Sustainability Report 2021
We have been active in Brazil since 1965. Our Brazilian head offices are located in São Paulo - SP, and our production units are distributed across 111 municipalities in 17 states and the Federal District. We have 24 factories, 84 storage, transshipment and distribution centers, six port terminals, two innovation centers and three offices, generating around 10,000 direct jobs.
+ de R$ 100 billion
in operating revenue
+ de R$ 1 billion
invested in Brazil
231 farms (totaling almost 1.2 million hectares) participating in the ‘3S’ Program that offers technical assistance and supports the soybean farmers offering them the chance to improve their social, environmental, management and production indicators
the pectin plant
in September, using thermal power drawn entirely from
biomass and biogas
U$ 30 million
to kick start the Land Innovation Fund for Sustainable Livelihoods, created to protect South American ecosystems
from the CEO
The ability of our teams to continue working, whilst being entirely protected, thus preventing the spread of Covid-19, reinforced our clients’ understanding that we are a reliable partner, despite the enormous challenges.
Over the course of 2021 we undertook numerous important actions providing support for producers to be able to adopt sustainable agricultural practices, with a view to achieving our goal of ensuring our chains are free from deforestation.
We inaugurated our unit for the production of pectin in Bebedouro, in the interior of São Paulo, and we actively work to increase the competitiveness of our factories, with the adoption of industry 4.0 technologies.
We see Brazil as the planet’s leading food provider and, to fulfill our mission of feeding the world, we have continued increasing our investments in the country. We believe in the strength of the agriculture here, due to its fully complete chain and use of local raw materials and services, its creation of employment and distribution of income to the community as a whole in all sorts of different regions, including the most economically fragile locations.
CEO of Cargill in Brazil
Global priorities and
¹ Water stress and the use of water were used to select Cargill’s 81 priority units. Together, they are responsible for more than 80% of our total operational use of water.
Putting people first
Putting people first is one of our values. Over the course of 2021, this was continually put into practice:
We seek to establish an environment that allows everyone to feel valued, respected and have opportunities for development.
Take a look at some examples of our social activities
How we operate
In order to meet the needs of the agricultural, food, bio-industrial animal nutrition segments to the very highest of standards, our processes are performed with the utmost care. They involve safety in the operations and in our products, the relationship with our suppliers, our pursuit of productivity, efficiency and socio-environmental responsibility.
In 2021, we developed 12 programs covering aspects relating to the safety of people, our processes and the environment. We also implemented a pre-qualification stage, prior to bidding, for any service related to activities identified as being of high-risk in our operations.
We began our Smart Manufacturing program, with the installation of advanced sensors and analysis systems. The result allows for analyses of historical data to be performed and for operational parameters to be identified, leading to better results, with the models being made available to the operating team, in the form of monitors and dashboards, with a view to the digitization being repeated more frequently.
In September, operations started at our factory focused on pectin production. The plant consumes thermal energy that is entirely generated from biomass and biogas (arising from the treatment of the effluents created at the plant itself) and involves a number of integrated energy systems.
We are committed to the sustainable management of the resources used in our operations and we work on various fronts to achieve our global sustainability targets.
Take a look at the most important actions pursued in 2021 relating to
hydro-resources and climate change and emissions.
liters of cooking oil recycled
oil disposal points throughout the country, located in 17 states and 214 cities