Fibria, in partnership with BNDES, makes social investment of R$11 million in Mato Grosso do Sul
Over 48,000 people will benefit from social programs and projects following the startup of the company’s second mill in Três Lagoas
Três Lagoas, June 7, 2018 – Fibria, a Brazilian company that is the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, acts responsibly to foster continuous development in the communities neighboring its operations. With the construction of its second pulp line in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, which started operations in late August, Fibria reaffirms this commitment and, in partnership with the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), is investing R$11.7 million in social projects in the region. The amount will enable it to increase by nearly 25% the number of locations served in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, which include urban and rural areas in the cities of Três Lagoas, Brasilândia, Selvíria and Água Clara, with some 34 projects benefitting over 48,000 people.
Today, Fibria sponsors 20 projects in partnership with local communities, which directly benefit some 8,000 people through social investments of around R$9 million. With these new investments, the amount invested in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul will surge to R$28 million in two years.
With the completion of Fibria’s second mill at its Três Lagoas Unit, the projects will be reinforced and enhanced to assist more families and locations. With the expansion of the programs, 13 lines of investment in local development are being contemplated through actions such as strengthening community associations and their networks, supporting income generation, providing access to the technology, equipment and inputs needed to boost the communities’ production and productivity, ensuring access to safe water, infrastructure, health, youth and adult education, culture and sports. The initiatives encourage professional training in the communities and support opportunities for job creation and income generation in complementary activities, which in turn contributes to local development.
At Fibria, sustainability figures at the heart of the business and consequently is incorporated into the culture with a focus on opportunities for generating shared wealth that are associated with environmental conservation, social inclusion and improving quality of life.
“The engagement by local communities and the positive results achieved, supported by open and transparent dialogue, show that Fibria is moving in the right direction to contribute to social development in the region and to improve people’s quality of life. With the startup of our second mill in Três Lagoas, we’re expanding the scope of our programs and projects and remain steadfast in meeting our targets goals and our commitments made to the communities served by our social initiatives,” said Fausto Camargo, Fibria’s general sustainability manager.
In addition to expanding its social programs and projects, Fibria allocated social investment of R$6.2 million to the Basic Environmental Program (BEP) in the areas of health, education, traffic, security and other initiatives in the city of Três Lagoas. The cities of Brasilândia and Selvíria in Mato Grosso do Sul also received investments in BEP, of R$8 million. The company also transferred R$34 million in environmental compensation to the State Government of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Social programs and projects in Mato Grosso do Sul
Fibria will maintain the programs and projects already created, while reinforcing its social strategy, and will expand its social actions by opening up new fronts incorporated into the 13 investment lines. Learn about some of the projects already being developed:
Expansion of Rural Land Development Program
Today, the Rural Land Development Program (PDRT) already is operational in eight communities and settlements in the cities of Três Lagoas, Brasilândia and Selvíria. With the expansion, this figure will increase to 13 communities. The goal is to encourage local rural development by strengthening community associations and their networks, with a focus on supporting production chains to promote the professional qualifications of associations in the areas of management, production and sales. One indicator is the average reported income of each family contemplated by the PDRT which, with this latest investment, grew by 54% in one year. Some infrastructure actions were carried out, such as building 31 cattle pens to improve milk quality, drilling 92 shallow wells, delivering over 300 biological filters and building one beekeeping house.
The goal is to encourage multiple uses of the planted eucalyptus forests and to strengthen the honey production and sales chain in Fibria’s operating area. In Mato Grosso do Sul, the cities benefitted are Três Lagoas, Brasilândia, Água Clara and Selvíria. The program, which has over 150 beekeepers, reported an 86% increase in the number of beehives in one year.
The project takes oral health actions to rural communities. Services are offered onsite in the community, inside a fully equipped mobile dentist unit. Over 8,300 dental procedures have been performed and more than 220 dental prosthesis delivered.
Needlepoint, vegetable dyes, sewing and silk screening workshops are held in the indigenous village of Anodi located in Brasilândia. The goal is to strengthen and disseminate the culture of the world’s only ethnic Ofayé culture. The project generates income for 19 indigenous people.
The world leader in eucalyptus pulp production, Fibria strives to meet, in a sustainable manner, the growing global demand for products from planted forests. With annual pulp production capacity of 7.25 million tons, the company has industrial units in Aracruz (Espírito Santo), Jacareí (São Paulo) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul), as well as in Eunápolis (Bahia), where it operates Veracel in a joint venture with Stora Enso. Fibria has 1,092,000 hectares of forests, which include 656,000 hectares of planted forests, 374,000 hectares set aside for environmental preservation and conservation, and 61,000 hectares destined for other uses. The pulp produced by Fibria is exported to more than 35 countries and is the raw material for educational, health, hygiene and cleaning products. Learn more at www.fibria.com.br
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