SDG-09
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • Air emissions in industrial operations

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    • wdt_ID Air emissions, in tons NOx SOx Particulate matter (PM) Total reduced sulfur (TRS)
      1 Suzano 737.00 151.00 327.00 31.00
      2 Rio Verde¹ 25.00 n/d n/d n/d
      3 Limeira 1,158.22 922.75 557.48 9.18
      4 Jacareí 1,424,35 185,71 468,73 19.14
      5 Imperatriz 2,315.05 595.00 267.71 134.26
      6 Mucuri 2,034.87 61.02 803.00 143.00
      7 Aracruz 1,387.79 299.34 852.57 13.22
      8 Facepa Belém² 62.42 80.77 103.04 n/d
      9 Três Lagoas 4,597.86 158.23 951.02 105.21
      10 Total 13,717.56 2,453.82 4,330.55 455.01

    1. The Rio Verde unit produces only paper, i.e., there is no fiber line to produce pulp. Therefore, since there is no need, SOx, PM and TRS are not measured.

    2. At the Facepa Belém unit, TRS is not measured because there is no recovery boiler.

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    At the Facepa Fortaleza unit, there are no stationary emissions.

  • Description of significant indirect economic impacts

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    Suzano’s activities generate significant indirect economic impacts on society related to changes in the productivity of organizations, sectors or the economy as a whole and to strengthening the skills and knowledge of a professional community or of individuals in the geographies where the company operates.

    As an example, in the first case, we can mention the Responsible Network Program (a tool for sharing social and environmental investments between different parts of society), which serves civil society organizations assisted by the engagement and income generation programs conducted by the company.

    Through this program:

     

    • we contribute to establishing connections between associations and partner cooperatives with organizations interested in forming partnerships to invest in social projects and/or to purchase products and/or services;
    • we train the internal teams of the groups supported in the design and implementation of funding processes, so that they can increase the number of partners and reduce their dependence on the company;
    • we support associations and cooperatives to establish processes that allow them to present, clearly and with evidence, the results of their activities to potential funders so that they can transform their realities;
    • we offer technical guidance and prepare the groups according to their different areas of activity, so they can access the tax incentive policies, apply projects in public notices and structure proposals for spontaneous partnerships.

     

    For the second case (strengthening the skills and knowledge of a professional community or of individuals in a given geography), we have in place two main programs responsible for generating a significant positive impact. They are: PDRT and Colmeias.

     

    • PDRT: the focus of the Program is on supporting agricultural and livestock activities through quality Technical Assistance and Rural Extension service (Ater – Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural) (technical teams) and investments in equipment and supplies. It acts concurrently in the areas of families, in their organizations (associations) and in their region.
    • Colmeias: the focus of the program is on supporting beekeepers and associations /cooperatives, carried out by technical teams that offer quality Technical Assistance and Rural Extension service.
  • Development and impact of investments in infrastructure and services offered

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    • wdt_ID Project/activity¹ State/unit Cost of each investment (R$)² Current or expected impacts on local communities and economies, including positive and negative impacts when important Perceived impact with supported infrastructure investments and services
      1 Decent Schools in Maranhão - construction of four schools and libraries Maranhão 2,905,384.99 Improving the quality of education in the rural area of the State of Maranhão Benefit to families in rural communities where previously there was no adequate educational infrastructure
      2 Imperatriz sanitary landfill - support to the development of EIS/EIR Maranhão 216,570.00 Construction of the solid waste sanitary landfill in the municipality of Imperatriz (Maranhão state) Conservation of the environment, planning for public waste collection and minimizing the risks of contaminating the soil and groundwater
      3 Sponsorship for the renovation of the postgraduate building (Master of Laws) of the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA) Maranhão 60,000.00 Adaptation of the academic space for the continuity of UFMA's graduate classes Promotion of teaching, research and extension of public university
      4 Support for renovating the building of the headquarters of the 3rd Company of the 9th Police Battalion, based in the village of Bela Vista, in the municipality of São Miguel do Tocantins Tocantins 50,000.00 Improvement of public security services in the State of Tocantins Adequate and decent spaces for civil servants and for serving the population
      5 Investments in public road improvements Bahia 1,375,713.12 Improvement in the quality of the road network and reduction in the risk of accidents Improvement in the conditions of the road network and increased traffic safety
      6 Investments in public road improvements Espírito Santo 61,208.45 Improvement in the quality of the road network and reduction in the risk of accidents Improvement in the conditions of the road network and increased traffic safety
      7 Maintenance and opening of Boca da Barra – Barra do Riacho Espírito Santo 315,917.97 Maintenance of the access way to the sea for artisanal fishermen's boats Maintenance of fishing activities by artisanal fishermen in the community, ensuring income generation
      8 Support to various requests from communities related to infrastructure (improvement of access ways; construction and improvements in facilities) Espírito Santo 74,915.23 Improvement in the quality of the road network and of community equipment Improvement in the conditions of people and of the local community in terms of accessibility and structure
      9 Support for the retaining wall work of the breakwater - Putiri Beach – Aracruz Espírito Santo 1,572.10 Improvement in the conditions of people and of the local community in terms of accessibility and structure Improvement in the conditions of people and of the local community in terms of accessibility and structure
      10 Investments in public road improvements Mato Grosso do Sul 46,800.00 Improvement in the quality of the road network and reduction in the risk of accidents Improvement in the conditions of the road network and increased traffic safety

