Sustainability is at the center of Frigol’s strategy, and the production process is carried out based on the strictest sustainability and animal slaughter practices. Frigol is the only animal protein production company in Brazil that traces back all animals originated domestically and abroad, providing QR codes so that end consumers can know where they came from. Frigol buys animals from several Brazilian states – mainly São Paulo and Pará – which cover the Amazon and the Cerrado biomes.

The Company’s commitment is to acquiring animals from regulated rural properties that comply with environmental regulations and fully respect biomes and biodiversity in the locations where they are based. The Sustainability Policy carefully addresses supply chain origination, requiring that suppliers submit environmental and rural registration documentation.

The Company established that, to enter into any commercial partnership with suppliers, they must submit, in advance, basic documentation proving origination and lawfulness of their activities. This documentation includes the Rural Environmental Register (CAR) and the Rural Environmental Licensing (LAR), when applicable. In the case of leased farmland, suppliers must also submit the respective lease agreement.

Fully compliant with the best sustainable cattle-raising practices.

Frigol units perform socio-environmental and geomonitoring analyses of all animals originated for slaughter, and their suppliers must meet the following criteria:

  • Animals must not have been sourced from illegally deforested areas, regardless of the biome where they originated.
  • Animals must not have been sourced from indigenous and quilombo land, or conservation units.
  • Animals must not have been sourced from areas embargoed by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and/or from illegal deforestation, as published by the Departments of the Environment.
  • Animals must not have been sourced from forced or slave labor.
  • Animals must not have been sourced from child labor.
  • Regularized Rural Environmental Register (CAR).
  • Without changes in the limits of the Rural Environmental Register (CAR).
  • Submission of the Rural Environmental Licensing (LAR) in the case of rural properties with over 3,000 hectares (mandatory for the state of Pará).
  • Issuance of the Animal Transit Guide (GTA) corresponding to the purchase transactions.
  • The index of animal productivity per hectare must not exceed 3 head/ha, and/or another future index published by the Amazon Cattle Supplier Monitoring Protocol prepared by Imaflora (applicable to the state of Pará). We emphasize that rural properties operating under the confinement or the semi-confinement regime may have higher productivity approved, provided that the supplier issues a self-declaration document containing photos, evidence, geographic coordinates and the owner’s signature.

Frigol monitors farmers through the SMGeo platform. This platform performs satellite geomonitoring based on data from the Rural Environmental Register (CAR) of the respective rural properties. The rural properties supplying animals to Frigol have a permanent preservation area (PPA) – or legal reserve – of over 1 million hectares.

After assessing and validating documentation considering socio-environmental criteria and geomonitoring on the Socio-Environmental Analysis and Monitoring of Direct Beef and Pork Suppliers Platform, accurate information on compliance with agreements and regulations is generated. Based on this information, we approve or reject suppliers.

A summary of monitoring from 2019 to 2021 is as follows:

Frigol does not have own operating units, nor units leased or managed within or adjacent to protected areas. However, it closely monitors its suppliers that correspond to these characteristics and, in 2021, it had 4,314 supplier operating units.

Frigol also monitors supplier productivity, and those that cannot prove that their activities are performed in feedlot projects are limited to supplying three head per hectare.

Indirect suppliers

In 2021, the process of cross-referencing information started to identify deforestation in indirect suppliers, i.e. for the supplier of Frigol’s supplier.

Regarding this matter, Frigol has come a long way to further the improvement of the control of origin, especially:

The aim is to use the same protocols applied to direct suppliers for indirect suppliers in all the biomes and for all production units. This work is being developed with system companies and departments of agriculture and of the environment and allows the Company to design monitoring programs within the chain, where direct suppliers can make socio-environmental consultations and avoid purchases that do not comply with sustainable livestock protocols. It is worth noting that to be fully.

successful, the project requires direct access to information or partnerships with departments of agriculture and of the environment of each Brazilian state, which provide access to information on GTAe (Digital Animal Transit Guide), which is currently not public.
Regarding Pará, the project is being developed with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) through the Visipec software. For the other Brazilian states, it is being development in partnership with Amigos da Terra — Amazônia Brasileira (AdT) and Safe Trace (developer of solutions for active traceability) through the Connecta software.

Treatment and Waste Management

At Frigol, all water collected and used in the industrial process is treated and returned to the environment, respecting all applicable state and federal laws. As Frigol grows, its impacts also increase and, consequently, the concern about these impacts. The Company knows that a quality product results from a responsible production chain. Frigol undertakes to protect the environment and avoid negative impacts. Accordingly, it monitors its waste generation, electricity consumption, fuel consumption, water consumption, and effluent generation, and their impact on biodiversity, through internal controls. To that end, the Company strictly complies with Operating Licenses conditions, which are applicable legal requirements for each topic.

