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.
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|