In this atypical year due to the Covid-19 pandemics, the world has also experienced the movement of a new look at sustainability. Issues previously discussed regarding environmental, social responsibility and corporate governance issues have gained strength and have increasingly become a central theme of choice for customers and consumers, the capital market and the entire value chain and stakeholders involved in the business.
Within the range of discussions at ESG, in order to align themes that make a real difference to our business and our surroundings, we define material themes with goals and principles – some that guide us within our 60 years of history, and others in which we always seek to update and improve ourselves. We seek to nurture and nurture relationships and we understand that the focus and definition of materiality is the assertive strategy to make a difference in people’s daily lives.
Our ESG strategy and updates in the year 2020 are part of the ongoing maturation and building of a solid foundation for sustainable governance. We have adopted focused and solid commitments that turn real challenges in our context into goals that guarantee the efficiency of our purpose in updating and improving our business purpose. We highlight some fronts below:
ESG 2020 Updates
- ESG and Ethics Committee: creation of a governance structure focused on ESG practices, a body that reports to the Board of Directors and is composed of three directors, one of whom is an independent director, which aims to monitor and guide ESG practices and Ethics of the Company in line with the business strategy. To access the Rules of Procedure, the ESG and Ethics Committee click here*.
- Internal ESG Committee – Executive Board: to report to the ESG and Ethics Committee, we created an internal structure composed of four directors, including the CEO, which aims to monitor the ESG working groups for the execution of goals and practices adhering to the Company and countries of performance. Reporting to the committee is carried out by the Company’s Investor Relations and ESG department.
- Working Groups: the Company’s strategy supported and monitored by the Committee was separated into eight Work Groups, with multidisciplinary teams that focus on the Material Themes raised during the Company’s ESG assessment, including: Environmental: Environment; and Supplies; Social Responsibility: Social Investments; Health and safety; and Diversity and Inclusion; Governance: Risks and Compliance; Corporate governance; and Image and Reputation.
There are more than 60 people involved from the four countries in which we work, who make up the working groups, with monthly discussions and meetings focused on the establishment of goals and actions aimed at improving each of the material topics above in our business context. Each working group has its own established governance, reporting to a board that controls and supervises the progress of the proposed goals and actions.
- ESG Goals Board: to further reinforce this commitment, Camil decided to update its strategic planning for the next five years with ESG practices and assign ESG goals related to the context of the material issues above in the variable remuneration of all the Company’s directors.
- Definition of ESG Success Recipe: we define our ESG Camil Revenue, which bases our principles and goals on guiding the Company towards what we are and that we seek with this structure and improvement of sustainable practices.
- Recipe: As one of the largest food companies in Latin America, we reinforce our commitment to the positive and permanent impact that we generate on our business and society, in caring for the people involved in our context, in guaranteeing the quality of our products and in concern with the mitigation of environmental impacts that we generate.
- Preparation: Our governance structure aims to encourage and create mechanisms to integrate environmental, social and governance practices into strategic planning and organizational culture through actions and goals for sustainable business development.
- Ingredients: We integrate environmental, social and governance aspects with materiality as an assertive strategy to reflect what we want to be and nourish our commitment to sustainable development. The material themes are composed of multidisciplinary working groups, with actions and goals that support our vision.
We seek to align current market trends with an ESG vision to our businesses and to work on the subject more and more within the scope of our corporate culture, looking at the reality of the practices that make an effective difference in each country and category in which we operate. Therefore, we held several meetings between workshops, lectures and internal discussions on the topic to align our vision and sustainable commitments, in addition to external consultations with some of our stakeholders. In addition, the Company is preparing to communicate to the market the progress and main developments in the scope of the ESG practices of the working groups and their commitments regarding these practices for the coming years.
Environmental, social responsibility and corporate governance issues are directly related to the business context when we look at the continuity of our businesses. We remain focused on reinforcing and bringing to the market practices that make a real difference to our business, people, the planet and the context in which we operate.
In the midst of the pandemic, as one of the largest food companies in Brazil, we reaffirm our commitment to society, also acting to contribute in combating the impacts of Covid-19 in the communities where we operate. We allocate resources for the purchase of hospital equipment and materials and support food donation initiatives in the cities where our Productive Units are located.
In addition, we support food collection campaigns driven by singers’ lives. We highlight our participation in Luan Santana’s first live, which counted on the donation of 52 tons of Camil Alimentos products and had a great contribution through the internal campaign with our employees, who made their donations and Camil doubled the total collection, adding up 114 tons to the initial volume of our contribution. These foods were destined for CUFA (Central Única das Favelas) and UNICEF.
In addition, we support some more regional artists and social projects, totaling more than 300 tons of donated food. In addition to donations, we sell our products at cost to other initiatives that distribute food to the vulnerable population, totaling 330 tons of food sold in this differentiated condition.
