Eldorado Brasil, a pulp supplier for the North American tissue market, published the Annual Sustainability Report 2020, which highlights the challenges faced by the company during 2020 in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the record pulp production in Três Lagoas (MS) and the social support of the company to face the problems caused or intensified by the pandemic.
Likewise, the indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GIRI) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SBSB), the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their objectives are connected to the ten Universal Principles of the Global Compact.
Under strict health and safety protocols, Eldorado Brasil, which has plantation and plant areas in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, was able to produce 1,770 million tons of high-quality Brazilian pulp, with the work of 4.6 thousand employees. In addition, it invested more than R $ 13 million in personal protective equipment, COVID-19 detection tests, donation of food and encouragement to produce masks with local artisans, as part of the social responsibility program.
“This report shows why we maintained, last year, our reference position, both in the pulp sector and in the Brazilian economy as a whole, as a company that reconciles innovation, efficiency and sustainability, social responsibility and governance”, explains the president of the company, Carmine de Siervi Neto.
The company with global operations, not only maintained pulp production during 2020, but also completed the construction of its first thermoelectric plant, which uses technology unprecedented in Brazil for clean energy, using stumps and roots of eucalyptus. This plant is built with its own resources, the Jaguar UTE provides green energy to the national electricity system: There is 50 MW of capacity, enough to supply a city with 700,000 people.
“We are building new ways of creating value, based on our pillars of competitiveness, innovation, sustainability and respect for people,” the company comments on its website.
The 200,000 thousand hectares of planted and certified forests in Andradina, near the border with Mato Grosso do Sul, are the raw material used in the pulp manufacturing and electricity generation of the plant. Another 100,000 hectares correspond to the environmental conservation areas maintained by Eldorado Brasil. Together, they occupy an area equivalent to more than 300,000 soccer fields.
“This proximity ensures low-cost logistics and promotes the development of the region, it has an innovative logistics system for the transport of pulp, which integrates waterways and railways in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo to the port of Santos,” they comment.
With more than 5.2 thousand employees, divided between forestry, industrial, transport and port operations, the Três Lagoas / MS plant operates with an annual production capacity of more than 1.7 million tons.
“We invest in various areas of infrastructure, health, environmental education and professional development in Três Lagoas and cities near its mill. The investment is channeled to the main local demands identified by consultants hired to map the social and economic conditions of the region,” said the company.
The latest edition of the company’s annual sustainability report is available for reading on the company’s website, www.eldoradobrasil.com.br.