soja plus program

soja plus program

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMEnvironmental & Social ManagementProgram for Brazilian SoybeansSão Paulo – SPApril 6, 20101

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMContents• Importance of Brazilian Soybeans• Reason for the Launch• Work Methodology• Audit• Beneficiaries• System of Governance• Expected Results• Next Steps

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMImportância da Soja BrasileiraImportance of Brazilian Soybeans• Soybeans are Brazil’s main agricultural crop, in volume and incomegeneration – 23 million hectares (24% of global acreage)• Brazil is the world’s second largest soybean producer and exporter – 67million tons in 2010• Soybeans represent 11% of total exports• They are responsible for about 1.5% of the GNP• There are 250,000 rural producers in 17 states• They generate 1.5 million direct and indirect jobs• Soybeans strengthen the partnership between the rural producer and theindustry, with pre-financing of over 30% of the crop

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMReason for the Launch• The global population is growing, with a consequent increase in foodconsumption that propels growth in agricultural production• Scenarios are showing ever greater scarcity of natural resources andimpacts on the environment, making a change in production attitudesnecessary• Consumers are starting to change their behavior, preferring products andservices that are environmentally sustainable• Brazil’s environmental legislation has a differential for protection of naturalresources, requiring compliance with strict rules

SOJA PLUS PROGRAM• Brazil has one of the strictest legislations for protecting the environment• Lack of information and technical assistance contribute to the difficulties inapplying Brazil’s environmental legislation in rural areas– Areas of Permanent Preservation:Environmental legislation stipulatesprotection of the areas next to bodiesof water, water courses, springs,hillsides and hilltops– Legal Reserves: In addition toAPPs, a percentage of nativevegetation must also be conserved,varying from 20% to 80%, dependingon the Biome

SOJA PLUS PROGRAM• Compliance with legislation, together with adoption of best agriculturaland social practices, is enough to guarantee sustainable production ofBrazilian soybeans• The Soja Plus Program’s objective is to apply these concepts, whilebeing easy to understand and be adopted by the producers• The Program’s criteria and indices are simple, feasible and verifiable• The Program will be strict and adequate for Brazil’s realities

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMWork MethodologyThe work methodology behind the Environmental & Social ManagementProgram for Brazilian Soybeans is based on pillars of consolidated initiativessuch as:•International Soybean Growers Alliance – ISGA•Soy Moratorium•Round Table for Responsible Soy – RTRS•Pact against degrading work conditions analogous to slavery•Brazilian environmental and social legislation•More Environment Program / Legal MT Program•Field to Market – Keystone Alliance

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMThe contracted certifying companies will use a checklist to establish the followingreferences to be complied with: Legal compliance, social responsibility, adapting to theenvironment and the use of good agricultural practices– Checklist 1 – Legal Compliance• Conformity with applicable Brazilian environmental and social legislation• Rural property documentation (title deed, legal registration, land tax, full certificate and CCIR)– Checklist 2 – Social Responsibility• Duly registered contract workers who know their rights and duties• Absence of child and forced labor• Guarantee of a safe working environment, with appropriate sanitary conditions• Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining• Remuneration compatible with current legislation• Consultation and dialogue with the local community• Technical training and environmental education for contract workers

SOJA PLUS PROGRAM– Checklist 3 – Environmental Sustainability• Mapping of Areas of Permanent Preservation, Legal Reserve, water resources, infrastructure andcultivated area• Vegetable and chemical residues properly treated and discarded• Conservation of Areas of Permanent Preservation and Legal Reserve• Energetic efficiency (fuel consumption)– Checklist 4 – Good Agricultural Practices• Monitoring water quality• Fertility of the soil conserved or increased• Documented control over agrichemical use• Use of biological control agents monitored and documented• Monitoring of agrichemical drift to neighboring rural properties• Implementation of conservation techniques to control erosion (level curve, terracing, directplanting, minimum cultivation)

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMAuditMonitoring consists of a designated audit team visiting the rural property to verify theconsistency and performance of the social-environmental treatment and the goodagricultural practices adopted by that property.It covers the following activities:• Opening meeting• Analysis of the documentation• Collection of field evidence• Interviews and use of questionnaires• Discussion of the evidence, and• Final meeting to present results and opportunities for improvements

SOJA PLUS PROGRAM• Rural producers will provide the administrative and field personnel requested for interviews andmeetings. They will also supply all the documentation and information requested.• For the property to evolve its methods of meeting established criteria, each item evaluated willreceive points according to the degree of compliance.PointsDegree of Compliance0 The producer is developing no action to meet the criterion1 The producer presents a plan to meet the criterion2The producer has a plan and on-going activities, but no definitiveconclusion3 The producer fully complies with the criterion

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMTo obtain the Soja Plus Certificate, the rural property should:• Comply with at least 80% of all criteria• Not have a major non-conformity• Be in conformity with the critical criteria• Demonstrate continuous improvement in the lesser non-conformities found

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMFor the purpose of receiving differentiated market recognition, the Soja PlusCertificate will be divided into two categories, according to the degree of compliancewith the principles and criteria.CategoryDegree of ComplianceSoja Plus GoldComplies with at least 90% of all applicable criteriaSoja Plus SilverComplies with at least 80% of all applicable criteria

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMSystem of GovernanceGeneral MeetingRuralProductionIndustryandServicesCivil SocietyResearchandExtensionInstitutes

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMBeneficiaries• Rural Producers: Valuation of the rural property; preservation of soil fertility;maintenance of native vegetation; conservation of water resources and economicadvantages• Rural Producers’ Associations and Cooperatives: Strengthening of theseinstitutions• Consumers: Satisfaction of consuming sustainable products• Companies in this Sector: Sustainable agribusiness and meeting marketdemands• NGOs/Universities: Development of registration projects, technical assistanceand environmental education• Financial Agents: Increased partnership with the producer, credit offers,publicity and marketing

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMExpected Results• Contribution to the conservation of natural resources, governance ofproductive activities and the social well-being of workers, rural producersand local communities• Stimulation of sustainable soybean production, in accordance withenvironmentally correct, socially just and economically feasibleperformance requirements• Increase in economic opportunities, revaluing Brazilian soybeans

SOJA PLUS PROGRAMACTIVITIESNext StepsSTATUS1) Field Tests – Rio Grande do Sul, Mato Grosso andBahia StatesConcluded2) 1st Revision of the Program Concluded3) Official Launch Concluded4) 1st Public Consultation April/May5) 2nd Revision of the Program June6) Field Tests – 2nd Round July7) 3rd Revision of the Program August8) 2nd Public Consultation August/September9) 4th Revision of the Program September10) Certification Becomes Operational October


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