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CitrusBR Position on Sustainability

he Brazilian Association of Citrus Exporters - CitrusBR understands Sustainable Development as the concept used by the Brundtland Comission in 1987 which formulated what has become the most quoted definition of sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

The field of sustainable development has to be divided into three constituent parts: environmental, economic and socio political. Any situation that face a lack of equilibrium among those three parts is considered "unsustainable", i.e. human activity is not using nature´s resources at a rate at which they can be replenished.

As an industrial sector the Brazilian Citrus Exporters could not dismiss the notion of capital in sustainable development understanding that societies need to manage economic, social and natural capital which may be non-substitutable and whose consumption might be irreversible.

Besides this holistic approach, CitrusBR support a transparent communication about meaningful benefits related to sustainable indicators, work towards solutions with all stakeholders, promote science-based thinking and ensure that sustainability measures are not used as barriers to trade.

As members of the Fruit Juice CSR Platform ( CitrusBR members support the 6 CSR principles below, based on the United Nations Global Compact FABs (Food and Agriculture Business Principles):

1. Aim for food security, health and nutrition

2. Be environmentally responsible – protect and enhance the environment

3. Ensure economic viability and share value

4. Respect human rights, create decent work conditions and help communities to thrive

5. Encourage good governance and accountability

6. Promote access and transfer of knowledge, skills and technology

Along with many other projects of its Associates, CitrusBR has, since 2009, a Sustainability Technical Subcommittee that meets periodically to discuss questions related to this issue.

Check out CitrusBR's folder about the sustainability of the Brazilian orange juice: