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Material Topics

Relationship with communities: (GRI disclosure: 203-1, 203-2, 411-1, 413-1, 413-2)

Identify and manage the needs and demands of communities, building and maintaining a close and transparent relationship with these audiences.


GRI 3-3(203) Management of material topic: Indirect economic impacts

The company’s social investment is carried out through Bracell Social. The program includes initiatives to contribute to the development of communities, and supporting greater levels of inclusivity and sustainability, where people are able to develop their capacities and have opportunities for better lives.

The program reflects Bracell’s commitment to carrying out its activities in harmony with neighboring communities, respecting their habits, customs and traditions, and building an environment conducive to establishing a relationship of mutual trust. For this to happen, the company does not bring preconceived proposals or common formulas. The elaboration of the programs relies on the direct involvement of the beneficiaries themselves, the government and other local partners. In this way, Bracell expands the initiatives’ capacity for social transformation and encourages the sustainable development of each of the programs.

GRI 203-1 Infrastructure investments and services supported

Bracell Social, the company’s private social investment program, has three pillars – the 3 Es: Education (Educação), Empowering (Empoderamento) and Enhancement (Estar bem). In 2021, 26 social projects were carried out, with more than BRL 4.1 million invested, benefiting more than 100,000 people, and generating more than BRL 10 million in income for participants.

Bracell social (2021) Total Education Empowering Enhancement
Number of projects 26 4 18 4
Investment (BRL) R$ 4,133,173.35 R$ 1,193,384.00 R$ 1,872,795.11 R$ 1,066,994.24
People reached 102,065 31,878 19,022 51,165

GRI 203-2 Significant indirect economic impacts

Development programs aimed at the local community

The Bracell Social program includes initiatives to contribute to the development of communities, and supporting greater levels of inclusivity and sustainability, where people are able to develop their capacities and have opportunities for better lives.

 

Programs per pillar of Bracell Social (3 Es – Education, Empowerment and Enhancement)

Education Pillar

Continuing education

The company aims to support the professional qualification of educators and managers of the public network, contributing to the strengthening of the Municipal Policy for Continuing Education – a permanent process of improving the knowledge and practices for the improvement of educators. It covers the continuous training of educators and technical teams of the Education Departments, socio-political mobilization and the production and systematization of knowledge.

The commitment to the continuous qualification of education professionals, provided for in the National Education Plan (PNE), sees students equipped with qualified and up-to-date education, which prepares them for challenges. As a result, the municipalities in Bahia covered by the initiative have shown increasing rates of learning.

Nine municipalities have benefited (Acajutiba, Alagoinhas, Araçás, Aramari, Cardeal da Silva, Conde, Entre Rios, Esplanada and Inhambupe). Other highlights include:

  • 263 participating schools
  • 2,407 education professionals reached
  • 1,909 participants of the lives promoted by the project
  • 20,205 students benefited

Environmental Education Center

Located at Fazenda Salgado, in Inhambupe (BA), in Bracell’s forestry operation area, the center mainly receives elementary school students and teachers from the region, offering recycling workshops, games and lectures on environmental themes, in addition to a monitored visit to the ecological trail, which is approximately one kilometer long. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the activities of the Environmental Education Center were suspended in 2021, to return in 2022.

Ecommunity

This program seeks to train people from the communities to act as eco-agents (environmental multipliers) in their territories, with a focus on correct waste disposal and environmental preservation. They participate in training meetings, ecological competitions, recycling workshops, and receive support for the implementation of socio-environmental projects in the communities. The initiative covers the municipalities of Itanagra, Entre Rios and Alagoinhas, in Bahia, and, in 2021, directly involved 66 eco-agents in training and more than 260 people from the communities, in activities such as workshops and planting efforts.

Generation + Environment

Founded in July 2021, the Generation + Environment project trains people from communities to act as eco-agents (environmental multipliers) in their communities. In addition to encouraging the sharing of information through qualified networking, the participating persons provide examples by carrying out actions and projects of a socio-environmental nature, as a way of contributing to their territories with regard to environmental preservation and correct disposal of waste.

