Multiple channels for dialogue

Materiality matrix

The materiality matrix is essential for managing sustainability at Bunge Brasil because it enables the company to address its impacts in a concrete, focused manner. In addition to the matrix, the company continually strives to engage employees, customers and consumers, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, suppliers, industry associations and government bodies.

G4-24

Our efforts to forge closer, meaningful relations with stakeholders include communication channels such as emails and toll-free telephone (0800) lines; meetings and direct consultations with stakeholders; participation in industry events, in addition to the permanent survey available on the corporate sustainability page on the internet (www.bunge.com.br/sustentabilidade/Nossos_Principios.aspx).

In terms of managing sustainability, these interactions enable us to reassess strategies, consolidate actions, develop projects and improve processes, products and communication tools, thus driving sustainability. As well as being fundamental for business performance, interaction with our stakeholders also encourages shared management, the contextualization of important topics, balance, comparability, clarity in company positioning and the reliability of the information it discloses. To consolidate these goals, the company has the email sustentabilidade@bunge.com to enable readers to make suggestions and comments about this report and about how the company manages sustainability.

G4-25  G4-26  G4-31

Bunge Brasil also seeks to establish relations that promote value generation throughout the production chain. For this reason, upon admission all employees are submitted to an introduction process to familiarize them with the company values, culture and present them with the Code of Conduct, which sets forth the behavior expected towards our diverse stakeholder groups.

Since Bunge Limited is based in the United States, all company employees are provided with information on US FCPA legislation (on anti-corruption in foreign countries), about the company's Global Anti-Corruption Policy, and the federal Anti-Corruption legislation, to which adherence is mandatory. According to US law, it is illegal to give foreign government agents any item of value in order to obtain or retain business or gain unwarranted advantages. Regarding contributions to political parties or politicians, in line with Brazilian law, Bunge may make financial contributions to political proposals aligned with its vision of the sustainable development of the food and agribusiness supply chain, irrespective of vested interests or specific projects. In 2015, however, the company opted not to make any contributions to political parties or to candidates.

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The development process of this document took into account the initiatives carried out to engage our key stakeholder groups and to identify questions that might interfere in our attitude towards sustainability. This process is described in the presentation text of this report click here. This resulted in the Materiality Matrix above, in which topics are segmented in accordance with their importance both inside and outside the company, that is, for internal and external stakeholders. Irrespective of this segmentation, all the topics are relevant for the company's activities, because it operates in an integrated fashion. This means that impacts in rural areas are also important for urban stakeholders. Whereas topics related to sustainable agriculture are more sensitive in regions undergoing agricultural expansion, such as the Cerrado and regions close to the Amazon biome.

G4-18  G4-19  G4-20  

In a series of formal consultations undertaken by the company (read more in the presentation of this report), our main stakeholder groups indicated the topics they consider important and their concerns in the following table.

 

STAKEHOLDER GROUPS

TOPICS

Customers

Working conditions / Occupational health and safety

Suppliers

Product safety and quality / Sustainable agriculture

Investors

Compliance with laws and regulations / Human rights (child /forced labor / discrimination) / Sustainable agriculture

Non-governmental organizations

Product traceability / Human rights (child /forced labor / discrimination) / Working conditions / Occupational health and safety / Sustainable agriculture / Efficient water use / Deforestation / Biodiversity management and protection

Industry

Ethics and conduct / Product safety and quality

Employees

Working conditions / Occupational health and safety / Compliance with laws and regulations / Product safety and quality

Farmers

Transparency / Product traceability / Sustainable Agriculture / Deforestation / Waste Management

 

Additionally, we received 175 complete responses from our internal stakeholders. Based on this, we identified some isolated changes in the classification of the relevance of the topics, however without requiring the alteration of the overall structure of the materiality matrix presented the previous year.

