Considering the urgent need for monitoring indirect suppliers in order to have more effective control over deforestation, one of the GTFI’s missions is to establish viable solutions that will enable large-scale application of the Good Practices.
In that regard, the GTFI is seeking to recommend tools that will complement the supply chain monitoring already being done by meatpackers (direct suppliers) and that are inclusive, meaning that they do not add expenses or obstacles for producers.
Below we highlight several tools and approaches, at different stages of development, whose concepts have already been presented and discussed during GTFI meetings.
A voluntary platform developed in 2017 by Niceplanet Geotecnologia, it allows socioenvironmental analyses and monitoring of indirect suppliers (properties and physical herd). The platform is fed with information supplied by the producers themselves and has a mobile application that allows prior prospecting of socioenvironmental compliance by indirect suppliers, thus avoiding contaminating the herd.
Analyses of the platform are based on information from sources such as CAR, LAR, certificates, traceability and sale of cattle acquired through SISBOV, Invoices, GTAs e health forms. Socioenvironmental legality is grounded in the TACs and the public commitments assumed by the sector.Acesse o site para mais informações
Marfrig uses the RFI tool (Request for Information), through which ranchers inform the origin of cattle acquired from third parties (indirect suppliers). This is a voluntary procedure where the producer, if they have not raised the animal since birth, inform the name, taxpayer number, name of supplying ranch and municipality.
Using this data, Marfrig technicians consult the lists from public agencies to verify the good standing of indirect suppliers in terms of socioenvironmental practices. With that, Marfrig seeks to apply the same minimum requirements for analysis throughout its supply chain.
Designed to enable implementation of the Good Practices agreed upon by the GTFI, Visipec functions as an add-on tool to the systems that meatpackers are already using for monitoring their direct suppliers. By matching CAR and GTA data, the tool is able to supply additional information about indirect supplying properties in meatpackers’ supply chain,, filling in gaps and improving existing traceability systems.
The consensus among GTFI members is that integrated use of CAR and GTA is one of the best approaches for building traceability systems because it uses information that is already available and allows a viable solution with a better cost-benefit ratio that is capable of gaining scale and being rapidly implemented. Thus, Visipec is aligned with the group’s main priorities.Acesse o site para mais informações
Besides working on developing solutions for socioenvironmental monitoring of the cattle supply chain, the GTFI also encourages its members to test the best tools available to continuously improve and adapt them to individual company needs.
See below how some member companies have already begun working with GTFI in testing solutions, demonstrating their commitment to implement practices that focus on producing beef free of deforestation.