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Entre mai 2006 et avril 2007, Native a effectue un bilan des émissions de gaz a effet de serre (GES) de la filière biologique de l'Usine de Sao Francisco (UFRA). Cette évaluation a été réalisée selon le protocole GHG - modèle international pour mesurer les émissions - en considérant les effets de la culture de la canne et la production de sucre et d'alcool a l'usine. Compte-tenu qu'une partie de cette production est destinée a l'exportation, l'énergie nécessaire pour le transport de ces marchandises vers leur destination finale (USA, Europe, Japon) a également été prise en compte.

Les quantités d'émissions trouvées pour UFRA sont plus basses que les niveaux moyens d'émissions de l'industrie de la canne a sucre, du fait de ses méthodes de production biologiques. Comparée a la production de sucre a partir de la betterave en Europe ou au Japon, ou encore a la production de sucre a partir de la betterave ou du mais aux Etats-Unis, les écarts sont encore plus nets, car ces méthodes de production fonctionnent a partir d'énergies fossiles alors que UFRA utilise de l'énergie a base de bagasse de canne a sucre.
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Social Responsibility

Developing and improving its relationship with the community, customers, suppliers, employees, and shareholders is a constant concern at all Balbo Group companies. An example of this care was the conversion to mechanized harvesting.

Sugarcane harvesting without burning progressed gradually to 100 percent of the planted areas in 1995. At the same time, the process of retraining and redeploying field workers got underway, who went on to work in agricultural area management. No worker was dismissed on account of harvest mechanization.

The workers' health and safety are in the company's focus. In 1980, the Balbo Group formed a multidisciplinary team to analyze and monitor the living and health conditions of its workers and their families through the Medical-Social Program.

The health structure has two full clinics, including:

01. Four doctors' offices;

02. A complete dental office;

03. Two dressing and emergency rooms;

04. Two vaccination and medication rooms;

05. Four itinerant units;

In 1987, in recognition of this program, the Balbo Group was granted the ECO Award for its Corporate Contribution to the Community, awarded by the American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil (AMCHAM). In 1997, keeping pace with the new forms of organizing and delivering health care in Brazil, the program underwent a bold acquisition, adding health insurance to its structure. In the social assistance area, work is done primarily with the employees' legal dependents.

The Santo Antônio and São Francisco plants hire about 2800 employees, who make up, with their families, a population of 9800 people. Many of them live in houses the company provides free of charge in residential villas with a high level of urbanization, with access to education, leisure, and medical care.