Among the key topics identified, the following are worthy of note:

  • Product safety and quality;
  • Ethics and conduct;
  • Working conditions /Occupational health and safety;
  • Compliance with laws and regulations;
  • Consumer health and safety;
  • Food security;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Transparency;
  • Efficient water use;
  • Human rights (child /forced labor, discrimination).

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Corporate programs
Pro-Bono Project

Corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship are incorporated into the Bunge values. The contribution towards developing people and the economy in the communities in which we operate is an example of this. At the beginning of 2015, the Bunge Brasil Executive Committee approved the implantation of the Pro-Bono project, which will enable Legal area employees to provide voluntary legal services to the community.

To implant this project, the company formed a partnership with the Instituto Pro Bono, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to the Justice system which selects people in need of legal services.

At the beginning of the project, services were provided exclusively to organizations working in the third sector, with six company employees supporting four institutions, totaling 50 hours of services as follows:

  • Alterations to articles of incorporation
  • Drafting of bylaws
  • Opening of an NGO in the education area
Bunge Natureza

G4-SO1

Created in 2006 at the Food & Ingredient's Gaspar unit in Santa Catarina, the Bunge Natureza program enables interaction between company employees and the communities surrounding the facility, aimed at promoting environmental responsibility.

Today, Bunge Natureza has expanded and has two Environmental Promotion and Leisure Centers (CDALs), one in Gaspar and the other in the city of São Paulo. In Gaspar, the project develops environmental educations activities, seedling production and technical assistance on recovery of degraded areas. Since then, the total recovered area was 1 million m², with 33 thousand m² in 2015.

In 2015, a new methodology for mapping and controlling the effects (externalities) of the company's operations was applied in five pilot units. The data will be analyzed and when the study has been finalized it will be used to ensure more effective and focused management of externalities.

Bunge is also engaged in constantly raising awareness among employees, partners, suppliers and the community to enable the joint pursuit of more wide-reaching solutions for the social and environmental externalities generated by company operations

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In the São Paulo district of Jaguaré, for example, we organize social and environmental actions that benefit neighboring communities, students, partners, employees and their families under the auspices of the Bunge Natureza program.

One of these actions is the "Acerte na Lata" project. In 2015, this involved 48 meetings and approximately 192 hours of activities related to environmental education, benefiting the 25 children and 125 people who were involved. In partnership with the project, the unit organized three engagement and awareness initiatives: Tree Day, Environment Week and Earth Day.

Another key initiative in Jaguaré is the Generating Income from Waste project. The initiative is aimed at encouraging and training local residents to reuse waste to produce goods that can help generate income for their families. This involves courses and workshops developed by the project team. In 2015, the project organized 49 courses, reaching approximately 1,325 community members. The materials used included PET bottles, glass jars, scraps of fabric and cardboard. The products are commercialized in fairs, corporate events and on the internet.

 

Environmental Education Center - Barcarena

In 2014, Bunge Brasil inaugurated its Environmental Education Center in Barcarena. This is located inside the company's Port Terminal, which was opened the same year.

The center is part of the Eco-Efficient Education project, which in 2015 undertook a series of actions to mobilize teachers, students and the community, mostly in Vila de Itupanema, located close to the Port Terminal. The project provided training in sustainability, environment and society, focusing on the importance of using local natural resources efficiently. The overall proposal is aimed at promoting sustainable development in the region as a means of driving improved quality of life.

In 2015, the Environmental Education Center's two main action fronts were:

1. The implantation of basic infrastructure and preparation for the center's landscaping plan, incorporating the use of waste material from the terminal;

2. Community educational and engagement activities. The company offered talks, workshops and conducted activities in two local schools based on the production/planting of forest seedlings, vegetable gardens and waste management. In 2015, the project organized two holiday camps for students in the region and the community around the terminal. Activities were centered on play, leisure, sports, art and contact with nature. Bunge also supported the organization of the First Knowledge Fair, presenting scientific materials produced by the Amazon Federal Rural University.

