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Formare students honor volunteers and family at graduation ceremony

Ceremonies were held on December 13, 14 and 19

December marked the end of IP Formare activities, bringing with it the feeling of a duty accomplished and good memories, with the 46 students graduating the course in Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luís Antonio (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS) saying farewell.

_MG_0031Mogi Guaçu – The 19 students at the unit kicked off the graduation festivities on December 13. The ceremony highlighted the work of volunteer educators (VEs) José Carlos Alexandre Barbosa, named outstanding VE and the class counselor, and the class paranymph Jhonathan Pimenta, recognized for his performance and his friendly relations with the young people.

The speaker chosen by the Mogi Guaçu students was Gustavo Borges, who thanked his colleagues for their partnership during the months of Formare classes, in addition to recognizing the work of the volunteers. The graduate paid a brief homage to all of his family members at the Espaço Gênesis, the location chosen for the ceremony.

image006Luiz Antônio – The following day (14), the ceremony was held for the Luiz Antônio (SP) unit class. The 17 graduates gathered at Espaço Indaiá, in the city of Ribeirão Preto (SP), to celebrate the end of one stage and the start of a new professional future.

The speaker, Júlia Souza, spoke about the lessons the entire team learned during the year and gave thanks for the opportunities the project provided her and the friends she made. Graduate Rafaela Duarte gave a speech honoring the volunteers and student Marcelo Alves thanked all of the families on behalf of the entire 2017 class for their support during Formare.

Trainee Gabriella Pavanelli was chosen as the “breakout star” VE at Luiz Antônio. Her first time in Formare, she was responsible for the Basic Math class and thanked everyone for the opportunity and lessons she learned alongside the students. VE Claudecil Prado was the outstanding veteran of the night; he has worked with the project since the first class in 2011, accompanying the growth of not only the students year to year, but also of the IP Formare program as an instrument to transform the lives of the region’s young people.

In addition to Gabriella and Claudecil, Administrative Supervisor Wagner Cortez was also honored. He was responsible for the Environment and Corporate Organization class, acting as a tutor in the Aim for the Example program, where executives choose a student to tutor. In addition, he set aside time for one-time meetings with each project student. That is why the Luiz Antônio class chose him as the VE Friend of the Class.

Três Lagoas – In Mato Grosso do Sul, the ceremony was held on December 19 at the Triunfo Eventos space. Student Natalya Moreira was the speaker, representing the unit’s 10 students. She thanked the VEs for their dedication and her classmates for sharing their knowledge. Cleisla Martins highlighted the dedication of the Volunteer Educators, represented by Otávio Rodrigues, chosen as the class counselor.

Student Juliane Ribeiro recognized the work of the Três Lagoas class paranymph, Helder Carvalho, chosen for his good relationship with the 2017 class. The students chose their classmate Lincoln Batista to thank their families.

The night’s honorees handed out the diplomas and gave the young people words of encouragement to continue to do well in their studies to move forward professionally.

The event was attended by local IP leaders, the President of the Institute, Leandra Ferreira Leite, and by the Social Responsibility Manager, Gláucia Faria.

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Teachers and students grow gardens and consume organic foods at public schools in RS

A total of 8 institutes joined the project. The goal is to reach 19 schools in 2018

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Planting, caring for and harvesting organic food from the garden, to eat during school meals and even take home. That is the purpose of the Education & Sustainability Project in Carazinho, in northern Rio Grande do Sul, with eight public high schools joining the program, which just reached the end of its first year.

The initiative by teacher Rodrigo Berté consists of creating and maintaining mandala gardens (circular with various crops) at public schools. To do this, teachers were trained to cover topics such as environmental education in the classroom. The goal is to teach students to take better care of the environment.

The benefit is that planted products are organic and are used in students’ school meals. Within the institutions, composting units were developed for waste. The action includes partnership from the city’s Specialized Promoter of the Environment, the International University Center (Uninter) and the Municipal Secretariat of Education and Culture.

According to the project’s creator, at some schools, the benefits went beyond healthier eating. Water and power consumption fell by 25% over the year.

A mission – Saving water and energy for a more sustainable world is an IP Institute commitment. In 2017, the Guardians of the Water Project alone was able to cut water waste in schools in the Luiz Antônio (SP) region. Winning institutions were able to build cisterns to collect and reuse rainwater, creating savings on water costs.

But it did not stop there. Nature and Body, a program working with the concept of the garden in the school environment, had its first harvest in October and benefitted centers supporting homeless people in Três Lagoas (MS). Around seven kilos of vegetables were harvested and received by Vera Helena, the Social Assistance Secretary, at a special event at the Joaquim Marques de Souza school.

The IP  sustainability report shows the company’s good practices in different indicators, such as: natural resources preservation and savings, occupational safety, personnel management, community actions, and more. You can access it at http://relatorio.institutoip.com.br/2016/index.html.

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Formare Project trains approximately 50 young people for the job market in 2017

The goal of the project is social transformation by educating young people

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Class from Mogi Guaçu (SP)

In 2017 alone, the Formare Project trained approximately 50 young people for the job market. The project has been at IP since 2010, through a partnership with Fundação Iochpe. Students enter the course through a rigorous selective process including exams, group dynamics and interviews. All of the students are from communities neighboring the International Paper businesses in the cities of Luiz Antônio (SP), Mogi Guaçu (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS).

“We are doing more than training socially vulnerable young people; we are helping to change their family base. We believe that by maintaining this project at our factory units, we are transforming the lives of people through example, education and showing them a scenario of opportunities,” says Tomás Fernandes, the project’s coordinator.

Over nine months, classes are given from Monday through Friday voluntarily by IP professionals – known as Volunteer Educators. The project also relies on participation from executives that hold leadership positions and serve as tutors for students through the “Aim for the Example” program.

