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SOjA PLuS

MONITORINGMonitoring activities have the objective of orienting rural producers, techniciansand auditors as to the different levels of compliance to meet the establishedrequirements.Monitoring consists of a designated audit team visiting the rural property to verify theconsistency and performance of good agricultural practices and social-environmentaltreatment. It covers the following activities: An opening meeting; analysis of thedocumentation; evidence collection in the field; interviews and questionnaires;consultations with interested parties; analysis of the evidence and a final meeting topresent results and recommendations.The rural producers will make available the administrative and field personnelrequested for interviews and meetings. They will also supply all the documentationand information requested.The evaluation system defines different types of non-compliance that can be foundduring field monitoring:• Critical non-conformity: Failure to comply totally or partially with any criticalrequirement. The occurrence of one non-compliance of a critical requirement meansthat the undertaking is not “plus”, despite compliance with other requirements;• Major non-conformity: Compliance witha requirement at a lower percentage thanthat determined;• Minor non-conformity: Compliance witha requirement at a percentage above thatdetermined, but not total compliance.To obtain “Soja Plus” certification, the ruralproperty must:• Comply with at least 80% of all applicablerequirements on the checklist;• Not present any major non-conformity;• Be in conformity with the criticalrequirements;• Demonstrate continuous improvement inthe minor non-conformities found.Wearing Individual Protecting EquipmentBENEFICIARIES• Rural Producers: revaluation of the rural property through improvement inagricultural, social and environmental practices; conservation of natural resources,with emphasis on the fertility of the soil; maintenance of native vegetation andhydric resources; and economic advantages defined by the market.• Rural Producer Associations and Cooperatives: institutional strengthening;• Consumers: satisfaction in consumption;• Public Sector: environmental andsocial suitability of the properties;• Sector’s Companies: agribusinesssustainability and meeting marketdemands;• NGOs/Universities: developmentof legal registration projects, technicalassistance and environmentaleducation;• Financial Agents: increasedpartnership with the producers, creditsupply, publication and marketing.EXPECTED RESULTSThe overall expected result from implementation of the Soja Plus Program is acontribution to the conservation of natural resources, governance of productiveactivities and the social well-being of workers, rural producers and local communities.The Soja Plus Program was conceived to stimulate sustainable production inaccordance with environmentally correct, socially just and economically feasibleperformance requirements adapted to Brazil’s realities.The Soja Plus Program will also increase economic opportunities and promotegreater efficiency in Brazilian soybean production.OrganizersSoybean field with planted forestsoja plusE N V I R O N M E N TA L A N D S O C I A LM A N A G E M E N T P R O G R A M F O RBRAZILIAN SOYBEANS2010arq_ingles.indd 1 5/4/2010 16:37:23


Soybean field with Legal Reserve areasINTRODUCTIONSoya arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century as fodder for livestock and onlybegan to be used as raw material for the animal feed and edible oil industries in themiddle of the following century. Currently, 23 million hectares, representing 24% ofthe global acreage, makes Brazil the second largest producer of this oilseed in theworld. Current production exceeds 67 million tons.In view of the need to meet the new consumer demands, the Brazilian soya productivechain presents Soja Plus, the Environmental and Social Management Programfor Brazilian Soybeans, whose objective is to generate a continuous improvementprocess for soy production, contributing to the development of values and attitudesthat are coherent with sustainability concepts.Soja Plus has four distinct stages: (a) field data collection for the preparation ofregional diagnostics; (b) preparing the rural producer by means of technicalassistance and environmental training; (c) implementation and monitoring of bestagricultural practices; and (d) obtaining Soja Plus certification. This process takesinto consideration the realities of Brazil’s rural properties and meets the wishes ofthe domestic and international consumer. It will be simple, voluntary, participative,transparent and verifiable.JUSTIFICATIONThe global populationis growing, with aconsequent increase infood consumption, whichin turn stimulates thegrowth of production. Thescenarios show an evergreatershortage of naturalresources, impacting theenvironment, and thishas increased awarenessPermanent Preservation Areas are protectedof the need for a changethe attitudes surrounding production, consumption and behavioral to minimize theenvironmental and social impacts of these actions.The awareness process is under way, and consumers have begun to change theirbehavior, preferring to consume environmentally sustainable products and services.This new demand has made production reorganize its processes to maintain themarket consumer.Brazil’s environmental legislation to protect its natural resources has a differential –it requires compliance with strict regulations. About 1/3 of the Amazon Biome’s highbiodiversity areas are protected through several kinds of Conservation Units andIndigenous Reserves.Rural properties are also required to protect the areas that surround or follow bodiesof water, water courses, springs, hill slopes and summits, all considered to bepermanent preservation areas. In addition, they must also conserve a percentageof the native vegetation that varies from 20% to 80%, depending on the Biome. Thisarea is known as the Legal Reserve. Compliance with these measures guaranteesprotection of biodiversity, reconciled with sustainable agricultural production.In the same way, compliance with Brazil’s social legislation guarantees the protectionof the rights of workers and social groups because the country has adopted theimportant international conventions.Through the Soja Plus Certification Program, purchasing companies will stimulatesustainable practices and social-environmental improvements in the participatingrural properties. An audit will be made for certification of those producers who meetestablished requirements, who will be able to receive exclusive economic incentivesdefined by the market.METHODOLOGYThe work methodology of Soja Plus, the Environmental and Social ManagementProgram for Brazilian Soybeans is based on consolidated pillars of initiatives suchas: International Soybean Growers Alliance - ISGA; Soy Moratorium; RTRS; pactagainst degrading work conditions analogous to slavery; Brazilian environmental andsocial legislation; Legal MT Program; More Environment Program and Field to Market– Keystone Alliance.Using a checklist to establish compliance references, the process will guide legalobservation, environmental suitability and the use of best agricultural and socialpractices. Among the items to be monitored are:- Check-list 1 - Legal Observation• Compliance with applicable Brazilian environmental and social laws;• Title deed, legal registration, land tax, full certificate and CCIR.- Check-list 2 - Social Responsibility• Contract workers properly trained and registered, who know their rights and duties;• Absence of child or forced labor;• Guarantee of a safe workplace with appropriate sanitary conditions;• Freedom of association and the right to collective negotiation;• Remuneration compatible with current legislation;• Consultation and dialogue with the local community;• Technical and environmental training for contract workers;- Check-list 3 - Environmental Sustainability• Mapping of the Permanent Preservation Areas, Legal Reserve, hydric resources,infrastructure and planted area.• Vegetable and chemical residues treated and discarded properly;• Conserved Permanent Preservation Areas and Legal Reserve;• Energetic efficiency (fuel consumption).- Check-list 4 - Best Agricultural Practices• Monitoring water quality (Oxygen, PH, Nitrates, phosphates, coliforms andtemperature);• Fertility of the soil conserved or increased through best agricultural practices;• Documented control of the use of agrichemicals;• Use of biological control agents monitored and documented;• Planning and monitoring of the factors that influence the spread of agrichemicals toneighboring rural properties;• Implementation of conservative techniques for erosion control (contour, terracing,no till, minimum cultivation).arq_ingles.indd 2 5/4/2010 16:37:25

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