At Brazil Potash, we are committed to being a proactive and responsible member of the community. We know it is important to our shareholders, our employees and our neighbors to be assured that Brazil Potash is acting as a good corporate citizen, encouraging open communication with all stakeholders and identifying ways to contribute to the community.
Proximity to the Brazilian market is a key competitive advantage for Brazil Potash’s ability to provide local supply to farmers, but it also carries environmental benefits by substantially and sustainably reducing the delivery distance and thereby greenhouse gas emissions associated with international shipping. For example, potash mined in Saskatchewan which represents 32% of Brazilian consumption, travels 20,000 kilometers by rail, ocean vessel and then truck to its final destination in Brazil emitting roughly 343 kilograms of CO2 emissions per tonne of potash shipped. By comparison, because Brazil Potash is located in Brazil only eight kilometers from a major river and can use barges for the initial leg of transport with the final distance to the end customer by truck, the Autazes project results in a reduction of emissions per tonne by ~65%. To put this in perspective, at a production rate of 2.4 million tonnes per annum of potash, ~508kT per year of GHG emissions can be sustainably removed from the atmosphere; equivalent to having 107,000 fewer cars on the road each year!
The Autazes project is being built in an economically depressed area of the Amazon State and will have a profound impact on the two nearby communities of Autazes and Urucurituba. At Brazil Potash, we want to encourage and support local engagement to ensure that the voices of all stakeholders are being heard.
To achieve this objective, quarterly meetings are held with a local stakeholder group, multiple “potash week” education sessions with ~4,400 people have been held, public hearings with ~1,600 people on our Environmental & Social Impact Assessment conducted, and multi-week indigenous impact studies were completed on several reserves.
Job Creation & Local Economic Capacity Building
It is anticipated that development of the Autazes potash mine will directly create well over one thousand jobs during construction and more than one thousand jobs during operation. Indirect job creation is expected to be three to four times this amount as local entrepreneurs open businesses such as restaurants, shops, lodging and skilled trade services to cater to the new workforce.
Every effort will be made to engage local workers and provide skills training with a target to source as many people as possible from local communities. Brazil Potash will provide a secure and steady source of income for people in the community who currently have limited employment opportunities available where they live. Skills development will be supported by training programs for employees and suppliers at a nearby college only 60 kilometers from site.
The local municipality will also benefit from increased tax revenues, which will result in improved schools, water quality, roads and healthcare services.