Formare 2017 kicks off with high energy

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Formare students have been attending project classes at units located in Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luiz Antônio (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS) since March 7. The 50 young people are working to learn everything they need to make the right career choice as well as to find out about the particularities of production processes and the routine at IP units.

The first week of class always comes with a lot of curiosity and thirst for learning. To start things off, the IP Institute team holds an orientation, designed especially to welcome students.

On the first day of class, the young people are given an overview of the company and its business units around the world. They also find out about the benefits offered by the program and the hour load of classes.

The following day, the students talk with the IP Formare School Project coordinators at their respective units. At this time the classes, curriculum and assessment process during the course are discussed.

Regular classes are given over by International Paper professionals acting as Volunteer Educators (VEs). The group also develops special projects during the ten months of training and presents them to teams of professionals at internal events.

In Formare, young people learn a little more about the practice of volunteering, which is highly valued at the company.

Institute invites clandestine beekeepers to project

Honey produced without the use of standards puts the security of planted forests at risk

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International Paper Institute recently began mapping its forest areas. This survey identifies the work of beekeepers with clandestine operations in the planted forests or in the Permanent Protection Areas (APP) maintained by IP.

The aim is to not only survey how many people work outside of the rules established by Supportive Beekeeping, but also to invite them to take part in the project. This establishes a dialog to share knowledge about honey production.

Beekeeping is an activity with little environmental impact because it depends on nature and on the time when each species flowers. But clandestine operations do not comply with security standards, which are essential across all activities at International Paper.

“We intend to invite these people to join Supportive Beekeeping. Security is a value at IP and irregular activity puts people’s health at risk along with maintenance of native areas, which we preserve,” says Gabriel Lima, a Social Responsibility and Sustainability Analyst at IP.

The coops that are part of Supportive Beekeeping, a project the company has maintained for seven years, work with the support of security standards established by IP, within current laws. With this, everyone wins! Not just in honey production and quality, but also in technical knowledge by sharing experiences with other beekeepers.

Formare 2017 recebe mais de 170 inscrições de Educadores Voluntários

Project coordinated by International Paper Institute involves IP professionals to train young people for the job market.

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Volunteer Educator (VE) registrations for the next Formare class, which were closed on February 17, were a success. One-hundred and seventy-four professionals decided to share their knowledge with students selected for the 2017 edition of the initiative at the units located in Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luiz Antônio (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS).

The large number of registrations for the project showed International Paper’s commitment to volunteering. Through the IP Institute, the company has already benefitted over 28,000 people in the last year.

Formare 2017 – classes at the three Formare Project School units began on March 7 and are already moving full steam ahead. This year there are over 20 subjects being offered, covering areas of general knowledge, such as Physics, Chemistry, English and Math. Also on the curriculum are subjects connected to the pulp and paper manufacturing process, being given by professionals from the technical areas, who work with industrial processes every day.

Paula Rocha, a Quality and Processes Technician at Três Lagoas, believes that working as a VE teaches students as well as the professionals, who learn a bit more about the dynamic of the classroom and from their time with the students. “A new question always comes up, something they’re wondering about, and this causes me to learn more, to offer them answers. After all, we are all always learning,” says Rocha, who has been with IP for nine years and will be responsible for teaching English.

Three-hundred and fifty young people have already gone through the Formare program since it was implemented at IP in 2010. In addition to classes with Volunteer Educators, the students are tracked by International Paper leaders, who act as tutors, giving them guidance and advice on matters related to their studies and career.

Reverse logistics: an ally of sustainability

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Since 2015, Brazil has had an Industry Agreement in effect between the government and manufacturers, importers, distributors and sellers to implement shared responsibility for the product lifecycle. Under this agreement, private companies commit to cut the amount of packaging sent to landfills by 22% by the end of this year.

This group of organizations, which is connected to the “Corporate Recycling Commitment” (CEMPRE), relies on the reverse logistics process to meet this goal. This means that while stimulating the work of cooperatives, the initiative contributes to the National Solid Waste Policy, implemented by law by the federal government in 2010.

In February of this year, the report on the preliminary results of the Packaging Industry Agreement showed that the reverse logistics system reaches over 50% of the population, through actions carried out in 422 municipalities in 25 states in Brazil. Created by the “Packaging Coalition” group, whose members include 28 business associations, the data shows that this was only possible thanks to growth in the production capacity at coops.

At International Paper – Reducing waste is a constant concern at IP. One of the alternatives the company has implemented since 2013 is the Baled at Source or B@S project. It consists of purchasing scraps (bundles of paperboard) directly from supermarkets, hospitals and manufacturers.

IP establishes a partnership with these large companies and offers the resources needed, such as transportation and the baler, so that packaging is returned and can be recycled.  Scraps are used to make new paperboard boxes and, by purchasing directly from the source, gains are achieved in terms of cost-benefit and in the end product, which is of a higher quality thanks to the raw material.

Online platform allows knowledge to be exchanged between schools across Brazil

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Sharing has never been so popular. That is the case of Edukatu, a network that promises to strengthen relations between Primary School students and teachers to share projects geared towards conscientious consumption and rational use of natural resources. Thanks to a partnership with the State Secretary o Education, Sabesp and Instituto Akatu, 42 projects involving different strategies for saving water are underway.

