05 February 2021, Mumbai, IN: UPL was awarded the More Integrity Seal from the Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA). The More Integrity Seal was instituted in 2018 to foster, recognize and reward integrity practices by agribusiness companies and cooperatives under the perspective of social responsibility, sustainability and ethics. Additional considerations for obtaining the seal include a company’s commitment to mitigate fraud, bribery and corruption.
Recipients of the seal underwent a rigorous evaluation process by an esteemed panel of private and public sector members of the Seal Management Committee. As part of the assessment, candidates had to demonstrate a strong compliance program by sharing concrete actions taken to promote an ethical environment and specific employee training provided to ensure the application of ethical guidelines in daily activities.
The committee consisted of members from Alliance for Integrity, the Brazilian Stock Exchange (B3), National Confederation of Industries (CNI), Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA), Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility (ETHOS), Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), Brazilian Company of Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA Stock), and the Federal Inspector General Office (GCU). “UPL is honoured to receive the More Integrity Seal as a result of our commitment towards sustainability, social responsibility, ethics and integrity. Sustainability is at the centre of all we do, and receiving the seal demonstrates progress towards our mission to change the game and make every single food product more sustainable,” said Fabio Torretta, Region Head, Brazil for UPL.
“Bringing together the private and public sector to emphasize the importance of the fight against corruption to improve our society and environment serves a critical purpose and raises the bar for Brazilian agribusiness.” An awards ceremony took place on February 5, 2021 in Brasilia-DF, Brazil. UPL was one of eight companies awarded the seal for the first time, while 12 organizations ensured the renewal of the seal.