Aligned with the UN and recognized for it
With the goal of creating convergent practices for solving some of the planet’s major social, economic and environmental challenges, in 2015 the United Nations set up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - better known for its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since then, Beraca has been one of its enthusiasts and practitioners.
Among the 17 SDGs, which together comprise more than 160 goals, Beraca adheres most notably to the following:
The Socio-Biodiversity Enhancement Program® has as one of its main guidelines watching over the weakest link in the socio-biodiversity product chain. In this sense, our interest group consists of those who are recognized as socially vulnerable and our goal is to promote social organization in the partner production chains. The ultimate objective being the integration of this group into the market and offering them the opportunity of income generation through the commercialization of products generated by agricultural and extractive activities.
Beraca is one of the supporters of the Water, Citizenship and Education Project (PACE) carried out by the Lamb Watchers Foundation. Thanks to its wide-ranging expertise on production models and sustainable green areas management, the company shares experiences and invests in the creation and maintenance of permaculture mandalas. Currently, the project benefits 100 families in the Curimatá region (State of Piauí) providing vegetable and fruit varieties produced locally.
In the Tomé-Açu municipality in the state of Pará, 34% of the families that dedicate themselves to extractive activities have commercial ties with Beraca. Considering that more than 90% of the income of the members of the local extractive groups comes from agricultural activities and that the income of this group is 40% higher in comparison with the non-associates, Beraca is directly contributing to the generation of Decent Employment and Sustainable Growth.
According to the “Adequate profitability for the entire value chain” pillar, Beraca and the Beraca Institute have created a methodology for fair pricing and fair trade for the communities that supply the company with ingredients that are a product of local biodiversity. We believe that fair trade is a strategy to reduce poverty and stimulate sustainable development, aiming to build a business relationship in a transparent and socially responsible way for the growth of all links in the supply chain.
Beraca’s facilities have energy and water efficiency incorporated in their design in order to produce efficiently and safely. Since 2016, the company has worked on its production system to reduce waste generation and also create new products that make viable a 100% use of employed raw materials
In July 2016, Ulisses Sabará, one of the founders of Beraca, was recognized by the UN as one of the 10 Local SDG Pioneers for his efforts in creating and leading Beraca’s Socio-biodiversity Enhancement Program®. With more than 600 entrants worldwide, he became part of the select group whose members had the privilege of being appointed an SDG ambassador during the Global Compact conference at the UN headquarters in New York. Over one year, Ulysses maintained this honor with the aim of disseminating practices aligned with the SDGs among Beraca’s stakeholders and beyond.
One of the great contributions of the Socio-biodiversity Enhancement Program® is the application of clear guidelines for fair trade between Beraca and all the participants in its production chain, especially the most vulnerable communities such as the ones whose livelihood depends on extractive activities. Whether it’s signed trade contracts or project proposals of Beraca Institute that range from the design and execution of the benefits distribution through advocacy and social responsibility campaigns to content generation - all projects incorporate a clear perspective of fair and ethical social development that is appropriate for everyone.