Given the complexity of the existing challenges and opportunities, Suzano built its Sustainability Strategy in a collaborative manner, considering the numerous visions of its stakeholders. We are committed to expanding our role in the value chain and in society through our long-term goals, that guide our path over the next ten years, a period that the United Nations (UN) calls the Decade of Action.
Mitigate the income distribution problem
Lift 200,000 people out of poverty in our areas of operation
Eradicating poverty in all its dimensions, i.e. monetary, food insecurity, lack of access to basic services, low qualification, and personal safety, continues to be one of the greatest challenges for humanity and for achieving sustainable development.
Suzano believes that it has an important role to play not only in supporting economic development, but also in promoting social transformation in the more than 200 municipalities where it operates. We have the necessary competencies such as technology, knowledge, and access to markets, among others, to catalyze actions to generate income and improve education in the territories where we operate.
Expand the reach¹ of our income generation and education programs, aiming to lift 200,000 people out of poverty², taking into consideration the levels of economic development and social transformation achieved in the regions where we operate.
Lift 200,000 people out of poverty by 2030.
Results in 2020:
With our job and income generation programs we lifted 2,285 people out of poverty, which corresponds to 746 families. These numbers represent an advance of 1.14% in relation to the target goal.
|Number of people lifted out of poverty||2,285|
Our plans for 2021:
We will continue to expand our actions to generate work, income, and social action in order to lift another 8,000 people out of poverty throughout 2021. This result will represent an advance of 5.14% in relation to the target goal.
Our strategy also includes establishing partnerships with private companies, governmental institutions, and civil society, by preparing land development plans.
¹ Currently, our social programs benefit eight states where Suzano operates: Bahia, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Pará, Tocantins, Mato Grosso do Sul, and São Paulo. With the goal, we seek to expand the scale of support and impact to other states.
² We use the global benchmark for measuring poverty adopted by the World Bank and ratified by IBGE of US$5.50 per day or R$436 per month of per capita household income (2019). This calculation uses the average monthly income, which is the total income of household residents, from work and other sources, divided by the number of residents. The unit of identification and analysis is the person, as defined in the goal.
³ Seeking greater transparency and alignment of procedures, we adjusted the horizon of the goal for the period from 2020 to 2030. This does not mean that Suzano has not lifted people out poverty before. It only means that, in terms of governance and for the purpose of the goal, the number of people lifted out of poverty will be accounted for as of 2020 (when the goal was released), allowing for a more effective evaluation and monitoring of its results in terms of poverty eradication, thereby making the goal more ambitious.
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