2015 Latin America Winner

Copercana - Brazil

The Cooperative of Cane Planters West of Sao Paulo (Copercana) was founded in 1963 with the desire to unite the farmers of the region and to promote broader defense of their economic interests. The mission is to meet the needs of the cooperative’s associate members and clients by providing products and services that add value to their farming operations to ensure that the cooperative will develop in a sustainable way.

Central to the cooperative’s approach is to value the people working for the organization. This strengthens the community in which the cooperative operates. Copercana complies with all labor regulations and provides associates incentives that enable them to develop their work in an efficient, ethical and responsible way.
In addition, Copercana provides regular training to associates. Doing so ensures associates employ best practices to avoid accidents in the warehouses.

Copercana is well known for the quality of its products, and the organization works only with reliable suppliers of brands that have a high reputation in the market place. Evidence of these efforts can be found in the long-term contractual relationship established with the leading multinational suppliers.

At Copercana, thinking about the environment means thinking about future generations. To ensure a high quality future, it’s necessary to preserve the environment and invest in actions that create awareness among company associates and the community at large.

Every month Copercana publishes “Revista Canavieiros,” a magazine distributed free to all the associates and to those involved in the sugarcane energy business. The magazine expresses messages about people who understand the important role agriculture plays in the community. Agriculture provides food, creates jobs, helps the economy and delivers environmental protection. Farmers who were once blamed for destroying the environment are now the people who work harder to preserve nature.

Today, Copercana is a model rural cooperative that serves as a model not only for Brazil, but for the world. It is a demonstration of strength and seriousness, which seeks the continuous technological evolution of Brazilian agribusiness.