Mitsubishi Corporation do Brasil is guided in its everyday business by the three Corporate Principles. The English translations of these principles are "Corporate Responsibility to Society," "Integrity and Fairness," and "Global Understanding Through Business." Originally formulated in Japanese by the Mitsubishi Trading Company in 1934, they have been maintained to this day as the guiding philosophy of our parent company, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC).
In Brazil, we demonstrate our commitment to corporate social responsibility not only by supporting community development, but also by working to preserve and improve the environment through sustainable business practices.
To assist in the development of Brazilian communities, we have partnered with a number of local organizations. Among these is the Odebrecht Foundation, which we have helped to train youths living in Southern Bahia Lowland, a rural part of Bahia State. Since 1992, we have donated 100 species of trees (more than 500,000 trees in total) to Asflora in order to regenerate the tropical forest in Belem, which is located at the mouth of the Amazon River in Para State.
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.
Since 1992, the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA) has funded numerous other environmental conservation programs throughout the Americas.
From 2006 to 2010, MCFA provided early funding for the Boticario Foundation's signature Oasis Project, which offered incentives to landowners to protect a major watershed serving Sao Paulo, Brazil; and from 2011 to 2012, MCFA has supported sustainable tourism and sustainable coffee initiatives in Brazil led by the Rainforest Alliance and its local partner, Imaflora.
MCFA also made a $75,000 grant to EcoAgriculture Partners ($25,000 over three years from 2014-2016) to strengthen integrated landscape management interventions in Brazil. Through MCFA we have extended a five-year commitment of one million US dollars, commencing in 2015, to the Wildlife Conservation Society's Amazon Waters Initiative. This initiative promotes participatory land use planning and the management of fisheries and natural resources in two main watersheds of the Amazon in Brazil and Peru.
As our business grows in Brazil, we hope to continue to build these partnerships and find innovative approaches to conserve our natural resources. An equally important aim is to develop our businesses sustainably, with respect for our planet and all who call it home.