    1. All investments had been completed by December 31, 2019, with the exception of the support for the renovation of the police headquarters building in São Miguel do Tocantins.
    2. All investments were made in cash, except for:
    – Support for the retaining wall work of the breakwater in Aracruz – donation of eucalyptus logs;
    – Support for several requests from communities related to the improvement of access ways and public roads in São Paulo – donation of eucalyptus logs, asphalt mixture and rocks;
    – Support for the improvements at the headquarters of the Municipal Police of Americana (São Paulo state) – donation of eucalyptus logs

  • Management approach on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

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    All activities performed by FuturaGene, Suzano’s biotechnology subsidiary, are regulated by the National Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio), an agency linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, which advises the Brazilian federal government on issues related to biosafety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The company follows the Biosafety Law, as well as all regulations and communications published by CTNBio, and all of its facilities operate under a Biosafety Quality Certificate (CQB – Certificado de Qualidade em Biossegurança) granted by the Commission, which makes it possible to develop its research projects and carry out the respective biosafety assessments of its technologies in laboratories, greenhouses and fields, in accordance with the guidelines established by legislation.

    FuturaGene has in place an Internal Biosafety Commission (CIBio), whose legal role is to ensure support for compliance with legislation, promote training and make recommendations regarding biosafety, and supervise activities with GMOs and their by-products within the company. FuturaGene’s activities are inspected internally by CIBio, which periodically assesses whether the processes are being carried out in accordance with the criteria established by CTNBio and by the regulatory and registration agencies – Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA).

    The company requests authorization from CTNBio to install each new experiment in the field and submits an annual report to the Commission describing all activities performed in the laboratory, greenhouses and fields. FuturaGene’s activities in Brazil are frequently supervised by MAPA and IBAMA.

    FuturaGene voluntarily adheres to the Program for the Recognition of Compliance with the Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), operated in Brazil by the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro). BPL is a quality system that encompasses the organizational process and the conditions under which non-clinical studies on safety to human health and the environment are planned, developed, monitored, recorded, filed and reported. FuturaGene holds the GLP recognition for studies involving the detection, identification and quantification of GMOs through molecular methods, used for the step of molecular characterization and quantification of protein expression in genetically modified events.

    FuturaGene has developed a multidisciplinary Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for selecting Research & Development projects, including those related to GMOs. Each potential technology/project is evaluated taking into account its scientific aspects (characteristics, concept, history in other species), business prospecting (need, cost, return), regulatory issues (prior approval in other countries, potential risks, biosafety) and intellectual property issues (existing patents, right of use, freedom of operation). Any technology that poses risk to the environment, human or animal health is excluded through these filters. The development of products that show adverse or unexpected results during biosafety or performance evaluations is immediately suspended until a complete review of all criteria is finalized, which may lead to the restructuring or cancellation of the project.

    Suzano developed a policy and a positioning document on the experimentation and use of genetically modified trees. In particular, this policy sets out the commitment to:

     

    • maintain compliance with all applicable laws, conventions and protocols;
    • transparency;
    • scientific advancement based on ethical decisions;
    • global dialogue;
    • provide access and share benefits along the entire value chain, with technology transfer at no cost for humanitarian or environmental purposes;
    • recognition of risks or controversies related to the use of emerging technologies;
    • avoid the most controversial practices related to emerging technologies;
    • inform about the use of emerging technologies;
    • implement measures that reduce or mitigate the risks associated with emerging technologies.

