Sustainability in Brazil opens doors for new business in Canada

Sabará Group’s environmental care is recognized by the UN. The group’s president, Ulisses Matiolli Sabará, is one of four Brazilians named to date by the entity as pioneers in sustainable development goals (SDGs). His recognition as an SDG Pioneer in the program’s first edition in 2016 scores many points when it comes to doing business with Canadian companies. The achievement came as a result of his efforts aligned with United Nations ODS 15 on Life on Land.

Not surprisingly, Canada also stands out for sustainability. In a list that measures countries’ performance, it ranks among the top 20 in the SDG Index, the UN ranking that measures performance in 17 categories – among them, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, clean energy, consumption, and production responsibility. SDG stands for Sustainable Development Goals.

Sabará attributes his recognition as an SDG Pioneer to the Sociobiodiversity Enhancement Program. The initiative came from one of the Group’s four business units, Beraca, which operates in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and personal care industry. In the last three years, the Program has received investments of BRL 8.6 million, intended to maintain its activities in about 250 thousand hectares with organic certification and actions such as water conservation and biodiversity. In all, 2,500 families directly benefited from it.

This year, Beraca was recognized for the fifth consecutive time as the most sustainable chemical company in Brazil by the Exame Sustainability Guide.

Canada organic business expansion

The Sabará Group president sees the Canadian market as a “mature and demanding market that demands quality and innovative products, with a real appeal for sustainability.” This vision has become clearer with their participation in Bénéfiq, one of the major events on the future of food and nutrition in the world. The Group was present at the biennial meeting in Quebec through Concepta Ingredients, its business unit specializing in healthy, natural, and organic foods.

At Concepta, the president highlights the plant-based non-GMO line – without genetically modified organisms – as one of his main bets to land new successes on Canadian land. The portfolio features vegan vegetable butter and liquid organic sugars and the launch in 2020 of functional organic syrups from Brazilian fruits such as açai, jaboticaba, and passion fruit.

Latin America’s only Sodium chlorite manufacturer

Sabará Group invests around 3% of its revenues in innovation, which is equivalent to BRL 7 million per year. Focusing on the B2B market, one of its latest innovations is the production of Sodium Chlorite, which turned it into the only manufacturer of that chemical compound in Latin America. To raise part of the investment in the Chlorite plant, we issued green bonds – debentures of BRL 20 million. This was the first issue of Green Bonds by a Latin American chemical company.

Sodium Chlorite can be applied in about ten different markets, such as food, helping to preserve products; oral hygiene, in tooth whitening and toothpaste items; and textile, for treating fabric fibers.

Sabará Group: 60 years of history.

A member of CCBC for about a year and a half, Sabará specializes in developing high-performance technologies, solutions, and raw materials. The Brazilian group has four business units:

Sabará Químicos e Ingredientes
Water treatment

Health and personal care

BioE Integrated Solutions
Sugar and alcohol industry, beverage industry, and energy market

Concepta Ingredients
Food, animal nutrition, and veterinary pharmaceuticals

Check out other numbers and information:

  • Head office: São Paulo
  • Industrial units in Pernambuco, Ceará, Goiás, Pará, and São Paulo
  • Subsidiaries in the US and France
  • Expertise in more than 45 segments of the economy, in all Brazilian states, and presence through its products in more than 40 countries
  • Technology Centers in São Paulo, Santa Bárbara D’Oeste (SP), and Ananindeua (PA)
  • 303 employees and generation of over 1200 indirect jobs
  • Total industrial area exceeding 205 thousand m² in Brazil and abroad