Eco-agents participate in training to prepare socio-environmental projects in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. They attend practical workshops in the environmental area with a focus on the reusing of waste and actions to strengthen citizen participation and engagement in collective causes.

Over the course of 10 months, sustainable solutions for the communities were developed together with six communities in Bahia (Santo Amaro and São Sebastião do Passé), such as the installation of Evapotranspiration Basins (Bananeira cesspool), water harvesting systems from rain, and soap and natural cosmetology workshops.

Generation + Environment takes it a step further in the dissemination of social technologies that add to the training of Ecoagents, methodologies that can be replicated at low cost and that bring about an improvement in the quality of life of families.

Instituto LideraJovem

Bracell is one of the supporting institutions of Instituto LideraJovem, a civil society organization that contributes to the development of a life project and strengthening of leadership skills; and leadership among teenagers and young people from Lençóis Paulista (SP) and the nearby region, preparing them for the challenges of the world and the job market. In 2021, they carried out five projects, directly benefiting 6,405 young people and, indirectly, about 70,000 people. They also promote the training of adult facilitators in active methodologies for working with youth.

 

Empowerment Pillar

Developed for productive groups and entrepreneurs or people who wish to undertake it, the Empowerment Programs aims to stimulate associativism and entrepreneurship and strengthen certain productive, management and commercialisation activities through training.  In this way, it contributes to promoting autonomy and income generation. In 2021, it supported the generation of more than BRL 10 million for the public involved in the projects. The highlights of the year were:

Connection

Aiming to strengthen civil society organizations, the project supports social entities in the development of management skills with a focus on sustainability, with a particular emphasis on mobilizing and optimizing financial and human resources. The initiative also promotes dialogues between organizations in Agudos, Barra Bonita, Bauru, Itatinga, Lençóis Paulista, Macatuba and Pederneiras, in the state of São Paulo, to encourage mutual exchange and learning, favoring the formation of a collaborative network of local NGOs. In 2021, 29 participants from 18 entities carried out the training.

Crescer+Juntos

This carries out training and mentoring to develop a culture of continuous quality improvement and to increase the productivity and competitiveness of micro and small companies in the center-west region of São Paulo. Its focus is to strengthen the local economy, boost socioeconomic environments conducive to entrepreneurship and encourage the incorporation of micro and small companies in Bracell’s value chain. Business roundtables provide an opportunity to service providers in the region so that they can be part of the company’s network of suppliers in São Paulo. In 2021, Bracell trained 73 entrepreneurs from 20 small companies in Areiópolis, Avaí, Barra Bonita, Lençóis Paulista, Pederneiras, São Luis do Paraitinga and Pirajuí. Two business roundtables were also held, with the participation of 176 local enterprises.

Cultura.Rec

Founded in July 2021, the Cultura.REC project is Bracell’s first Culture initiative in Bahia, and aims to contribute to the strengthening and dynamization of cultural movements and manifestations in the Recôncavo Baiano Territory, mobilizing and strengthening youth and cultural associations for articulated and collaborative action. There is also the work of institutional strengthening with associations and cultural manifestations based on the training of their members in areas such as associativism, processes of regularization and formalization of social organizations,  the Regulatory Framework for Civil Society Organizations (MROSC), social project management, accountability, among other initiatives.  The project covers the municipalities of Santo Amaro and São Sebastião do Passé and their districts in Bahia.

Dona Della

This aims to boost women’s financial autonomy and female entrepreneurship, serving women who do not yet have a business but wish to do so, as well as women who lead their own business and seek support to develop their ventures. In 2021, the program’s agenda addressed topics such as self-knowledge, entrepreneurial leadership, socio-emotional skills and gender violence. In addition to offering training and mentoring, the project awarded five female entrepreneurs R$10,000 and contributed to the organization of a collaborative network of women. In all, 162 participants from Lençóis Paulista (SP) and Macatuba (SP) were covered by the initiative.

