28 | OCT . 2020

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Global event pays homage to tobacco farmers

28th of October, Tobacco Growers Day – The pandemic made it impossible to celebrate the usual event  to commemorate the Tobacco Growers’ Day, but the International Tobacco Growers’ Association – ITGA, held an online event on Wednesday, October  28, paying homage to the tobacco farmers, jointly with  several spokespersons linked to the supply chain. With its focus on the theme together we will grow more”, the homage to the tobacco farmers included voices from all continents. Tobacco farmers from Colombia, Argentina, USA, Bulgaria, Malawi, Mozambique, among others, dwelt on the importance of tobacco farming for their lives. Antonio Abrunhosa, Chief Executive Officer of ITGA, greeted the farmers and commented on the impact from the pandemic. “We live in a globalized world and tobacco plays an important role, especially in a year engulfed by so many challenges. The pandemic has shown us that nothing is impossible.  Thousands of lives and jobs were lost and tobacco proved to be more resilient than other crops, keeping the jobs and the income of our farmers and attesting, once again, to its crucial relevance for the subsistence and prosperity of our families”,  Abrunhosa said. SindiTabaco president and president of the Growing Up Right Institute Iro Schünke took part in a program based on a video deposition. He greeted the ITGA for conducting the event and the Tobacco Growers' Association of Brazil (Afubra), entity that represents the tobacco farmers in Brazil “It’s only fair that we pay such homage to the tobacco farmers all over the world. Brazil is the second largest producer, the leading exporter for 27 years now, where the farmers are the pillar of the sector, a strong link of this supply chain. The farmers, in compliance with well applied management practices, have turned Brazil into a reference in sustainable production, supplying the international clients a product of high quality and integrity. As the son of a tobacco farmer, I would like to express my sincere and warm greetings to all the tobacco growers in the world and tell them that they should feel honored in being a part of this important supply chain that has contributed a lot towards the development of the communities where the crop is cultivated. Together, producers and companies, let us continue advocating for the defense of this important supply chain”, Schünke said in his testimony. Another participant from Brazil was the president of Afubra, Benício Werner. Latest survey of the entity demonstrated that tobacco is cultivated in 544 municipalities and the 2019/2020 crop brought in revenue of almost R$ 6 billion to the 146,430 Brazilian tobacco growing families. TOBACCO GROWERS DAY – In Brazil, the date was instituted by the Legislative Assemblies of Rio Grande do Sul (Law 14.208, of March/2013, put forward by state deputy Heitor Schuch);  Santa Catarina (Law 16.114, of September/2013, suggested by state deputy Mauro de Nadal); and in Paraná (Law 17.729, of 2013, put forward by state deputy Anibelli Neto. MSLGROUP Andreoli Cibele Gandolpho - cibele.gandolpho@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9331 / (11) 96477-2701 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

22 | OCT . 2020

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For two decades considered as benchmark for reverse logistics

