Environmental preservation is in our DNA. We carry out a series of actions that promote socio-environmental issues, not only internally, but also for companies and society as a whole.
The commitment to the environment is intrinsic to our business, given the performance focused on environmental solutions. In 2020, we approved our Sustainability Policy at the Board of Directors (BD), which provides management guidelines for ESG aspects.
Through our Environmental Management System (EMS), we have implemented procedures to manage the environmental risks and impacts of our facilities and activities, seeking to insert the best sustainability practices in each stage of our operations.
Our initiatives stand out for aligning environmental preservation to reducing the impacts of climate change. We are investing in:
Community Right to Know
Hazardous Waste Management
Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
Proper Waste Disposal
Renewable and Alternative Energy:
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Grants and Tax Saving Opportunities
Environmental Due Diligence
We have more than 42 hectares of preserved areas to offset our carbon footprint.
We assume our commitment in the face of climate change, seeking to adopt strategies to adapt and mitigate the impacts on its businesses and the value chain.
To improve our performance on the topic, in 2020, we prepared the first Corporate Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHG), considering operations in Brazil1, following the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) norms and the GHG Protocol methodology.
We compensate 100% of the emissions measured in our GHG (Greenhouse Gases) inventory by acquiring “verified carbon units” from the PACAJAI REDD + Project, which encourages the preservation of the Amazon Forest by increasing space for wildlife, biodiversity and regenerating the forest.
Our Research, Development & Innovation Center has a modern infrastructure composed of professionals trained to develop solutions in the area of waste treatment and reuse that consider the needs of our customers, operational safety and impacts on society and the environment, in a sustainable and economical way.
We have 14 registered patents and more than 25 technology, innovation and sustainability awards, based on the concept of circular economy, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions. Our history and successful cases have demonstrated the excellence in services and the capacity of the Company's researchers and managers.
The RD&I area meets internal strategies, developing products that prioritize alternatives that can generate value and positively impact our ESG performance. Many of the projects are presented in a business plan format with the purpose of inserting sustainable products or connections (green bonds) into the economy.
Ambipar carries out a series of internal initiatives to preserve the environment.
We are a Zero Landfill company. This means that all waste generated at the headquarters in Nova Odessa-SP is valued and nothing is sent to landfills;
From a biocomposter, the leftover food from the company's restaurant is transformed into a treated liquid;
The investments also include the installation of solar panels capable of generating clean energy for the entire operation;
A rainwater reuse system was implemented, which generates savings of 1,500 liters of water per year. The collected rainwater is used to supply water trucks used in emergencies, in addition to cleaning vehicles, machinery and irrigation of Ambipar's green areas.
We operate in environmental solutions under the principles of circular economy by reincorporating waste into production processes, reducing the use of natural resources and financial costs. In this way, we focus on business continuity and subsidize customers to improve their ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) indicators.
Two projects that attest to the viability of the circular economy and contemplate the concept of reusing industrial waste are:
Made from mineral waste from the paper and cellulose industry that would be destined for landfill. The product can be used in the production of cementitious artifacts for civil construction, serving as a sub-base for rural roads. The product, which has quality certification in resistance, positively impacts the environment and society, in view of the reduction in the exploitation of mineral resources; decreases the generation of dust that impacts the health of the surrounding population; it allows the permeabilization of water to the soil, investments in public infrastructure and social projects, among others. From an economic point of view, it contributes to improving the productivity of industries (vehicle traffic) and reduces costs with road maintenance.
Organic fertilizer, also made from waste from the pulp and paper industry. The result is a soil conditioner, already registered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), having received certification from IBD, the largest certifier of organic and sustainable products in Latin America, and Brazil. In 2020, a wide-ranging international certification work for this product in agriculture was started, to generate carbon credits with rural producers.
With several patents registered for sustainable products, we promote the circular economy and assist companies with the correct disposal of their waste. In addition to Ecobase and Ecoground, the Collage Soap stands out, made from collagen from the remnants of the production of medicine and vitamin capsules; Eco-alcohol, produced from sugar and grain residues, such as corn and soybeans; and N95 masks made from PET bottles, in partnership with specialized textile industries.
The Cabon Z app allows individuals or companies to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere and shows the number of trees that need to be planted to neutralize the carbon footprint. We make employees aware of how to use the tool as a way to help preserve the world for future generations.