Promotion of impact businesses

This supports eight productive groups in the North Coast and Agreste Baiano territory through technical assistance in the tax, administrative, accounting and inter-institutional areas, enabling participation in public notices and the consolidation of agreements to expand its business. The program also offers training for production qualifications and product sales. In 2021, R$ 107,500.00 was raised through public and private notices. Below are some of the initiatives that make up the program:

Art and Crafts with Vine and Piaçava

Located in Entre Rios (BA), the Artesãs de Massarandupió group is made up of 16 women who work in the sustainable extraction of piaçava and in the production of handcrafted items, such as baskets, bags, rugs, among other items, produced with natural fibers. Through the project, the group has access to accounting advice and receives support for the outflow and commercialization of production. The women’s group, through a Management Plan, accesses the company’s native areas for the collection of its raw material, piaçava.

Biscuit Factory

This program is aimed at generating income in the quilombola communities Mato Limpo (Araçás) and Mandacaru (Inhambupe), in Bahia, through the production and sale of cookies and sequilhos. In 2021, 20 women were part of the Biscoitos da Vovó group.

Fábrica de Fardamentos

Located at Fazenda Salgado, an area of Bracell in the municipality of Inhambupe (BA), Fábrica de Fardamentos is a cooperative of women, industrial seamstresses, from four communities in Bahia. The house where the atelier works is located in a company space so that, in addition to technical and administrative support, Bracell offers the necessary infrastructure to the Work Cooperative of Seamstresses of Inhambupe and Region (Coopecir), which manages and operates the Fábrica de Fardamentos. In 2021, 11 people participating in the project benefited from the generation of R$ 70,000 in income.

Green Pharmacy

This promotes health and well-being, preserving the local tradition, through the promotion of phytotherapy, the use of plants or herbs to manage health conditions. The project encourages female empowerment, local development, social entrepreneurship and income generation, by promoting the production chain of medicinal and aromatic plants. 48 residents of the quilombola communities of Cangula, in Alagoinhas, Gamba, in Entre Rios, and the Ana Rosa Rural Comunity, in Pojuca, in the state of Bahia, participate. Among the items produced by the groups, artisanal and medicinal soaps, tonics and air fresheners stand out. The project also provides incentives and support for the commercialization of production, in addition to continually investing in training and improving practices. In 2021, 28 participants completed the University Extension Course in Naturotherapy.

Professional Training Actions

Professional training initiatives were resumed in 2021, upon compliance with all recommendations to prevent COVID-19. The horticulture, beekeeping, tractor and backhoe operation courses, among others aimed at generating income, had the participation of 408 people. There were 936 hours of courses which benefited eight municipalities: Alagoinhas, Aporá, Araçás, Cardeal da Silva, Esplanada, Jandaíra Rio Real and Sátiro Dias (BA).

Seedling Nursery

The community of Imbé, in Entre Rios (BA), produces seedlings and native, fruit-bearing and ornamental species in the nursery developed to meet this objective. The project benefits 20 women. They also participate in the Productive Backyards Project, financed by the Regional Development and Action Company (CAR), a public company linked to the Rural Development Secretariat (SDR), through a public notice. The emergency edict is an initiative of the Government of the State of Bahia through the Secretariat of Rural Development (SDR) and the Regional Development and Action Company (CAR) as an incentive for food production to meet the needs of families in the initial period of the pandemic. Bracell supported the elaboration and submission of project proposals by the productive groups, identifying the potential and aspirations of the families involved with the object of the public notice. In addition, Bracell conditioned the access and permanence of the associations in the public notice with the hiring of a specialized consultancy to provide technical assistance and rural extension for a period of two years.

Women Producers

The Women Producers project seeks to foster individual and collective empowerment in the process of developing links in production chains and institutional strengthening of family farming groups, promoting autonomy and female and young entrepreneurship, with a view to building collaborative solutions that enable the dissemination and sale of products, as well as fundraising through access to public notices. The project’s main activity is to train women and young people in Bioponics, an organic farming activity with greater profitability and focus on the production of more productive food. Starting in July 2021, the project reached 10 communities in the municipalities of Santo Amaro and São Sebastião do Passé in Bahia.