October 2020 – Tobacco is the commercial crop that uses the least amount of pesticides, according to several surveys conducted in the past years. Even so, over the past decades, the sector was the predecessor of reverse logistics with regard to empty pesticide containers. On 23 October 2020, the tobacco sector reaches its 20 year success mark in terms of reverse logistics in the disposal of solid residues. More than 17 million pesticide containers have been collected to date. “The numbers could lead to a questionable interpretation that the tobacco supply chain relies on intensive use of pesticides. But research works conducted over the past decade have attested exactly the opposite: tobacco is one of the commercial crops that uses the least amounts of pesticides and, at same time, one of the sectors that is most engaged in the correct destination of the triple-rinsed containers”, SindiTabaco president Iro Schünke explained. The first collection took place in the year 2000, in the district of Rio Pardinho, interior of Santa Cruz do Sul (RS). From then till now, 411 municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina were visited by the itinerant container collection trucks that stop at approximately 1.8 thousand collection sites in the rural surroundings of the two States. The program benefits a universe of about 117 thousand tobacco farmers in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, with comfort and safety in the delivery of the triple-rinsed containers, in collection sites located near their farms. As of 2015, the program has changed for the better, facilitating the collection of data and making the management of the itineraries easier. The records previously written by hand, now rely on an application. The data management format of the program encompasses the use of mobile devices (tablets) for entering the amount of containers delivered by the farmer. At the time of delivery, the producer’s record is updated, and the farmer receives a proof of container delivery, which contains the date and the amount of containers delivered. "With the software, we have an even more efficient program in terms of management, once the report generation process has become easier, speedier and also makes it possible to follow the collection process in real time. Besides compliance with legislation, it was one more investment and a stride towards farmers’ health and safety and environment protection, priority objectives of the program, coordinator Carlos Sehn comments. A pioneer, the Empty Pesticide Container Collection Program was created in the year 2000, prior to legislation focused on the theme. Conducted in itinerant form by the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) and associate companies, with support from the Tobacco Growers' Association of Brazil (Afubra), its main goal consists in preserving the environment and preventing any improper disposal of empty pesticide packaging, thus protecting the health and safety of the tobacco farmers and their families. Nowadays, the program covers ten distinct itineraries which comprise all the tobacco growing regions in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. In the State of Paraná, similar initiatives run by local centrals are supported by the companies associated with the SindiTabaco. Check for the whereabouts of the program LEGISLATION – Since 2002, the aim of the program consists in complying with the standards set forth by legislation in force. In Brazil, in 2002, Article 53, of Decree 4.074, set forth that “users of pesticides and similar products should return the empty containers and their respective lids to the stores where they were purchased ". The legislation also suggests responsibilities for the distribution channels, farmers, manufacturing industries and the government. BRAZIL SETS AN EXAMPLE – According to data released by the National Institute for Processing Empty Packages (inpEV), 94% of the containers are recycled, and again transformed into containers for the same chemical product, or are incinerated at proper sites. In France, this reusing rate reaches approximately 75%; in Canadá and Germany, 70%, in Japan, 50%, and in the United Sates only 30%. MSLGROUP Andreoli Cibele Gandolpho - cibele.gandolpho@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9331 / (11) 96477-2701 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

6 | OCT . 2020

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Growing Up Right Institute launches program focused on education-oriented entrepreneurship

