustentável

Bunge is one of the sponsors of the initiative "Planeta Sustentável" organized by Editora Abril, together with  5 other sponsors. Bunge partnership was set right in the beginning of the initiative in 2007, five years ago spreading knowledge about sustainability. In 2011 3 seminars have been performed, addressing issues of COP17 and Rio +20, 5 special materials were published (Sustainable Etiquette Manual - 3.0; "The future of the Amazon" - National Geographic; Exame Sustainability Guide, Guide to COP17 – Climate Change and Global Challenges and Amazon Exclusive Guide - New ideas for the future of the forest). Every year, Editora Abril’s  45 magazines  that are part of the innitiative produce more than a thousand pages on the matter  of sustainability in their editorial guidelines. Among the main events is the "Planet in the Park" that mix information and entertainment for the whole family. This year it took place at Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo and had about 20,000 visitors. The theme was "The Forest Invades the City" opening the actions of the International Year of Forests declared by the UN. Bunge promoted actions on Seedling Production and Care, showing how to prevent floods and landslides, besides spreading PET bottles recycling of for uses as household interest utensils.

Bunge supports and promotes the concept of "Socio-ecological Footprint" and engages employees with the Program "Sustainable Employee"

Corporate Program Conscious consumption ↑ top
Commitment to Brazil. Field to table.
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
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.