Formare students talk careers and opportunities with the president of IIP

Meeting is part of a series of chats that the Institute promotes to build relations between young students and experienced market professionals


Leandra Ferreira Leite, President of International Paper Institute and the Legal and Sustainability Director at IP, met with the Formare class of 2016 on March 8 and 14 for a talk about the future and career expectations. Whether meeting face-to-face, as was the case of the meeting that took place on the 14th with Mogi Guaçu students, or via teleconference, as was done for the chat with the Luiz Antonio class, Leandra makes a point to participate in this conversation with students every year.

The head of the Institute since 2012, when she took over as president, Leandra has accumulated substantial experience in the legal departments of companies including Polenghi, Braskem, Leroy Merlin and Embraer, where she helped to implement the Embraer Education and Research Institute, an experience that drew her to the International Paper Institute (IIP) from the time it opened in 2007, when she worked as an attorney, prior to taking over as president.

This is the second meeting of this year. In the first meeting, students talked with a marketing professional; this time, they had the chance to meet someone from the legal area, who joined the practice of law with issues related to sustainability and social responsibility, themes with a strong connection to IP’s business and the Institute’s causes.

Always learn – Leandra has taken part in Formare student meetings since the project started and her biggest message each time is the importance of learning. “You need to be open to opportunities and never stop learning, because this could make a difference. I also make a point of emphasizing how important it is to believe in a better future to achieve your dreams. And never give up on them.”

In addition to the importance of learning for career development, the IPI president underscores the value of being humble, for everyone and at any time in your personal and professional life. “Each person has their own story and heartbreaks, but motivation and interest in what is happening in the world are necessary to gain a critical eye and pay more attention to new possibilities and opportunities that come up along the way, which is fundamental to career development.”

Expectations – Every year, Leandra hopes that the Formare students will be curious and very willing to learn. “I also hope that we will be able to place them in the labor market. This is one of the main goals of the project.”

The importance of dialog – For Leandra, creating opportunities for these moments of dialog between experienced professionals and the young Formare students is essential for these young people to have the chance to learn through different perspectives and experiences, since each professional has their own trajectory, with experiences and difficulties that at times may be similar and at other times can be totally different. “What is most important is that these young people see that they are not alone in having questions and difficulties. During the chat, they find that it is possible to change their lives and achieve things that they didn’t even know were possible,” she says. In this sense, “each experience is a life lesson. Each interface is reciprocal learning,” she says in closing.


Time to learn: Formare is back in session in Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio


Luiz Antônio students

With pen and paper in hand, 40 new Formare School Project students began classes in the cities of Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio, in the state of São Paulo, on March 1. Their backpacks contained not only books, but also the expectation to start a new experience. For many, this is a first step and a major opportunity to build their professional careers.

“I know that this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance that will help open doors to the labor market for me, which is why I want to make the most of this experience,” says Murilio Henrique Arruda da Silva, an 18-year-old student at the Luiz Antonio unit. Rafaela Aparecida de Abreu Adolpho Rodriguês, 18, is also a student at Luiz Antônio and is already thinking about the future. “When I finish the course, I will be prepared to get a job.”

Expectations are high, especially after a thorough five-stage selection process that brought over 100 young people to each unit. “I was so nervous, particularly in the group dynamic, since we had to talk openly about our lives in front of another 50 people,” Murilo recalls.

Students were not the only ones with butterflies in their stomachs and that feeling of undertaking a new project. One hundred and forty-six new Volunteer Educators (VEs) will also start this term, filled with a willingness to share and receive knowledge. “I admit that there was a lot of anxiety, but the class developed in such a beneficial way that one hour wasn’t enough. The class was very receptive, and I think that interest by both parties is what made the class go the way it did,” says Glauber Sales, Trainee IHR, at the Mogi Guaçu unit, who started as a VE this year. Glauber, an engineer, is responsible for the “Numerical Basics” class.

