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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  • Management of the relationship with indigenous and traditional communities


    The relationship with indigenous and traditional communities located in the areas of influence of Suzano’s operations is maintained on an ongoing basis, based on trust and mutual respect for their rights and interests, in accordance with the Company’s Corporate Human Rights Policy and the following principles:


    • Guaranteeing the right to consultation and the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples and traditional communities, under the terms of Convention No. 169 of the International Labor Organization – ILO, enacted through Decree No. 10,088, of November 5, 2019.
    • Recognizing, valuing, and respecting the social, environmental, and cultural diversity of indigenous peoples and traditional communities.
    • Recognizing, valuing, and respecting the social, environmental, and cultural diversity of indigenous peoples and traditional communities.
    • Recognizing and respecting the legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples and traditional communities to own, use, and manage their lands, territories, and natural resources.
    • Recognizing, promoting, and protecting the traditional knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples and traditional communities associated with biological diversity and genetic resources, and the right to benefit-sharing over such use.
    • Promoting the full realization of the socioeconomic and cultural rights of indigenous peoples and traditional communities.
    • Preserving cultural rights, the practice of community, cultural memory, and racial and ethnic identity.


    In order to have an open and constructive relationship with indigenous and traditional communities and obtain a positive relationship, Suzano adopts the following guidelines:


    • Respect the traditional forms and practices of communities and peoples for spaces of governance in which the planning and execution of activities originating from the engagement process are discussed;
    • Use instruments for communicating and disseminating information that are culturally appropriate in terms of language, format, and dynamics, and that respect the specificities and the social and political organization of each community.
    • Estimate the timeframes with communities to ensure that their internal processes for understanding and discussion are observed;
    • Encourage the reinforcement of technical and political connections of the indigenous and traditional peoples and organizations for the relationship with the company, avoiding conflicts and disputes.
    • Involve and promote the effective participation of community members and their organizations, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions that represent the rights and interests of indigenous peoples and traditional communities.
    • Allocate professionals with experience and adequate qualifications on the rights and specific socio-cultural and political aspects of indigenous peoples and traditional communities.
    • Create mechanisms to receive and manage specific claims, grievances, and complaints related to indigenous issues and the management of conflicts established in the relationship with communities.
    • Promote the transparency of the processes involving the indigenous and traditional communities toward society by periodically disclosing the results achieved.


    Suzano’s social and environmental investments with indigenous and traditional communities must be in line with the company’s Corporate Social and Environmental Investments and Donations Policy, and the following specific guidelines must be observed:


    • Ensure that the social and environmental investments to be developed are in line with the best ethno-development practices, respecting and strengthening the traditional way of life and the development priorities of indigenous and traditional communities.
    • Make social and environmental investments that strengthen socio-cultural, environmental and economic sustainability and improve the quality of life of indigenous and traditional communities with which the company relates.
    • Promote development projects that strengthen sustainable land management, seeking the protection, recovery, conservation, and sustainable use of indigenous lands and their natural resources, provided it is legally possible.
    • Establish shared management and decision-making processes for the projects implemented, defining the company’s responsibilities and considerations, together with the communities and organizations involved.
    • Involve government institutions, non-governmental organizations, and organizations representing indigenous and traditional communities (local, regional, and national levels) when planning and executing the projects developed.
    • Support initiatives to strengthen and appreciate traditional culture, quality and culturally appropriate education, and traditional medicine.
    • Align social investment projects with public policies in different areas and affirmative actions, complementing and enhancing actions aimed at indigenous and traditional communities.
    • Support productive inclusion by promoting sustainable technologies, valuing local natural resources and practices, knowledge, and traditional technologies.
    • Promote the transparency of social and environmental investment projects with indigenous and traditional communities toward society by periodically disclosing the results achieved.


    Indigenous Communities Forum

    An important development in the company’s relationship with the indigenous communities of Aracruz (ES) was the creation of the Forum, in partnership with the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) and the Federal Public Prosecutors Office (MPF). Established in 2017, the group has been the company’s main channel for dialogue and relationship with these indigenous communities. The goal is to nurture the coexistence between the Company and the 12 Tupiniquim and Guarani villages located in the municipality, as well as to facilitate a set of integrated, long-term actions on indigenous land. All actions are documented in agreements signed by the Federal Prosecutors Office, the local FUNAI, Associations and Chiefs, and Suzano.

    For 2021, we plan to carry out structured and continuous work with the indigenous peoples located near the company’s areas in the Imperatriz Unit (MA), aiming to develop medium- and long-term strategies to act according to the specificities of these audiences and their respective challenges. Relationship in the locality is already established, and there is continuous dialogue.