February 25, 2020
Biorigin earns EcoVadis Gold medal
Brazilian company Biorigin has received the Gold medal of EcoVadis for its Quatá unit in Brazil. EcoVadis is a collaborative platform that provides sustainability rankings involving suppliers for global supply chains.
Biorigin was ranked among the 1% of the 55,000 companies participating in the EcoVadis 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment, with a score of 68/100. This result earned Açucareira Quatá S.A. a gold rating for the first time.
"We are proud that EcoVadis's experts have acknowledged our commitment. The Gold status is a clear message to our customers who attach importance to sustainability in the value chain. The Bonsucro Chain of Custody certification of our sites and the endorsement of external initiative on environmental issues, i.e., Etanol Mais Verde and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) respondent, were major milestones for us", said Gilberto Alves Santos, environmental senior analyst.
"In the sustainable procurement area, for example, we have criteria on social and environmental in our supplier assessment, and we adopted the Bonsucro certification as a reference in sustainability practices in the sugarcane production chain", Santos added.
Biorigin became a member of EcoVadis in 2016, and since this affiliation, it has worked to improve its performance. EcoVadis evaluates sustainability performance against 21 criteria and four categories, covering: environment, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement practices. Sustainability policies, initiatives and outcomes have been reviewed against international CSR standards including the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000.
According to Biorigin director Mario Steinmetz, the company is committed to add value to its customers' products: "We have built a solid path to demonstrate to our stakeholders that our ingredients, in addition to their natural origin, quality and technology, have important environmental added value to food and feed industries worldwide".
Biorigin was established in 2003 to develop innovative solutions in 100% natural ingredients, based on biotechnological processes, for animal health and welfare.