Social Development

Ensure local and territorial development in a joint and participatory manner, in partnership with communities, support institutions and social movements, based on education, income generation and cultural appreciation projects; the strengthening of the relationship with local and traditional communities; and the integration of the interests of these different links in running and managing the company.

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  • Description of significant indirect economic impacts

    Context:

    Suzano’s activities generate significant indirect economic impacts on society related not only to changes in the productivity of organizations, sectors or the economy as a whole, but also to strengthening the skills and knowledge of professional communities or individuals in the geographies where the company operates.

    To this end, in the engagement and income generation programs conducted by the company, we provide technical guidance to stimulate and enable the associations and cooperatives we assist to develop the following actions:

     

    • Establish connections with organizations interested in forming partnerships to invest in social projects and/or to purchase products and/or services
    • Form teams qualified to raise funds, so that they can increase the number of partners and become less dependent on the company.
    • Establish processes that will allow them to clearly and demonstrably present to potential funders the results of the activities they perform to transform their realities.
    • Access tax incentive policies, submit projects to calls for proposals, and build proposals for spontaneous partnerships.

     

    With respect to strengthening the skills and knowledge of professional communities or individuals in a given geographic area, we have three programs in place to generate significant positive impact. They are: PDRT (Rural Land Development Program), Colmeias (Beehives), and Extrativismo Sustentável (Sustainable Extractivism).

     

    • PDRT: the focus of the Program is on supporting agricultural and livestock activities through quality Technical Assistance and Rural Extension service (ATER – Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural) (conducted by technical teams), and investments in equipment and supplies. It acts simultaneously with families, their organizations (in the form of associations), and the region where they live.
    • Colmeias: the focus of the program is on providing support to beekeepers and associations/cooperatives, provided by technical teams that offer quality Technical Assistance and Rural Extension service.
    • Extrativismo Sustentável: it is developed at the Maranhão Unit, where it benefits communities that use traditional practices to extract non-timber forest products in the areas surrounding Suzano’s areas of forestland. The registered families gain access to these socially valuable Areas of High Conservation Value (AAVC’s) within our farms to pick two types of fruit in particular: Babassu and Açaí; although they also pick, to a lesser extent, buriti, bacaba, and yellow mombin. To this end, investments are made in infrastructure, training, and technical assistance in the communities, in order to structure management, production, and marketing of the babassu and açaí chain produced by agroextractive families, always respecting the traditional knowledge of these communities.

    In addition to these programs, the Suzano for Education Program provides training for public managers so they can manage education more effectively, seeking to improve student learning and efficiency in the use of resources.