SAI Welcomes New Corporate Programs Member: Beraca

The São Paulo-Based Natural Products Company Commits to SAI's Corporate Programs at the Explorer Level

June 23, 2010

SAI welcomes Beraca as a new member of Corporate Programs at the Explorer level.  As an Explorer member, Beraca aims to continue its development and implementation of management systems for improving social compliance, both in the company and throughout its supply chain.  As part of the Explorer member services, both SAI headquarters and BSD, SAI’s Authorized Representative Office in Brazil, will provide Beraca with advisory support, project management, and supply chain management training and tools.

Beraca, a São Paolo-based natural products company, has four business divisions: water technologies; food ingredients; health and personal care; and animal nutrition and health. The water technologies division is one of the largest providers of chlorine-based water treatment products and services in Brazil. As one of the largest suppliers of natural and organic ingredients for pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturers and brands, Beraca has customers in 47 countries for its biodiversity products. Among them are leading cosmetics brands such as L'Occitane, L'Oreal (Kiehl's), Natura, and Aveda. In all their diverse lines of business, Beraca's owners strive to focus on sustainability, which often presents significant hurdles in Brazil.

Ulisses Matiolli Sabará, Co-President of Beraca, stopped by SAI's offices on June 23, the eve of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010, to meet SAI staff and officially pledge Beraca's continued support of SAI's mission through Explorer enrollment. Currently 6 of their factories are SA8000 certified, with one more that is seeking certification. Alice Tepper Marlin, SAI President, met with Beraca while in São Paolo with Beat  Gruninger, Managing Director of BSD, SAI's Authorized Representative Office.

Recently, Beraca, with its commitment to SA8000, received high attention at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010- as one of the 6 companies featured in the UNGC report, "From Principles to Practice: The Role of SA8000 in Implementing the UN Global Compact." The report, published on June 24 at the Summit and circulated to all 1200 attendees, features case studies of companies using SA8000 as a critical tool to improve business and sustainability.

For more information about SAI Corporate Programs, please contact Senior Manager Jane Hwang - jhwang@sa-intl.org.

[Photo above, from left: Alice Tepper Marlin-SAI; Ulisses Matiolli Sabara-Beraca; Jane Hwang-SAI; Richard Cook-SAI; Elena Arengo- SAI; Eliza Wright-SAI]

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