- Social & Environmental Responsibility
Social & EnvironmentalResponsibility
Klabin seeks to maintain dialogue and good relationships in the communities where it operates, as well as to create and stimulate
actions engaged in the environmental preservation of their work areas.
For this she focuses her efforts on four main pillars of action:
In the Education pillar, Klabin’s actions include supporting improvements in education, sports and
citizenship. The projects focus on supporting the development of teachers and students at all educational
levels (pre-school, elementary, high school, vocational and afterschool) and on improving school infrastructure.
Growing up Reading
This initiative supports the development of preschool professionals and the construction of children’s libraries in public schools with a catalogue of 450 books recommended by the Ministry of Education. The project was developed in partnership with United Way Brasil and the Avisa Lá Institute, and since its launch, in 2014, the project already has been expanded to 26 cities in eight Brazilian states where Klabin operates. Around 10,000 children already have been benefitted. It also has organized training programs for over 630 preschool professionals (teachers, technicians from public education department, principals and teaching coordinators) and donated more than 18,000 books.
Klabin Sowing Education
Provides consulting services for principals, educators and teachers in 31 state public schools in the cities of Telêmaco Borba, Ortigueira and Imbaú, in Paraná state. The program shares methods, best practices and tools for improving indicators for school management, which include leadership training and encouraging local communities to participate. The project, in partnership with Falconi Educação, has organized actions to improve the educational management of 31 public school focusing on the two evaluation pillars of the Basic Education Development Index (IDEB): student fail and drop-out rates and student proficiency in Math and Portuguese, with the three cities improving their scores in this indicator. It also has worked to foster community engagement in school life and provided methodological support for the plan to improve indicators. The program, which was created in 2017, has administered training to more than 140 school managers and benefitted over 11,000 students.
The Klabin Terra Viva Volunteer Association is a non-profit organization that, since its creation in 2003, has organized citizenship and solidarity actions with the support of our employees and their families. The projects are one-off, such as organizing drives for warm clothing, food or blood donations, and/or related to commemorative dates. It also organizes educational programs that provide support for those seeking their first job as well as technical and creative classes, such as guitar, foreign languages and computer classes. The projects target various publics, such as youth in social risk situations and the elderly. The association has approximately 300 volunteers, most of whom come from Klabin units, and has benefitted around 12,000 people at the more than 50 assisted organizations.
Klabin’s Our Digital Language Program
In partnership with the Jaborandi Institute, this initiative has worked since 2009 to improve the oral and written communication skills of youth aged 13 to 18 who are the children of employees and residents in the community of Telêmaco Borba, Paraná. Supported by technology, it addresses topics such as identity, sexuality, environment, citizenship, drugs and more. The program is being expanded to include students in the fifth grade of municipal public schools by incorporating the topics into their curriculum. It has been carried out since 2010 with the Municipality of Telêmaco Borba and since 2017 with the Municipality of Ortigueira. To date, 1,110 students have graduated from the Vera Lafer Cultural Space, 1,740 from schools in Telêmaco Borba and 471 from schools in Ortigueira.
This project disseminates the culture of safety in the local communities near the Monte Alegre Airport. The initiative, which Klabin has executed since 2013, is supported by the Local Education Department of Telêmaco Borba. Students from age 7 to 11 in the second to fifth grades in municipal public schools are taught in their classrooms to disseminate the information they receive on safety. In turn, they raise awareness among relatives, neighbors, visitors and other people in the community on proper behavior and to avoid crossing the airport area for any reason, while teaching them to preserve and respect property.
Klabin for Local Development
Klabin’s social investment initiatives strengthen skills and knowledge and leverage the potential of each
region. It believes in the economic, social and cultural empowerment of local communities as a
way to develop the areas where the company operates.
The proposition of the Forums, which involve various actors from organized civil society and the public and private sectors, is that everyone can work together in search of a new land management model by discussing solutions to local issues. The company does not play a lead role in said forums, but instead acts as one of the players, interested, just like the others, in finding answers with the capacity to contribute to sustainable local development. The project, which began in 2015 in the cities of Correia Pinto and Otacílio Costa in Santa Catarina, has been enhanced. In 2017, Klabin expanded the project by implementing an initiative in Goiana, Pernambuco. This edition of the Forum, called “Goiana in Action” and conducted in partnership with the Avina Foundation, involved applying the Social Progress Index (SPI), a methodology that measures aspects of quality of life in the region independent of economic performance, which made it possible to efficiently identify the city's actual situation and to recommend the priorities on which the group should focus. In 2018, the initiative was selected to be presented at the event SDGs in Brazil, which was held during the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) and featured private-sector initiatives related to the SDGs.
This project’s actions include rural property planning, conservation, environmental education and forest development in the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina. Small and midsized property owners receive guidance on the most efficient, profitable and environmentally friendly ways to operate. Producers take courses, conduct community support actions, make visits to exchange knowledge and receive free native saplings. The program also encourages silviculture using forests planted with pine and eucalyptus as well as native species. It also focuses on enriching secondary forests, restoring riparian forests, supporting the conservation of water sources, organic agriculture and ecotourism. The initiative is conducted in partnership with the Association for Preservation of the Environment and Life (Apremavi).
Social Forests – Planning Sustainable Properties
Helps family farmers in the Ortigueira, Telêmaco Borba and Imbaú regions of Paraná state to obtain their Rural Environmental Registration (CAR) in the Environmental Recovery Plan (PRA). It also contributes to sustainable planning and to the diversification of property use. In this way, it encourages family farming, keeps people from migrating to cities, supports the region’s production and consumption chain and fosters entrepreneurship. The project is carried out in partnership with the Micro and Small Company Support Service (Sebrae), the international organization The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Apremavi. In 2017, the initiative benefitted 84 new properties, for a total of 338 service events since June 2015. One of the highlights of the year was that part of the crops produced by program members began to be sold to the company supplying meals to Klabin's units in Paraná. One of the rural producers also supplemented her family income by selling baskets of organic products through a social network.