Women in Action

One of the actions to promote female empowerment and income generation, the Mulheres em Ação project was developed by the Quilombola community of Cangula, in Alagoinhas (BA), in partnership with Bracell. This award-winning initiative – winner in the Sustainable Management Practices category, in the 13th edition of the Bahia Sustainable Industry Award, from the Federation of Industries of the State of Bahia (Fieb) – trained 27 women to produce medicinal and handcrafted soaps. They also received guidance on tackling domestic violence, entrepreneurship, and gender and race issues. This project also has the support of the 2020 Afro-descendant Decade public notice, granted by the Bahian government through the Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality (Sepromi).

Nós do Campo

This program encourages family farming through activities that encourage food security, the generation of work and income, and the strengthening of networks. Around 850 people were impacted in 2021. In Bahia, the focus was on the dissemination of agroecological techniques that contribute to healthy eating and increased income through the sale of surplus production. For this, it is necessary to invest in the implementation and maintenance of Agroforestry Systems (SAFs), composed of food species intercropped with eucalyptus. Students from the Agricultural Family Schools (EFAs) and small farmers from the municipalities of Alagoinhas, Esplanada, Rio Real, Cardeal da Silva and Mata de São João, in Bahia, participated in the project. In São Paulo, small producers in the municipalities of Agudos, Paulistânia, Borebi and Macatuba received training through workshops on property management, harvest planning and planting techniques in horticulture and fruit growing.

Oficina dos Sonhos

Held to awaken artistic vocations, using eucalyptus as raw material, this offers a free education in woodworking, design and entrepreneurship. In 2021, 59 people from the cities of Lençóis Paulista and Macatuba (SP) participated in the workshops.

Pollinators

A partnership between Bracell and associations of beekeepers and individual beekeepers in the regions where the company operates in the states of Bahia and São Paulo, the program aims to contribute to the development of beekeeping, also promoting the multiple use of planted eucalyptus forests. In other words, Bracell authorizes the installation and management of apiaries to accredited producers in forest areas used by the company, allowing the use of eucalyptus flowering and native vegetation for the production of honey and other products derived from the management of bees, contributing to the increase in the income of participating beekeepers. In the state of São Paulo, nine associations from the municipalities of Agudos, Avaré, Bauru, Borebi, Botucatu, Cabrália Paulista, Itatinga, Lençóis Paulista and Marília participate. In Bahia, the project involves seven associations from the cities of Alagoinhas, Entre Rios, Inhambupe and Ribeira do Pombal. In addition to training for the advanced management of bees, and the creation and distribution of queens, the training also covers other aspects that contribute to increasing income from the activity, such as honey cooking and cosmetology from bee products. In 2021, the initiative had more than 330 beekeepers in the two states and generated an income of over R$ 1 million.

Ponteira Sustentável

This program benefits associations and cooperatives from 62 communities in 16 municipalities in Bahia through the donation of post-harvest eucalyptus wood waste, generating an additional source of income and generating financial movement for the community, every year. In 2021, a pilot project was implemented with five associations of Cardeal da Silva (BA) for institutional reorganization with a focus on the associations of collectors, in addition to activities for the productive inclusion of women.

Enhancement Pillar

Built with the aim of promoting the well-being and citizenship of communities neighboring the company’s operations, the Enhancement pillar provides residents with free access to leisure, cultural and health and citizenship activities. The highlights of the year included:

Mais Cidadania

Carried out in partnership with municipal departments of cities in Bahia close to Bracell’s areas of operation, it offers vaccination services, nutritional guidance, legal advice, guidance for the job market and environmental education workshops free of charge to the population. In 2021, Mais Cidadania focused on guidance and prevention actions against COVID-19 and was carried out in the municipalities of Alagoinhas, Aramari, Cachoeira, Camaçari, Catu, Entre Rios and Inhambupe, in Bahia, reaching 8,025 people (7,412 adults and 613 children).