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Class from Três Lagoas (MS)

“Os alunos são talentos descobertos e podemos lapidá-los, é gratificante! Sabemos que isso só é possível pela estrutura que o Formare proporciona para cada um. Os jovens passam a ter outra percepção da vida profissional e pessoal”, declarou Gabriella Pavanelli, trainee da IP, também Educadora Voluntária do Formare.

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In addition to theoretical classes, students also have the chance to learn about pulp and paper production processes during Professional Practice, where they are monitored by IP professionals and are able to apply the theory they learn in the classroom.

Moreover, at the end of the course, the students receive a certificate, issued by Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR) and accredited by the Ministry of Education (MEC).

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Class from Luiz Antônio (SP)

“Formare turned me into a better person!  It contributed to my personal and professional development, making me a more communicative person. I now know the value of teamwork and, through Professional Practice, I chose the career I want to pursue. Formare also showed me how important education is and how it is part of achieving my goals,” says Mileny Nomura, 19, a 2017 Formare student.

In its 10 years at International Paper Institute, over 300 young people have gone through the Formare program. The project has taken place in Mogi Guaçu (SP) since 2010, in Luiz Antônio (SP) since 2011 and in Três Lagoas (MS) since 2014. The next classes start in March at the 3 units.

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Mogi Guaçu students meet students from Formare Eaton

Companies promote a class interchange to exchange good practices

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The exchange of experiences is an important stage within the Formare School Project. To allow for this interaction in the final stretch of classes in 2017, International Paper and Eaton brought together the students that took part in training at the two companies on October 26 and 27.

On the first day, the 20 young people, ages 15 to 18, who are taking part in the program at Eaton left Mogi Mirim (SP) for a technical visit to International Paper’s Mogi Guaçu (SP) unit. They learned about the industrial processes in the pulp and paper industry and were accompanied by a coordinator and three volunteer educators who work at the automation company.

In addition to factory processes, the students learned more about some of the safety standards at IP. They also had a chance to check out the sustainability initiatives developed by the Institute, through its social and educational projects.

The following day, on October 27, the Formare students at IP Mogi Guaçu had their turn to see the Eaton factory in Mogi Mirim. They learned a little more about the process of manufacturing products for automotive engines, which is one of the company’s business areas. The young people were impressed by the production automation. “Several students said that they would like to work there,” says Ednaldo Linardi, who is an intern in the Corporate Affairs area at IP.

In addition to the technologies employed at the factory, the company’s concern with safety was one of the highlights of the visit. The students paid close attention to all of the instructions they were given during the visit and praised the professionals for their receptive attitude, who explained the details of their areas during the tour.

The two companies also put together a lunch at their respective units to create yet another moment to exchange ideas between students and professionals. It was a chance to have an informal chat about career possibilities and share tips with those taking their first steps along their career path. “The students were very curious and wanted to learn during the two visits, and this is extremely gratifying,” says Ednaldo, who accompanied the classes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Nature and Body harvests its first crop

Food grown by the IP Institute project will benefit centers supporting vulnerable populations (Centros POP) Três Lagoas (MS)

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With the work of students and teachers, the Joaquim Marques de Souza and Parque São Carlos schools, participants in the Nature and Body Project, harvested their first crop on October 6. Donations were delivered to the Municipal Social Assistance Secretariat of Três Lagoas, which will send the produce to Centros Pop, serving people living on the street.

In total, around seven kilos of produced was harvested, including: lettuce, arugula, chicory and spring onions, which will feed people served by programs through the city’s Social Assistance Secretariat.

The food was received by Vera Helena, the Social Assistance Secretary, at a special event at the Joaquim Marques de Souza school, which was attended by the students responsible for the harvest.

Nature and Body is one of the projects coordinated by International Paper Institute, aimed at preserving Brazilian food traditions.  The project uses vegetable gardens to encourage the adoption of healthier eating habits, with varied consumption of vegetables and leafy greens.

Nature and Body began in 2013 and started with gardens of herbs that were popularly known for their therapeutic properties. In 2016, the project evolved to implementation of gardens within the school environment. From the start, IIP has provided total support to set up the gardens.

 

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Winning Guardians of the Water Project schools reiterate the importance of water

shutterstock_347798567From July to September, public school educators in Luís Antônio (SP) and the region worked on raising student awareness regarding preservation of water resources, through the “Guardians of the Water” project, coordinated by International Paper Institute.

The schools in Luís Antonio, Altinópolis, Guatapará and São Simão, in the state of São Paulo, submitted their projects to reduce water waste and the winners received a cash prize to make their ideas a reality and put them into practice.

Getting to work – The Marcílio Bondesan School, the winner in São Simão, built a mini cistern to collect and reuse rainwater, creating savings.

While the Prof. Andréia Sertori Sandrin School, in Guatapará, included dynamics to raise awareness about water conservation in its project, in addition to setting up an unprecedented green space at the school. To do this, a green roof was built using treated eucalyptus. The aim was to show students that it is possible to respect nature and bring more life to the area, even in a small space.

In Altinópolis, a talk on sustainability was held at Prof. Carmem Miguel Vicari School, given by civil engineer Wadje de Mello Sobiesiak, who discussed people’s role in preserving the environment. He showed how it is each person’s duty to collaborate to reduce pollution, saving natural resources. The engineer used the occasion to show students the plans for a project to implement two water reservoirs.

At the Helena Maria Luiz de Mello School, in Luiz Antônio, the project included building a cistern on the patio to use rainwater to irrigate a garden made by the students using PET bottles and tires.

IIP – The involvement of schools with the Guardians of the Water Project promotes changing behavior among individuals towards the sustainable use of water resources. Preserving nature means guaranteeing our own existence.

Saving water is a subject that will always garner reflection and awareness. That is why International Paper Institute has worked on behalf of this cause since 2008, joining the entire academic community, so that people’s lives can indeed be transformed.