Even those who have been Volunteer Educators for a while always have a new story to tel. That is the case with Leticia André, a Logistics Planning Analyst – Exports, at the Mogi Guaçu unit. The Analyst has been part of the educator team since 2014. “I learn from the students every day: listen more, be grateful for everything and everything I have in my life and get along better with others. It’s a two-way street, where we give and receive knowledge in all of the classes.”

Started by the International Paper Institute in 2010, Formare is developed by Fundação Iochpe (social franchise) and offers professional education courses for young people ages 16 to 18 from low-income families.

Since then, 194 young people have graduated from the Project and 28% of them now work at International Paper. “This is a big difference of the Project. Everyone wins with the initiative: the young person, who gets a job, and the company, which recruits a professional with energy to learn and that is already familiar with the company’s culture, standards and policies,” says Gláucia Faria, Social Responsibility Coordinator at International Paper.


Mogi Guaçu students


Those that do not come to work at the company go into the labor market more prepared, since they receive as Process Industry Production Assistant certification recognized by the Ministry of Education and issued by the Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR).

The benefits that Formare gives students go beyond professional education, with the exchange of experiences transforming everyone involved. “I think the program has huge potential to impact these young people’s lives, and I’m willing to lend any help possible for this to happen,” says Glauber Sales. For Leticia André, “when I’m in the classroom with students, I tune out a bit from my work and connect with their ‘little world.’ Each student brings their history with them, their personality, and when we are in contact with each other, we all win.”

In addition to their contact with the Volunteer Educators, Formare students have tutors – International Paper executives – who volunteer to mentor them during the projects over the time of the course. In addition, IPI periodically holds chats between students and experienced market professionals. These are relaxed moments to talk about career decisions and expectations for the future.

Sustainable tips for back in session

Since the theme is back to school, why not remember some important tips on how to make the most of your school supplies? The concept of the 3 Rs of sustainability makes this easier:

  • Think before buying: make a list with everything you need before going to the store to avoid wasting time, material and money.
  •  Will you need research books? You will find the best cost-benefit at used books stores. You can also check with friends and people you know to borrow books, always taking good care of them.


  • Reuse last year’s school supplies. When they are kept in good conditions, backpacks, erasers, pens and pencil cases will do just fine for this year too.
  • Take good care of learning materials, since they could be useful to someone else. Covering books and notebooks is a good way to keep them in good condition. ­­­­­


  • If your notebook from last year has some blank pages left, use them as scratch paper. You can make a notepad and even personalize the cover with cutouts and stickers.
  • Look into selective collection in your city and learn more about how to correctly dispose of the various types of recyclable trash. Citizenship is exercised in the simplest everday attitudes.


‘Espaço Mundi’ joins theater and education for conscientious water consumption in Rio Verde

Initiative is part of the ‘Guardians of the Water’ project, promoted by the International Paper Institute and aimed at involving children in practices to save water resources

Developing an awareness of water use starting in early childhood should be a constant concern not only for education professionals, but for society at large.  Aware of its social role and of the power of children to spread concepts and ‘re-educate’ adults on environmental education practices, the International Paper Institute has a travelling theatrical show called ‘Dr. Mundi and Our Planet Water,’ geared towards 4th and 5th grade students at public elementary schools in Rio Verde – GO.

Inside of the inflatable, semi-circle-shaped Espaço Mundi theater, the public travels through the world of Dr. Mundi, a scientist who is greatly concerned with the planet’s water.  If we think about how the two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, yet only 3% of this is fresh water and that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 7.48 billion people have no access to clean drinking water, Dr. Mundi has a tough job ahead of him!

The International Paper Institute relies on support from the Municipal Education Secretariat of Rio Verde to put on the play. The event is one of the actions that are part of the ‘Guardians of the Water’ (GW) Project, an initiative awarding the best actions related to conscientious water consumption in projects entered by public schools. The “Waterline” photo exhibit, showing photographs from expeditions by sailor Amyr Klink and which was at the Buriti Shopping Center until March 4,  is also part of the GW project.

