SAO PAULO, Sept. 22, 2020 (PPI Latin America) -CMPC released its sustainability report for its Brazilian operations in 2019, which includes pulp and tissue mills, showing that the company employs 45,000 direct and indirect workers in the country and invested $268 million in the country last year. The report showed that the company is engaged with 86 urban and rural communities, as well as two traditional quilombola communities in the country, having spent $3 million on social projects in 2019 to improve quality of life and education, as well as in income generation initiatives.
CMPC currently owns a pulp mill in Guaíba city, Rio Grande do Sul state, supporting forestry operations in 71 localities in the state. Softys, CMPC’s tissue and personal care division, runs plants in Mogi das Cruzes and Caieiras, in the state of Sao Paulo, Mallet, Parana state, and Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Pernambuco state.
The report also presented key operational performance indicators such as production of 1.8 million tonnes of pulp and 52,000 tonnes of paper last year. Of these, 1.7 million tonnes of pulp and 2,600 tonnes of paper were exported.
Among the environmental figures, CMPC noted that it has been working to protect 64 plant and animal species in the Barba Negra Natural Reserve, in Rio Grande do Sul state, with 3,800 ha of high conservation value areas. The company also said its Guaíba mill is 83% self-sufficient in energy.
CMPC Brazil’s report shared that circular economy indicators show a 99.7% recovery rate of industrial waste and 6,000 tonnes of paper recycled in operations. These numbers reflect the creation of 180 new jobs as part of the company’s circularity efforts to utilize byproducts from its operations, including the production of organic fertilizer, soil amendments, hydrated lime, MDF boards, and other inputs for the cement industry.