Mitsubishi Corporation do Brasil is guided in its everyday business by the three Corporate Principles formulated by the Mitsubishi Trading Company in 1934 and adopted by our parent Mitsubishi Corporation: corporate responsibility to society, integrity and fairness, and Global Understanding Through Business. In Brazil we demonstrate this commitment to corporate social responsibility not only by supporting community development, but we also work to preserve and improve the environment by conducting business in a sustainable manner.
In terms of assisting in the development of communities in Brazil, we have partnered with various local organizations. Among these are the Pro-Cerrado Foundation, to whom we have given close to US$44,000 to renovate the Araçu Agricultural School in the rural state of Goias. Additionally, we have made a grant of US$45,000 to the Paulo Kobayashi Institute to provide equipment and materials for computer training for the elderly.
As for our sustainability footprint in Brazil, we are guided by Mitsubishi Corporation’s Environmental Charter, enacted in 1996, and its Guidelines for Corporate Action. Through our parent company and other affiliates, we have partnered with several environmental organizations in their conservation efforts in Brazil. For example, we have supported the ecological research of the Earthwatch Institute to help preserve turtles in the Brazilian Amazon and we have worked with O Boticario Foundation as it expands its funding network in North America.
Through the Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation, we are exploring opportunities to engage in conservation efforts in Brazil. For example, it has supported a conservation coalitions project led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a leading international environmental non-governmental organization (NGO). With this support, TNC has published a manual entitled Protected Area Conservation Coalitions: A Guide for Evaluation and Strengthening [759KB]. The manual is the product of a project that evaluated the effectiveness of conservation coalitions in five national parks and reserves in Latin America, including the Serra do Divisor National Park in Brazil. The manual is an important stakeholder engagement tool for use in promoting conservation in protected areas. Currently, the MIC Foundation is developing a relationship with Forest Trends, a U.S.-based environmental NGO, to support innovative strategies for rewarding local communities in and around the Brazilian Amazon for ecosystem services.
As our business grows in Brazil, we hope to continue to build these partnerships and find innovative approaches to conserving our natural resources. Equally as important, we hope to develop our daily business sustainably, with respect for the earth and the people that call it home.
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