Executive Director of Dexco and President of the Deliberative Council of the Brazilian Tree Industry
We live in a world of constant change. Climate change, geographic conflicts, the biodiversity crisis and fluctuations in the global economy are examples of the challenges that have been imposed on society. Even though the causes and possible solutions for these problems are wide and complex, it is undeniable that part of the answers goes through the companies, since they also experience, in different scales, the impacts of this reality.
Global Head of Multistakeholder Partnerships at Bayer worldwide
Challenges: I graduated 33 years ago. In the year of my graduation, 1990, the concentration of Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere was 354 parts per million. Carbon dioxide, the most dominant of these gases, rose by 65 parts per million to 419 parts per million today. In the 33 years before I graduated the increase had been 40 parts per million . With a curve of exponential temperature increase, the impacts of Greenhouse Gases in the various regions of the planet are intensified.
Executive Director of Sustainability, Research and Innovation at Suzano
500 million hectares. This is the size of the forest area in Brazil, the second largest in the world, which means that 59% of the national territory is covered by natural and planted forests, as opposed to the global average of 31%.
Forestry Research, Planning and Sustainability Manager at Sylvamo
If, on the one hand, it is visible that contemporary society is experiencing a growing process of environmental awareness, on the other hand, it is undeniable that there is much to be done in terms of preservation and sustainability. While we experience many positive initiatives, we also evidence many challenges to be faced, as society evolves its awareness of environmental conservation.
Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Communication at Bracell
With constant population growth around the world, environmental sustainability has become a crucial issue with regard to the preservation of our planet, increasingly demanding that we advance this agenda with assertiveness and solid investments, in addition to consistent commitments socioenvironmental. Aligned with this importance, Brazil is a signatory to the main international agreements on the environment and climate, having been one of the countries that adhered to the sustainable development goals set forth in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations Organization.
General Manager for the Environment at Gerdau
Since the beginning of my professional life, almost three decades ago, I have been involved in the environmental management of large industries. In the late 1990s, the main function of an area dedicated to the environment was simply to comply with legislation and keep companies away from fines and bans. The value associated with the theme was compliance.
Director of Sustainability and Institutional Relations at Veracel
Sustainable development initiatives are increasingly included in the strategic planning of organizations that, in addition to being concerned about the scarcity of resources, have also realized that care for the environment is a competitive differentiator. Working sustainability as part of the business is a necessity and an intelligent strategy, and it is crucial that companies recognize this responsibility and adopt this practice to minimize their impacts and promote environmental protection.
Executive Manager of Health, Safety and Environment at Aperam BioEnergia
Anyone who sees the eucalyptus forests in the Jequitinhonha Valley region in Minas Gerais cannot imagine how much technology, work and innovation there is there. It is something that few countries in the world have. And all this is done with the commitment of more than a thousand employees and dozens of companies in the region, partners of Aperam BioEnergia.
Environmental Manager and Sustainability Manager of the Brazilian Tree Industry
The planet is facing a challenging scenario. Ongoing climate change; biodiversity loss; population growth that should make the world reach 9.7 billion people by 2050; and consequent increase in demand for food, energy, fiber, among other essential items.