Vice president, Corporate Affairs
All Bunge Brasil units' environmental data and indicators are now incorporated into a single management system
The new management system makes the Bunge Sustainability Report even more agile, reliable and efficient, of key importance for a company that is a reference in sustainability in Brazil.
This is the 13th edition of our Sustainability Report, a document Bunge Brasil has published annually since 2003. In 2005, we started applying the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, achieving GRI/G3 application level A+ for consecutive six years. In 2014, we became pioneers in the foods and agribusiness sector by adopting the comprehensive option of the GRI/G4 format. In the current 2015 reporting cycle, we have maintained the comprehensive option, in addition to publishing the Food Processing sector supplement indicators.
Considering our 110 years of activity in Brazil, characterized by a commitment to sustainability, innovation and transparency, the preparation of this report is a process based on balance, completeness and materiality. In this document we present our actions and the results achieved during the course of 2015, as well as the challenges and outlook for the coming years, even though Bunge Brasil is a private company in Brazil and is therefore not obliged to disclose information.
Our organizational structure did not undergo any significant alterations during the last year. As such, the scope of the information and data is the same as for the 2014 report, including the company's corporate area and its three business units. Moinho Pacífico, acquired at the end of 2015, is not yet part of the scope of this report. We have opted for the most sustainable manner of disclosing this document, making it available to the public exclusively via a digital platform, thus avoiding the need for printing. The Bunge Brasil digital sustainability reports (2008 to 2014) have been viewed more than 65,000 times. From 2015, the Bunge Brazil Sustainability Report has been published only in digital format and has been accessed from more than 60 countries. The company's results for the year are also disclosed in other internal and external communication formats, ensuring that the data may be used by our stakeholders.
The major advance in the preparation of this year's report was the implantation of the Online Environmental Management System at all our industrial plants, in the three business units, with a total of 26 units participating. This system coordinates the collection, analysis and consolidation of the company's environmental indicators, facilitating the monitoring and management of Bunge's environmental performance in real time. To provide an idea of the dimension of this system, more than 1,700 data items are inserted in the system on a monthly basis, exceeding 21,200 items during 2015. 36 people are directly involved in using the system, which represents an average of one employee per unit, one supervisor per business, in addition to the entire Sustainability area team, responsible for compiling the data reported for the report.
The management system comprises 8 general indicators (including "water consumption", "energy" and "solid waste", for example), and 68 specific indicators or subdivisions which detail the information reported. For example the "water consumption" indicator is broken down into 5 specific indicators: Water added to product, Rainwater, Water Utilities, Ground Water (wells) and Surface Water (rivers and lakes). For the "energy" indicator alone, the system has 13 specific indicators.
In addition to making a definitive contribution to the centralization and standardization of all company environmental indicators, the implantation of this new system enables us to maintain a record of all the data reported previously for purposes of comparison, generating segmented reports in accordance with the level of interest (by business unit or area, for example) and also to establish relations between the indicators, ensuring control and management of highly important information for a company that is a reference in sustainability in Brazil.
With the management system, we receive clear, straightforward information about gains and losses in efficiency, providing inputs for improvements in our production processes.
It is worth noting also that between 2008 and 2013 the Sustainability Report was verified externally. This was done to assure GRI application level A+ for the publications. With the migration to the G4 version and because there have been no changes in management, we opted to suspend external verification until this is considered to be highly material.
Furthermore, we reviewed our Materiality Matrix in 2015, engaging and consulting our main stakeholders. Most of the relevant aspects remained unchanged; however, one priority question for Bunge was updated: Occupational Health and Safety. In function of this, we upgraded the importance of this question in our Materiality Matrix, where we cross reference the most relevant aspects of our activities with those of most interest to our stakeholders. More information about this is available in the chapter Stakeholder Engagement.
The process of constructing the Materiality Matrix involves the following stages:
The prioritization of the material aspects entailed ongoing consultation with company stakeholders, which guided the development of the Bunge Brazil Materiality Matrix using the following tools:
The conclusion was that the matrix remains valid for 2015, due to the solid fundaments upon which it was developed in previous years, the maturity of the topics and the relevance for the businesses in which the company operated during the period. The Materiality Matrix was then validated by the Corporate Affairs area, the vice president of which is a member of the Bunge's highest governance body, the Executive Committee (COE).
The indicators reported in this Report were based on the matrix.
Our Sustainability reporting history:
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