October 2020 – The Best Practices Pilot Program in Education-Oriented Entrepreneurship, launched by the Growing Up Right Institute, in partnership with the municipal administration of Canguçu, in the South of Rio Grande do Sul, is now going on. The initiative consists in sharing real methodological tools, tested and approved by the pedagogical team of the Rural Professional Learning Program. With an hour load of 40 hours in the pilot program adapted to the July – December 2020 online format, the main objective of the program is to make it possible for the participants, professionals of the educational area, to broaden their knowledge for acting with an entrepreneurial spirit in education. Sharing the pedagogical instruments and methodology that have been utilized with the young apprentices since 2016, the institute hopes to qualify professors that multiply these best practices in order to have their students engaged in entrepreneurial attitudes inside and outside the classroom. According to the manager of the Institute, Nádia Fengler Solf, it was a contact with the municipal administration of Canguçu that gave rise to the program. “We were urged to contribute in some way with the entrepreneurship theme at work in countryside schools in the full shift implemented by the municipality. As we were already thinking of sharing our pedagogical tools with the teachers of the partner municipalities, we challenged our team to come up with the project”, she comments. The pilot team in Canguçu, comprises teachers of the final grades of the Fundamental School, from countryside schools with a full shift or with the Growing Up Right Institute’s Learning Program. With support coming from the pedagogical team of the Municipal Secretariat of Education, Sports and Culture of Canguçu, the pilot team attracted the adhesion of 14 teachers from nine countryside schools. “We started the project in Canguçu with teachers from the 10 schools that have adhered to the Canguçu Countryside Educational Project-EDUCCAN, morning and afternoon shift. It is a very positive initiative, with the purpose to enrich the work of the teachers, providing moments of knowledge building and sharing, especially at this atypical moment of remote learning we are experiencing”, Nora Cátia da Silveira Oliveira, coordinator of the Countryside Schools in Canguçu – Pedagogical Nucleus, commented. Conducted by social educator Adriano Emmel, in Canguçu, the program was planned to be attended in person, but due to the pandemic it was remodeled and the meetings are conducted virtually. In each learning moment, limited by thematic axes, an online meeting occurs and, later, a period for applying the experiences, which are actions to be carried out in the school where the teacher works. “The current scenario, under the influence of the pandemic, is very challenging. Approaching the theme of entrepreneurship for the purpose of education and the experience of actions urges us to find a new meaning for the moment and project possibilities for a return to a normal scenario”, Emmel commented. According to Emmel, the development of the first axes of the program prompted the debate on the importance of self-knowledge, creativity, communication, protagonism, empathy, creation of links, among other themes. “And, mainly the manner of operationalizing these themes in the pedagogical realm, with the use of leaning objects and environments. The first results, experience returns, are quite encouraging, we ascertained that the group in the spirit of entrepreneurship in educational efforts, proposed actions and in its pedagogical practice”, he argues. ABOUT THE INSTITUTE – An initiative of the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) and its associate companies, the Growing Up Right Institute was created on 23 April 2015, with support and adhesion of people involved with education and with the fight against child labor, especially in tobacco growing regions, in South Brazil. In five years, the Institute has already qualified 333 young rural farmers at its Rural Management and Entrepreneurship course. Currently, 141 young apprentices take part in the Rural Professional Learning Program. In 2020, the Institute also launched a special edition of the Us from Them Program – the Female Voice in the Countryside, focused on all former girl apprentices. Know more about it at www.crescerlegal.com.br MSLGROUP Andreoli Cibele Gandolpho - cibele.gandolpho@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9331 / (11) 96477-2701 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

2 | SEP . 2020

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Growing Up Right Institute prepared a special edition of the Us for Them

September 2020 – Six former young female apprentices from the Growing Up Right Institutel, aged 18 – 21, took the challenge to take part in the special edition of the Us for Them – The Female Voice in the Countryside. Conducted in partnership with the University of  Santa Cruz do Sul (Unisc), the program is going to address themes related to sorority, self care for women and lessons from the pandemic. The approaches were suggested by the girls themselves seeing that they are going to dig deep into the subject at meetings with professionals from the Institute and from UNISC’s communication courses for devising the plots and recordings.  “Who stays beside a woman in a  moment of need? How does society envisage a woman? How did the pandemic alter every woman’s daily routine? These are some questions we intend to answer”, educator Maria da Graça Vieira complements. According to the coordinator of Us for Them, Cristina Rehbein, this year’s innovation consists in adapting the program to the pandemic, with virtual meetings and the bulletins will be recorded through applications. “Due to the present circumstances, we started a special edition, with the voluntary participation of girls who have already taken part in the program and are used to working with the creation of scripts. It will certainly be a moment of learning for everyone of us”, she says. “The program has been consolidated, both in the generation of a relevant content on the basis of a joint reflection by the girls, as well as with the partnership with the Unisc and with the entities that circulate the bulletins. But in this atypical year some alterations to it were necessary”, Nádia Fengler Solf, manager of the Growing Up Right Institute, explains. Just like in other editions, the material that is produced will be used in radio programs aired by the Institute’s partner entities. One of the coming novelties of the program consists in making the content available in new digital platforms. Listen to the bulletins produced in the previous editions PARTICIPANTS 2020

