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Sonae Arauco Partners with DSS to Enhance Safety Performance

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Sonae Arauco Partners with DuPont to Enhance Safety Performance


Lisbon, Portugal – 27 October 2017 – Sonae Arauco has decided to collaborate with DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) to accelerate progress towards becoming a world leader in safety performance.


Sonae Arauco is the result of a joint venture established in 2016 between the Portuguese company Sonae Indústria – a leading multinational producing wood-based panels - and the Chilean company Arauco – one of the largest forestry product suppliers in the world with strong presence in the wood pulp and engineered wood markets.


Sonae Arauco has over 20 industrial and commercial units, in 8 countries and 2 continents, and with circa 2800 employees. It is one of the largest wood-based panel producers in the world and its products can be found in over 75 countries. While the company has long been committed to the robust implementation of a rigorous safety performance, the Executive Team has decided to invest further to become a world leader in safety performance. The DuPont engagement is an integral part of this improvement process.


According to José Rocha, Health & Safety and Risk Management Director, “Sonae Arauco has long been committed and working hard to ensure the safety of its people and operations. And yet, there is a strong desire within the leadership team to reach the next level in safety and cultural maturity. This effort is critical for us. We have chosen to partner with DuPont Sustainable Solutions to help us with our transformation; we trust that they can provide our company with solutions to help us achieve a world-class standard.”


Sonae Arauco has continuously been striving for an incident-free workplace and believes that this vision can be achieved through an uncompromising approach to safety excellence. The partnership with DuPont Sustainable Solutions is an integral part of Sonae Arauco management’s commitment to constantly and consistently improve its safety management system to ensure the safety of employees, processes and equipment.


Cédric Parentelli, Managing Director for Europe and North Africa for DuPont Sustainable Solutions, shared, “DuPont will deploy our best capabilities, owner-operator experience and know how to ensure success of this project. Together with Sonae Arauco we have detailed a specific program comprising customized and tailored initiatives, together with more mature solutions such as the STOP™ program and recent cutting-edge approaches such as The Risk Factor. We look forward to working with Sonae Arauco to mitigate the specific risks, which will ultimately allow them to achieve sustainable improvement.”


DuPont Sustainable Solutions is a partner of choice for key industries in Portugal & Spain. Leveraging DuPont best practices and those gained over 35 years of working with clients, DuPont Sustainable Solutions is in a unique position to help others on their journey to excellence. DSS has successfully assisted companies with their specific safety, operations and environmental challenges.




About DuPont Sustainable Solutions

             DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products, is a leading provider of world-class operations consulting services to help organizations transform and optimize their processes, technologies and capabilities. DSS is committed to improving the safety, productivity and environmental sustainability of organizations around the world. Additional information is available at: www.consultdss.com.


About DowDuPont Specialty Products

                         DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with highly differentiated materials, ingredients and capabilities that help transform industries and everyday life. DowDuPont Specialty Products includes five technology-driven businesses: Electronic Technologies, Industrial Biosciences, Nutrition & Health, Protective Solutions and Sustainable Solutions. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver real-world products and smart solutions across multiple high-value markets. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found www.dow-dupont.com.