Digital Circuit of Arts Bracell Alic

In partnership with the Lençóis Paulista City Hall (SP) and the Lençoense Cultural Incentive Association (Alic), Bracell launched the project “Bracell Alic Digital Arts Circuit”, with the aim of bringing entertainment and culture to the population of the municipality, bringing cultural programs to the digital environment, with live broadcasts through the social networks of Teatro Municipal Adélia Lorenzetti. In 2021, the Bracell Alic Digital Arts Circuit held 24 cultural attractions, which had a total audience of almost 30,000.

Star Bem

To promote citizenship and ethics, and mitigate potential social impacts of the Star Project for the construction of the two new flexible lines of the Lençóis Paulista (SP) site, Bracell created the Star Bem program, which promoted frequent dialogues on sensitive topics to different publics. In 2021, the company acted on two fronts:

  • Expansion workers: daily awareness-raising action to increase awareness of ethical and civic action and to develop socio-emotional skills permeated by a culture of peace, respect and non-violence.
  • Public agents and schools: actions to strengthen the protection network for children and adolescents and training focused on fighting child sexual abuse and exploitation, preventing the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, social assistance surveillance, promoting healthy habits and sustainable development.

Star Bem registered 6,098 participants in 2021, of which 5,314 were workers and 784 were professionals in the system for guaranteeing the rights of children and adolescents in Lençóis Paulista and Macatuba, both in São Paulo. Since its implementation in 2020, more than 11,000 people have been impacted by the program.

 

Volunteering

Bracell’s Volunteering program – Mãos Dadas – encourages employees to participate in actions and campaigns that benefit populations in local communities. In 2021, the program had its face-to-face volunteer activities suspended, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The highlights of the year were the donations of food baskets and Founder’s Day, which mobilized employees to raise funds for institutions and people severely impacted by the pandemic through the sale of food, products from social projects supported by Bracell, in addition to other donations.

Founder’s Day

The annual Founder’s Day campaign mobilized employees to raise funds for institutions and people severely impacted by the pandemic through the sale of sweets, snacks and other products from social projects supported by Bracell, in addition to other donations.  As a form of recognition for the engagement of the team and the community, the company quadrupled the value of employee donations. In addition, Founder’s Day 2021 also featured a global financial fund, comprising 20% of the funds raised by all companies in the RGE group. Brazil was one of the countries that benefited from the amount collected globally, along with Indonesia. The global fund and 3:1 match-funding (in which, for every dollar raised by employees, the company contributed three dollars) made it possible to reach an even greater number of families.

 

Volunteering program highlights in 2021

  • R$ 54,456.36 collected by employees
  • R$ 454,897.68 donated by Bracell to Casa Abrigo Amorada (SP), Liga do Bem (BA) and the Tem Gente com Fome campaign (SP and BA)
  • R$ 17,687.40 in income generated for small entrepreneurs and productive groups from Bracell’s social projects involved in the initiative
  • More than 1,750 basic food baskets donated
  • About 7,100 people assisted

GRI 3-3(411) Management of material topic: Right of Indigenous Peoples

There were no cases of violation of indigenous rights registered by the company. The Araribá indigenous community in Avaí (SP) is the only indigenous community within Bracell’s area of influence. The community comprises four villages – Tereguá, Ekeruá, Kopenoti and Nimuendaju – with a population of approximately 600 people.

In 2021, we had no forestry or harvesting operations on these properties and identified no impact from our operations on local communities. Potential impacts from the use of the municipal road near the property include heavy vehicle traffic, the need for road maintenance, potential speeding trucks, noise, and dust.

A potential (but unrealized) violation was identified in 2021, during a face-to-face dialogue held in the Araribá Indigenous Land. The company became aware of a fishing spot commonly used by the indigenous community, located in an area bordering Bracell’s forestry operation. Through an action plan – which includes the registration of indigenous people, safety training, cleaning and route signage, among other measures – the company sought to formalize the guarantee of community access to the area, in accordance with customary law (indigenous peoples have the right to the territories and resources that they traditionally occupy or use). However, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the National Foundation for Indigenous Peoples (FUNAI) instructed the company to postpone fieldwork as part of the action plan until 2022.

