When you import or export, throughout the entire chain, from the very first stage of choosing your suppliers until the management of international logistics, the massive emission of CO2 into the atmosphere is a fact. To make matters worse, carbon dioxide (CO2) comprises 74% of greenhouse effect gas emissions. How far is your concern about the environment in your import and export operations, have you ever stopped to think about it?

When you need to import, regardless of the size of your company, choosing the supplier is a very important step. It needs to be reliable, offer a good quality product and a fair price, right? But what about socio-environmental responsibility? Have you ever asked the supplier how their industrial process works? How does it manage water resources? If there is, for example, the reuse of water or any special treatment prior to discharge into rivers? Or if the factory’s energy is from a renewable source? Or, if there is any conscious consumption program?

These questions are generally not asked, especially if your business is small or medium-sized. Large companies, on the other hand, for various reasons, have increasingly observed/investigated these themes, before choosing an international supplier. But why does understanding the degree of socio-environmental responsibility of suppliers abroad go unnoticed by small and medium-sized entrepreneurs?

Investigating/supervising overseas suppliers takes time and resources. But an alternative would be to ask the supplier for certifications conducted/issued by specialized companies. Official documents can pacify importers and will also encourage the supplier to improve their processes, if they are not yet eligible for any certification. This type of attitude positively moves the entire business chain abroad. The premises are the same when we think to export.

Now, when we think about all the logistics of these Foreign Trade operations, from the collection of items at your supplier, to delivery to your company, how to offset the CO2 emission, for example, generated by different means of transport (trucks , ships, planes, trains etc.)?

Here at Braver, at the end of each import or export operation we manage, we plant trees in areas of environmental degradation in Brazil to help offset the CO2 emissions generated by the project. This is a very important initiative and does not entail additional costs for those who rely on Braver to manage their import and export operations.

In other words, when you choose Braver, in addition to the already known technical excellence, you also add socio-environmental responsibility to your projects, at no additional cost. And you can still follow the species planted by Braver and its growth over the time.

Trees capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, one of the gases that aggravate the greenhouse effect, help regulate temperature, prevent flooding, and reduce erosion and soil degradation. For all these reasons, planting trees is very strategic for the planet.

Braver is a pioneer in sustainable foreign trade. In addition to initiatives like this, planting trees to offset the CO2 emission generated in imports and exports, we also manage mostly sustainable projects with expressive performance in the sectors of renewable energy, green chemistry, phytomedicines and medicinal plants, machinery and equipment, electric vehicles and functional food and beverage.

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Braver is a world-class foreign trade and international affairs company based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We are pioneering in applying the concept of sustainability to foreign trade projects. We offer high-quality premium products and services all over the world.