Institutional | Commitments
Fibria currently participates in 137 forums, associations, working groups and similar collaborative efforts, occupying advisory and executive positions in 24 of them. These are the main commitments assumed by the company and the dialogues in which it was involved in 2012.
In 2012, Fibria reaffirmed its commitment to the Global Compact, a United Nations (UN) initiative that seeks to strengthen the adoption, within the business community, of the basic values of human rights, fair labor relations, respecting the environment and fighting corruption. Fibria’s actions in 2012, which follow the ten Global Compact principles, are identified in the cross referenced index in this report. More information about the Global Compact can be obtained by following the link: www.pactoglobal.org.br.
Ever since it was founded, in 2009, Fibria has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Investors, an international organization that aims to provide information and guide investors who are interested in understanding the risks and opportunities presented by climate change. The organization brings together 655 institutional investors and every year calls upon more than 6,000 listed companies to provide, on a voluntary basis, information regarding their climate governance. Learn more about CDP Investors by following the link https://www.cdproject.net/en-US/Programmes/Pages/CDP-Investors.aspx.
CDP Supply Chain
Fibria was the world’s first forestry sector company to join the Carbon Disclosure (CDP) Supply Chain. In 2012, the company invited 91 of its leading suppliers to align themselves with its strategy to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and thereby commit themselves to the best management practices for dealing with climate change. The response rate was 93%, a 22 percentage point improvement compared to 2011. Besides disclosing their climate governance practices, Fibria intends to combine the risk assessment, actions and opportunities related to the practices of its main pulp business suppliers. The 13 Fibria suppliers that most stood out in the 2011initiative, for promptness in completing the questionnaire and their engagement in the purpose of the project, each received a certificate. Learn more about the CDP Supply Chain by following the link https://www.cdproject.net/en-US/Programmes/Pages/CDP-Supply-Chain.aspx.
New Generation Plantations (NGP)
This project, set up in 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), involves companies and government agencies in evaluating and adopting the best concepts and techniques for forestry management in the silviculture sphere, always with a view to conserving biodiversity and meeting human needs. Fibria joined the project and is committed to promoting, in its new forestry plantations, the conservation of ecosystems, the effective participation of stakeholders, economic growth and employment generation. In 2012, in partnership with the WWF, Fibria organized the annual meeting of New Generation Plantations (NGP), at which representatives from the NGO, from forestry companies and specialists discussed how these plantations can contribute to maintaining ecosystem services and to widening the sustainable supply of forest products for the growing world population. More than 70 specialists from various countries – Finland, South Africa, the UK, Portugal, France, the USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, Chile, Uruguay and others – participated in the event. On the NGP website, you can read about the Carbon Management Programmes (www.newgenerationplantations.com/climate_brazil_fibria.html) and Community Nurseries Take Root (www.newgenerationplantations.com/social_brazil_fibria.html) case studies, with the former describing Fibria’s action to monitor and reduce its carbon footprint and the latter talking about the production of native tree species in community nurseries supported by the company.
Water Footprint Network
The Water Footprint Network (WFN) is an international foundation that brings together companies that voluntarily assess their water footprint; that is to say, the volume of water consumed in their production process, either directly or indirectly. Fibria joined the WFN in March 2010, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development by means of strategic administration and the rational use of water. In 2012, the company completed its assessment of the water footprint in its value chain, having measured the use of water throughout its whole production cycle, from the tree nurseries to product delivery to the customers (see the chapter “Short-term objectives and targets”). Find out more about the WFN by following the link: www.waterfootprint.org.
Fibria’s Carbon Footprint 2012 report revealed that the company sequestered, during 2012, a total of 16.944.364 million tons of carbon within its forests (native and planted). The same study calculated that the forestry, industrial and logistics operations of the Jacareí (SP), Aracruz (ES) and Três Lagoas (MS) Units emitted approximately 1.702.944 million tons of carbon in the pulp production process, and 11.663.379 million tons was the result of burning biomass to generate energy. Fibria’s carbon balance, therefore, shows that the company absorbs 3 tons of carbon for each ton of pulp produced. The greenhouse gas emissions per ton of pulp produced in 2011 came to 0,8 tCO2/ton. The audit to ratify Fibria’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory was performed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The Carbon Footprint Certificate guarantees that the inventory is in line with the ISO 14064 and GHG Protocol international methodologies. Learn more about the Carbon Footprint by following the link: www.carbonfootprint.com.
