ABOUT THE REPORT
This Sustainability Report, the fourth published by Raízen, represents the evolution to a more targeted approach to relevant aspects, implemented based on two basic principles of the process: consultations with stakeholders and a new definition of materiality.
It is also Raízen’s first report to follow the guidelines of the fourth version of the Global Reporting Initiative methodology, adopted as of the second edition of the document. It contains indicators and reports of Raízen’s highlights, achievements, and challenges in the field of sustainability, in the activities of Ethanol, Sugar, and Bioenergy (EAB), Logistics, Distribution, and Trading (LD&T), and Commercial throughout the Brazilian territory.
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
“Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) decreased by 82% since beginning operations. In the 2014/2015 crop year, LTIF dropped from 0.54 to 0.34 per million hours worked. During the period, nine production units did not record a lost time injury, an improvement over four units in the previous year” Vasco Dias President of Raízen
Raízen stands out as one of the most competitive energy companies in the world, and ranks among the largest in terms of sales in Brazil, operating in all stages of the integrated production and distribution process: sugarcane cultivation, sugar production, ethanol, and electricity (through cogeneration), sales, logistics, distribution, and fuel retail.
With four years of activity (completed in 2015), Raízen shows consistent and sustainable results, consolidating its market position.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The phrase “If it’s not safe, don’t do it” defines the culture of safety and care with employee and third party health that the company has been reinforcing since its creation. Raízen handles health and safety issues with maximum priority. In the 2014/2015 crop year there was considerable progress in this area.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CROP YEAR 2014/2015
In March 2015 the last month of the crop year, no lost time injuries were recorded in any company unit or operations. It was the first time this result was achieved at Raízen.
The overall Lost Time Injury Frequency for the company (calculated through the total number of accidents per man/hours worked) improved by 37% compared with the previous crop year.
The Distribution area ended the year, for the first time ever in Raízen’s history, without a single recordable event (Total Recordable Cases – TRC) in the terminals operated by the company.
In the area of Ethanol, Sugar, and Bioenergy (EAB), 9 of the 24 production units ended the crop year without recording any lost time injuries. These results exceeded those obtained in 2013/2014, when four units achieved this result.
The number of accidents involving motor vehicles during the sugarcane harvesting and transportation and in associated activities was reduced by 26% in 2014/2015.
Safety programs spread across the crop year:
Conducted at the beginning of the crop year, the program prepares and instructs workers about the risk of industrial activities associated with the beginning of the harvest.
With the harvest well underway, this program aims to prevent risks associated with the transport of sugarcane to the production units, seeking to protect employees and communities affected by the traffic of trucks.
The arrival of the off-season period, with the interruption of crushing and harvesting, is a moment that requires a program geared toward equipment maintenance. Here, special attention is given to workers performing maintenance tasks in machinery during the off-season.
The purpose of this program is to prepare workers for the beginning of the next harvest and is comprised of instructions about how to reduce risks of accidents that are most common to agricultural activities. The program is specifically prepared to communicate with the various professionals involved in both manual and mechanized activities.
LT&D: In the last year, transportation through pipelines achieved a record volume of 199.95 million km covered, avoiding the equivalent to 6,500 highway trips between São Paulo and Ribeirão Preto.
COM: In addition to the on-line training available throughout the 2014/15 crop year, More than 1,800 on-site training courses were provided in 2014/2015, in addition to online training available throughout the crop year.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH: In the beginning of the 2014/2015 crop year, Raízen implemented a pioneering initiative in the sugar-energy sector: the Alcohol and Drugs Policy.
In the 2014/2015 crop year, the highlight was the launch of the implementation of Raízen’s People Management Cycle, which integrates all existing human resources management processes into a single tool and provides managers with the means to manage their teams based on the culture and values of the organization.
Responsibility for the Supply Chain
Cultivar is a loyalty initiative that has among its pillars, the development of sugarcane suppliers through sharing of technical, legal and managerial knowledge.
Find out more about the Cultivar Program here
The ELO Program, implemented in the 2014/2015 crop year, is a partnership between Raízen and the NGOs Imaflora and Fundação Solidaridad; the program is an unprecedented initiative in the sugarcane production chain worldwide. The purpose of ELO is to support sugarcane suppliers in their quest for a more sustainable production.
Find out more about the ELO program here
HIRED BY RAÍZEN
Since December 2014, a new second-generation ethanol industrial plant has been in operation at the Costa Pinto unit, in Piracicaba.
Raízen is one of the first companies in the world to commercially produce second generation ethanol.
R$ 237 million invested in technology research and in the cellulosic ethanol plant.
42 thousand liters of cellulosic ethanol shall be produced per year, with the plant operating at its maximum capacity.
Project Abastece (Project Supply), launched last year by Raízen in partnership with the company Sem Parar. The solution allows users of Sem Parar to fill up at Shell service stations equipped with their technology and then be charged automatically at the end of the month, without the need for checks, credit cards, or any other immediate payment method.
RESPONSIBILITY SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
In the 2014/2015 crop year, the company implemented the Stakeholder Relationship System, which enables the continuous monitoring and assessment of its relationship with each of these audiences. Hearing these audiences, understanding the needs and claims, contribute towards their well-being and minimizing eventual negative impacts of the company, are a feature arrangement of Raízen.
The Raízen Foundation directs and makes the company’s social investments. It is the institutional arm of the company in the relationships Raízen maintains with the communities in which it operates. Since its creation, the Foundation has been prioritizing education and professional training.
Find out more about the Raízen Foundation here
In the 2014/2015 crop year Raízen produced its fourth Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in accordance with the guidelines of the GHG Protocol.
Biogenic emissions are associated with CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere by the plant during the photosynthesis process and, therefore, are considered neutral and accounted for separately.