Cosan is a Brazilian conglomerate, investing in agribusiness, fuel and natural gas distribution and lubricants. Founded in São Paulo in 1936, the company now operates in six countries. Cosan has a joint venture with Shell, Raizen, which is among Brazil's largest companies by revenue and a sugar exporter operating through 65 global distribution centres. Comgas, another major subsidiary, supplies natural gas to several sectors, including industrial, commercial and residential.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Cosan publicly discloses several environmental commitments but has room for improvement in the nutrition and social inclusion dimensions. The company has set a target to reduce by 15% GHG emissions per revenue tonne kilometre – a metric indicating the total distance flown by revenue-paying cargo aboard aircraft. While this target does not apply to scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, the company does publicly disclose all its emissions data. The company has also noted its responsible soil use and released guidelines on fertiliser management practices, but it has not set any associated targets for these. Cosan highlights some of its water-efficiency initiatives, such as the ReduZa programme, and discloses its water consumption annually. While it does not have commitments to reduce food loss or plastic use, it uses bulk lubricant distribution systems, which eliminate the use of plastic packaging and prevent unnecessary product loss. No commitments were found to workforce nutrition or food safety. In the social inclusion dimension, Cosan has not disclosed policies to eliminate or prevent child and forced labour in its own operations or supply chain. The company does commit to employee health and safety but not to paying a living wage. Cosan does not have smallholder support programmes, nor does it commit to protecting the land rights of vulnerable groups.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
BRL 7,932,500,000
Food and agriculture revenue USD
USD 2,019,814,000
Onwnership structure
Publicly listed
Number of employees
27,161

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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