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IP Sustainability Report shows advances in environmental conservation

Company remains focused on the 2020 agenda and on reducing pollutant emissions by 13% in two years

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International Paper released its Sustainability Report in October. This document shows the company’s good practices in different indicators, such as: natural resources preservation and savings, occupational safety, personnel management, community actions, and more.

Every year, large companies provide accountability to society regarding initiatives carried out to reduce the environmental impacts caused by their activities.  In a demonstration of transparency, all of this information is compiled into a document, making an organization’s social responsibility initiatives public.

Transforming people’s lives – As the basis of its sustainability, IP has established the 4Ps: Performance, People, Planets and Products. In practice, these four pillars show how the company should act ethically to achieve financial results with the least possible environmental impact, generating jobs by creating renewable and recyclable products.

At IP, transforming people’s lives is a mission. It is a job done on multiple fronts, with professionals, partners, clients and the community. This is where International Paper Institute comes in, as the organization responsible for the social and educational projects developed by the company. In 2016 alone, over 28,500 people benefitted from projects such as: Supportive Beekeeping, SEE, Guardians of the Water, EEP, Nature and Body and others.

Innovation on behalf of the environment – In recent years, IP has lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 13%, within the target established for 2020. Out of all water used in industrial processes, 95% is treated before returning to nature and 90% of the power used at factories comes from renewable resources.

For more details go to: http://relatorio.institutoip.com.br/2016/index.html

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National Book Day: October 29

Date celebrates the creation of the National Library in 1810 

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National Book Day, celebrated in Brazil on October 29, takes us back to the country’s colonial age. With the Portuguese court having come to Brazil in 1808, the city of Rio de Janeiro received a rich collection from the Royal Library of Portugal, with over 60,000 items. At first, all of the material was placed at the Hospital of the Third Order of Carmo.

But on October 29, 1810, the Portuguese royals founded the National Library, transferring the collection to a new location. A decree ordered that “in the catacombs of the Hospital of Carmo, the Royal Library is to be erected and accommodated, with physical and mathematical instruments, with the Royal Treasury undertaking the costs of all expenditures leading to the arrangement and maintenance of the aforementioned establishment.” This historical fact inspired the creation of “National Book Day.”

With the return of the royal family to Portugal, part of the collection also returned to its country of origin. Even so, with the passage of time and the acquisition of valuable collections, the National Library only grew. UNESCO considers the institution to be one of the world’s ten best national libraries and it is also the largest library in Latin America, currently holding around 10 million items.

More readers – the habit or reading in Brazil is growing slowly. In 2015, 50% of the population had read books within the last 12 months and in the last year, with this percentage rising to 56%, according to a study done by Ibope (Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics) at the request of Instituto Pró-Livro.

According to the survey, 67% of those interviewed stated that they were not encouraged by those near them to read more. Aware of the role reading plays in the development of kids and young people, International Paper Institute invests in initiatives to expand access to reading. The Book City project, for instance, has benefitted around 50,000 children over its seven years of action.

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Children’s Day and IP Institute

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 Brazil celebrates Children’s Day on October 12. The holiday was created in the country through a federal law proposed by Congressman Galdino Filho and signed into law by President Arthur Bernardes in 1924. The date set by the legislature was not popular at first.

In the 1960s, the Estrela toy factory changed the status of this date. To drive sales of its “Bebê Robusto” doll, the company created a promotion that lasted seven days. Because the initiative was a success, “Bebê Robusto Week” became “Children’s Week” the next year and, with the spike in sales in the month of October, merchants everywhere joined the celebration.

Celebration and awareness year-round – Active for the last ten years, IIP (International Paper Institute) understands that the education of children and young people is one way to transform the lives of people in the communities near its factories.  Learn about some of the children-oriented projects IP Institute carries out.

In the Guardians of the Water project, educational actions are created to encourage rational use of water resources inside and outside of school. The initiatives involve public primary school teachers and students in the micro-region of the Luiz Antônio factory and forest unit, in the state of Sao Paulo.

With the EEP (Environmental Education Program), the Institute provides answers to some questions related to the use of planted forests, along with learning and fun activities.  Created by primary school students and teachers, every week the EEP welcomes 300 children ages 9 to 12 at the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio units to discuss matters relevant to environmental preservation.

Nature and Body instills environmental awareness within the concept of food sustainability and healthy eating. The project is coordinated by International Paper Institute in the city of Três Lagoas (MS). Since 2016, the Joaquim Marques de Souza and Parque São Carlos schools have worked to grow vegetables in collective gardens set up on the grounds of the schools.

While the Book City showed primary school students the magical world of reading. Over seven years, more than 51,000 kids benefitted in nine cities: Mogi Guaçu (SP), Três Lagoas (MS), Ribeirão Preto (SP), Suzano (SP), Paulínia (SP), Franco da Rocha (SP), Itapeva (SP) and Manaus (AM).

With SEE (Social and Environmental Education), the Mogi Guaçu unit seeks to collaborate with the academic, social and environmental education of children and adolescents. To do this, an essay contest and literary contest are held with topics related to the environment and citizenship.

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International Paper Institute celebrates one decade of transformation and social responsibility

“I am proud to see how this project has made a difference in people’s lives,” says Leandra Ferreira Leite, the Institute’s President.

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Leandra Ferreira Leite, presidente do Instituto, e Gláucia Faria, gerente de Responsabilidade Social e Sustentabilidade

International Paper Institute was created 10 years ago, in September 2007. In one decade of corporate social responsibility and educational, social and environmental development, the institution has become a reference in coordinating and executing actions that transform the education of thousands of young people and children in Brazil.

The initial preparations to create the IP Institute included voluntary participation by approximately 200 professionals, who attended some workshops. The result of this training was the creation of the institute’s vision, mission and target public.

According to Gláucia Faria, Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager, the entire creative process was a unique moment, which makes the Institute a propagator of environmental awareness and sustainability for future generations. Today, there are 11 projects in progress, aimed at building and investing in initiatives aligned with environmental preservation, volunteering and a commitment to society and education.