The Environmental Education Center infrastructure consists of:

  • New nursery with a production capacity of two thousand seedlings
  • Vegetable garden
  • Composting area
  • Ecological trail
  • Mandala agricultural system
  • Office/classroom
  • A grove of trees in which local species are identified.
Bunge Foundation

GRI G4-SO1

The Bunge Foundation invests in social projects aimed at enhancing education and quality of life in the communities in which it operates, in addition to preserving memory. In 2015, Bunge Foundation investments totaled just over R$ 9 million in programs organized in three strategic pillars: Society and the Environment, Preservation of Memory and Incentives for Excellence and Sustainable Knowledge.

The Social and Environmental pillar involves actions aimed at forging closer relations between people and the natural, social, economic and cultural environment. These actions are implemented via three programs:  Educational Community, Semear Leitores (Sowing Readers) and  Integrated Community. The first is Bunge's corporate volunteer initiative which encourages reading in schools and community organizations with a view to forming citizens who are aware of their role in society and committed to the future. In 2015, the 498 volunteers in the program dedicated 8,236 hours to the development of 182 activities– in 19 institutions in 12 different locations, reaching a total of 32,363 people. This year the program organized its Volunteer Journey, a week of volunteer activities in diverse institutions in 18 locations, involving 808 Bunge employees.

The Sowing Readers program seeks to make reading a pleasurable and playful activity, engaging 1st to 5th grade children. The program does not depend on Bunge volunteers and encompasses, among other actions, the creation of reading areas, book donations and the qualification of reading instructors. During the year, 6,326 children's books were donated and seven reading spaces were inaugurated in the states of São Paulo, Tocantins and Mato Grosso, three organized by the company and four under a franchise arrangement.

The program also entered into a partnership with Solazyme Bunge for the opening of four reading spaces in the cities of Nova Granada and Guaraci in São Paulo. Training for reading instructors totaled 86 hours. During the year there were two national encounters, a total of 12,484 activities in the 31 spaces, which received 291,202 visits. Other activities included three Education Seminars held in the states of São Paulo, Paraná and Bahia, involving 660 teachers and educational coordinators; 29 Literary Fairs, reaching 16,119 people, and cultural presentations in public squares in towns in Tocantins, attended by 450 people.

The Integrated Community is a sustainable development plan undertaken in the states of Tocantins and Pará. It proposes social and economic studies and diagnoses for the development of an integrated management plan for private social investment tailored to the needs of the community in each region. In 2015, the Bunge Foundation delivered a study, a tourism guide and plaques for the identification of cultural heritage items related to the Tocantins Delta in three cities in Tocantins (Pedro Afonso, Bom Jesus do Tocantins and Tupirama). The foundation also organized a series of courses. One, in partnership with SENAI, qualified 39 people in Agricultural and Heavy Machinery Maintenance (63% of whom are already employed). A further 170 people graduated from Sugar and Alcohol, Livestock Breeding and Logistics courses, in a partnership with the Agricultural School. Furthermore, the foundation was responsible for training 126 public school teachers and administrators in three municipalities, as well as the launch of a reading space in the municipality of Bom Jesus do Tocantins, with more than 600 books for children and young people.

In support of public administration, the foundation took part in the delivery of the Urban Steering Plans for Pedro Afonso and Bom Jesus do Tocantins, as well as the Municipal Sanitation Plan for Pedro Afonso. The company was also engaged in the creation and regularization of Children's and Adolescents' Rights Municipal Funds, and the qualification of members of the Tutelage Councils and the Children's and Adolescents' Rights Municipal councils, as well as the Delta Social Seminar Organizing Committee, focused on protecting children and adolescents. The program was acknowledged in publications by the Fundação Getúlio Vargas and the Instituto Lina Galvani and was highlighted in an event held by the European Union and AVSI Brasil.