In Bahia, there are no indigenous communities neighboring Bracell’s operations.

GRI 411-1 Cases of Violation of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

There were no cases of violation of indigenous rights registered by the company. The Araribá indigenous community in Avaí (SP) is the only indigenous community within Bracell’s area of influence. The community comprises four villages – Tereguá, Ekeruá, Kopenoti and Nimuendaju – with a population of approximately 600 people.

In 2021, we had no forestry or harvesting operations on these properties and identified no impact from our operations on local communities. Potential impacts from the use of the municipal road near the property include heavy vehicle traffic, the need for road maintenance, potential speeding trucks, noise, and dust.

A potential (but unrealized) violation was identified in 2021, during a face-to-face dialogue held in the Araribá Indigenous Land. The company became aware of a fishing spot commonly used by the indigenous community, located in an area bordering Bracell’s forestry operation. Through an action plan – which includes the registration of indigenous people, safety training, cleaning and route signage, among other measures – the company sought to formalize the guarantee of community access to the area, in accordance with customary law (indigenous peoples have the right to the territories and resources that they traditionally occupy or use). However, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the National Foundation for Indigenous Peoples (FUNAI) instructed the company to postpone fieldwork as part of the action plan until 2022.

In Bahia, there are no indigenous communities neighboring Bracell’s operations.

GRI 3-3 (413) Management of material topic Local Communities

Bracell has procedures that promote continuous dialogue with stakeholders who are actually impacted or who may be impacted by the company’s activities. The focus is to prevent the risks to which these interested parties are exposed. Bracell also carries out mitigation measures with the objective of reducing possible impacts to the communities close to its operations as much as possible. For this, the company has a permanent relationship channel and transmits information in an up-to-date and transparent manner.

Relationship initiatives with the community include:

  • registration of communities and neighbors with field visits to collect data within the influence radius of the forestry management;
  • Publicity of the Fale Conosco channel (0800 709 1490) through the operational dialogue kit (folders with information on the forest cycle, campaign against forest fires and a public release of forestry management, besides keychains and caps).

The objectives of the initiative are to:

  • make it possible for communities and neighbors to be aware of the forest operations that will be carried out in their surroundings and the possible risks and beneficial and adverse impacts of these operations;
  • strengthen the relationship between communities, neighbors and the company;
  • improve communication between communities, neighbors and the company;
  • strengthen local actions and demands;
  • perceive, prevent, and minimize potential impacts caused by operations in these communities and neighbors;
  • reduce risks associated with potential problems in the community that may affect operations;
  • respond to questions and concerns regarding operational aspects and the company as a whole.

In addition to maintaining a continuous dialogue with stakeholders and preventing impacts, Bracell has programs aimed at developing the local community. The company’s social investment is carried out through Bracell Social.

Bracell’s Sustainability Committee is also responsible for conducting analysis of socio-environmental risks and opportunities, monitoring performance in terms of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria, in addition to following up on the implementation of the sustainability agenda in the company’s operating units. Every six months, Bracell also undergoes an external audit process that verifies compliance with the IFC (International Finance Corporation) Performance Standards.

GRI 413-1 Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs

All Bracell operations carry out engagement actions, impact assessments and development programs aimed at the local community. The company maps the main impacts, risks and opportunities related to the activities, indicating the level of relevance of different themes for the sustainability of the business. In 2021, mapping did not indicate evidence of any critical risks, that is, those considered highly likely to occur, given the history of the operations and the survey conducted, in any of the major suppliers.

Mapping, monitoring and risk management of Bracell’s operations are carried out in the following stages: pre-operation, during operation and post-operation, in order to manage socio-environmental risks, prevent and mitigate impacts.

Bracell has the matrix of environmental aspects and environmental risks, meeting the requirements of ISO 14001 (for industrial operations in Bahia and São Paulo, and forest operations in Bahia) and Cerflor (for forest operations in Bahia and São Paulo). Risks are managed with focus on prevention and impacts are assessed according to their incidence.

