Social Energy Program
Implemented in 2009, the Social Energy program for Local Sustainability encompasses investments and initiatives to foster sustainable development in local Communities. In the 2015/2016 crop year, we invested R$1.8 million, which benefitted 18,300 people through projects carried out in local Communities. Since its creation, Social Energy has already invested some R$20 million in 72 projects, which have benefitted more than 135,000 people.
Social Energy has a participatory governance model and regularly draws on local governments and community leaders to help identify needs and projects, in accordance with the Company’s strategic guidelines. In this way, local residents play a proactive role in the decision-making process, which means that investments can rapidly meet the key demands of each Community. G4-25Click here to learn more about this aspect in the GRI Supplement G4-26Click here to learn more about this aspect in the GRI Supplement
In local cities, the program has one Community Council and four Commissions: Culture; Education; Production Activities; and Health, Safety and Environmental Preservation. The projects concluded in this crop year (see a few examples on the chart on the next page) are supervised by the Commissions and monitored using indicators that consider, among other aspects, the guidelines for private social investment of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group.
- Construction of the Valdir Justino de Almeida Cultural and Environmental Auditorium, which is located in the Salto do Sucuriú Municipal Park in Costa Rica, Mato Grosso do Sul, which provides the Community with a space for cultural and environmental awareness activities.
- Renovation and expansion of two public preschools in Mineiros, Goiás, providing 168 new openings.
- Acquisition of furniture and equipment for the Sonho Meu Preschool Education Center in Costa Rica, Mato Grosso do Sul.
- Vocational training for 236 people in Alto Taquari, Mato Grosso, in partnership with the National Industrial Training Service (SENAI), through the project Qualifica Taquari.
- Creation of a Child Protection Services office in Cachoeira Alta, Goiás to strengthen the protection of children’s rights.
- Construction of Homes for the Pontal do Paranapanema Association of Settled Women (Casa Amas) in Mirante do Paranapanema, São Paulo, which will be used for projects in the areas of health, culture, education and income generation for families living in the region’s rural settlements.
Health, Safety and Environmental Preservation
- Reactivation of Dreams Workshop that is part of the School of the Arts in Costa Rica, Mato Grosso do Sul, which organizes artistic and socio-educational activities for children and teens, especially those who have committed crimes, with the aim of reintroducing them into society and prevent drug abuse.
- Implementation of the Florestinha Center in Costa Rica, Mato Grosso do Sul to offer environmental education to children and youth in situations of social vulnerability.