Registration to take part is free at the edukatu.org.br website. The platform offers various activities to give educators the tools to discuss the topic of environmental sustainability in the classroom, in addition to making it feasible to exchange good practices. There are already 300 schools in 64 municipalities of São Paulo taking part in the initiative, with 1,606 teachers and 1,694 students registered.

Water Savings: a long-held concern at IIP

One of the causes supported by International Paper Institute (IIP) is social and environmental education of children and adolescents. And conscientious use of natural resources is a topic that has been developed by the Guardians of the Water project for the last eight years, which mobilizes public schools near IP units every year to work on projects focused on reducing consumption within schools.

One region is chosen each year, and for 2017 the teachers and students in the municipalities of Luiz Antônio, Guatapará, Altinópolis and São Simão, in the heartland of São Paulo will be able to put their ideas into practice, contributing to preserving this resource that is so valuable to our society.

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Institute assesses the possibility of extending sustainable production to areas protected by International Paper

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Supportive Beekeeping, a project coordinated by International Paper Institute (IIP), is getting ready to reach new heights. In addition to producing honey in planted forests, this year, forest professionals and co-op beekeepers are studying the viability of extending the installation of the beehive boxes used in honey production to Legal Reserve (LR) areas maintained by International Paper (IP).

The idea is to implement the project in 2017 if studies demonstrate the feasibility of extending the apiaries within the safety and sustainability standards required by these LRs, as is currently done in eucalyptus planted forests.

Low environmental impact – Beekeeping is considered a sustainable agricultural activity, since it relies on nature in order to exist. Contrary to other crops, it does not disrupt the environment as it takes advantage of each location’s flora and the blossoming of each species.

Once production in Legal Reserve areas is authorized, it will gain more space and diversity for pollination of the most varied species.   Today, International Paper maintains nearly 26,000 acres of native forests.

THE PROJECT – Since 2011, Supportive Beekeeping has helped maintain the activities of Cooperapis, the Cooperative of the Beekeepers in the Ribeirão Preto Region, and of AAPILEME, the Association of Beekeepers of Leme and the Leme Region, which use IP’s eucalyptus forests to produce honey.   Most of the cooperative and association members make their living exclusively from beekeeping while others develop the activity to earn extra income.

Volunteer Educators get ready for Formare

Prior to the start of the course, VEs will undergo training to learn teaching techniques and methodologies to make the most of class hours

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On February 22, 23 and 24, Volunteer Educators (VEs) for the 2017 IP Formare School Project held at the Três Lagoas, Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu units spent a day undergoing practical training.  With classes given by the Iochpe Foundation, the course was designed to equip International Paper professionals with educational techniques on how to work in-class and make the most of classes, in addition to providing tips to help each of the Volunteer Educators to research topics, prepare content and develop proposals, classroom activities and homework assignments.

The idea is to help VEs unlock their highest potential as educators and encourage students to do so as well by developing critical and analytical thinking for the most varied situations.  The training, which also introduced an overview of education in Brazil and explained the best way to organize an IP professional’s work schedule by balancing it with classroom activities.

Educating Youth for the Future

 During the seven years that International Paper has been coordinated by the IP Institute, the IP Formare School Project has trained over 350 young people and prepared them for the job market. Over 10 months, they attend various classes and develop skills and competencies with disciplines that develop interpersonal communication and relationships, in addition to specific topics related to the production of pulp and paper. The students learn how to develop and execute projects which are presented to other areas of the company and provide support for IIP event organization and promotion, such as volunteer campaigns, among other initiatives.

At the end of training, trainees receive a certificate accredited by the Ministry of Education (MEC) and issued by the Federal University of Technology of Paraná (UTFPR).

Free apps help with the classroom routine

Project at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) catalogs free software with content for Pre-Tertiary and Higher Education

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Formare 2017 students and Volunteer Educators can now rely on yet another free research source to help them in classes and research: the “Free Educational Software for Mobile Devices” project.

Developed by university professor Paulo Francisco Slomp and his student André Machado, both at UFRGS, the project consists of a table of over 300 free apps for the Android system, with content providing support in various knowledge areas. It is an alternative that could help educators and students during their day-to-day classroom activities, with free materials available to anyone who wants to learn more.

Check out the categories and number of apps by educational level.

– 78 for Early Childhood Education;
–  154 for the early years of Primary Education (1st to 5th grade);
– 173 for the last years of Primary Education (6th to 9th grade);
– 181 for Secondary Education;
– 203 for Higher Education.

The material is divided by knowledge area and brings together content on Biology, Physical Education, Arts Education, Physics, Geography, Computing, Math, Medicine, Music, Chemistry and Sociology. There are also materials on accessibility, religious education, languages and games.

Practicing English – The list includes apps in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Catalan. Most of the content is in English, which makes it easy to practice this language by including it in day-to-day activities, in addition to studying the subjects included in the academic curriculum.

Open content – New apps can be entered into the table created by Paulo Slomp and André Machado, allowing the list to be updated at any time.

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