The user receives the certificate of “Carbon Compensation”, containing the geographical coordinates of the planting site and, periodically, is informed about the evolution of the growth of the trees.
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O equipamento transforma sobras de alimentos do nosso restaurante em um composto líquido rico em nutrientes, e foi instalado para atender a nossa "Política de Aterro Zero".
We implemented a 100% electric car to be used in the operations of one of our customers. Ambipar's service provider team will use the most sustainable vehicle, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. The pilot project will study the car's performance to assess the feasibility of implementing electric vehicles in all operations. The action is part of Ambipar's zero carbon project, which provides for a series of actions in favor of the environment and against climate change.
Reduction in energy use pays dividends now, and forever. Not only is energy conservation good for reducing greenhouse gasses, it is good for a company’s bottom line.
We are renowned for our expertise in energy efficiency and ability to reduce costs. Our team is particularly sought-after for our expertise in strategic development, automation upgrades and procuring investment incentives for our clients.
Our typical approach is start with an assessment to determine no-cost operational changes, low cost purchases, and more strategic investments. We put that into a strategy with the financial and other benefits, actions and investments required, and recommended priority and timeframe.
We have helped many types of businesses from resort properties to manufacturing facilities with their sustainability efforts by determining how to cost effectively and easily reduce electric and gas consumption, now and forever.
We are currently saving our customers 18,300,000 kWh per year, which equates to over $1.85 million in energy savings per year. To date, our clients have saved over 144 million kWh, which equates to over $15.8 million in accumulated energy savings! We have has also garnered over $2.3 million in rebates, grants and other incentives for our clients to help pay for their energy saving investments.
We guarantee our energy savings. If we do not show you enough savings to exceed our fee, it’s free. Fortunately for us and for you, we have never had to provide an assessment for free, including a LEED® certified hotel, which was already supposed to be exceptionally energy efficient. We have found savings for our clients in the range of 10 to 20% of their overall energy bill.
Ambipar carries out a series of actions to help needy communities and institutions. Every year, packs of essential basic food are donated to city halls, entities, as well as environment disinfection services and waterproof coveralls for health professionals in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic.
We reinforced our strategies and actions focused on social issues, through communication campaigns with society, published on our blog, website and on our social networks. We also have a YouTube channel to reinforce awareness actions on socio-environmental responsibility and information related to the circular economy, reverse manufacturing, sustainability, among others.
Ambipar has Human Resources and Diversity policies that strengthen its commitment to gender and salary equality, and also repudiates any act of discrimination or any conduct that violates Human Rights.
The Code of Conduct and Compliance focuses on respect for human rights, with the aim of combating corruption and fraud. Its scope is to foresee and avoid situations that may lead to a breach of conduct, in addition to assessing and dealing with any denunciations.
100% of employees are trained in the security and compliance requirement, which deals with anti-corruption and discrimination policy. In places where the ordinance is outsourced (14.28% of the units), 100% of the teams receive the same training.
ESG aspects are present horizontally in our businesses, spread across our value chain, and are an integral part of our strategies, which is why we have become signatories to the UN Global Compact and formally commit to contribute to the achievement of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With the action, we formally assumed our commitment to good governance and sustainability practices (ESG), inserting them into the day-to-day operations and investment decisions.
We support several institutions to reinforce strategies and actions aimed at social issues. We are aware of the challenges we face ahead, with a view to also contributing to the development of our sector. Thus, we actively participate in a series of entities that operate on issues that are essential to our business. Including:
Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (Abiquim);
Brazilian Association of Alkali, Chlorine and Derivatives Industries (Abiclor);
Brazilian Association of Technical Standards - Brazilian Committee on Transport and Traffic (ABNT / CB-10 / CB-16 / CB-24);
Brazilian Association for the Prevention and Control of Environmental Emergencies (ABPCEA);
Brazilian Transport and Logistics Association of Dangerous Products (ABTLP);
Regional Chemistry Council (CRQ);
Regional Council for Engineering and Agronomy (CREA);
National Fire Protection Association (NFA);
An important social aspect with which we work is aligned with our operations in logistics. We adhere to the Program na Mão Certa, an initiative of the NGO Childhood Brasil, to mobilize governments, companies and third sector organizations to tackle the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents on Brazilian highways.
