Our production model includes some stages, from the acquisition of grains and raw materials to the end consumer. Here, in this page, you will find some information about the procedures adopted by BRF to buy inputs such as soybeans, corn, and oils from farmers, cereal companies, cooperatives or trades. All these inputs are essential to manufacturing animal feed.
Dirt Lists: BRF has an internal system updated fortnightly with information about dirty lists from IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources), from the MTE (Ministry of Labor and Employment), and from the list of the CEIS (National Register of Inapt and Suspended Companies). In case of presence in any of these list, the suppliers have their registrations blocked in the system for future negotiations, until their situation is regularized with the institutions and proven by a negative certificate. The commodities team is oriented to not negotiate with suppliers that are pending and that are part of these dirty lists.
Code of Conduct: The purpose of this code is to establish an ethical guide for BRF suppliers, stimulating and directing the implementation of responsible socio-environmental practices in their operations. On the Grain Corporate Norm (12.1.003) from BRF, the 7.4.12 clause describes the submitting process of the BRF Code of Conduct at the time of registration of new grain suppliers, conveyors and brokers. The delivery of the signed commitment term by suppliers is controlled.
Self Assessment: a questionnaire requiring information as crop area, monitoring and control of soil fertility, application of pesticides, etc is submitted to the grain suppliers. In the same document, the suppliers are advised about the restrict use of pesticides duly approved by the Ministry of Agriculture. Additionally, some social and environmental practices described in the BRF Code of Conduct are reinforced. The signature of this Self-assessment is also monitored by the grain team.
Monitoring of Critical Suppliers: The Commodities Purchase Board considers as critics two groups of suppliers: suppliers with operations located in areas close to the Amazon Biome and also the soybean crushing tradings that buy and process raw material that depend on other suppliers of grains in its production process. The adhesion of these trading to The Soy Moratorium* is considered by BRF.
*The Soy Moratorium - a commitment of ABIOVE (Brazilian Vegetable Oil Industry Association) and ANEC (Brazilian Grain Exporters Association), and their respective member companies, that prohibits the trade, acquisition and financing of grains produced in illegally deforested areas within the Amazon biome after July 2008. The pact also applies to areas embargoed by IBAMA and to properties that appear on a Black List of Slave-Like Work from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MTPS).