Below is an interview we did with Gláucia Faria and Leandra Leite, President of International Paper Institute since May 2012. They talk about the most remarkable moments in IIP’s history and about future plans.

International Paper Institute – What were the biggest obstacles you faced, in your opinion?

Leandra Ferreira Leite – Maintaining the projects and number of people influenced with the resources available. Understanding and complying with the laws for a Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP). Finally, engaging people and building interest in projects was also an obstacle we faced.

Gláucia Faria – Getting the IP Institute to function uniformly and to be recognized by everyone. It was a challenge for us to gain autonomy so that the institution was as credible and relevant among people as it is today.

IIP – And what were the biggest achievements you celebrated?

Leandra Ferreira Leite – The partnership with Fundação Iochpe for the Formare Project; the change in Nature and Body in Três Lagoas, which brought another level of involvement to schools, attaining new benefits. The success of the partnership with Book City and the growth of Supportive Beekeeping.

Gláucia Faria – Without question, International Paper Institute turning 10 years old is the biggest achievement we’ve celebrated.

IIP – Does International Paper Institute have plans for the future? What are they?

Leandra Ferreira Leite – To maintain projects that are significant for beneficiaries and offer new programs that better serve the communities where we act, both in the paper and packaging business. This year, we carried out a diagnosis to identify where we can work better, and this will be what we discuss moving forward.

Gláucia Faria – To continue projects and work on new projects so that we can increasingly transform the lives of young people and adolescents in the communities where we work.

IIP – What is your relationship with IIP?

Leandra Ferreira Leite – Partnership. A relationship that is established on assistance, on development and on the recognition of the institute by all publics. I have participated in Formare as a volunteer since the first year, in 2010, and I am very proud to see this project make a difference in people’s lives.

Gláucia Faria – It is beyond professional; the Institute has become a part of me. Our projects transform people’s lives and they take with them the seed of the message that we planted over these 10 years.

IIP – International Paper Institute is…

Leandra Ferreira Leite – An institution focused on social transformation of people’s lives, working with the community with the goal of making a difference in education and social and environmental responsibility.

Gláucia Faria – A propagator of environmental awareness and sustainability for our future generations.

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Teacher uses paperboard and pen to teach math to students

Using just two objects, the teacher transformed education at a school on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro

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September 9 was International Literacy Day, created over 50 years ago by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The date is aimed at celebrating literacy and education as a form of empowerment for thousands of women and men around the world.

The average rate of Brazilians aged 15 or older that do not know how to read or write fell for the fourth year in a row, according to a study done in 2016 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Even with this progress, illiteracy is still synonymous with exclusion and poverty for this age group.

Faced with this situation, teacher Luís Felipe Lins revolutionized his math classes by using a pen and paperboard at the Francis Hime Municipal School. How?  He used these materials to make games, like memory and dominos, to teach math to students starting at the 6th grade level.

Students need to decipher enigmas, write how they reached their result, and register the entire process in a video to share with their classmates. The teacher believes that this develops skills beyond math, such as writing, speech and teamwork.

The school has already won 197 medals in math competitions over a ten-year period, which has garnered significant results for learning at the school, which uses basic items from kids’ day-to-day.

Through initiatives – Education is one of the causes embraced by International Paper Institute (IIP), which contributes to the lives of thousands of young people and adolescents through projects in areas where the company has operations.

The IP Institute Formare School Institute has already trained over 450 young people between 16 and 18 years of age in Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio, in the state of Sao Paulo, and in Três Lagoas, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

In 2017, Formare welcomed around 170 International Paper professionals, who decided to voluntarily share their knowledge with students. In 2016, the company had already benefitted a total of over 28,000 people.

 

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Arbor Day and Papermakers Day

Both dates are celebrated in September and have common motifs

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September 20 is Papermakers Day. This date was established by the Sistema Sepaco de Saúde foundation in 1956, a health institute created to serve paper industry workers and their dependents.

While September 21 is Arbor Day. This date also marks the start of spring in Brazil and is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of this living being to the environment.

Celebrations of this day began in the late 19th century. That is because on April 10, 1872, Julius Sterling Morton, an American politician and journalist, planted a large number of trees in the state of Nebraska (USA). The occasion was known as “Arbor Day” and was an ecological milestone for the preservation of tree species.

Celebrated worldwide with the arrival of spring, many countries adapted the date based on the physical and climactic conditions of their regions. In Poland, for instance, celebrations take place on October 10; in Tanzania, on January 1.

The industry and forests – Eucalyptus is grown for use by the pulp and paper industry, making the process 100% recyclable and biodegradable. In Brazil, the rate of reuse for paper that can be recycled is, on average, approximately 60%.

Various environmentally responsible initiatives are carried out at International Paper Institute, protecting biodiversity and the environment. In addition to setting aside one hectare of earth for conserving regional plant and animal life and helping to preserve native forest, educational actions are done with kids and adolescents.

In 2016, the Environmental Education Program (EEP) prepared a variety of activities among students and teachers in Mogi Guaçu (SP) and Luiz Antônio (SP), a region where the program acts.

One of the initiatives involved over 3,000 people and consisted of showing the details of paper manufacturing. The aim was to demystify some concepts of the production process and show other company initiatives geared towards preserving the environment.  At IP alone, more than 16 million saplings are produced each year.

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The Institute’s 10 year anniversary is the theme of a workshop for SEE participants

Fostering educshutterstock_553811536ational and socio-environmental projects focused on children and adolescents is a process of transformation aligned with the values practiced by International Paper Institute. To spread lessons learned and guidelines from projects and to celebrate one decade of action, the Institute promoted the “10 Years of IP Institute” workshop in August.

Members of the SEE (Social and Environmental Education) program took part: primary and secondary school students along with educators and coordinators of state, municipal and private schools in the cities of Mogi Guaçu (SP), Mogi Mirim (SP) and Estiva Gerbi (SP).