The following are considered potential operation impacts: change in natural resource availability; change in the quality of soil; change in the quality of soil water, fauna and flora; odor perception; perception of noise from machines and equipment in the plant; dust precipitation on roads, truck and equipment traffic); and degradation or obstruction of roads. Find out more in the summarized version of the management plan https://www.bracell.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Plano-de-Manejo-2022_25-Marco2022.pdf and https://www.bracell.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/resumo-publico-2021-casado_4MB.pdf and in the GRI disclosure 2-27.

With the start of operations of the two new flexible lines, at the Lençóis Paulista (SP) site, Bracell has advanced its process of expansion of forestry operation in the region, which has as one of its effects the displacement of people, who were previously linked to a property, to other locations. This phenomenon is monitored by Bracell in accordance with IFC (International Finance Corporation) Performance Standard 5, which deals with Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement. On this front, Bracell also manages social risks to which workers and their families may be exposed, with the aim of preventing and/or mitigating their impacts. Every six months, Bracell undergoes an external audit process to assess compliance of the company’s practices with socio-environmental standards, including the IFC (International Finance Corporation) Performance Standards.

As for the reduction of the real impacts for the communities neighboring the industrial base, tools are used for contingencies, such as mapping, dissemination of official channels of communication and management of demands and monitoring of negotiations.

Among Bracell’s Integrated Management System (SIG) regulations, available to all company employees, there is the procedure on Community Relationship guidelines. The regulation defines criteria and parameters to establish an integrated relationship management procedure with neighboring communities in forest and industrial management areas, in order to create a permanent relationship channel; communicate information in an up-to-date and transparent manner; identify and evaluate social aspects; define control measures and mitigation of possible negative impacts; and identify positive impacts generated by forest management operations (read more in GRI disclosure 2-29).

Through the Risk Management Program (PGR), the company continuously monitors potential risks to operations, communities and the environment through processes in accordance with international methodologies. The work encompasses information management, training, equipment, emergency response processes, among other areas.

 

Bahia

In the operations in Bahia, Bracell maintains committees in order to establish a good relationship with community associations and maintain a closer relationship with the leaders of each region. One of the missions is to contribute to public entities, such as the Civil Police, Military Police, Public Ministry, Court of Justice, among other government bodies.

In addition to the committees, Bracell has established procedures to govern the relationship with communities:

1) Registration of communities: Field visits to fill out a form, including data such as location, number of families, leaders, main occupations of the population, existing infrastructure, points of attention, possible impacts of the company’s activities on communities, existence of quilombola communities or areas of high social and/or cultural conservation value, main demands and other information.

2) Impact zoning map: Produced by the Planning team, it presents Bracell’s planting, preservation and development areas, to identify the company’s activities in the territories. The communities that are in the areas covered in the map are divided according to the degree of influence in relation to Bracell’s projects. On the map, traditional communities (quilombolas) are marked and duly identified.

3) Mapping and stakeholder matrix (people or groups directly or indirectly affected by a project, as well as those who may have an interest in a project and/or ability to influence its outcome, positively or negatively): the information collected in the registration of communities are included into a matrix, which presents the municipality where the interested party is located, the community or institution it represents, the type of institution (public power, civil society, NGO, etc.),  and positioning in relation to the company, contact information, level of influence, profile, interests, among other information. In 2021, Bracell’s stakeholder matrix in Bahia grew compared to 2020. A total of 1,613 relevant stakeholders were identified, 97% of which were favorable (733) or neutral (832).

4) Meeting with Communities: promotes dialogues – initial and operational – and assistance, with the objective of keeping interested parties informed about the company’s forest management activities (planting, harvesting, transport, among other initiatives developed in the community). It also clarifies doubts, registers complaints and raises the main demands of the communities, in addition to mapping the points of special interest and attention within each community. In these meetings, the community receives informative materials about the company through its communication channels.

5) Production of informative material: pamphlets, digital cards, among others, distributed to communities.

