Ethics and Sustainability
As part of its growth and sustainable development strategy, Aché promotes sustainability among family farms through the production of Sintocalmy, an anti-anxiety medication. The manufacturing process of the drug’s main ingredient diminishes environmental impacts and positively affects the families involved.
Farmers practice organic farming to produce Passiflora extract. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used in the process. Crop drying complies with ISO 22000 food-safety norms. Moreover, the water used is then treated and recycled to irrigate gardens and the organic vegetable patch.
In 2004, Aché launched the anti-inflammatory Acheflan, a major market success. The topical medication uses Cordia verbenacea, an Atlantic Rainforest plant, as active ingredient and was entirely researched and developed in Brazil.
Studies leading to Acheflan’s development spanned seven years. Aché partnered with four prominent Brazilian universities in the undertaking, namely: the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Unifesp – Universidade Federal de São Paulo, PUCCamp – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas and Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Unicamp.
Aché associated with SOS Mata Atlântica, an NGO active in the preservation of the Atlantic Rainforest, to develop Pedal Solidário, a community-action project under the Sorine decongestant brand name. The project fosters reforestation using native species and promotes social awareness toward environmental conservation and respiratory health. Over 12,000 trees have been planted since the beginning of the partnership between the company and SOS Mata Atlântica.
Beyond these initiatives, Aché began to develop its materiality matrix in 2015, which will enable the company to further sustainability efforts in its social, environmental and economic activities.