The purpose – This year, SEE participants will be challenged to write an essay based on the history of the IP Institute, with the topic of “Transforming people’s lives is our role.” They were advised at the workshop on how to develop this theme, in line with content in the academic curriculum. This is an additional opportunity for students as well as educators to improve their skills, serving as a stimulus for young participants in the essay contest.

On September 29, an awards ceremony will be held for the SEE winners, with a party celebrating the Institute’s 10 year anniversary.

The project – Since 1975, the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antonio units have sought to collaborate with the academic, social and environmental education of children and adolescents. An essay contest and literary contest are held for this purpose. In addition, students and teachers participate in actions favoring reforestation of degraded areas.

IIP celebrates “National Volunteer Day”

National Volunteer Day is celebrated on August 28. To commemorate, Formare students organized and paid homage to the program’s Volunteer Educators (VEs) and tutors.

The event included messages, songs and presentations by students in Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luiz Antônio (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS) for the VEs. They also prepared a special video with photos of the activities they have been doing with educators during the program. This edition of Formare ends in December.

The homage reinforces the importance of volunteer work for IP, which uses programs and projects to carry out social and community initiatives. The work of the Volunteer Educators, along with the Social Responsibility teams, is to carry out educational activities with Formare students over 10 months.

The program has already trained over 400 students since 2010. This year alone, 174 professionals decided to share their knowledge with students during the 2017 edition. The large number of registrations for the project shows International Paper’s commitment to and engagement with volunteering.

Another social initiative is the Guardians of the Water program. Last year, the action promoted an unforgettable Easter for 73 children at Centro de Promoção Social Bororé, a social center. The event brought together around 66 guardians, who gave kids chocolates and lots of toys.

History of the date – On August 28, 1985, National Volunteer Day was instituted by Law no. 7.352. The first volunteer workers in Brazil were a group of Portuguese immigrants living in São Vicente. They welcomed adventurers exhausted from long overseas trips who were crossing the ocean to reach new lands. At first, volunteer organizations were quite commonly associated with religious and ethnic organizations.

Another historical milestone that is widely known by people in Brazil was the start of the Red Cross in 1908. The organization began an international movement of scouting in the country and contributed non-profit volunteering free from party affiliations as a reference.

In 1993, volunteer work gained strength with the creation of Citizenship Action against Hunger and Misery and for Life. The aim of this movement was to raise awareness and organize Brazilian society for initiatives to combat hunger.

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Formare students at Luiz Antonio participate in SIPAT

Students set up stand to talk about global IP project

The IntLUIZ ANTONIO 2017ernal Occupational Accident Prevention Week (or SIPAT, its acronym in Portuguese,) has just come to an end at International Paper’s Luiz Antonio unit. And Formare School Project students took part in the initiative, with a stand set up to talk about the GMS (Global Manufacturing System), a project implemented at every IP factory in order for the company to consolidate its vision of becoming the best manufacturing industry in the world.

At IP, safety is a value, and the week of August 23 to September 1 was yet another moment to reinforce how fundamental work focused on preventing accidents is to the entire company. “GMS covers five pillars: the Health area, EHS&S (Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability), People, Cost Reduction, Capital and Reliability.  All of them somehow deal with topics related to preventing occupational accidents,” explains Sabrina Tenello, who is an Analyst with IP’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability area, which coordinates the institute’s activities.

It was the students’ idea to talk about the Global Manufacturing System. They chose the topic and worked to assemble the stand and on the explanations given to professionals taking part in activities.

The intention was to bring more levity and creativity to a serious subject, awakening people’s curiosity and clearing up some GMS issues where people had questions. “The students discussed a topic that is popular at the company right now and that a lot of people are having a hard time understanding,” says Gabriella Pavanelli, a Trainee who is also on the CIPA (Internal Accident Prevention Committee).

As a Volunteer Educator (VE) in Math and Physics, Gabriella follows the students’ growth from the start of classes and was surprised by their planning during the event.  “The students set up a system for each of them to take part in the stand, showing personal development. They took turns during lunch, with real teamwork. ”

The students’ work was not just restricted to the SIPAT. They prepared all of the content ahead of time and held study groups to align everything that would be said and answer questions that would be asked.

Participation in the SIPAT was yet another stage in the professional development process that takes place during the ten months of Formare. With the course in its second half, there has been clear growth and the students have started to think more clearly about the future. “Today I see more involvement and more motivation from students. Many now know what they like and have already outlined a plan for next year. This is very important, because here they can experiment, learn and ask for advice. I’m so happy to contribute to Formare, because I also learn from them every day. It’s the first door opening to many possibilities,” says Gabriella Pavanelli.

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UN program helps countries to meet nutrition goals

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On April 1, 2016, in New York, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly established 2016 to 2025 as the Decade of Action on Nutrition. This measure recognizes the need to end hunger and prevent malnutrition in the world.

Early in the second half of 2017, the UN launched a work program with recommendations on global goals for fighting hunger and malnutrition. Created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the publication is aimed at facilitating concrete initiatives and the resulting implementation of commitments undertaken by countries.

To do this, there are six priority areas of action:

  • Resilient and sustainable systems for healthy diets;
  • Health systems with universal coverage of essential actions on nutrition;
  • Social protection and nutrition education;
  • Trade and investments to improve nutrition;
  • Healthy and supportive environments for nutrition at every age;
  • Stronger governance and accountability for nutrition.

The publication also recommends that countries adopt SMART goals, an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound,

Nutrition at IP Institute – In the city of Três Lagoas (MS), the Nature and Body project, coordinated by International Paper Institute, instills environmental awareness, within the concept of food sustainability and healthy eating.