 

São Paulo

In São Paulo operations, tools are used to mitigate the real impacts on communities and/or neighbors located close to the Lençóis Paulista (SP) industrial site, where, from 2019 to 2021, site expansion works were carried out, Project Star. Bracell performs actions and/or has the following tools:

  1. Mapping of the neighbors of the industrial base;
  2. Opening of a dialogue channel informing stakeholders about what activities will take place;
  3. Disclosure of the communication channel – Fale Conosco (0800);
  4. Demand management and follow-up negotiations.

GRI 413-2 Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities

Mapping, monitoring and risk management of Bracell’s operations are carried out by means of operational dialogue in three stages: pre-operation, during operation and post-operation. The objective is to prevent and, in the event of impacts, to implement mitigating measures with a focus on the least possible impact. Before the start of operations, Bracell carries out a mapping and socioeconomic characterization of neighbors and communities located within a radius of 500 meters from the limits of the farm, for harvesting and forestry operations; of 100 meters from the unpaved transportation route; and of three kilometers for activities involving plague control. During this period, the Community Relations area carried out face-to-face monitoring actions in these locations and on the transport routes.

With the start of operations of the two new flexible lines at the Lençóis Paulista (SP) site, Bracell has advanced its process of forestry expansion in the region, which has as one of its effects social demobilization, that is, the relocation of people to other locations. This procedure is carried out in accordance with IFC (International Finance Corporation) Performance Standard 5, which deals with Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement cases. On this front, Bracell also manages social risks to which workers and their families may be exposed, with the aim of preventing and/or mitigating their impacts.

As for the reduction of the real impacts for the communities neighboring the industrial base, tools are used for contingency situations, such as mapping, dissemination of official channels of communication and management of demands and monitoring of negotiations.

Among the real impacts for communities close to Bracell’s management and industrial areas, the following stand out: odor perception; perception of noise from machines and equipment; emissions of dust by truck traffic and the circulation of machines in neighboring areas; and truck speeding. Potential impacts also include: truck traffic, damage to or obstruction of local roads, power outages, vehicle accidents while using haul roads and firebreaks and other local roads, health risks from the use of pesticides, health risks from exposure to dust, and road degradation caused by heavy vehicles. For forest operations, actual and potential negative impacts are identified and published in the management plan, available at https://www.bracell.com/sustentabilidade/responsabilidade-socioambiental/.

The company provides a permanent relationship channel to receive community demands.

Demand management

São Paulo

In 2021, we received a total of 149 complaints from local communities regarding the industrial site at Lençóis Paulista (SP). Complaints are mainly indirect impact situations arising from expansion works in the São Paulo site.

Industrial Operations (SP)
Complaint Number
Risk of traffic accident: 10 10
Disturbance of the community (complaints of excessive loud noise and crowds in employee lodges from third-party companies hired to conduct the expansion works in the São Paulo site): 135 135
Excessive speed 1
Damages to the roads and access pathways: 3 3
Industrial total 149
Forestry Operation (SP)
Complaint Number
Damages caused to third-party structures 32
Truck/machinery traffic dust 16
Road maintenance 6
Damages to roads and access pathways 6
Excessive speed 6
Forestry total 104
Industrial and forestry total 253

 

Bahia

In 2021, 100 complaints were received from local communities, in total, related to forestry and industrial operations.

Industrial and Forestry Operations (BA)
Complaint Number
Property damage 20
Roads 24
Dust (only forestry operation) 18
Third parties 21
Recklessness in traffic 7
Industrial total 100

The channel for registering Bracell’s demands is Fale Conosco, available for clarifying doubts, sending suggestions and compliments, and registering complaints (read more in the GRI disclosure 2-29). Demands are registered and addressed address to the areas responsible for handling, with feedback to the author of the record on the conduct of each case. The handling and solutions of the cases are also recorded. The channel is available at:

 

Bahia

0800 284 4747

faleconosco@bracell.com

 

São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul

0800 709 1490

faleconoscosp@bracell.com