Aline Schroeder Candelária
Maira Carolina Petry Vera Cruz
Jéssica Voeltz Vale do Sol
Camila dos Santos Vale do Sol
Franciele Melyza Tornquist Vera Cruz
Isabela Beatriz Müller Schwengber Santa Cruz
ABOUT THE US FOR THEM – Looking at a world that respects gender diversity is one of the goals of the Us for Them Program – The female voice in the countryside. The project seeks to promote and develop former girl participants of the Rural Professional Learning Program inviting reflections on the question of gender, besides the exchange of experiences, turning them into skilled communicators, knowledge multipliers, thus instructing other young girls from the countryside and the community itself. In three editions, 26 girls have already been certified as multipliers of themes sensitive to the female reality in the countryside. Know more: www.crescerlegal.com.br MSLGROUP Andreoli Cibele Gandolpho - cibele.gandolpho@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9331 / (11) 96477-2701 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

6 | AUG . 2020

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Conservation practices among tobacco farmers are on the rise

August 2020 – The evolution of conservation practices in tobacco farming, at each new crop year, attests to the concern of the supply chain about soil conservation. Survey conducted by the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) shows that 76% of the tobacco farmers use systems like direct planting and minimum tillage. In 2010, it was the case of 34% of the farmers. CULTIVATION SYSTEMS (%) Avança utilização de práticas conservacionistas entre produtores de tabaco Year Conventional Cultivation          Minimum Tillage / Direct Planting   Farmers adopting minimum tillage disturb the soil as minimal as possible, partially protecting its surface with residues from the previous crop or with biomass resulting from cover crops, with the aim to reduce erosion risks. On the other hand, mulch-based cropping is the most efficient cultivation system in terms of soil protection. It consists in minimizing soil disturbance, preserving the mulch from the cover crop on the surface. Viewed as a fundamental sustainability pillar by the tobacco industry, the use of conservation practices has been rising year after year, as a result of the efforts by field staffs of the tobacco companies associated with the SindiTabaco. “Technical guidance has had an invaluable importance in the spread of these new technologies and a permanent ally in making these statistical figures soar. The expectation is for more farmers to adopt these good agricultural practices, not only beneficial to soil and the environment, but to the farmers themselves, as labor needs equally drop”, SindiTabaco president Iro Schünke comments. According to the entity’s technical advisor, agronomic engineer Darci José da Silva, over the past years, conventional soil preparation and management have gradually been left aside. These conventional practices include plowing, disking, excessive cultivations and hoeing.  He explains that one of the factors that explain the significant strides made by conservation practices has been the evolution of cover crops, that derive from the bigger diversification of the species utilized. “Currently, the most utilized species, besides oats, common vetch and mucuna, include millet, brachiaria, crotalaria and forage turnip. These crops, characterized by the production of abundant biomass, also possess a robust root system, and they have a direct influence on the restructuring process of the soil profile and upon the creation of a more favorable environment toward the proliferation of micro-organisms that are necessary for the benefic action of their weathering process. From that time on, sustainable cultivation systems like direct planting in the mulch or minimum tillage have been becoming more popular among farm extension workers and farmers, who have started spreading them”, Silva explains. Reasons for adhering to conservation practices

  • Minor soil loss as a result of erosive agents, especially flash floods;
  • Improvement of physical and biological soil characteristics due to intensive and permanent protection provided by cover crops;
  • Recovery of natural soil fertility resulting from insignificant nutrient losses;
  • Soaring productivity rates in commercial crops;
  • Tangible reduction of labor for soil preparation and cultivations, consequently resulting into expressive reduction in production costs;
  • Increased operational comfort in the systematized areas and protected by conservation practices;
  • Technological evolution of agricultural and methodological methods.
OTHER PRACTICES – Some farmers who still use conventional soil preparation systems adopt other conservation practices like terracing, cover crops, wide and high ridges and contour farming, which function as protection mechanisms with regard to rainwater run off, reducing its speed and erosive potential. Another manner of protecting soil is through streamside forests, located in the surroundings of water sources along the margins of brooks. Furthermore, as tobacco is a seasonal crop, making it possible for succession crops, companies encourage the farmers to cultivate other crops, like corn and bean after tobacco harvest. This practice curbs the proliferation of pests and diseases, while residual fertilizers benefit the growth of succeeding crops, thus turning into a complementary source of food and income derived from the farms. MSLGROUP Andreoli Cibele Gandolpho -
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23 | JUL . 2020