In June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, popularly known as Rio+20, took place. The gathering – under the two main themes: "The green economy in the context of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty" and "The institutional structure for sustainable development" – brought together representatives of the 193 United Nations (UN) member states and various sectors of civil society in different countries in debates that helped to define the sustainable development agenda for the next few decades. Moreover, through the “Forests: The Heart of a Green Economy” and “Rio+20 Business Day” events, the Brazilian pulp and paper sector was able to place planted forests at the center of the discussion on building a green economy. The sector proposed the inclusion of two topics in the UN conference discussions: appraisal of forest carbon credits and tree biotechnology. The Rio+20 Business Day was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the UN Global Compact, and was supported by Fibria. Company chairman José Luciano Penido was a speaker at the two events and CEO Marcelo Castelli participated in the Rio+20 Business Day. Other Fibria participation included José Luciano Penido’s presence on the talk show “Biodiversity Appraisal Mechanisms: proposals and challenges” and in the forum “Examples of the Brazilian Business Sector on the Path to a Green Economy”. Meanwhile, Aires Galhardo, the company’s Forestry director, was one of the speakers in the round table on Technologies for Sustainability, in the Business Leaders Seminar. At the end of Rio+20, the document The Future We Want was released, which reaffirms the commitment of the member states present to sustainable development, in the economic, social environmental spheres. The text is available on the website, in several different languages, at: www.uncsd2012.org/thefuturewewant.html.
The Forests Dialogue (TFD)
We highlight the company's performance in The Forests Dialogue (TFD), an organization that promotes debates on sensitive issues in forestry, involving forestry companies, NGOs, Amerindian communities and multilateral organizations. Carlos Alberto Roxo, Fibria’s Director of Sustainability and Corporate Relations, is currently a member of the Advisory Committee. In 2012, the TFD organized a number of dialogues relating to five areas: investment in forests managed by local communities or forest owners; the REDD climate change mechanism; prior consent of indigenous peoples to activities within their areas; genetically modified trees; and the 4Fs, debating the production of foods, fuels, fibers and forests. In November, 65 national and international leaders from the private sector, local communities, NGOs, research institutes and intergovernmental organizations participated in the "4Fs Brazil Dialogue", in Capão Bonito (SP). The event prompted discussion about the Brazilian experience in meeting society’s growing demands in relation to the 4Fs. The Dialogue was organized by the TFD, in partnership with the Ethos Institute for Business and Social Responsibility, and supported by Fibria, the BNDES, the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (Bracelpa), the Ministry of the Environment and international institutions. At the end of the gathering, the TFD’s co-leaders produced a report describing what had been discussed during the four days. A summary of this publication may be read at the link http://environment.yale.edu/tfd/uploads/TFD_4Fs_Brazil_Co-ChairsSummary_en_lo_res%20(2).pdf.
Fibria also continued its participation in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions working group, which includes more than 20 companies from the forestry sector value chain and published important documents in 2012, which are available on the group's website. Fibria’s chairman, Jose Luciano Penido, is one of two co-chairmen of the working group.
The year 2012 marked the completion of two editions of the Constructive Dialogues, which are discussions promoted by Fibria in Três Lagoas and São José dos Campos, with the participation of 160 people, including representatives from business, local communities, customers and environmental institutions, that are aimed at building sustainable relationships in the regions where the company operates.
The Forest Dialogue - Brazil
The company continued its participation in the regional forums of The Forest Dialogue, in Espírito Santo, the south and far south of Bahia, São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul. You can see reports of the key discussions and results of the meetings of The Forest Dialogue forums at the link www.dialogoflorestal.org.br.
With the aim of contributing to the development of forestry certification systems, Fibria participated in the FSC® general meeting in Bonn, Germany, and the company’s Forest Environment manager participated in the working group for defining the certification indicators. In November, the company was accepted as an international member of the board of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a non-governmental organization that, through certification, promotes sustainable forest management and observance of the highest ecological, social and ethical standards in the timber and non-timber forest product chain. Fibria was represented at the event by its European Commercial general manager. Learn more about the PEFC at the website www.pefc.org.