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Juice Sustainability Report 2019

New strides for fair & sustainable juice production

Juice Report 2019
Signed first green finance agreement, linking Juice business financing to environmental, safety and sustainability certification performance
Juice Report 2019
84% of citrus farms now certified by the Rainforest Alliance and verified as Gold Grade by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
Juice Report 2019
Invested 81,000+ hours in training activities to drive the professional growth of our people and ensure their safety and wellbeing
Juice Report 2019
Planted 35,000+ native trees at our farms


We invest continually in the safety, health and wellbeing of our people – our most important asset and the key to our success and growth. We also promote diversity and inclusion in everything we do, aiming to attract, develop and retain the best available talent everywhere.
People-commited to zero

Committed to Zero

Continued to invest in processes and equipment safety enhancements, to prevent accidents and incidents affecting safety, health or the environment.

Training & Development

Dedicated more than 81,000 hours to developing our employees’ skills.

Diversity & Inclusion

Introduced new recruitment practices at all LDC sites in Brazil, to avoid discrimination, including the use of blind CVs excluding all personal information.
people - recognition


Ranked among the ‘150 Best Companies to Work For in Brazil’ for the 2nd consecutive year, in a survey run by Você S/A magazine with Fundação Instituto de Administração.
Key Fact

Injury gravity decreased by 73% since 2015


We are committed to LDC’s global goal to achieve a 5% reduction between 2018 and 2022, in each of our four environmental key performance indicators.
Environment - co2 emissions

CO² Emissions

We reduced emissions from Juice operations by 15% through local initiatives, like the use of cottonseed bark to generate energy at one site.
Environment - Water usage

Water Usage

We reduced water consumption in both industrial and agricultural activities, for example by recycling water generated during the manufacture of frozen concentrated orange juice, and through efforts to optimize irrigation at farms.

Solid Waste Sent to Landfill

We continued to reduce waste by stepping up recycling efforts across Brazil and by enhancing juice industrial processes, for instance with improved selective waste collection systems.

Electricity & Energy Consumption

The increase in our energy consumption index was mainly attributable to the launch of new dry peel, effluent treatment and irrigation installations at some of our sites.
Key Fact

We achieved carbon neutrality for our two main offices in Brazil, by planting 1,600 trees to compensate emissions from these.


Recognizing that creating fair and sustainable value goes beyond generating jobs and economic activity, we work with many stakeholders in the communities where we operate, supporting their long-term growth and welfare.
Communities - Education


Fundação Abrinq continues to recognize LDC as a child-friendly company for our 20+ years of work with, and support to, a local school.


We welcomed to our sites over 60 university students, to discover our agronomy, chemical engineering, administration, logistics, accounting and industrial nutrition practices.

Beach Cleaning

LDC employee volunteers and their families worked together on a Saturday morning to collect trash found on a 2.5km stretch of sandy local beach.
Communities - Good Gymkhana

Good Gymkhana

Through this yearlong drive, we collected over 1,115 liters of milk, 340kg of food and 115kg of cleaning and hygiene products for donation to various local charities. 
Key fact

Over 1,400 children participated in our annual environmental education initiative with local schools: Together for the Environment 


Working in accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which advocate partnerships to maximize positive impacts, we collaborate with a wide range of partners in our work toward a fair and sustainable juice value chain.
Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance

We continue to pursue certification for our own operations, for both our farms and full chain of custody, and to help third party suppliers do the same.

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform

Verification by the SAI Platform advanced in 2019, with 32 out of 38 farms verified as Gold Grade.
Juice Report 2019

Sharing Best Practice

We celebrated the fifth anniversary of Programa Compartilhar, LDC’s initiative to help third party fruit suppliers achieve certification through more sustainable farm management.

Reinforcing Customer Relationships

We worked closely with customers to offer innovative solutions and tailored products to meet their needs and address evolving consumer trends and expectations.

Key fact

Gold Grade verification by the SAI Platform advanced to 32 out of 38 farms managed by LDC