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2016 Sustainability Report
In 2016, eight talks were held in six states, in- volving approximately 400 participants. And the Company organized 2,309  eld visits to advise and instruct livestock farmers, where partici- pants were given information on applying sus- tainable techniques for improving farm produc- tivity without increasing pasture area.
One outstanding initiative during the year was an extensive campaign to raise supplier aware- ness about the importance of Rural Environ- mental Registration (Cadastro Ambiental Rural – CAR). Despite extending the deadline to De- cember 2017, the Company promoted activities to encourage adhesion, highlighting advantages of this measure.
Amazon Biome
G4-DMA Forced or compulsory labor | G4-DMA Indigenous rights
Every year, external auditing unrestrictedly as- sures procedures at Minerva Foods, providing proof that suppliers are not involved with defor- estation or forced labor.  is is done by check- ing public lists. Assurance is also provided that suppliers are not located in areas under embar- go by the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) or on indigenous lands – which is found using geospatial veri cations. In other words, cattle acquisitions are in accordance with public live- stock commitments executed by the Company as of 2009.
Among the highlights of audit results are an in- crease in the volume of cattle purchased from farms monitored using georeferenced maps of the region, which climbed from 85% to 98%.  e target of 100% should be achieved through expanded mapping of supplier farms in the region and with maps provided by the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR), in addition to strengthening  eld extension actions to foster sustainable livestock farming.
 erefore, Minerva Foods, through its geospa- tial monitoring system, guarantees that busi- ness is not done with suppliers in deforested areas or who have invaded indigenous lands, conservation units or protected areas, backing the Company's strategy to develop a socially just, environmentally correct and economically viable livestock chain.
Supply Chain Framework –
Developing sustainable live-
stock farming in Paraguay
Units abroad are also subject to social and envi- ronmental responsibility criteria. An important highlight of 2016 is expansion of good supplier registration veri cation practices in the Chaco Biome. In Paraguay, the Company created and adapted to parameters for application in regis- tration and procurement processes carried out throughout 2016.

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