Periodically, we hold lectures with drivers, as well as providing educational materials on the Company's trucks, and we also reinforce the program's dissemination in our internal communication channels.
In our day-to-day operations, we seek to promote diversity, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. For example, the theme “gender in the workforce” had, in 2020, 35% of women in management positions and 41% in management. For 2021, the Company plans to implement a program for the development and hiring of women for the technical and operational categories, thus increasing the participation of women across the board. Here, I suggest putting the testimonies of the three women that appear in the report:
“Diversity is essential in running a company. Having different views, regardless of gender on the same topic and situation, helps to find more efficient ways. ” - Ana Santos Amorim, Operational Manager, Environment Segment.
“I was surprised to arrive at Ambipar and find the most diverse and respectful corporate environment I have ever known. I am talking about women in high positions in the hierarchy, of a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ + group, of an environment that integrates different generations in a productive way, diverse in the racial issue. ” Camila Paes, Supply Superintendent, Corporate.
"In addition to supporting the professional growth of women, the company has an excellent organizational atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to participate actively in strategic decisions." Patricia Suraci, Operational and Administrative Manager, Environment Segment.
We contribute to social development through our own initiatives and support in campaigns conducted by our customers, for the benefit of the communities in their areas of operation.
With the objective of leveraging strategically in line with our business, we will consolidate social initiatives and all campaigns with the structuring of an Institute.
In 2020, we participated in the Caixa do Bem Global Campaign with the donation of a ton of food and, furthermore, we promoted a series of social assistance actions to strengthen the fight against Covid-19.
In 2020, our Risk Management Policy was revised according to the methodology of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) and approved by the Board of Directors. The document presents our risk matrix and defines, among other aspects, the willingness to risk, that is, the degree of exposure and tolerance that we are willing to conduct in business and operations strategies with a view to achieving our objectives.
Legal, regulatory and compliance risks;
The Code of Conduct & Compliance, implemented in 2017, is applicable to employees, suppliers, administrators, representatives, service providers and other business partners, establishing the minimum and non-negotiable standards to be observed based on our values and beliefs. Among suppliers, we guarantee the knowledge of our ethical standards through the inclusion of specific clauses, such as, for example, confidentiality and anti-corruption in all contracts.
In 2020, as part of the strengthening of compliance initiatives, we promoted the updating of the Code, with a view to strengthening the involvement and commitment of all stakeholders in the effort to integrate ethical principles into the day-to-day operations. The new version of the document was communicated to 100% of employees through our communication channels.
Complaints and cases of breaches of the Code of Conduct & Compliance are dealt with by the Conduct Committee. In 2020, there was no record of cases related to corruption or bribery. For all audiences, we provide the email [email protected] and an anonymous channel (https://ambipar.com/denuncias/), in which comments, doubts or complaints related to ethical deviations can be sent.
Integrity management within the Company is an essential requirement for good corporate governance, transmitting credibility and transparency to the activities carried out by Ambipar. Our Integrity Program has three main fronts: the prevention, detection, and remediation of any practices that contradict the Laws, Rules, and Internal Policies. Its management is exercised by the Conduct Committee, which works in conjunction with Risk Management and Internal Auditing.
Complaints are promptly dealt with by the Conduct Committee, based on the parameters established in the current legislation and the principles established in our Code of Conduct & Compliance. With a focus, in particular, on respect for human rights, in the fight against corruption and fraud, its scope is to foresee and avoid situations that may lead to a breach of conduct, in addition to assessing and dealing with possible complaints.
It also includes training for employees and all other stakeholders; the disclosure of the Group's Code of Conduct and its Policies; in addition to the existing reporting channels.
To guide the management of the topic, we use the Integrated Management System (SGI) Policy, process control and analysis of operations, which results in procedures and instructions for activities. We also have incident and accident indicators and methodologies for action plans, which are constantly monitored.
In the SGI policy there is an analysis related to Health, Workplace Safety, Environment and Quality, with guidelines for achieving the objectives set. The document has as premises: to meet the legal, contractual, and other applicable requirements, of quality, environment, safety and health at work; ensure the continuous improvement of the Integrated Management System; and promoting health and safety by preventing injuries, accidents and occupational damage.