Americanas S.A.’s ESG strategy is transversal in making all the company’s decisions and is aligned with our mission, our values and our purpose, as we believe in sustainable growth and value generation. In 2007, we pioneered the creation of a committee dedicated exclusively to discussing sustainability, the Green Company Committee, and in 2012, we created the Sustainability Department.
In the social pillar, we operate with a focus on inclusion, training and income generation with the “Americanas na Favela” initiative, including residents of communities across Brazil on our delivery route. In the digital, Americanas Social Marketplace offers impactful business products, reverting 100% of sales profits to its social causes. We have established partnerships with the Movement for Racial Equity (MOVER) in the fight against racism, with ID_BR in the “Jornada Selo Sim à Igualdade Racial”, and with UNICEF in supporting menstrual dignity, reducing school dropouts and creating jobs, through the 1MiO project, where we hire socially vulnerable young people. On the education and biodiversity front, we continue working in partnership with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS) to develop small riverside and indigenous communities.
In the environmental pillar, our strategy is focused on the decarbonization of our operation, with the objective of achieving the goals of being completely carbon neutral by 2025 and reaching 100% of the operation supplied with renewable energy by 2030, in addition to making a commitment to have a target based on short and long-term science, aligned with the Net Zero scenario, to reduce our emissions. We also seek efficiency in our processes, in addition to investing in the conservation of Brazilian biodiversity. In digital, Americanas +Clima helps customers identify products that help combat climate change.
In governance, we seek to follow the best reporting practices and have several Policies that guide our actions and responsibilities. We provide training tracks on ESG topics for our value chain and continuously monitor our supply chain.
In line with SDG 13 – Action Against Global Climate Change, our main strategy is to reduce and offset Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to achieve the carbon neutral target in 2025 and operate with 100% renewable energy until 2030. Our emissions inventory has been published since 2010, reinforcing the transparency and quality of the information disclosed, and since 2016 we have received the Gold Seal from the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program for the program’s external audit. Still in 2016, we began using energy from renewable sources in our physical stores. In 2019, expanding our commitment to combating climate change, we made our operations carbon neutral. On the digital platform, we created Americanas +Clima on the Americanas website with the purpose of offering customers products that have reliable certifications and that contribute to reducing the impacts of climate change. In 2022, in partnership with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS), we started a project to maintain the forest standing with the strengthening and development of local biodiversity with the enrichment and forest restoration of communities in addition to training inhabitants for the conservation of the Forest biome Amazon.
On the digital platform, we created Americanas +Clima on the Americanas website with the purpose of offering customers products that have reliable certifications and that contribute to reducing the impacts of climate change. In 2022, in partnership with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS), we started a project to maintain the forest standing with the strengthening and development of local biodiversity with the enrichment and forest restoration of communities in addition to training inhabitants for the conservation of the Forest biome Amazon.
Aligned with the Principles of the Global Compact and the UN 2030 Agenda, we operate in favelas across the country with the “Americanas Na Favela” initiative, focusing on the pillars of inclusion, training and income generation, benefiting more than 1 and a half million people residents, and with the Digital Addresses in Paraisópolis project, in partnership with Google, we included more than 13 thousand favela addresses in our delivery network and on digital transport and services platforms.
We promote socio-environmental entrepreneurship through the Americanas Social Marketplace, where NGOs and institutions sell their products with 100% of the profits going towards their causes and projects. Furthermore, our partnership with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS), promotes development and socio-environmental impact, with the inclusion of more than families from riverside and indigenous communities in the Amazon, with a focus on literacy, digital connectivity, waste management, sustainable entrepreneurship and biodiversity.
We support UNICEF in initiatives to promote menstrual dignity and combat truancy in schools in Amazonas and Maranhão, impacting more than 32 thousand children and adolescents in vulnerable situations and training managers and community leaders. In addition, we support several actions by “Movimento União BR”, such as transporting food, donating household utensils and hygiene items, benefiting more than 19 thousand people. In 2022, in partnership with “Capacitação Marketplace”, we were the first Brazilian marketplace to offer continued development, free of charge, on ESG and sustainability topics for our partners.
Following the best corporate governance standards, we publish the Americanas S.A. Annual Report, using the integrated reporting model. For the 9th consecutive year, the document presents information in accordance with the indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). For the 5th year, it is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has an independent audit. And, for the 2nd year, it is in accordance with the indicators of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The Americanas S.A. Code of Ethics and Conduct is the guide so that our values, principles and behaviors are aligned among all our stakeholders. Additionally, we have corporate policies approved by the Board of Directors. Seeking to promote a responsible chain of suppliers, we reinforce compliance with the Supplier Policy and the company’s Code of Ethics and Conduct, set out in the contract, and carry out due diligence in the selection processes. For suppliers that are classified as critical, we also require compliance with the ABVTEX Program and/or third-party audit via DNV GL, whose protocols verify compliance with current legislation, compliance with working conditions and Human Rights and good socio-environmental practices.
We act in line with the UN Global Compact and the 2030 Agenda. Based on the materiality study, we define the ESG Strategy, set goals in accordance with our priority SDGs and develop projects to achieve them:
See our goals and projects on pages 46 to 50 of the Annual Report.