When it began in 2013, the project brought back habits from past generations, such as the use of teas and infusions from plants with “therapeutic” properties. In 2015, the Joaquim Marques de Souza and Parque São Carlos schools began working to grow vegetables in collective gardens set up on the grounds of the schools.

Now, in 2017, the idea is to continue growing food, expanding the possibilities within the gardens at each school. The experience has been a success, so much so that students already reaped their first harvest in August.

 

 

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Beekeepers in the Supportive Beekeeping program receive new personal protective equipment

“Coop members were excited to receive the new materials,” says José Antônio Monteiro

On Jul1y 6 and 7 at the Luiz Antônio unit, members of the Beekeepers Coop of the Ribeirão Preto Region (COOPERAPIS) and the Association of Beekeepers of Leme and the Leme Region (AAPILEME) received new personal protective equipment (PPE) for honey cultivation and harvesting.

Management and production techniques are needed to work with bees; yet, in addition, workers need special garments in order to guarantee their safety. During honey production and extraction, coveralls, a pair of gloves, a pair of boots and a smoker are necessary. And these were the materials coop members received from the International Paper Institute.

The personal protective equipment delivered to beekeepers is part of an IP initiative to renew coop members work tools once a year. According to COOPERAPIS leader José Antônio Monteiro, this is a very important initiative for all of the beekeepers, who use extremely high-quality material.

“When I foun2d out when I could pick up all of the packages, I let the coop members know. Some were super excited to receive the new protective equipment, which is why they came here with me to pick it up,” says Antônio, who has worked with beekeeping for over 40 years.

According to Monteiro, it is very gratifying to take part in the Supportive Beekeeping project. The program helps in the social and environmental development of local beekeepers and contributes to generating income for these workers, who use areas of International Paper’s eucalyptus forests.

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School vacations around the world

The seasons of the year and commemorative dates make it so that each country adopts breaks on different dates of the calendar

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In Brazil, January, July and December are usually the most highly awaited months by students nationwide, since that is when they are on vacation from school. Breaks are different between private and public schools, which follow a federal calendar, varying from 60 to 120 days distributed over these three months.

Yet in other countries, this distribution may be quite different. That is the case of France, which gives school-age kids and teens various breaks during the year. There, just as with most of Europe, the USA and Canada, the school year starts in September. Between the end of October and start of November, the “vacante de la toussaint” take place, commemorating Halloween. And in subsequent months there are four more breaks: Christmas vacation, winter break, spring break and summer vacations – in December, February, April and July, respectively.

The harsh temperatures in the USA mean that there, the school year is also different than in other parts of the world. Classes start in the middle of the year, when summer starts, and winter means vacation, since snow is a major obstacle for those that need to get around. There is also the famous “spring break:” a one-week break before spring starts, for students at American schools and universities.

In Finland, a country consistently topping the international rankings because of the quality of its education, students have a short school day and summer vacation lasts ten weeks! That is a long time compared to other countries.

Although the number of days and dates are very different, one thing is sure: no country gives up the deserved break during the school year. For kids, in addition to being a time to relax and have fun, vacation has major benefits for learning and should always be enjoyed to the utmost.

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Environmental Education Project takes part in “Clean Field Day”

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International Paper Institute brought the EEP (Environmental Education Program) to National Clean Field Day. Held by Coplana, Agroindustrial Cooperative, the event took place in Jaboticabal (SP) on August 16.

Aimed at raising awareness among public school students about environmental conservation, the initiative gathered over 2,500 students ages 9 to 14 from the cities of Jaboticabal, Guariba, Dumont, Pradópolis, Santa Ernestina and Taquaritinga, all in the state of São Paulo, at the Cora Coralina Events Station.  There they saw demonstrations and learned about a series of good environmental conservation and reverse logistics practices used by companies in the region where they live.

International Paper was at the “National Clean Field Day” activities, explaining paper production and waste management processes, work that is constantly enhanced by the company to lower environmental impacts.

Demos were set up at stations, in the format of a “Science Fair.”

Students were advised on disposal of agricultural product packaging, reuse or transformation of different types of materials, and other initiatives.

The curious students saw all of the explanations at the stands they visited. They were able to learn a bit more about the importance of recycling and reuse of resources as a way to reduce environmental impacts.

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Paperboard and its contribution to reforestation

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There are many ways to contribute to the environment and biodiversity on the planet. One of them is using paperboard to recover degraded areas. The process is simple and costs 50% less than traditional methods.

Paperboard is used to control invasive plants and to protect seedlings in the first years after they are planted. According to researchers at Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, this paper-based material contributes to reforestation and to controlling the area around seedlings planted for reforestation purposes.

In practice – A new or reused paperboard disk or plate is used to protect the base of forest species seedlings.  Establishing a ring around the tree protects it from development of grasses – which exert significant competition with reforested species.

This allows for growth to happen as if recurring maintenance was occurring, such as through the use of hoes, scythes and brushcutters.

Before achieving this result, early experiments used round pizza boxes. Because of this, paperboard was found to be efficient during over one year when used with a copper sulfate-based solution.

One example of this process of using treated paperboard is ground cover for peach palm growth, whose productivity is increased and which is highly sustainable for planting hearts of palm, according to data released by Embrapa in 2011.

According to researcher Guilherme Chaer, the benefit of using paperboard is not just that it stops grass from growing, but that it also increases the survival rate for seedlings. Since this technique can reduce topsoil temperature by 10ºC on hot days, it also lessens water lost through evaporation.

Check out the full article at the Adoro Papel Blog!
Learn about the process and interesting facts about this topic!

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Forest Engineer Day

Specialists in sustainable forestry management celebrate their profession on July 12

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July 12 is “Forestry Engineer Day,” celebrating professionals working to rationally and sustainably manage forest resources. This date honors Saint John Gualbert, chosen by Pope Pius XIII as the Patron of Forest Workers and a forerunner of agrarian laws. The motto of “conserving and using wisely” is attributed to him and his disciples and guides the work of forest workers still today.

