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Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural

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MACEDO, Marcelo Alvaro da Silva; CIPOLA, Fabrício Carvalho  and  FERREIRA, Antonio Francisco Ritter. Desempenho social no agronegócio brasileiro: aplicando DEA no segmento de usinas de processamento de cana-de-açúcar. Rev. Econ. Sociol. Rural [online]. 2010, vol.48, n.1, pp.223-243. ISSN 0103-2003.

The importance of social and environmental tags in companies comes from increasing demand, by the society itself, of information concerning impacts that the business create over the employees, community and environment. Therefore, companies needed to prove that its cost-benefit is positive, because they add value to economy and to society, because they respect the employees human rights and, in addition, because they develop its operational process without damaging environment. This research has the main focus to verify, through the application of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), the relation between investment capacity and social and environmental benefits, in a way that the higher are the benefits to a lower investment capacity, higher will be the efficiency and, as a result, the social and environmental performance. The study results of nineteen sugar cane mills in Brazil show that Agrovale (top benchmark) is the best one and São José Estiva is the smaller in terms of social and environmental performance. In addition, it was observed a relation between social and environmental practice and the size (measured by income), where bigger companies had best performances.

Keywords : Social and Environmental Performance; Agribusiness; DEA.

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