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SindiTabaco shows the sector’s scenario at a public hearing

July 2020 – The Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) attended a public hearing promoted by the Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Committee of the Rio Grande do Sul State Legislative for a debate on the tobacco pricing policy and on the scenario of the sector. Presided over by Elton Weber, it counted on the participation of companies, farmers’ representations and state deputies from the South Region. SindiTabaco president Iro Schünke took the floor to remind the participants that the SindiTabaco does not take part in matters like tobacco pricing and commercialization. “This is done directly between the companies and the farmers, but I was requested to contextualize the scenario of the sector in Brazil and in the world, and I want to strengthen the importance of a political participation in the protection of this productive sector. The preservation of jobs, income and dividends is in fact the real objective”, the executive officer commented. According to Schünke, cigarette consumption is gradually dropping, but even so, about 5.3 trillion cigarettes are consumed annually. In the production area, 5 million tons of tobacco are produced in the world, approximately 600 to 650 thousand tons are produced in Brazil. “Production should be adjusted to demand. And always exceling in quality, integrity and product sustainability. Within this context, some companies have already adhered to the Certified Integrated Production System”, he cited. Schünke presented some numbers of the sector in Brazil, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. “For the latter, tobacco is even more important, considering that 84% of the volume is shipped abroad through the Port of Rio Grande”, he commented, recalling that the exports have dropped  in comparison to the previous year, especially in dollar terms, which hints at a decrease in product quality. Another topic that affects the tobacco supply chain, contraband was one of the problems mentioned by the executive officer. “The question of the illicit trade impacts seriously upon the Brazilian companies, as the difference between the tax burden on Brazilian and Paraguayan cigarettes affects the competitive balance and encourages contraband, besides contributing towards significant tax evasion, in view of the fact that the consumption of illicit cigarettes outstrips the consumption of legal cigarettes”,  Schünke concluded in his participation. Numbers of the tobacco sector MSLGROUP Andreoli Cibele Gandolpho - cibele.gandolpho@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9331 / (11) 96477-2701 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

21 | JUN . 2020

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SindiTabaco completes 73 years of operation

June 2020 – Founded on June 24, 1947, the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) completes 73 years of operation, on Wednesday. With its place of business in Santa Cruz do Sul (RS), huge tobacco production and procession hub in Brail, the main principles of the Union include communication, regulatory matters and sector sustainability. "Representing the common interests of our 13 associate companies is what drives the Union. Within this context, our major involvements are initiatives promoted in the South Region, but we also take part in debates at national level when the themes interfere with the supply chain, which include cases like contraband and regulatory matters, as well as matters related to social and environmental responsibilities”, Iro Schünke, president of the entity since 2006, concludes. The highlights of the initiatives by the Union include the development and the approval of special tobacco harvest clothing, aimed at protecting farmers’ health and safety, thus preventing them from the Green Tobacco Sickness.  Still in the area of farmers’ health and safety, since the year 2000, SindiTabaco has been running an itinerant empty pesticide container collection program.  The program started prior to the 2002 legislation that made it mandatory to return all empty pesticide containers. Equally, for more than two decades now, the Union has been fighting child labor. Recently, the entity created the Growing Up Right Institute, which provides adolescents in the countryside with opportunities for them to stay and develop in the countryside, through income generating initiatives, and actions geared towards the development of skills and potentialities. With its pioneer Rural Professional Learning Program, the entity offers courses focused on entrepreneurship and rural management, with professional education based on the Learning Law. “The initiatives of the sector are real milestones in the fight against child labor in Brazil’s South Region. The institute is good help, and leads to an important tool that is still scarce in the lives of the young rural farmers: opportunities”, Schünke, director president of the entity, stresses. SINDITABACO BOARD OF DIRECTORS - TERM 2018/2021 Iro Schünke, president Edenir Gassen, Secretariat vice-president Daniel de Moura Barbosa, Finance vice-president Valmor Thesing, Industral Relations vice-president (Human resources) Roberto Naue, vice-president at Fiscal Matters Carlos Roberto Vieira Palma, Production and Tobacco Quality vice-president Guatimozin Santos de Oliveira Filho, Environmental Management and Social Responsibility vice-president Get to know the sector and all major SindiTabaco Initiatives MSLGROUP Andreoli Cibele Gandolpho - cibele.gandolpho@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9331 / (11) 96477-2701 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br

