Fibria participates in formulation of public policies and in the discussion of regulatory frameworks that bring legal security to the sustainable development of businesses and society. During this process, the company is concerned with promoting a healthy political-institutional environment, always reinforced by willingness to dialogue and a transparent attitude.
We seek to position ourselves in this scenario not only as a leading company in the short-fiber pulp segment, but as an organization that focuses on developing a new low-carbon economy based on replacing fossil raw materials in several production chains. The strategy we adopted, to diversify bioproducts, had an important milestone in 2017, where Fibria participated as a stakeholder in the construction of the new national biofuel policy, RenovaBio.
In this perspective, issues related to regulating and promoting bioproducts and GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are highlighted. Public policies on bioproducts will be fundamental to realizing the vision of transforming the current pulp mills into biorefineries, creating sustainable value for Fibria’s great expertise in the production products originating from eucalyptus biomass.
Fibria launched its Government Agent Relations Guide in 2016 as a result of the company’s maturation and of the strengthening of a compliance culture. The Guide describes Fibria’s standards for conducting relationships with political authorities, as well as clarifying the company’s position during election periods. It also complements guidelines already established in Fibria’s Code of Conduct and Anti-Corruption Policy.
In addition, one of the objectives of the Guide is to promote a structured registration of meetings and gatherings with Government agents, in order to record all institutional relationships. In 2017, we carried out the first compilation of these records, with satisfactory engagement of company areas. For 2018, we planned actions to raise awareness and strengthen mechanisms to promote keeping records of these interactions.
Fibria strengthens its dialogue and partnerships with governments, companies, NGOs, and universities by actively participating in forums and working groups, in Brazil and abroad, which focus on aspects related to sustainable management of forests.
In all fronts, the objective is to create conditions to mitigate impacts and generate benefits for the planet. These initiatives also favor Fibria’s relationship with customers and investors, by providing greater visibility to the values and practices of our business.
Below are some key commitments the company has made and the dialogues in which the company is involved:
Fibria voluntarily publishes its annual inventory of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases. Calculations are performed using the GHG Protocol methodology, developed by the WRI (World Resource Institute) and WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) following the guidelines of the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA). The inventory reports emissions and removals from forest areas, and industrial and logistics activities that are assured by independent organizations that attest whether or not the inventory is in line with international methodologies ISO 14064 and GHG Protocol.
Forest mosaic in Capão Bonito (São Paulo state)
Photo: Marcio Schimming
Fibria is also part of this multi-sector movement, composed of agribusiness entities, civil society organizations in the area of environment and climate, representatives of academia, industry associations, and leading companies in the areas of wood, cosmetics, steel, paper, and pulp, among others. In the Coalition, these forces address climate change issues from the perspective of a new economy based on low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In addition, one of the objectives of the Coalition is to assist the Brazilian government and society in complying with Brazilian Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – the commitments assumed by Brazil in the global effort to reach the goals to reduce GHG emissions of the Paris Agreement. In this forum, João Augusti, manager of Forestry Environment at Fibria, is co-leader of the Working Group on Ecosystem Services and Valuation. José Luciano Penido, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Fibria, participates in the Strategic Group.
Fibria is a member of the entity, which joins business leaders to propose concepts and practices on the subject and represent the business sector in transforming the economic system into a new sustainable paradigm. The company’s professionals participate in the thematic chambers on climate, biodiversity, and water.
Since it was founded, Fibria has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Climate, a global organization that provides information and guides investors in understanding the risks and opportunities arising from climate change. The entity gathers institutional investors and annually invites over 6,000 companies listed in stock exchanges worldwide to voluntarily provide information regarding their climate governance.
The Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces) is linked to the School of Business Administration of São Paulo of Fundação Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV EAESP) and develops strategies, policies, and tools for public and business management for sustainability.
The company continued its activities in the regional forums of the Forest Dialogue, such as that of the states of Espírito Santo; the southern and far south of Bahia; São Paulo, and Mato Grosso do Sul. Learn about the main discussions and the results of the meetings of the Forest Dialogue forums at www.dialogoflorestal.org.br.
Since 2013, Fibria has participated in the EPCI, a study showing the evolution of companies regarding transparency and sustainability. In 2017, Fibria made progress in all issues and reached an average score of 75.4%, against 72.7% from the previous survey.
This project, created in 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), mobilizes companies and government agencies to evaluate and establish the best management concepts and techniques in forestry, with a vision toward conserving biodiversity and meeting human needs. Fibria joined the project and is committed to promoting, in its new forest plantations, ecosystem conservation, effective stakeholder participation, economic growth, and job creation. The NGP website contains the case studies Carbon Management Programs (www.newgenerationplantations.com/climate_brazil_fibria.html), on Fibria’s actions to monitor and reduce carbon footprint, and Community Nurseries Take Root (www.newgenerationplantations.com/social_brazil_fibria.html), which deals with the production of native seedlings in community nurseries supported by the company.
The SDGs are a global agenda defined by the UN that were adopted at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015. The agenda is comprised of 17 goals and 169 objectives to be achieved by 2030 and includes, among other aspects:
Fibria is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals because it understands that private sector engagement is fundamental to accelerating compliance with the 2030 Agenda. By redefining, in 2016, the material aspects relevant to the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of its operations, the company evaluated the connection of the SDGs with the aspects under discussion and their impacts on the value chain.
The result of this initiative may be checked in the Indicators Center of this Report, in which these connections are explained.
In 2017, Fibria participated in the SDG Working Group of the Global Compact in Brazil, sharing with other companies its journey of integrating SDGs into the company.
A member of the Global Compact, Fibria is one of the 34 companies – among the current 12,870 – that have participated in the UN initiative since its inception in the year 2000. The Global Compact strengthens the adoption of core values of human rights, fair labor relations, respect for the environment, and fighting corruption in the business community. The Global Compact is broken down into 10 principles (click here to learn about them — incluir link). The companies and organizations that adhere to the Compact indicate their willingness to manage their growth responsibly and contribute to building a more inclusive and egalitarian global market.
In addition, signatories to the Global Compact must annually publish a Progress Report outlining the progress made in implementing the 10 principles and in supporting other UN development goals. The Progress Reports published by Fibria can be seen here
(more information about the Global Compact can be found at www.pactoglobal.org.br.)
and support the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights in its area of
the company’s non-participation in violation of human rights
freedom of association and recognize the right to collective bargaining
all forms of forced or compulsory labor
effectively all forms of child labor from its production chain
practices that eliminate any kind of discrimination in employment
a responsible and proactive preventive approach to environmental challenges
initiatives and practices to promote and disseminate social and environmental responsibility
the development and dissemination of environmentally
corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery
In 2017, Fibria joined this organization (https://www.fsb-tcfd.org/), whose purpose is to prepare recommendations for the voluntary disclosure of financial information regarding climate. The goal is to establish a clear, consistent, and comparable set of data that is useful for decision-making on the part of investors, insurers, banks, and other players in the market.
Fibria works on The Forests Dialogue (https://theforestsdialogue.org/), an international platform that promotes debates on sensitive forest issues, involving forestry companies, NGOs, indigenous communities, and multilateral organizations.
This international foundation (www.waterfootprint.org) brings together companies that voluntarily evaluate their water footprint – that is, the volume of water consumed directly or indirectly in the production process. Fibria joined the WFN in March 2010, and in 2012, completed the assessment of the water footprint in its value chain, monitoring the use of water throughout the production cycle from nursery to delivery of products to customers.