Beekeeping & Meliponiculture
This program was started in 2005, when Klabin ceded the use of its forests for beekeeping to the families of small and midsized rural producers. In addition to augmenting their household income, the program benefits the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, since the bees pollinate plant species and improve the productivity of other crops. In 2017, the program set a new honey production record of 40 tons, which came from producers in Ortigueira and Telêmaco Borba, in Paraná state. Since the program’s launch, 143 tons of honey have been produced and sold. The initiative is carried out in partnership with the Beekeepers' Association of Telêmaco Borba and the Caminhos do Tibagi Cooperative Society. In 2018, the program was expanded to the cities of Otacílio Costa, Santa Catarina and Angatuba, São Paulo.
Small Producer Certification
Klabin helps rural producers in the region of the Middle Tibagi River in Paraná state to obtain one of the world’s most renowned forest certifications: Forest Stewardship Council®, or FSC®. The initiative is part of the company’s strategy to have certified 100% of the wood used in its production process. The seal is a recognition of responsible forest stewardship and allows certified producers to sell value-added wood, which benefits the entire production chain. Today, 47,983 hectares on 177 rural properties are already certified. Klabin finances the entire process, which also is supported by expert consultants.
The Klabin Program to Support Regional Development in Paraná - Multi-Year Plans emerged from the need to support municipal public management planning, with a focus on strengthening regional institutions. The initiative emerged during the process to identify the Regional Development Guidelines (DDR) conducted by the consulting firm Interação Urbana, in 2016. The process led to priority being given to the municipalities most important to Klabin’s operations in the region: Telêmaco Borba, Ortigueira and Imbaú. In 2017, senior officials in each municipal government met and, with technical support from the consultants and experts, analyzed current government plans, the multi-year plan in effect and industry’s plans for the joint creation of proposals for the new Multi-Year Plans (PPA) for 2018-2021. The proposals will be submitted to public hearings for validation and, lastly, to the Municipal Councils to be passed into law.
Klabin maintains Environmental Education projects targeting teachers and students in local communities.
The idea is to raise ecological awareness and to promote respect for the environment
and biodiversity conservation.
This program trains teachers in cities in the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina to raise ecological awareness and help develop citizens who are conscientious of their responsibilities with regard to the environment. Since 2007, the program has benefitted 442 schools, over 1,200 teachers and nearly 160,000 students with the support from local governments, institutions and partners.
Elementary school students receive theoretical and hands-on training to develop multipliers in environmental education. The content covered includes environmental preservation, environmental law, local flora and fauna, first aid, citizenship, morals and ethics. The program, which is organized by the Santa Catarina State Environmental Police, has been supported by Klabin since 2005. It already has benefitted 345 youth from 11 and 14 years old in various cities where the company operates in Santa Catarina.
Força Verde Mirim
The project, which was launched in 2014 in Telêmaco Borba, Paraná with the name “Guardians of Nature,” targets students in the fourth and fifth grades in municipal elementary schools. It promotes environmental education and raises awareness on the environment and the importance of preserving natural riches through theoretical and practical activities. The project is executed in partnership with the Paraná State Environmental Military Police and the municipal education departments. In 2017, it had 65 students participating and expanded its activities to Ortigueira, Paraná.
Growing Up Project
A continuing education project for direct and indirect employees on topics such as the environment, health, family management, quality of life and professional growth. In Santa Catarina, over 900 own employees and contractors, as well as wood suppliers, worked on 38 different work fronts in 2017. In Paraná, four lectures were given every three months to field and administrative staff, for a total of over 1,800 own and third-party employees participating in the period.
Klabin’s Solid Waste Project was created following a diagnosis conducted its its solid waste management to comply with Brazil's National Solid Waste Plan (Federal Law 12,305/10) in seven municipalities located in the area under the company’s direct influence: Ortigueira, Telêmaco Borba, Imbaú, Tibagi, Reserva, Tamarana and Ventania in Paraná state. To facilitate its legal compliance, Klabin submitted to each municipal government an Integrated Solid Waste Plan, which served as the basis for joint actions on the following fronts: Infrastructure Investments and Environmental Education. Project highlights: drafting the Inter-municipal Solid Waste Plan to be approved in public hearings, legally instituting recycling programs and the responsibilities of waste generators, training cooperatives, environmental education, the Landfill Project and the Waste Treatment Center in a consortium involving the seven cities, located in Imbaú.
Klabin’s initiatives to foster cultural development through artistic
expression include the activities of the Vera Lafer Cultural Space:
Klabin’s Singing Girls and Right Step.
Klabin's Singing Girls
Created in 2004, at the Monte Alegre Unit, this program was expanded to the Puma Unit in 2017, with both cities located in the state of Paraná. Klabin’s Singing Girls is a group formed by the daughters of employees and young girls age between seven and seventeen older from the communities of Telêmaco Borba and Ortigueira. The project offers choir practice and teaches the basic principles of musical theory, rhythm and vocal technique. Since its founding, the project already has served over one thousand young girls.
Klabin’s Right Step Program
The program offers contemporary dance and capoeira between six and seventeen older from the local community and the children of Klabin’s employees. Its main goal is to develop body language through art and to promote the quality of life of employees. It was created in August 2008 at the Monte Alegre Unit, in partnership with Studio 3 Cia. de Dança, and was expanded to the Puma Unit in 2017, having already served more than one thousand youth since its creation.