    Suzano and FuturaGene also follow the criteria established by the forest certification bodies, such as FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®)¹ and PEFC (Brazilian Forest Certification Program), with regard to GMOs, and performs activities for research purposes only, and in areas outside the scope of certification. Suzano is in the process of formalizing its positioning and policy regarding genetically modified trees and intends to publish the documents already in the first half of 2020.

    1. Forest management certificates FSC-C110130, FSC-C118283, FSC-C100704, FSC-C009927, and FSC-C155943; and chain of custody certificate FSC-C010014.
  • Management of air emissions in industrial operations

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    In order to ensure the reduction of environmental impacts resulting from our operations, we manage our air emissions in full compliance with the legislation in force on the subject, that is, in accordance with CONAMA regulations, at national/federal levels, and with the environmental permits for the operations. In addition, the standards established by the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are used internally as benchmarking scenarios and guidelines for us to optimize our management on this topic, even though the established goals are set out by a federal body. To this end, management of our emissions is continuously monitored. The data obtained are presented to regulatory agencies for each operation at the defined periodicity. In addition, data are verified in internal and external audit processes according to ISO 14001:2015.

  • Number of people on the Sustainability Department team

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    • wdt_ID Indicator 2019¹
      1 Number of people on the Sustainability Department team 117

    1. It includes 77 company employees, 15 interns, 3 contractors and 22 professionals from the Ecofuturo Institute.

  • Percentage of revenue from GMO products or products containing GMO ingredients

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    • wdt_ID Indicator 2019
      1 Percentage of revenue from GMO products or products containing GMO ingredients 0

    Additional information:

    FuturaGene’s activities only involve research on genetic improvement and increased productivity, not the marketing of products.

  • Political contributions

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    In accordance with Brazilian law and with the company’s Code of Conduct and Anti-Corruption Policy, Suzano does not make contributions of any kind to political parties and agents.

    As provided in section “Rules to Prevent Corruption” of our Anti-Corruption Policy (item “5.5. Suzano’s Political Contributions”), “Any type of financing and/or campaign contribution of any kind by companies, either directly or indirectly, to political parties, agents and/or candidates is strictly prohibited. Thus, any involvement with governmental authorities, if any, will always be carried out in a legitimate, non-financial manner, and will comply with the rules, limits and disclosure established by the applicable legislation. Any political involvement, however, will always be guided by the rules established in Suzano’s Code of Conduct and in this Policy. Suzano does not accept party political initiatives involving the Corporation and/or the workplace. (…)”.

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    • wdt_ID Indicator 2019
      1 Total monetary value of contributions made by the organization to political parties and agents in cash and in kind, directly or indirectly 0.00
  • Social investments by source, in %

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    • wdt_ID Social investments by source 2019 (%)
      1 Funds raised 35.0
      2 Company funds 65.0
      3 Total 100.0
  • Social investments by source, in R$

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    • wdt_ID Social investments by source, in R$ 2019
      1 Funds raised 26,248,481.28
      2 Company funds 48,672,099.07
      3 Total 74,920,580.35
  • Social investments by type, in %

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    • wdt_ID Social investments by type 2019 (%)
      1 Social investment projects 97,5
      2 Donations 2,5
      3 Total 100,0
  • Social investments by type, in R$

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    • wdt_ID Social investments by type, in R$ 2019
      1 Social investment projects 73,011,208.70
      2 Donations 1,909,371.65
      3 Total 74,920,580.35
  • Sustainability of products and services

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    Seeking to generate the least possible environmental impact from its activities, products and services, Suzano is concerned with sustainability aspects throughout its business, even when designing new products. In this sense, the development of new products or services involves a series of environmental and social analyses, including implementation of preventive actions and necessary controls, always in accordance with the current legislation. Therefore, when new environmental aspects and impacts are identified in the projects, products and services under development, we conduct a deep analysis of their significance in order to determine the operational controls applicable to each case.

    Furthermore, to reinforce the sustainability attributes of its forest products, Suzano carries out projects in partnership with universities and research and development centers in Brazil and worldwide, namely: University of São Paulo (USP), State University of São Paulo (Unesp), Federal University of Lavras (Ufla), Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), ISE-Senai, Embrapa, Iowa State University (United States), Grenoble INP and Cirad (France), among others.

    The company also participates in the Working Group on Engagement with Genetically Modified Eucalyptus, in partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and research and development institutions, and works in cooperative projects with the forestry organization Sociedade de Investigações Florestais (SIF) and the Institute of Forest Research and Studies (Ipef).