How can we collaborate to tackle the climate crisis and avoid deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest?
“Work together to deliver” is the final goal for this year´s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). Collaboration between countries and institutions will be key in achieving success in meeting this goal, so private companies, governments and civil society need to work together to deliver joint plans, share knowledge, experience, and take actions to help our world create a better future.
Positive impact of collaboration in Brazil
The positive impact of collaboration is already visible in Brazil, where the cooperation between institutions has already started to make a difference.
Soy Moratorium: An initiative that aims to ensure that the soybean produced in the Amazon Rainforest and traded by its signatory companies is free from deforestation as of 07/22/2008. The governance and operations are under the responsibility of the Soybean Working Group (GTS), made up by the companies associated to ABIOVE (Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries), ANEC (National Association of Grain Exporters) and the civil society. This initiative monitors farms, by using satellite images, to identify those where deforestation occurred after the defined due date. The farms that are not in compliance are automatically excluded from trading operations with GTS and possible financial operations by signatory companies.
Green Protocol of Pará Grains: A volunteer agreement that aims to certify the social and environmental conformity throughout the production chain of all the grains produced (soybean, corn and rice) and/or traded in the Pará state. This program was proposed by the Federal Public Ministry, Pará state government, commercial associations, syndicates, private sector and farmers and its objective is to promote rural development that is in accordance with the preservation of natural resources in the Amazon Rainforest.
How Control Union can help
In both cases, Control Union Certifications Brazil acts as the verification body, performs the audits in those signatory companies to report the results to stakeholders and help in the continuous improvement process throughout the whole supply chain.
Soybean is one of the most important crops in Brazil and so it is a privilege for us to work under these protocols that push stakeholders to look for more sustainability and efficiency in the processes and consider the protection of our natural resources and the improvement of social well-being.
Additionally, Control Union Certifications Brazil is internationally accredited against the sustainable standards RTRS (Round Table for Sustainable Soy) and Bonsucro, a sugarcane Initiative where we have a key role as an international certification body to certify and ensure best practices, environmental protection, social welfare actions and economic development for the farming/industry sector.
Also, Control Union works in helping businesses mitigate their negative impact on climate change and become a positive influence for the environment and the communities they work with. To find out more about sustainable/regenerative agriculture, please follow the links below, or alternatively contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.