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Local Development

Commitment Towards Members Environmental Impact


The contribution to the economic growth and socio-environmental development of the regions and municipalities where our production centers are is one of the main positive impacts generated by our business model. With the production of sugarcane in new agricultural frontiers and the social investments we make, we create and distribute value to local communities through the generation of income and actions aimed at the professional qualification of the people.

The municipality of Costa Rica (MS), where one of the units of the Taquari Pole is located, exemplifies this relationship. With about 19.5 thousand inhabitants, the city has approximately one thousand local residents employed in the Costa Rica Unit. GDP per capita jumped from R$ 25,000 in 2010, when we started the operation, to R$ 60,000 in 2014, in addition to the increase in ICMS, ISS and IPTU collections from the start of operations of the facilities.G4-EC7

The same type of evolution is verified in the other localities in which we are present. The IFDM, a study annually carried out by the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro (Firjan) to monitor the human, economic and social development of Brazilian municipalities, evidences the improvement of socioeconomic conditions of local populations over the years – Costa Rica occupies the first position in the ranking of municipalities in Mato Grosso do Sul. Similar results are also expressed by the Municipal Human Development Index (IDHM), an analysis made by the United Nations Development Program in partnership with the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea).G4-EC7
Of course, improvements in research are due to the combination of well-run public policies and other organized civil society initiatives. However, the Company’s reputation review study conducted in the 2016/2017 harvest showed that among external audiences (municipal governments, community leaders, NGOs and others) we are recognized in these regions for generating opportunities and supporting local communities in their development.

Social Energy Program

The Social Energy Program was created in 2009 to contribute to the sustainable development of the regions where we are present, concentrating investments in initiatives that promote the quality of life of communities. Since the beginning of the Program, we have invested R$ 21 million in Social Energy and carried out 72 projects, benefiting approximately 141.2 thousand people.

One of the Program’s main differentials is the participatory governance model implemented since its inception. Each municipality has a Community Council and Thematic Commissions, composed of members of Odebrecht Agroindustrial, representatives from the local government and civil society leaders. This management model makes it possible to identify the main demands of the community and adopt the best investment strategy, focusing on the promotion of culture, education, health, environmental preservation and other relevant aspects. G4-24G4-25G4-26G4-27

The development of Social Energy was structured in four phases. In the 2016/2017 harvest, after the implementation of the projects, we reached the stage of evaluating the results obtained and defining the next steps to give more autonomy to the local communities. The Effectiveness Percentage is the indicator we use to evaluate the achievement of the objectives set for each initiative and its positive impacts on the communities.

Pole Municipality Projects implemented Effectiveness percentage People impacted
São Paulo Teodoro Sampaio 6 83% 6.116
Mirante do Paranapanema 6 83% 4.739
Santa Luzia Nova Alvorada do Sul 8 88% 24.889
Goiás Cachoeira Alta 9 78% 7.413
Caçu 6 67% 2.501
Araguaia Mineiros 11 77% 13.146
Perolândia 7 57% 4.167
Taquari Costa Rica 13 92% 17.771
Alto Taquari 7 79% 4.939

Believe in Diversity is acknowledged at the UN
The Believe in Diversity, a project for qualification and inclusion of People with Disabilities (PCDs) in the labor market, was one of the initiatives developed by the São Paulo Pole within the Social Energy Program. The action received, in 2016, the global recognition of “Good Practices in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities”, granted by the São Paulo State Department for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We were recognized at the UN Headquarters in New York (United States) during the celebration of the 10 years of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In addition to the qualification of the PCDs, Believe in Diversity also sought the training of other companies in the region for the hiring and integration of these professionals. It also worked to raise awareness among families, public authorities, civil society and the leaders of Odebrecht Agroindustrial.

The project was attended by 17 students from the municipality of Teodoro Sampaio (SP) and was carried out in partnership with Senai. Over the course of three months, they were trained to serve as administrative assistants. In another module, called “Myths and Truths,” the initiative involved local businesses and traders to discuss the employability of PCDs and promote the employment of these people in jobs.
Believe in Diversity was conceived by the participants of the Agroindustrial Youth Program, through which the young professionals hired by the Company are trained and encouraged to develop the skills necessary to occupy positions of Leadership in the Company.

Acreditar and Acreditar Jr. Programs

The Acreditar and Acreditar Jr. programs were developed to promote the professional qualification of residents in the municipalities in which we operate, opening employment opportunities in line with the demands of hiring qualified people for our Units. In the 2016/2017 harvest, we invested R$ 3.1 million in Acreditar Jr., which benefits young people aged between 17 and 22 years.

In the period, 415 young people were benefited by Acreditar Jr., which lasts for a year and a half. The formalization of the bond of participants as apprentices throughout the program guarantees the remuneration according to the legal parameters for young learners and promotes the local development and the availability of skilled labor for the Company. The Acreditar program, in its turn, benefited 244 people.
Broto de Gente Program

The Broto de Gente Association, located in the city of Deodápolis (MS), is supported by the Eldorado Pole and develops activities in the school counter that reduce the situation of social vulnerability of children and adolescents. The program was the Company’s first private social investment and, since its inception, has already benefited more than 2.2 thousand people.

In the 2016/2017 harvest, the investment made in Broto de Gente totaled R$ 390.8 thousand and 210 children were served. The target audience of the institution are Members and residents’ children in the municipalities of Deodápolis, Lagoa Bonita, Presidente Castelo, Vila União and Porto Vilma.