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Our performance and operations in a few clicks

We have disclosed the Veracel’s Sustainability Report in the on-line platform since 2017, as a way to optimize and simplify access to the company1s key performance indicators and initiatives in the economic, social and environmental dimensions. Keeping the forefront, Veracel has produced this edition of ‘Made in Bahia to the World’ using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards, mandatory for GRI reports published since July 2018. Besides being a transparency exercise, the document allows the organization’s indicators to be compared on a year-on-year basis and among companies in the same industry as well. This edition refers to the period from January 1 to December 31, 2017.

The report’s content includes topics that are relevant to Veracel and its main stakeholders with whom we interact: employees, communities close to operations and community leaders (including non-governmental organizations), municipal and state public managers, suppliers and shareholders. [GRI 102-45,  102-46,  102-47, 102-48, 102-49, 102-50, 102-51, 102-52, 102-54]

 

 

A multiple-handed work

By deploying the continuous relationship and engagement with our different stakeholders – based on dialogue and the pursuit of fruitful coexistence -, we have identified the topics considered material, i.e., those most relevant to the company and our stakeholders, which have guide this report’s content.

The key relationship and engagement tool is the Active Dialogue, which provides important inputs to define the topic’s relevance, in addition to the statistics of the management systems (SRM and Sispart), Anonymous Communication and social inventories. Other opportunities for dialogue include occasional or systematic forums, such as Ação e Cidadania, meetings with suppliers and forest producers, Forestry Forum, Council of the Mosaic of Protected Areas in the Extreme South of Bahia (Comapes), Development Council of the Discovery Coast, among others, in addition to channels such as Contact Us and the handling of issues raised by the media. [GRI 102-40, 102-42, 102-43 102-44]

Based on spontaneous stories from our stakeholders and a survey conducted on-line, we believe that our choice to disclose the report on an on-line platform was correct, since it has obtained great acceptance from the readers. From April 2017 to February 2018, ‘Made in Bahia to the World’ had almost 50,000 visits.

Materiality Matrix

The Materiality Matrix organizes the topics that guided this report development. It also shows the relationship with GRI aspects reported through of disclosure items, scope (local or regional) and relationship with the stakeholders. The topic’s relevance that make up the matrix is constantly monitored through surveys and various relationship opportunities and reassessed when a need for revision is identified, considering the social, economic and environmental contexts for Veracel’s operations.  [GRI 102-56, 102-47]

 

Relevant topics identified (byrelevance order)GRI aspectsrelated to the topicScope*Stakeholders
Income generation(social investments,family agriculture)Economic performance, buying practices, local communityRegionalCommunities, senior management, suppliers, public authorities
Employment generation (mechanization of rural work, retaining young people in rural areas and education quality)Indirect economic performance, local community, buying practicesLocalCommunities, senior management, suppliers, public authorities
Landscape and biodiversityBiodiversityRegionalCommunities, senior management, shareholders, public authorities
Environment (water, energy, emissions)EnergyLocalCommunities, senior management, shareholders, public authorities
Water, emissions, effluents, and wasteRegional
Improved quality of elementary, high school and technical educationLocal communityLocalCommunities, senior management, shareholders, public authorities
Environmental educationBiodiversityRegionalCommunities, senior management, public authorities
Local development/social supportRights ofindigenous and traditional peoples and local communityRegionalCommunities, senior management, employees, shareholders, public authorities
Land use and issuesBiodiversity, indirect economic impactsRegionalCommunities, senior management, shareholders, public authorities
Road/accessTransport, local community, mechanisms for complaints related to impacts on societyRegionalCommunities, senior management, suppliers, public authorities
Impacts on directly affected communitiesLocal community, mechanisms for complaints related to impacts on societyLocalCommunities, senior management, employees
Health and safetyOccupational health and safetyLocalSenior management, employees, shareholders
People managementPresence in the market, employment, training and education, diversity and equal opportunitiesRegionalSenior management,employees, shareholders

*As Veracel does not sell pulp directly, but rather through its shareholders, the materiality focus is local and regional.

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