- Teleton/AACD: in this last year we supported Teleton and we had the presence of the Camil brand on the social networks of Teleton and AACD, in addition to having a subscription to the “Cozinha Teleton” block with 3 inserts throughout the Teleton Marathon program, which took place in Youtube. At Cozinha Teleton we have Luzinete who is a patient of AACD who loves to cook, so she was selected to prepare a delicious recipe with Camil and we had the participation of the digital influencer Matheus from the channel @vireiadulto who prepared 2 other recipes.
- Natal Sem Fome: Natal Sem Fome (“Christmas Without Hunger“) is one of the largest solidarity mobilizations of civil society, carried out by the Citizenship Action during the last 3 months of the year. The Campaign has been going on since 1994 and has helped more than 20 million people have food on the table at Christmas. Since its inception it has raised more than 32 million kilos of food with national distribution, working in all Brazilian states and the Federal District. Camil Alimentos supported for the 3rd year this campaign collaborating with the largest volume of food donation compared to previous years. There were 100 tons of food distributed between Camil and União products that make up the basic basket of the Natal Sem Fome The donations were allocated to the states of Goiás, Maranhão and Rio de Janeiro. As one of the main supporters of the campaign, Camil Alimentos was mentioned in the Top of Heart list. The UN Global Compact initiative with Citizenship Action listed the main donor companies of Natal Sem Fome 2020, which aimed to give visibility to organizations that commit to participate in joint solutions to alleviate social problems.
- Empreendedoras da Favela – Makro Atacadista: Project led by Makro Atacadista, where 50 women from the outskirts of São Paulo were selected to be part of the project. Focusing on women who had their income generation impacted by the context of the pandemic. Through the Makro Partnership Empowering platform, they had access to a course for the manufacture of pot cakes and SEBRAE offered entrepreneurship consulting and training. The project participants were followed for 3 months and received mentoring to manage profit and expenses during this period – the course and training took place remotely through Whatsapp and online platforms. Camil Alimentos supported the project by donating 500kg of Refined Sugar Union to make up the kit of ingredients needed to prepare the initial production of 300 pot cakes and shared content on storage care and handling of food, so that the products are marketed safely. At the end of the project, an evaluation was applied where we had 76% of participants’ engagement and the satisfaction score: 9.8. And a highlight was that 70% of women stated that they were continuing the production and sale of pot cakes, among other sweets even after the end of the project.
We are more than a food company, we produce connections, relationships and inspirations in a practical and quality way through our products, always having responsibility to obtain positive impact where we operate. Following our Camil Social Responsibility Strategy with the focus of action on “Food and Nourishing Relations“, in 2020 we had some highlights:
In order to align material issues in the environmental, social responsibility and governance spheres, the Company created an internal ESG committee that aims to identify material issues and assist working groups for consolidation and monitoring of relevant issues for the Company and the sector on several fronts.
Allocation of more than R$ 1.1 million in donations in 2Q20 for various initiatives during the pandemic, with the purchase of equipment and utensils for health services of the municipalities where we have units and more than 225 tons of products distributed to the most vulnerable population; and we support a new project, Empreendedoras da Favela do Makro Atacadista, which through the Platform Partnership that Empowers Makro, the women who are part of the project will have access to a course for the manufacture of pot cakes. Camil supported the project by donating 500kg of Refined Sugar Union to make up the kit of ingredients needed to prepare the initial production of 300 pot cakes and shared content on storage care and food handling, so that they are marketed safely.
The Company carried out in 2Q20 the restructuring of its risk management, updating its risk management policy and strengthening its guidelines and assumptions to be observed in day-to-day risk management
Demonstrating care with The Productive Chain, we formalize the investment in Initiatives that support and enable the growth of the entire recycling chain in Brazil. Reinforcing our commitment, as a leader in the categories where we operate, to encourage the development of proper disposal processes of our products’ packaging. To this do so, we support the following projects:
- Reciclar pelo Brasil (“Recycle through Brazil”), which has the participation of the main companies in the food area and has a network of more than 160 cooperatives throughout Brazil through a partnership with ANCAT (National Association of Waste Pickers and Waste Pickers of Recyclable Materials)
- ‘Prolata’ Program, which is conceived and executed by ABEAÇO (Brazilian Steel Packaging Association), aims to serve the Reverse Logistics System for steel packaging and has 3 fronts of action: (i) Receiving Centers, a structure aimed at receiving large volumes from partner companies; (ii) Recyclable Material Collectors’ Cooperatives, social inclusion and professionalization work, premise recommended by the PNRS; and (iii) Voluntary Delivery Points (PEVs), Direct interface with the final consumer.
