Check out some of our initiatives.
We work together with communities that harvest products from native biodiversity, such as fruits, leaves and seeds, training individuals and cooperatives in sustainable practices to boost regional development.
The Pindowa project, for example, supports the production activities of harvesting groups in the states of Maranhão and Tocantins, especially babassu coconut breakers. The goals are to preserve traditional practices originating from the local cultures, encourage sustainable practices and strengthen artisanal production.
Through partnerships, we work to train waste collectors who are part of cooperatives or work independently. By doing so, we help strengthen cooperatives, support the increased demand for materials and engage with public authorities to help generate income and develop a circular economy.
The Recicle Aracruz (“Recycle Aracruz”) project, for example, supports a cooperative that collects waste from our plant in Aracruz, Espírito Santo, leading to a 91% increase in income in two years.
We want to train, professionalize and facilitate connections to increase access to formal employment. One example is our partnership with SENAI in Espírito Santo, through which we offer free training, on a large scale, to vulnerable populations living in various urban and rural locations in the north of the state, including the towns of Boa Esperança, Conceição da Barra, Jaguaré, Montanha, Nova Venécia, Pedro Canário, Pinheiros and São Mateus. Since the beginning of this initiative, in 2022, more than 3,700 people have been trained.
To reduce poverty, it is necessary to invest in education. That is why we created the Suzano Education Program (PSE, in Portuguese), to drive the improvement of public education.
The program focuses on the holistic education of students in different phases of life, considering intellectual, physical, emotional, cultural and social aspects. The initiative provides training to public school educators; facilitates intersectoral networking among educators, health professionals and social workers; and encourages families and communities to become more involved in school life.
In 2022, approximately 210,000 people participated in or benefited from the initiative. For more details about the Program, visit the Suzano in Education website.
O foco é a formação integral de estudantes nas diferentes etapas da vida, considerando os aspectos intelectual, físico, emocional, cultural e social. A atuação ocorre por meio da qualificação de profissionais de educação da rede pública de ensino; da articulação intersetorial entre educação, saúde e assistência social; e do estímulo para que famílias e comunidades se envolvam mais na vida escolar.
Em 2022, cerca de 210 mil pessoas participaram ou foram beneficiadas pela iniciativa. Para mais detalhes sobre o Programa, acesse o site Suzano na Educação.
This initiative supports sustainable honey production in the regions where we operate. To this end, we authorize the access of beekeepers to our eucalyptus farms, in which we have set up apiaries. The program establishes partnerships with associations and cooperatives; offers training and technical production assistance; invests in infrastructure to process honey and honey-based products; and supports the sale of products at local, regional and national levels.
One important example of the scope of Colmeias is a partnership with the Banco do Brasil Foundation in Tocantins, which directly benefits 800 people by strengthening the honey production chain and supporting the bioeconomy in the Legal Amazon.
Nossa parceria com o Funbio tem o objetivo de promover o extrativismo sustentável, fortalecendo a gestão, produção e comercialização de produtos de comunidades do Maranhão. A iniciativa beneficiará mais de 1,5 mil pessoas até 2024.
The goal is to strengthen and scale the honey production chain, and support the bioeconomy in the Legal Amazon region. The project includes investments totaling more than R$1.2 million to provide technical assistance and resources and finance the construction of a honey processing site in the state of Tocantins. The initiative will benefit 800 people by 2025.
Espírito Santo and Bahia
Focusing on sustainable cassava production, the project helps to improve production processes, provides infrastructure for sustainable production, improves processing practices, adds value to the final products and, consequently, increases the income of participating families. More than 800 people will benefit by 2025.
This project promotes conservation and ecological restoration, supporting socioeconomic development in the Amazon region in Brazil, between the states of Pará and Maranhão. The initiative is expected to impact more than 2,400 people by 2026 and will help strengthen local organizations, producers and companies; contribute to food security; and encourage the development of forest restoration models.
In Mato Grosso do Sul, the partnership with IABS focuses on family farming. The goal is to implement low-carbon technologies, increase food security, provide continuous technical assistance and strengthen local organizations. Approximately 670 people will benefit from the initiative by 2024.
Together with SEBRAE, we implement the Semente (“Seed”) project, which trains vulnerable populations in 56 towns in São Paulo. By 2024, the initiative, which focuses on entrepreneurship, will benefit more than 2,500 people through training, mentoring and on-the-job support.
In partnership with BNDES, we sponsor a project in Tocantins to promote entrepreneurship among low-income populations and traditional communities. The initiative is implemented by Instituto Meio and is expected to benefit more than 2,600 people by 2025.
Through another partnership with BNDES, we support, in Maranhão, community projects led by women and young people who practice family farming or are part of indigenous people or traditional communities. The projects must include activities to promote sustainable production and education in the countryside. The program is implemented by the Sociedade, População e Natureza Institute (ISPN, in Portuguese) and will benefit approximately 4,300 people by 2026.
To increase the employability of young people in Brazil, we joined this partnership to offer online training and create job opportunities. More than 70,000 young people are expected to be trained by 2025.
Working in the southeast of Pará, the goal of the initiative is to strengthen local organizations, increase food security, support community ecotourism and drive entrepreneurship. The initiative will reach 1,400 people by 2024.
We strive to grow together with the Brazilian towns that host our operations. We foster dialogue with the communities where we operate to understand their main needs. Based on that, alongside our partners, we propose socioeconomic development projects and initiatives in the regions where we operate. Learn about our regional efforts on the Neighboring Communities page.
With the Urban Dialogue project, Suzano strengthens direct contact with the community of Ribas do Rio Pardo (MS)
Suzano, the world's largest producer of market pulp and a global reference in the manufacture of bioproducts developed from the cultivation of eucalyptus, seeks to maintain a direct and continuous dialogue with the population of Ribas d...