ASSOCIAÇÃO BRASILEIRA DAS INDÚSTRIAS DE ÓLEOS VEGETAIS – ABIOVE, ASSOCIAÇÃO NACIONAL DOS EXPORTADORES DE CEREAIS – ANEC and their associate companies are committed to implementing a governance program, which aims to not trade soybean of the crop that will be planted as of October 2006, native from areas that will be deforested in the Amazon Biome, after the date of this announcement.
This initiative will last two years and seeks to reconcile environmental preservation with economic development through the responsible and sustainable use of Brazil's natural resources. During this period, the sector is committed to work together with Brazilian government agencies, organizations that represent farmers and civil society to:
a) Develop and implement a plan that includes an effective mapping and monitoring system for the Amazon Biome, or based on an official mapping of that area, received by the Federal Government;
b) Develop strategies to encourage and raise awareness of soybean producers to comply with the provisions in the Brazilian Forest Code;
c) Work together with other interested sectors to develop new rules on how to operate in the Amazon Biome, collaborating with and demanding the Brazilian government to define, apply and comply with public policies (economic-ecologic zoning) regarding land use in this region.
The sector reiterates its repudiation of slave labor, and companies have incorporated to their contracts of soybean purchase a severance Clause in the event it finds there is any slave-like labor.
São Paulo, July 24, 2006.
ASSOCIAÇÃO BRASILEIRA DAS INDÚSTRIAS DE ÓLEOS VEGETAIS – ABIOVE
ASSOCIAÇÃO NACIONAL DOS EXPORTADORES DE CEREAIS – ANEC