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What is a CPA?

A Clean Production Agreement is an agreement that promotes clean production of a productive sector, through goals and specific actions. This agreement is held between a business sector and companies or public bodies that have jurisdiction in the matters in question.

The main goal of CPAs is to serve as a management tool to improve productive, environmental, water efficiency, energy efficiency, hygiene and occupational safety conditions, among other matters, of companies of a certain productive sector. This is done in order to generate synergy between economies of scale and environmental protection. The system also seeks to increase productivity and improve competiveness (1).

By April 2013, almost all forest companies have subscribed to CPA, obtaining benefits in several areas:
  • Economy and Production
  • Information and Control
  • Environment
  • Social

How to implement a CPA (2)

CPAs start with a base diagnosis that establishes the sector's situation before signing the agreement, and identifies possible actions to take for its improvement.

Signed CPAs

In 1999, CORMA and the pulp companies signed a Clean Production Agreement, becoming the country's first sector to enter this kind of agreement. Currently, almost all forest production is subject to CPA. As of April 2013, 8 agreements were signed.

(1) Ministry of Economy
(2) CPA, official Chilean standard, Ministry of Economy.