Natural resources are extremely important for society, and we may run out of them if they are not used correctly. Therefore, Frigol focuses on the continuous improvement of procedures and systems capable of identifying and mitigating environmental risks in a predictive, preventive, and, ultimately, corrective manner.

What we do:

O que fazemos:

  • reverse logistics of cardboard packaging and plastic materials at customers;
  • send residual animal slaughter byproducts to meat rendering plants, transforming them into raw material for other industries, such as soap and animal feed. Animal rumen is sent to composting and become fertilizer that is delivered to local farmers. Waste is responsibly managed through the separation of recyclable and non-recyclable items, which are sent to a material recycling company.

The Company undertook to encourage the use of recycled materials in its packaging by expanding reverse packaging logistics throughout Brazil by 2022, and reducing by 30% the volume of waste sent to landfills by 2025.

Environmental Management

“Caring for each process means respecting the environment and the lives of everyone.”

Water

The animal protein processing activity requires consuming high amounts of water resources, consequently generating high volumes of effluents. Aware of its water footprint, their impacts, and great dependence on that resource, Frigol monitors water consumption performance in all of its processes and prioritizes effluent treatment, the reason why the Company invested R$8.8 million to improve its effluent treatment systems from 2013 to 2018.

Before discharging effluents into water bodies, internal and external analyzes of effluent quality parameters are performed in accredited laboratories, considering the presence of heavy metals, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), pH, and presence of settleable solids to comply with applicable legal requirements and conditions of the Operating License (LO) of the units.

The Company expects that the internal Zero Water Waste (ZWW) program be launched in 2022, and its goal is to reduce 15% of water consumption
per m3/head slaughtered. Nevertheless, Frigol complies with the regulatory standard that governs the standards of controls and surveillance of water potability of GM/MS Ordinance 888, of May 4, 2021. Regarding liquid effluents, the São Paulo State is governed by Decree 8468, of September 8, 1976, and the Pará State is governed by CONAMA Resolution 430, of May 13, 2011.

Before discharging effluents into water bodies, internal and external analyzes of effluent quality parameters are performed in accredited laboratories, considering the presence of heavy metals, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), pH, and presence of settleable solids to comply with applicable legal requirements and conditions of the Operating License (LO) of the units.

The Company is currently supplied by several types of water collection. In the Lençóis Paulista units, water is collected by pumping it from the underground. The Beef unit discharges its treated effluents into the Lençóis River, and the meat rendering and the Swine units discharge their treated effluents into an outfall of the industrial district (managed by the municipal government agency) to be later sent to the Lençóis River.

In the units located in Pará, water is supplied through superficial collection from the river, and effluents are discharged after being treated in the Água Azul do Norte unit, in Pará, in the Pium river, while those coming from the São Félix do Xingu unit are discharged into the Xingu river.

Reduction of Greenhouse Gases

In 2021, Frigol started the first Greenhouse Gas Inventory to measure the Company’s Scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions. The purpose of the report is to quantify and identify emissions, which are classified by the GHG Protocol (Greenhouse Gas Protocol) in 3 scopes, each of which with its own specificities. When producing its report, Frigol will work to establish goals and action plans in 2022 to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.

Human and Organizational Development
The Meatpacking Industry

Traditionally, the meatpacking industry’s labor is intensive because of production characteristics and lack of raw material standardization (animals), which makes the use of more complete automation unfeasible. As a result, absenteeism and turnover levels are higher than in other segments.

COVID-19 Pandemic

Because of the pandemic and the need for preventive leave in case of symptoms or family contact with infected people, the industry’s absenteeism increased in 2020 and 2021. To contain the risks of spreading the disease, the industries have adopted protocols to make food production a risk-free environment. Frigol faced the same challenges and complied with the specific Ordinances enacted for the sector, as well as their respective updates, such as Interministerial Ordinance 7, of December 6, 2021, implementing a strict protocol to fight the pandemic and adopting 97 actions to ensure the safety of employees and safe food production.

Human and Organizational Development Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

“At Frigol, the opportunities are for everyone.”

Frigol has made a commitment to gender equality and does not allow nor accept any type of discrimination related to race, color, religion, weight, disability, ancestry, social origin, and sexual orientation.

Women account for 30% of Frigol’s workforce both in the states of Pará and São Paulo. In the last few years, Frigol took another step towards diversity by increasing the presence of women in its Board of Directors, which has three women among its seven members.

Demand, although shy, is growing for People with Disabilities (PwDs).

We publish job offers for PwDs in regional newspapers to attract this labor workforce. Regarding racial distribution, in the last three years the Company’s staff has mostly been composed of people of mixed race, followed by white people.

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