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What has Vale done to meet the Sustainable Development Purposes adopted by the UN?

Vale’s director of Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities, Isis Pagy, wrote an article about the company’s actions to meet the Sustainable Development Purposes (SDP), which are part of a global agenda with 169 goals and 17 purposes, including poverty eradication and quality education.

The article publication is part of the PorUmMundoMelhor [for a better world], launched by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (Cebds).

Check below the article written by the director:

At Vale, we believe that the civil society leading role is strategic in achieving sustainable development. Therefore, we build, on a daily basis, our relationship with the communities where we operate. Through Vale Foundation, for example, we have developed the AGIR Program (Apoio à Geração e Incremento de Renda - Support for Income Generation and Increase), which supports the development of social business units – individual, family and collective ones – with training, technical and managerial assistance, mentoring, direct investment (seed capital) and monitoring of enterprises. The initiative seeks to contribute to the 1st Sustainable Development Purpose, which aims at poverty eradication, in all its forms. With AGIR, Vale encourages the community to play its leading role in generating its own income, valuing its local vocations. In this way, where everyone wins, the business environment is productive and sustainable, attracting more investors and socioeconomic development.

Entrepreneurs participating in the AGIR Program

Economic activities supported include: artisanal production of food, horticulture, apiculture, fish farming, family farming, selective collection services, cleaning and conservation of environments, besides clothing confection and creative economy. In 2016, nine projects were executed in the states of Maranhão, Pará, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro – with 1,125 directly benefited entrepreneurs, 663 qualified entrepreneurs, 106 developed business plans and 81 incubated or accelerated social business units. The AGIR program was recognized by the Banco do Brasil Foundation Award for Social Technology, the main instrument for the identification and certification of social technologies in the country.

In Canaã dos Carajás, Pará, six social business units that went through the process of incubation or acceleration were graduated, obtaining significant results: revenue increase from 70% to 278% and income increase from 167% to 499%. 

Among these business units, there is the Fábrica e Malharia Criativa [Creative Factory and Knitwear], led by women, which initially had the production of handicrafts and sewing items aimed at the socialization and integration of the participants. With the support of the project, the group expanded the product line and improved the production infrastructure, occupying significant space in the local market. Through a partnership with GFN Serigrafia, also incubated by the project, the factory now also sells uniforms and shirts for municipal events.

On Carajás Railroad more than 160 entrepreneurs participate in AGIR, distributed in 11 communities of seven municipalities: Arari, Vitória do Mearim, Alto Alegre do Pindaré, Buriticupu, Bom Jesus das Selvas, São Pedro da Água Branca and Marabá. The enterprises range from the production of oil and babassu oil, going through cutting and sewing products, to sweets and bakery products. In 2016, the first stage of acceleration of the social business units was executed, which included technical assistance and management mentoring (acquisitions, sales, production and administration). The year was also marked by the inauguration of five factories/headquarters of social enterprises in Alto Alegre do Pindaré and Buriticupu and by the organization of fairs for sale of products in Açailândia and São Luís.

Author Information

Isis Pagy

Director of Relations with Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities at Vale, Isis Pagy is an economist and has been working in the social area for more than 30 years. She is also CEO of Vale Foundation.

Source: Cebds

What are the sustainable development purposes?

The sustainable development purposes (SDP) are a global agenda adopted at the UN Summit for Sustainable Development in September 2015, composed of 17 purposes and 169 goals to be achieved by 2030.

In this agenda, worldwide actions are expected in the areas of poverty eradication, food safety, agriculture, health, education, gender equality, inequality reduction, energy, water and sanitation, sustainable standards of production and consumption, climate change, sustainable cities, protection and sustainable use of oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, inclusive economic growth, infrastructure, industrialization, among others.

The SDP were built in a global negotiation process, which began in 2013 and was attended by Brazil in its discussions and definitions regarding this agenda.

Source: SDP Strategy


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