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Bracell discloses results and commitments in a Sustainability Report

The year 2022 was marked by ambitious projects, such as the launch of the Tissue mill and the Learning Institute, in Lençóis Paulista (SP), in addition to the announcement of the One-For-One Commitment, with expressive results in the year

Bracell, a global leader in dissolving pulp production, reinforces its commitment to sustainability and increasingly advances in ESG practices related to environmental, social and governance issues. Proof of this is in the 2022 Sustainability Report that has just been released, with results and projects carried out over the last year, such as the One-For-One Commitment, in which Bracell undertakes to protect, conserve or restore 1 hectare of native forest for every 1 hectare planted with eucalyptus by 2025, in the states of São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul and Bahia, where it has operations. The commitment will help protect areas in the Atlantic Forest, Cerrado and Caatinga biomes. Bracell ended 2022 already reaching 82% of the target, that is, 0.82 hectares of conservation for every 1 hectare planted with eucalyptus.

Bracell also celebrates the first year of operation of the new flexible lines at the Lençóis Paulista (SP) site, which innovative technologies brought positive results in terms of quality, sustainability and operational efficiency. The operation in Bahia, on the other hand, celebrates the increase in sales volume of specialties by 30%, compared to the previous year. In this way, the company guaranteed customer service in Asia, the United States and Europe. Another highlight is the investment in increasing the production capacity of its nurseries, to ensure the quality and productivity of the eucalyptus and meet the demand for seedling production.

“The year 2022 is an important milestone in Bracell’s history. We are advancing in our sustainability agenda, with assertiveness in investments in the business and with solid socio-environmental commitments. Our work has a strong focus on circular bioeconomy, climate management and innovation, which drives the growth of our businesses. We assume the mission of improving people’s lives, developing natural resources sustainably”, clarifies Marcio Nappo, vice president of sustainability and corporate communication at Bracell.

“The 2022 Report provides detailed information on the GHG emissions inventory of our entire value chain and the results already achieved by the One-For-One Commitment, launched last year. Both were audited by an independent third party, ensuring transparency and credibility of the information reported”, adds Nappo.

Another highlight of the year is the carbon stock of eucalyptus plantations and areas of native vegetation destined for conservation by Bracell. These areas play an important role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere, which in 2022 totaled 43,389,968 tCO2e. The company highlights the important partnerships established in 2022 to conserve and preserve biodiversity: the Bahia Department of the Environment, the Forestry Foundation, the National Council of the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve, the Pact for the Restoration of the Atlantic Forest and the NGO SOS Mata Atlântica. It also signed the term of adhesion to TNFD Brazil – Platform for Action for Nature, an initiative launched by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), created to lead companies to play a leading role in the protection and management of ecosystems vital to your operations.

The report is available on the company’s website. / Photo: Bracell’s archives.

“Our sustainability strategy is based on pillars that cover the management of environmental and social issues, in addition to management policies and practices: Responsible Production, Climate, Governance, Biodiversity and Landscapes, People and Culture, and Social Inclusion. Our great results were only possible because they were built together, with a multidisciplinary team, which strives daily for the sustainable growth of the company”, says Marcio Nappo. “And we didn’t stop there. In 2023, taking another step in this agenda, we will establish an ambitious set of long-term sustainability goals, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” adds Nappo.

Another important milestone for Bracell, in 2022, was the start of construction of the tissue mill in Lençóis Paulista, which will have the capacity to produce 240 thousand tons of tissue, used in the manufacture of toilet paper and paper towel, starting in 2024. More than 2,000 jobs will be generated during the construction of the mill and approximately 550 direct jobs in the mill operation. In early 2023, Bracell also acquired the company OL Papéis Ltda., a reference in the tissue sector in the northeast region, with operations in the states of Bahia and Pernambuco.

Bracell Social and investment in people and communities

In 2022, Bracell celebrated the inauguration of the Learning Institute, a knowledge hub for technical and leadership training that will have professional qualification actions for the local community, focusing on the company’s business and operations.

Through Bracell Social, the company’s social investment platform, 31 social projects were carried out, with more than R$ 4.4 million invested, benefiting more than 121 thousand people. In the last three years, R$ 11,245,107.58 were invested in programs focused on Education, Empowerment and Well Being, carried out in Bahia and São Paulo. From 2020 to 2022, more than R$ 11 million were invested and more than 340,000 people benefited directly and indirectly from Bracell Social programs.

Learn more

To facilitate access to data and detailed information on our ESG and sustainability strategy, we created the Bracell Indicators Center. Through this tool, the public can research the company’s management practices and results related to energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, employees, communities and private social investment, among other topics.

Other socio-environmental and business highlights available in the Sustainability Report can be found here. Details of management practices and socio-environmental results are available at Bracell’s Indicators Central.