Formare students participate in technical visit

Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio classes went to Sumaré to see a chemical plant

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Students from Mogi Guaçu  (SP)

Every year, International Paper Institute schedules a day on the Formare agenda to bring together the classes at the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antonio units in the state of São Paulo. In 2017, this meet-up took place in the city of Sumaré (SP), at the Buckman chemical plant facilities. It was a chance for the young people to expand their horizons regarding professional work by learning about other kinds of factory processes.

On November 1, the 40 students met to learn about product research, analysis and development from a new perspective. Buckman not only serves the pulp and paper market, but also provides supplies for the leather, biofuels, oil and gas and other industries. On the day of the visit, the young people were welcomed by professionals from various areas, who explained a bit about the company and its products.

Turma de Luiz Antônio (SP)

Students from Luiz Antônio (SP)

The industry’s concern with matters related to safety and sustainability called the students’ attention to the similarity that they find with the work done at International Paper. At IP, safety is a value, which is why it is taught to young people at the start of training in the Formare School Project.

During training, the classes also learn about the practices the company uses to reduce environmental impacts.

The exchange of experiences between the students from the different units is an important part of their nine months at Formare. The project not only carries out an immersion in the pulp and paper industry’s production process, but also prepares these young people for the challenges of the labor market, regardless of the industry where they will work in the future.

Brazil progresses in achiving the Global Compact 2030 Agenda

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In October 2017, Brazil took an important step forward in becoming one of the most engaged countries in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The University of São Paulo (USP) signed a partnership agreement with the UN to house the first regional office of the Cities Program, which is part of the Global Compact – a humanitarian agreement between companies, civil society organizations and other institutions around the world.

The office is located in the International Broadcast Center (CDI, its acronym in Portuguese), at Cidade Universitária. The goal is for the space to be a center of scientific research on the UN’s humanitarian topics in Latin America. That way cities and states can bring their demands and problems to researchers, who will propose solutions.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched on September 25, 2015. The document, which is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is the result of lengthy consultations and debates between governments, academia, civil society and the private sector.

The Agenda lists the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 169 targets for achieving two goals: to strengthen universal peace and eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions. That is why the action plan works around the five Ps: people, prosperity, peace, partnership and planet.

The SDGs and IP Institute – The private sector’s engagement is very important for the UN to achieve its ambitious goals. Because International Paper understands that sustainability is crucial to the success of business, it also contributes towards achieving the goals. Through the new pillars of the New IP Way, the company has selected 11 goals from the UN’s 2030 Agenda to work on and develop at all of its units. They are:

 

  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;

 

  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;

 

  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;

 

  • Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all;

 

  • Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all;

 

  • Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;

 

  • Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;

 

  • Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;

 

  • Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy;

 

  • Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development;

 

  • Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.