“‘Guardians of the Water’ is a project that takes place during the year with the goal of raising community awareness about the importance of conscientious water use. The involvement of schools and the Secretariat of Education is fundamental in doing this, so that effective actions are carried out for children to gain a more attentive view of environmental actions,” says Glaucia Faria, Sustainability and Social Responsibility coordinator at the International Paper Institute.


Public schools interested in taking part in ‘Espaço Mundi’ can register online at from March 22 to April 24. Plays will be performed at schools from April 18 to 23 at Parque de Exposições (Sindicato Rural) in Rio Verde – Rua 72, nº 345 – Bairro Popular. The event is free.


‘Espaço Mundi’ will have a special session for children of International Paper employees on March 20 (Sunday), at 10 AM.



In addition to the performances for school groups, on April 20 (Sunday), ‘Espaço Mundi’ will have two sessions open to the public, at 3 PM and 7 PM. Entry is free.


You can find the form for registration online at






Green cities: what do environmentally friendly cities have in common?

Living in a “green city” has, more and more, become the dream of many people. Who wouldn’t like to walk along tree-lined streets, breathing clean air and strolling along the banks of unpolluted rivers?

It may seem like a fairytale setting, but the Green City Index report, done by Siemens with the Economist Intelligence Unit, lists the cities around the world that most fit this profile. And there is more good news! A Brazilian city is included in this group in the latest survey, released in 2015.

This study considers and scores eight sustainability categories: CO2 emissions and energy, transport, water, waste management, air quality, sanitation, buildings and environmental governance.


  • San Francisco (United States)

Considered the most environmentally-friendly city in North America by the index, this city has a long history of environmental awareness, with a recycling rate of 77%, one of the highest in the world. This is the result of a requirement that everyone separate normal trash from recyclables. A great idea, right? Moreover, this American city prioritizes consumption of locally produced ingredients and uses bikes for transportation.



Copenhagen (Denmark)Copenhagen

In Europe, honors go to this Danish city, with extremely low rates of pollutant emissions, considering its size and population of around 1.2 million. How is this possible? Because over 50% of the population uses bikes to get around and there is quality and accessible public transportation. Other prominent features: concern for recycling and production of compost, in addition, of course, to its efforts to find ways to save on electricity and heating.


Vancouver (Canadá)
Want clean air? Vancouver has an excellent ranking in the carbon gas emissions and air quality aspect. The solution? Incentives for the use of clean energies. The city has also committed to reducing its emissions by 33% by 2020. While the world’s major cities continue to build new roads, prioritizing automobile traffic, this city turned its attention to offering citizens ecological transport options, investing in bike paths and pedestrian spaces. That’s a plus for them!


Cape Town

Cape Town (South Africa)
South Africa’s second most populous city is at the forefront of the environmental movement on the African continent. The path to achieving this place was a bet on energy savings and in the use of renewable resources, such as wind energy. And they have a goal to go even further: to obtain 10% of their energy from renewable resources by 2020. Another movement that is starting to gain strength is incentives for using bikes for transportation. Although the city does not have many bike paths, bikes can be taken on buses, encouraging people to leave their cars at home.


Curitiba (Brazil)


The Latin American representative, the capital of Paraná is notable for its efficient bus corridor system, which has contributed to people using public transportation and, as a result, has resulted Curitiba being ranked as one of the cities with the best air quality in the index. What an awesome example! In addition, the city has a pioneering recycling program that was created back in the ’80s. Future goals include planning for metro system construction and over 300 km of bike paths.

In an increasingly urban world, being environmentally friendly is a challenge. Yet we end up seeing that the articulation of an environmentally responsible government and the support of an engaged population, it is possible.

Being a green city means looking for a balance between managing the needs of the city and its commitment to preserving the environment. It means being sustainable! And this transformation should start with us, through little actions. Are you doing your part?



2016: a year of expectations for Supportive Beekeeping

Rainfall volumes at the start of the year favor honey production among the Project’s member beekeepers


“Expectations are great!” It is with this enthusiasm that José Antônio Monteiro, president of COOPERAPIS (Beekeepers Coop of the Ribeirão Preto Region) and another 20 cooperative members started 2016. The reason came from above. “The volume of rainfall in the last few months will drive our honey production this year,” he says in celebration.