10 | JUN . 2020

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Tobacco sector has stood out in the fight against child labor for more than 20 years

June 2020 – While many sectors are still in their fledgling stage in the fight against child labor, the tobacco sector has been facing the problem for more than two decades. The matter gains momentum this Friday, June 12 – World Day Against Child Labor, sanctioned by the International Labor Organization (ILO), in 2002. In the tobacco sector, nearly four years before the day of its creation, there had already been consolidated work focused on the prevention of child labor in tobacco farming. On 25 November 1998, the “Future Is Now” Program brought together representative entities from the industries and tobacco farmers for the purpose of formalizing a pact intended to fight child labor, an initiative considered to be the initial milestone for a series of actions that followed. According to SindiTabaco president Iro Schünke, tobacco is many years ahead of other agribusiness sectors when the subject turns to child and adolescent protection. “Child protection and the creation of opportunities for rural youth is one of the pillars of SindiTabaco’s work in conjunction with the associate companies. It is awareness work that has been going on for years and culminated with the initiative of the Growing Up Right Institute”, the chief officer comments. Since then, the work has been intensified to expand the initiative and to comply with legal legislations that were created. In 2008, a Deed of Undertaking was signed by SindiTabaco’s associate companies, with the approval of the Union and the Tobacco Growers' Association of Brazil (Afubra), before Rio Grande do Sul’s Public Ministry’s Labor Department (MPT-RS), officially assuming the commitment to fight child labor in the production of tobacco. In March 2011, a similar agreement was signed with the Public Ministry’s Labor Department in Brasília, applicable to Santa Catarina and Paraná. The industries started to require the certificate of enrollment, school attendance certificate and proof of school attendance of the children and adolescents residing on the farms of the integrated tobacco producers. Awareness seminars and publicity campaigns reinforced these special cares. In 2011, in order to adjust to Decree nº 6.481, of 12 June 2008 (which banned any work in agriculture for under-18-year olds), the then “The Future is Now” program  came to be known as Growing Up Right Program. From then on, the range of works was expanded jointly with the municipal administrations and educational networks with the aim to protect children and adolescents. One of the milestones was a training program, in 2012, with the participation of ILO officials, of the upwards of 1.2 thousand agricultural technicians from the tobacco companies, intended to encourage the children of the tobacco farmers to attend regular school classes, thus staying away from irregular labor. On 23 April 2015, one more step was taken with the creation of the Growing Up Right Institute by the SindiTabaco, an entity that was founded by private individuals related to agricultural activities, education and the rights of children and adolescents,  and is sponsored by the industries of the tobacco sector. The Institute provides for opportunities for the young to stay and develop in the rural setting, through income generating options and the development of skills and potentialities. With its pioneer Rural Professional Learning Program the entity offers courses focused on entrepreneurship and rural administration, through professional courses provided by the Learning Law. Know more about it at www.crescerlegal.com.br Photos: Junio Nunes MSLGROUP Andreoli Cibele Gandolpho - cibele.gandolpho@mslgroup.com - (11) 3169-9331 / (11) 96477-2701 www.mslgroupandreoli.com.br