Brazil’s largest grocery chain commits to eliminate deforestation and slavery from their supply chain

Brazil’s largest supermarket chain Pão de Açúcar, has made a commitment to stop procuring beef where slave labour is involved or to procure beef from cattle produced on deforested land. Pão de Açúcar operates 832 stores across Brazil. Cattle production is the main driver of the Amazon’s deforestation. The deforestation rate has fallen since 2003, however about 60% of the Amazon is now covered by cattle ranches.

How Pão de Açúcar plans to manage and audit their supply chain is unclear. A recent University of Sheffield, questioned the effectiveness of audits for detecting, reporting, or correcting labour and environmental challenges in supply chains. The report noted that subcontractors are often overlooked, and auditors often serve their clients or organisations to ensure a revenue stream.

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