For the first time in the 65 years of existence of Sindpacel (Union of Industries of Paper, Pulp, Cardboard, Wood Pulp for Paper and Paper and Cardboard Artifacts), a woman occupies the presidency of the institution. And the historic achievement was made by Sabrina de Branco, Institutional Relations and Sustainability manager at Bracell in Brazil. For our company, this is an achievement also unheard of, as it is the first time that we have reached the presidency of the employer’s union.
Elected by unanimity, with eight votes, in the elections on March 1st in Salvador, Sabrina will hold the position from 2018 to 2021. She has been a member of the board of directors of Sindpacel since 2015, in the position of vice president. The start of the new management will be on April 4 and the official solemnity in July. Sabrina will occupy the position previously occupied by Jorge Cajazeira, from Suzano. Renan Machado, HR senior manager of Bracell, and Fernando Branco, Treasury manager of Bracell will also participate of the new board of directors. They hold, respectively, the positions of alternate director and titular fiscal counselor. With the main objective of integrating the pulp and paper industries in their relations with workers, governments, public agencies and organized civil society entities, Sindpacel has local and national representation in 16 forums, among them: the State Council for the Environment, the Brazilian Tree Industry (IBÁ) and the Federation of State Industries of Bahia.
“Sindpacel has a different and very institutional role, working especially in the defense of sustainability, socioeconomic development and the best corporate and environmental practices. Our sector has a huge weight in the state’s economy, but it still faces major obstacles to its faster expansion, such as the slow pace of environmental licensing, lack of logistics infrastructure, especially road conditions and poor port availability, in addition to legal uncertainty. And it is specifically in these obstacles that we must keep our close attention so that we can join forces with other institutions and fight for better conditions to boost the growth of the pulp and paper business in the region and in the country”, Sabrina said.