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Sustainability is in the DNA of Minerva Foods and permeates all our actions, from the origin of the cattle to our industrial units and industrialization processes. Minerva Food’s policies and procedures reflect who we are on a daily basis.

of Our People

We nurture lives, from family to family. Life in the fields, highways, seas, and communities around the world.

Our presence is felt beyond the consumption of our products; we are also a source of prosperity. This is why the sustainability of our partners and our people is so important and essential for Minerva Foods.

The good performance of our businesses is closely related to the dedication and commitment of thousands of families, employees and our suppliers. Thus, thoughtfully taking care of them allows us to deliver to consumers a product that values lives.
Minerva Foods in Numbers:
We count with
+ 18.000
We export to
We operate in
We Nourish
the World
in Brazil
Production in the rest of
South America
Generating jobs, income and work
opportunities in
cities in
South America
more than
34.000 horas
without accidents with
leave of absence in 2019
Ombudsman through
confidential channels
Social Minerva Foods
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Supporting societies during the new Coronavirus pandemic

The Company has been developing initiatives to protect its employees and their families, its partners and local communities, in order to contribute to society in the fight against the spread of the virus.

The Company has been donating PPEs, medicines and food to the Departments of Health, hospitals and other institutions in the regions where it operates, as well as acquiring diagnostic tests for coronavirus and renting mobile ICU units as a way to supporting municipal governments.
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The PASCOR project (Rural Communities Assistance Project), in Pará, aims at training and qualifying local labor in order to introduce them into the job market, focused at improving income distribution and the quality of life. The project offers professional courses, develops health campaigns and provides social orientation to residents of the Curuperé, Curuperé Miri, Curuperézinho, Itacuruçá, Pontilhão, Camotim and Murutinga communities.
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InPACTO Campaign

Minerva Foods promotes awareness initiatives to eradicate illegal labor in all levels of its production chain, reinforcing its commitment to society through the National Pact for the Eradication of Slave Labor, which is currently coordinated by InPACTO.
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Minerva Foods Young Apprentice Program

The Young Apprentice Program promotes the hiring and training of youngsters to future technical job positions. The selection process aims to insert young people in the different sectors, according to their profile and the technical course taken.

The program was designed in a partnership with the Federal Government and allows hundreds of young people to enter the job market. The selective process has two stages: registration and interview.
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Projeto Acolhida (Welcome Project)

Minerva Foods joined the Federal Government’s Welcome Operation strategy to the interiorization of Venezuelans at the Rolim de Moura (RO) unit, reaffirming its commitment to support plurality. The initiative aims at contributing to the inclusion of these professionals in the Brazilian society through fair and legal work opportunities.

They participated in an integration process and became aware of all health and safety, human resources and quality procedures, and received specific training for each function they would perform.
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Projeto Arrastão (Dragnet Project)

Founded in 1968, Projeto Arrastão is a non-profit organization that shelters and supports families in the Campo Limpo region who live in poverty. The human promotion and community development work is carried out with such families and originate the programs offered in the education, culture, income generation, housing and quality of life areas. Minerva Foods is a partner of the organization and makes monthly donations to the healthy food menu offered to children assisted by the project.
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Portas Abertas (Open Doors)

The communities surrounding the Company’s operations are annually invited to learn about its units, their main processes and environmental controls, as well as the products and services offered by the Company. In its last edition, the program offered social activities to the more than 5,000 people who visited the Company’s units. The initiatives included simple medical exams, such as visual acuity, blood pressure and blood glucose measurements, oral health exams, and instructions on the prevention of breast and prostate cancer. In addition, the employees’ families and nearby community residents celebrated Children’s Day.
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Training Program for People with Disabilities

The Company partnered with the municipal government of Barretos and since 2016 it has opened two classrooms at the Solange Lana de Ávila Municipal Rehabilitation Center to develop the program, which includes education strategies to train professionals who are prepared to enter the job market. In addition to sponsoring the initiative, the Company expects to absorb part of the professionals trained.
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Champion Attitude

The purpose of the program is to promote the integration, the exchange of good practices and the employees’ engagement to the continuous improvementof processes, increasing the operational efficiency and growth of the company and its employees. The program mobilizes all Company units in Brazil and Paraguay in a health competition where the main production indicators are monthly measured, compared, evaluated and treated, thus scoring the best units and sectors. The winners are rewarded according to monthly results and the year’s consolidated results.

to the Planet

We care, to purchase cattle we go beyond the origin, focusing on the prosperity of the livestock chain.

Thus, the purchase is thorough, carefully analyzing each lot and property, as this is key for Minerva Foods.