For Camil, the safety and health of each employee are priorities, so we invested more than R$ 1.5 million in equipment and initiatives to ensure safety among our employees. Since the beginning of the cases of Covid 19 in Brazil and in international operations, we have established a Crisis Committee involving all areas of the company with the objective of deliberations on the actions of containment of the disease both in administrative and operational areas. And among the main actions implemented, we highlight:
- Compliance with the determinations of the Ministry of Health and government entities of each country such as the release of employees over 60 years of age, pregnant women and people from the risk group, in addition to the protocols of coexistence, behaviors and other guidelines related to prevention and hygiene;
- Monitoring of the determinations of the competent authorities in the regions where it operates, in Brazil and in international operations, adapting to the requirements and obligations related to the new guidelines;
- Reinforcement of safety procedures and use of PPE’s, provision of Alcohol Gel, anticipation of the vaccination campaign, information on physical health and emotional balance;
- Adoption of remote work (Home Office) for all employees of the corporate office;
- Cancellation of Trips and cancellation of Meetings, Events, Training in its face-to-face form, replaced by communication remotely by electronic means;
- Intensive internal campaign on Covid-19, involving all employees who are in home office or units (e.g. use of chartered transportation, rules of distancing in cafeterias/locker rooms/common areas);
- Valuing our employees in their day-to-day work, in line with our purpose and values;
- #VamosPraCima Campaign strengthening the role of leadership in the face of the demand for productivity and distance work, keeping the focus on results and engagement;
- Approaching investors and the financial community through the participation of events, non-deal roadshows, lives, meetings and other interactions in a virtual and remote way;
- Food donations, purchase of equipment and assistance to communities that have units with the active participation of our employees.
As one of the largest food companies in Brazil, we reaffirm our commitment to society, also acting to contribute in combating the impacts of Covid-19 in the communities where we operate. . We have allocated more than R$1 million in donations for various initiatives: purchase of equipment and utensils for health services in the municipalities where we have units and more than 200 tons of products distributed to the most vulnerable population. We allocate resources for the purchase of hospital equipment and materials and support food donation initiatives in the cities where our Productive Units are located.
Since the beginning of the Pandemic, we have donated more than 200 tons of our products, in addition to donations made monthly. We prioritize initiatives that operate in the cities where our Productive Units are located, thus contributing to the community in which we operate, such as the City Hall of Aparecida de Goiânia (GO), Cabo de Santo Agostinho (PE) and Itapecuru (MA). In addition, we support food collection campaigns driven by singers’ lives. We highlight our participation in Luan Santana’s first live, which counted on the donation of 52 tons of Camil Alimentos products and had a great contribution through the internal campaign with our employees, who made their donations and Camil doubled the total collection, adding up 114 tons to the initial volume of our contribution. These foods were destined for CUFA (Central Única das Favelas) and UNICEF. An internal food donation campaign was also carried out with our employees, which had a high participation and collaboration with this total volume of donated food.
Over the past year, we have concentrated our efforts on reviewing the actions of our units with internal employees and the external community, which resulted in the construction of the Camil Social Responsibility Strategy. Having defined our focus on “Food and Nutrition Relations”, which unfolds in the performance pillars that are the basis of the guidelines for approval and search for projects in line with our objectives. We describe below the pillars and main activities in 2019:
It includes all care for employees in relation to Safety and Quality of life:
- Implementation of the Quality of Life Program – Camil Vida Saudável for the employees of the Central office, with guidelines for the other units, which brought support in relation to the physical, mental, social and financial aspects for the whole team; and
- Diagnostic Research with the Leadership on Diversity and Inclusion that served as the basis for the Committee’s next year actions.
Focus on the various stages of the production chain, monitoring the impact on the environment and third parties involved in the production and distribution of our products:
- Maintenance of Dolphin Safe Certification in our Tuna. Ensuring that fish are caught by rod, thereby reducing the impact on marine life; and
- Review of the way we operate with Reverse Logistics: we are signatories to the Reverse Logistics Coalition of ABIA (Brazilian Food Industry Association) and we focus our efforts throughout the year on finding partners that will increase our positive impact over the next years starting in 2020.
Actions that involve the Community outside Camil, focusing on the areas around our Units, projects that support the Reduction of Hunger and Malnutrition, Combat Food Waste and Responsible Communication:
- More than 50 tons of food donated to various institutions, including CREN (Center for the Reference of Nutritional Education), Casa Hope and other regional projects;
- Food donation close to the validity of the Experimental Kitchen for the Food Bank;
- Partnership with AACD for the voluntary contribution of our employees through payroll deductions;
- Revitaliza Project: sponsored through the Incentive Law (PROAC ICMS), we revitalized a community space that was open to the public, so that the population could have a pleasant place to live. In addition to offering Gardening, Graphite and Urban Furniture workshops to the community around the site;
- Natal Sem Fome (“Christmas Without Hunger“): for the 2nd year, we participated in this campaign led by Ação da Cidadania. In all, 84 tons of food were donated, doubling the volume collected in 2018 and substantially expanding our participation in the campaign; and
- Amigo Secreto União: a campaign carried out at Christmas that allocated R $ 50,000 to the NGO Gastromotiva, to be invested in the training of students from the poorest population.
Updated at 04/27/2021 at 04:26 pm