Environment and Social Development
The Agropalma group operates in the Amazon region, the largest rainforest in the world, representing almost 60% ofthe country’s total area and considers its preservation essential to the planet. In this context, it believes that the conduction of the processes - which make up its production chain - is directly linked to the people’s performance in the organization within a context of social responsibility and respect for the environment.
Since the late 1990's, the Agropalma Group has been investing in the improvement of its socio-environmental performance, through:
- Internal processes adjustments
- Social and environmental diagnostics elaboration
- Partnerships with NGOs
- Implementation and certification of the Integrated Management System in all activities
- Acquisition of socio-environmental and organic certifications
- Development and implementation of programs and projects that fostered environment protection and community social development
- Commitment with the adoption of the best practices to manage our soils, aiming to keep the fertility and minimize erosion, by using cover crops, organic and mineral fertilization according the crop needs and exclusion of unsuitable soils from the planting program (ex. steep terrains, sandy soils, peat soils, etc.)
- Commitment for never using agrochemicals that are categorized by World Health Organization as Type 1A or 1B, or listed by the Stockholm or Rotterdam Conventions
- Respect to the human rights, including those established by the UN Declaration of Human Rights (UN, 1948) and by the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (ILO, 1998)
- Acknowledgement and respect the legal, customary and use rights that indigenous, traditional and local communities have on the lands they occupy, as well as to respect their right to develop activities according their own culture and lifestyles traditionally established, according the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) and related international conventions.