In Pará, a partnership with the NGO Childhood enabled the implantation of the Na Mão Certa program, focused on protecting children and adolescents. The company trained employees to work with truck drivers and their families, addressing questions ranging from health, road safety, drug use and sexual exploitation of children. The program also promoted the development of professional training courses in the municipalities of Barcarena and Itaituba, with a Mechanics and Electricity course for 141 people in partnership with Senai, and a Grain Classification and Quality System course for 88 people in partnership with Senar. Furthermore, the company led the creation of a discussion forum for meetings involving community leaders and Bunge managers. The Pará Integrated Community was highlighted in a Fundação Getúlio Vargas publication on the protection of children and adolescents.

Preservation of the company's heritage is addressed by the Bunge Memory Center. The center gathers and conserves the historical heritage of Bunge in Brazil, making it available to whoever is interested. It is one of the richest company collections in the country, comprising cartographic, iconographic, three dimensional and textual materials, among others. The center also organizes activities to promote the social relevance of the collection and to encourage other organizations to preserve their history. In 2015, the Bunge Memory Center handled and organized 2,179,544 sheets of text documents and 4,031 audiovisual documents in the collection, responded to 47,108 requests – in person and online – and hosted 81 visits from companies and universities. In partnership with Itaú Cultural, it organized 10 Cultural Journeys, with a total of 1,108 attendees; it undertook the curatorship of three exhibitions, two of which at the Bunge Brasil headquarters in São Paulo, and one at the company's Foods & Ingredients Convention. The Bunge Memory Center also contributed to the documentary “The history of packaging in Brazil”, by Bemis Latin American and was featured in the 10th Ouro Preto Cinema Exhibition, attended by 215 people.

The Incentive for Excellence and Sustainable Knowledge takes the form of the Bunge Foundation Award, created in 1955 to promote innovation and knowledge. The prize is awarded annually to outstanding personalities in the areas of science, literature and the arts in Brazil. It is divided into two categories: Life and Work. The former acknowledges the consolidated works of a specialist and the latter, the Youth Award, for up-and-coming talents. In 2015, the award went to four professionals in the areas of Recovery of Degraded Soils for Agriculture, Sanitation and Water Management. In partnership with FAPESP, the foundation also organized an international seminar in the two areas of the award, with more than 200 attendees. Since its creation, 183 people have received the award.

The dissemination of knowledge is also the focus of Knowledge for Sustainability, a project to disseminate the learning and scientific knowledge developed in consequence of the tragedy in the Vale do Itajaí in Santa Catarina in 2008, when floods and landslides killed at least 135 and impacted more than 1.5 million people. In 2015, the project was finalized with the inauguration of the basic education school Professora Angélica de Souza Costa. With a capacity of 300 students, the school incorporates an eco-efficient and sustainable architectural design, with flexible, multifunctional classrooms, its own sewage treatment plant, a green roof, a reading space, among other features.

In 2015, the Bunge Foundation and the Bunge Foundation Award commemorated 60 years of investing in the development of education, culture and science in Brazil. To mark the occasion, the foundation organized a series of seminars throughout the year, on themes such as the longevity of social institutions, the challenges faced by young researchers and the contribution made by science to social transformation. The results of these encounters were compiled in publications on each theme. Further information about the Bunge Foundation Award is available at: http://www.fundacaobunge.org.br/projetos/premio-fundacao-bunge

 

BUNGE FOUNDATION INVESTMENTS (IN 000'S OF R$)

 

2013

2014

2015

 

Educational Community

1,533

1,423

1,544

 

Bunge Foundation Award

1,246

1,106

1,275

 

Bunge Memory Center

831

1,040

1,039

 

Knowledge for Sustainability Project

122

3,171

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Integrated Community

1,552

2,078

 1,032

 

Administrative, financial and communication expenses

3,494

4,020

4,514

 

Total

8,781

12,838

9,404

 

 

Further information is available about the Bunge Foundation at www.fundacaobunge.org.br

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