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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  • Projects with indigenous communities – Tupiniquim Guarani Sustainability Program (PSTG)


    The Tupiniquim Guarani Sustainability Program (PSTG) aims not only to cultivate the coexistence between the company and the Tupiniquim and Guarani peoples, located in the municipality of Aracruz (ES), but also to facilitate, on indigenous land, a set of integrated, long-term actions. This is expected to allow the occupants of these lands to reestablish the environmental conditions necessary to carry out socio-cultural practices, aiming at reinforcing their ethnic identity and performing sustainable economic activities.


    Specific objectives of each activity


    • Meliponiculture: rescue endangered or extinct native stingless bee species in the region, contribute to food security of indigenous families, and promote an alternative for income generation by marketing products from hives.
    • Agroecology: support indigenous families in their quest for autonomy by implementing agroforestry systems (SAFs) and, consequently, recovering the resource base.
    • Handicraft: work with groups, mainly women, aiming at cultural strengthening and income generation, through the creation, production and marketing of handicraft.
    • Marketing: stimulate the organization of the groups for the marketing the products from the PSTG through the Cooperative of Indigenous Producers and Indigenous Associations of the territory.


    Highlights and achievements throughout 2020


    • Strengthening of the Cooperative of Indigenous Producers (COOPYGUA) as a representative of stingless beekeepers and inclusion of indigenous artisans in the cooperative.
    • Sale of honey from native bees featured in the media (national and international articles, radio reports, newspapers, magazines, and online news).
    • Creation of e-commerce for the products generated by COOPYGUA.
    • Acting in accordance with the specificities of indigenous peoples, appreciation their culture and traditional way of life.
    • Supporting income generation according to the interest and aptitude of each community through sustainable practices
    • Building partnerships in the territories in order to strengthen structuring actions, in line with federal and state public policies for indigenous peoples




    • Contribute to the physical and cultural strengthening, stimulating autonomy, through strategic partnerships in the territories.
    • Contribute to strengthening local potentials and capacities (people, groups and institutions), aiming at their autonomy and empowerment.
      Structure the Plan for Relationship with Indigenous Peoples in Maranhão.

    Change view:

    • wdt_ID Tupiniquim Guarani Sustainability Program (PSTG) 2019¹ 2020²
      1 Number of villages covered 12 12
      2 Number of participants³ 1,315 1,315
      3 Number of beneficiaries⁴ 5,260 5,260
      4 Total revenue generated (R$) 988,834.35 806,009.46
      5 Average monthly income per family (R$) 969.44 483.22
    1. In 2019, the revenue generated and the average income referred only to the 85 families whose income was monitored via PSTG. 2. In 2020, the revenue generated and the average income referred only to the 139 families whose income was monitored via PSTG. 3. People directly participating in the Program 4. People who reside with and are part of the same family group as the participants, sharing and enjoying the benefits of the program

    Additional information:

    To learn more about how Suzano manages its relationship with indigenous communities, click here.