At IP, it is no different: forest management techniques are used that guarantee the quality and sustainability of the paper produced by the company. All work focuses on reducing waste to make the most out of planted forests. That is why growing techniques are essential.

“At IP, we have forest engineers working on operations, from production of seedlings to harvesting and factory supply. We also have forest engineers in the support areas, such as planning and inventory, geoprocessing, promotion and partnerships, research and development,” explains Renato Meulman, a Research and Development Coordinator who has been with International Paper for seven years.

Ele conta que as possibilidades de atuação do engenheiro florestal são múltiplas e não se restringem apenas ao manejo florestal. “Hoje temos engenheiros nas áreas de suprimentos e nas áreas fabris, para produção de celulose.”

To be successful in the profession – Yet what essential skills do professionals need to develop during their careers? According to Renato Meulman, it is fundamental that these workers enjoy working in the field and understand how to join the benefits that natural resources offer societies with environmental sustainability. These resources need to be used intelligently to ensure they are not exhausted in nature.

“My work involves developing new technologies for forestry operations as well as for machinery and equipment. I also need to guarantee that technical recommendations are correctly applied to maintain the quality of operations in planted forests,” he explains.

In Brazil the Forest Engineer profession is relatively new, dating to the 1960s. During these 50 years, a lot has changed and forest management techniques have evolved significantly with new technologies that have contributed to improving activities in the field.

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Formare students visit Book Fair in Ribeirão Preto

Young people expand their knowledge of sustainability and professional qualification

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On June 6, the Luiz Antônio Formare School Project class attended the 17th edition of the National Book Fair in Ribeirão Preto, held by Fundação do Livro e da Leitura. The theme for the event, which took place from June 4 to 11 at Theatro Pedro II and at Tenda Sesc, was “From liberating knowledge to love that educates,” with a proposal to debate and reflect on the role of books in education.

This year, the Fair prioritized discussions on educational development, which tends to benefit kids, adolescents and the community at large. Activities included an homage to Portugal, the mother country of Portuguese, the world’s eighth most spoken language.

 

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Formare students visited a stand with the “Sustainable Citizen” game, covering the relationship between environmental issues and sustainability, with the goal of reflecting on the responsibility of caring for the natural environment and the city. During the dynamic, students gained access to information that they will be able to use in the Environment classes within the program at International Paper Institute.

The State Technical School – Centro Paula Souza stand was also visited by the students. where they asked questions about the selection process and free technical courses. In addition to these activities, the Fair opened a space for talks and expositions, cultural presentations and workshops.

For Sabrina Tenello, who is with IP’s Social Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability area, the importance of the extracurricular activities is that they are a chance for students to not only reflect on professional life, but also on their role in citizenship. “We want to make a significant contribution to forming good citizens,” says Tenello.

Formare students visit higher learning institution

Invitation extended by a Volunteer Educator gave the young students the chance to talk with university students

On June 8, Formare students at Três Lagoas (MS) gave a presentation at the 1st Academic, Cultural and Sports Week of Business Administration and Accounting Sciences at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. The event, held at the Campus II amphitheater at the University, discussed topics on innovation, motivation and the job market.

The students were invited by Otávio Rodrigues, a Business Administration student from UFMS and a Formare Volunteer Educator. “The event needed something unusual, which is different from university startup projects. My idea initially was to bring the students to attend the talks, but then I suggested that they more effectively participate in the Academic Week,” he explains.

The Formare students gave a presentation on “The History of Startups,” following the theme chosen for the day’s debates. It was the first time that they had ever given a presentation for a larger number of people.

As the basis for the content that would be taught, Rodrigues says that the project’s first module discussed topics related to “Teamwork Relations,” with the aim of advising them on attitudes and verbal communication during presentations.

The university students thought that the students’ organization and performance was amazing, including new concepts on the topic. “There was a lot of participation from the students and the young people from Formare were able to deal very well with these situations,” says Otávio.

Other Volunteer Educators were able to attend the students’ presentation and were proud of this experience. “It exceeded our expectations, since we always place a lot of trust in them,” says the Volunteer Educator in closing.

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Former Formare IP student achieves Yellow Belt certification

Jediel Sabino was part of the Project’s first class in 2010 and now she is a chemical engineer

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At 24 and with seven years spent as an IP employee, Jediel Sabino is an example for the new Formare classes. Hired by IP in 2010, after graduating from Fomare, he began his career at the company as a lab assistant and was a Technician I and II before becoming a Caustification Panel and lime oven operator.

During these seven years, Jediel received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Faculdade Municipal Professor Franco Montoro, in Mogi Guaçu, and enhanced his career. This year, he received Yellow Belt certification, given to professionals who undergo “Six Sigma” methodology training to improve processes at the company.

The certificate – Getting a Yellow Belt requires specific training and submission of a project. To achieve certification, Jediel proposed a project to save on chemicals in the recovery process, reducing the PH of grits (waste from pulp and paper manufacturing).

“The idea came from an environmental need to control the PH in byproducts generated in the caustification process. With the implementation of the improvement plan, we saw savings of BRL 16,000 per month in chemical product losses, in addition to improving environmental targets,” he explains.

The importance of Formare – As a student in the first Formare IP class, Jediel says that having taken part in the classes was fundamental for him to be able to more clearly build his career. He mostly took advantage of the guidance he received from more experienced professionals. “Formare showed me what my life would be like at a company. This really helped me to establish a career plan, to make decisions about my education,” says the former student, who has already participated as a Volunteer Educator in Project classes.

Making it happen – With his experience of having gone through Formare and become an IP professional, Jediel reinforces the importance of continual learning to build a professional life, with room for new achievements and growth. “You have to be willing to learn, to be curious and to seize opportunities to get answers to all of your questions. All knowledge, no matter how simple it may be, results in major gains when applied,” he says.