Spatial technology and constant critical analysis with certified and audited processes make it possible to ensure that the cattle is raised in pastures with no deforestation and not located in indigenous lands and environmental protection areas, as well as that the cattle’s management did not use slave or child labor. Our products have a responsible origin, as we that this ensures we are taking care of the flora and fauna, mitigating the effects of the climate change.

Our industrial operations are guided by operational efficiency and the employees’ commitment. Modern water and waste water treatment stations, a solid waste management program and monitoring atmospheric emissions, guided by the Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation and evaluated in efficiency programs such as Champion Attitude.
In 2019, there was a 6.5% decrease when compared to 2018 for Brazil’s units. This corresponds to 48,176 m³ of water.
thousand tons
2,984,355 kg of solid waste were  recycled through Brazil’s Division and 2,127,358 kg through Athena Foods operations.
In 2019, there was a 5.0% decrease when compared to 2018 for Brazil’s units. This corresponds to 7,886,723 kWh.
Considering all Minerva + Athena units, we reduced emissions by 41% for gases under the Kyoto Protocol. If we consider only Brazil’s operations, there was a 61% decrease.

Leader in
Sustainability in the
supply chain

In all purchases, we verify:

- Environmental Compliance;

- Searching the list of areas embargoed by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama - Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e Recursos Naturais Renováveis);

- Labor Compliance;

- Searching the Registry of Employers who have submitted workers to slave-like work conditions, issued by the Ministry of Economy’s Labor Office;

- Land Regularization;

- Searching the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR) and other land tenure documents.

Geospatial monitoring in the Brazilian Amazon and Paraguayan Chaco

For supplier properties located in the Amazon biome, the geospatial monitoring is also carried out via satellite images to verify deforestation and overlaps with indigenous lands and conservation units.

The commitment extends to Paraguay, where Minerva is a pioneer in geospatial monitoring of the Chaco biome through criteria adopted regarding illegal deforestation and overlapping with indigenous lands and environmental preservation areas.

In the country, in just over a year operating, we already have more than 50% of suppliers mapped in the region.

More sustainability figures:

Product Quality and Respect with Life

Aware that we deal with living beings and that they represent the essential base of our production, the work of Minerva Foods in the management of animals always prioritizes dignity, respect and thoughtfulness.

With modern equipment and employees specialized in ensuring animal welfare throughout their journey, Minerva foods daily monitors indicators and has a specific project to diagnose critical points called “Trajeto do Boi”, seeking the continuous improvement of the industry’s structures. If there is any non-compliance, the place or transport is banned until the guarantee of welfare is readjusted.

Constant modernization and certified processes - our factories have the most important and recognized international certifications for quality and food safety - bringing high-quality products to our customers with complete confidence - from family to family.

Programa de
Bem-estar Animal

The Company has an Animal Welfare Program based on strict control with zero tolerance regarding acts of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of animals, always seeking the best management practices, training those involved and always verifying all production stages.

To this end, Minerva adopts specific internal self-control procedures in all plants in Brazil and abroad, including daily and weekly checklists of indicators, besides monthly internal audits. The Company’s animal welfare requirements go far beyond complying with Brazilian standards and laws, adopting strict animal welfare standards in its processes, observing laws such as Regulation 1099 of the European Union, the Protocol of the American Meat Institute (AMI) of the United States, and the Traceability Regulation of the European Union and Chile, in addition to meeting specific requirements from customers.

Animal Welfare

International Excellence Certification

Minerva Foods knows that well-being is the guiding principle of an ethical and sustainable animal production. Thus, the Company makes this a priority, using Brazilian laws as a foundation and basing its main practices on internationally recognized codes and protocols, such as PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization). In 2019, the plants of Minerva Foods received scores above 96% in PAACO audits, confirming their excellence.


Minerva Foods focuses on frequent training of the internal team and suppliers to disseminate knowledge on the main guidelines to ensure its Animal Welfare Program.

The training is focused on professionals who deal directly with live cattle in the industry and cattle drivers.

In addition, annual training campaigns are carried out with external consultants to drive good animal welfare practices into the workers’ routine. Ranchers and their employees are also trained, establishing a trusting partnership.


Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in all valuable links in the food production chain, from family to family, from the countryside to the table of customers around the world
Taciano Custódio
Head of Sustainability
Minerva Foods

do Diretor

Nosso compromisso com a sustentabilidade está refletido em todos os elos de valor da produção de alimentos, de família para família, do campo à mesa de clientes em todo
o mundo.
Taciano Custódio
Diretor de Sustentabilidade
da Minerva Foods