In addition to the many impacts on the water supply, the drought of 2015 also affected honey production among the country’s beekeepers. “Without rain, the eucalyptus doesn’t flower, and without flowers to pollinate, the bees don’t produce honey,” explains Arnaldo Maurício Correa Neto, a beekeeping consultant who provides support to AAPILEME (Beekeepers Association of Leme and the Leme Region), a new International Paper Institute partner in the Supportive Beekeeping program.

However, the consultant shares a warning. “Excessive rain can also hinder production. The ideal climate is a mix of moderate rainfall and sun, favoring flowering of plants, production of nectar by flowers and pollination by the bees.”

IIP project beekeepers are quite familiar with the damages from a lack of rain. While honey production in 2014 was 40,523 tons, 2015 ended with just 8.4 tons, even with twice as many beehive boxes. “It was a worrisome year for us. But we think that we will achieve great results in 2016,” says Monteiro. And there is good reason why. This year, around 1000 hives were set up in the eucalyptus forest that serves the Luiz Antônio unit. “Because the eucalyptus flowers from December to May, we are able to get between two to three ‘harvests,'” he estimates.

Outside of this period when the eucalyptus flowers, beekeepers make their living by harvesting wild honey, where beehive boxes are set up in native forest or in other types of crop, such as in orange orchards, for instance. International Paper is also able to make contributions here, since it maintains around 20% of its eucalyptus plantations as native forest. “Without the IP partnership, we wouldn’t survive in the region,” says José Antônio Monteiro.

According to Arnaldo Maurício Correa Neto, these partnerships with major companies are fundamental for these beekeeping groups. “Few companies have established beekeeping programs like IP. These partnerships with large companies foster formation of associations and coops among local beekeepers, who gain strength and government incentives. In the state of São Paulo, beekeepers that are not part of these groups will not survive,” says Arnaldo.

The Supportive Beekeeping Project currently has partnerships with two beekeeping groups that work in the forests in the regions of Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio, benefitting around 25 people, including coops and employees.

IP Institute brings “Guardians of the Water” project to Rio Verde

City hosts sailor Amyr Klink for a talk, in addition to the “Waterline” exhibit, showing photographs from Klink’s expeditions and highlighting conscientious use of water resources.


The 2016 edition of the “Guardians of the Water” is coming to Rio Verde – GO for the first time. The event kicking off this edition includes a talk on responsible consumption with sailor Amyr Klink, who has made over 40 oceanic voyages, including 15 to Antarctica, in his 30 years on the seas. The event is taking place on February 26 (Friday), at 7 PM at Senac Rio Verde.

The “Guardians of the Water” project is an International Paper Institute initiative to raise awareness about responsible use of water resources in communities near the company’s units. The project involves primary schools in the region and is aimed at getting people to pass along ecologically sustainable attitudes.

Klink was the first and only person to row solo across the South Atlantic, in 1984, aboard his boat, the I.A.T. Upon returning to land, he registered his experience in the book “100 Days Between Sea and Sky,” the first of his five publications.


In 2006, he launched “Waterline: Between Shipyards and Sailors,” a book that is celebrating its one decade anniversary this year and for which the travelling photo exhibit that is coming to Rio Verde is named, an exhibit featuring the sailor’s travels. In addition to photos, the I.A.T, the boat used by Klink in his solo journey across the Atlantic 30 years ago, will also be on display to the public at the free show.

In three decades of sailing the high seas, Amyr Klink has become a reference in conscientious consumption of water resources, since his long journeys across the oceans require precise planning of the amount of fresh water needed on board and control in its use so that none goes to waste.

The “Waterline” exhibit is a free event being held from February 27 to March 4 at Buriti Shopping, located at Rua O, 1044 – Jardim Campestre.

Open to the public from 10 AM to 10 PM, Monday thru Friday. Open on Sunday from 2 PM to 8 PM.