Sustainability Management

For MRS, the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance issues leverages the execution of the Company’s strategy, preserving its relationships with the environment and individuals, as well as the culture of efficiency and innovation.

The Company’s vision is to be “a sustainable, world-class, safely operated railway with pleased customers, and engaged and responsible employees”. By seeking the best sustainable management practices, MRS collaborates in the value protection concerning potential conflicts with surrounding communities, contributes to value the environmental gains related to the railroad sector and favors the investor’s perception in understanding the business, risks and opportunities involved. In addition, it strengthens the institution as an employer brand, favoring the attraction and retention of talents.

MRS was the first railroad in Brazil to receive a railroad operating license from IBAMA and maintains the Environmental Management System (EMS), seeking to assist in the consistent planning of actions of prevention, control and mitigation of environmental impacts resulting from its activities, based on risk management and search for continuous improvement of the railroad operation. EMS encompasses the management of different processes, which directly impact on issues such as waste, effluents, air quality, erosion processes, noise, water resources, flora management, collision of fauna, legal compliance, environmental control of works, mitigation of social and environmental impacts and environmental licensing.

Bearing in mind that the activities carried out during rail cargo transport may cause accidents of different types and magnitudes and that the nature of the transported load may increase the impact, the activities of storage, handling and rail transport of MRS cargo follow specific regulations, in addition to the Brazilian technical standards applicable to the sector. Based on regulations and the need for MRS to be prepared to act quickly and logically in emergency situations, the company carries out the Risk Analysis Study, used as a subsidy for updating the Risk Management Program and the Emergency Action Plan.

Railway activities have a primary role as a driving force in the economy of the cities crossed by it, through the generation of jobs, income and taxes, as well as the flow of goods throughout the country, providing an important social benefit. At the same time, there is a need to improve and expand the urbanization and infrastructure conditions, eliminating or mitigating conflicts, resulting from the increased flow of cars and the growth of communities around the railroad. Due to this, it is necessary to promote the safety and well-being of the population, as well as to establish actions focused on communities.

In order to establish the Company’s sustainability governance, a structure is being assessed to concentrate the initiatives related to the ESG theme, direct the actions of each area and maintain the strategic focus of the theme, reporting the results obtained to the top leadership.

In 2020, MRS has defined ESG-related targets for variable compensation that will be applied in 2021 for leadership at different management levels, including 11 general managers, as well as the CEO and officers.

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