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Brazil goes up in sustainability ranking

According to the Environmental Performance Index for 2016, Brazil improved in the air quality category.

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Published every two years, the “Environmental Performance Index” assesses the performance of 180 countries in relation to policies geared towards sustainability and well-being. At the last edition (2016), Brazil jumped from 77th place to 46th, boosted by improved air quality.

The report is the result of a partnership between Yale and Columbia universities in the USA and analyzes countries using nine macro criteria: agriculture, health impacts, air quality, water and sanitation, water resources, forests, climate and energy, fisheries and biodiversity. The countries that are best positioned in the ranking have scores of close to 100, the highest score possible.

The top 10 countries in the 2016 ranking were: Finland (90.68 points), Iceland (90.51 points), Sweden (90.43 points), Denmark (89.21 points), Slovenia (88.98 points), Spain (88.91 points), Portugal (88.63 points), Estonia (88.59 points), Malta (88.48 points) and France (88.20 points).

Each of the nine indicators has a different weight. Yet one interesting thing that came up for this edition in relation to the ranking published in 2014, has to do with air quality: in 2013, deaths as a result of water quality were greater than deaths caused by problems connected to air quality. This situation turned around two years later.

According to the report, urban industrial development, along with greater exposure of the population to motorized transport, has resulted in greater impacts to respiratory health, constituting a global phenomenon that is not restricted to certain countries. And it is precisely in the air quality category that Brazil stood out the most. Nevertheless, the report shows that one of the biggest challenges in the world today is balancing economic development with global targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Caring for forests: a long job for Brazil

If the air quality category caused the country to climb 31 positions in the ranking, the forest preservation category places Brazil at 83rd. This shows that there is still much work to be done in this area, mobilizing the government and private sector in actions geared towards mitigating environmental impacts and preserving forest resources.

At International Paper, initiatives geared towards sustainability include preserving one hectare of native forest for every three hectares of planted eucalyptus forests. In fact, these planted forests are used to make wood and paper that is certified by FSC and Cerflor, independent institutions that assess the sustainability of the pulp and paper sector.  Moreover, 95% of water used in production is treated before being returned to the environment. This work shows the company’s concern  with reducing environmental impacts as much as possible.

Source: http://epi.yale.edu/sites/default/files/2016EPI_Full_Report_opt.pdf

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Take part in the Environmental Education Program (EEP)

Registration is open for the EEP at Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu for the 2nd semester of 2017

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The Environmental Education Program is aimed at working with some of the myths about Pulp and Paper production. A maximum of 60 students are allowed during each visit, where they learn more about IP and take part in fun games geared towards teaching them to respect plant and animal life.

Last year, activities covered the production process and environmental conservation initiatives, involving a total of 3,161 people.

This year, the EEP is aimed at raising awareness in the academic community about crops and the manufacture of pulp and paper, offering a reflection on the sustainability of the production process. Paper produced by IP follows the strictest environmental certification standards, which require sustainable management of planted forests in order to preserve hectares of active forest.

The program, which started in 1993, seeks to supplement the environmental education provided in schools, with its target audience being teachers and students at the elementary and middle school levels.

Visits take place weekly at the following International Paper units:

Mogi Guaçu Unit

Location: Horto Mogi (Rodovia SP 340, Km 171 – Mogi Guaçu/SP)

Days: Every Monday and Tuesday

Times: From 8 AM to 12 PM or from 1 PM to 5 PM.

To schedule a visit, contract Tomás Fernandes or Maitê Silva.
(19) 3861-8955 and (19) 3861-8311
E-mail: tomas.fernandes@ipaper.com and maite.silva@ipaper.com

 

Luiz Antônio Unit

Location: Environmental Education Center (Rodovia SP 255, Km 41.2 – Estrada Ribeirão Preto-Araraquara)

Days: Every Wednesday

Times: From 8 AM to 11 AM or from 1 PM to 4PM.

To schedule a visit, contact Júlia Valadares or Sabrina Tenello.
(16) 3986-9076 and (16) 3986-9076
E-mail: julia.valadares@ipaper.com and sabrina.tenello@ipaper.com

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World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5

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In 1972, the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was held on June 5, in Stockholm, Sweden. At that time, this date was established by the United Nations (UN) as “World Environment Day,” aimed at promoting environmental conservation around the world.

“The protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world; it is the urgent desire of the peoples of the whole world and the duty of all Governments.”- Stockholm Declaration on the human environment – 1972

At that same conference, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was created, alerting peoples and nations to rational use of natural resources, within a proposal for sustainable development. The organization’s headquarters is in Nairobi, Kenya. In Brazil, the institution has had offices in Brasilia (DF) since 2004 with the goal of serving local demands, in addition to publicizing relevant topics on the global and regional agenda.

Learn about the environmentally-related International Paper Institute initiatives:

- Environmental Education Program (EEP): aimed at promoting open dialog with elementary and middle school students and teachers in the communities where International Paper operates. Topics discussed include: myths and facts related to pulp and paper production, local plant and animal life, planted forests, recycled paper and other matters.

- Formare IP: launched at the Institute in 2010, the project offers young people from in socially vulnerable situations professional education courses recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC), with certificates issued by the Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR). Over nine months, students attend practical and theoretical classes at International Paper units in Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luiz Antônio (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS). Classes are given by Volunteer Educators (VEs) and young people rely on support from 50 tutors who are IP leaders.

 - Guardians of the Water: the initiative began in 2008 in the Luiz Antônio (SP) region and, since then, its mission has been to inform participants and raise awareness of rational water use, in addition to fostering conservation practices.

 - Supportive Beekeeping: held since 2011 in the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio regions, both located in São Paulo. The goal is to encourage multiple uses of eucalyptus forests planted by International Paper, allowing local beekeepers to set up hives and bee boxes needed for honey production and, therefore, giving them a source of income from the sale of honey produced.

- Nature and Body: aimed at restoring and instilling, in young students in the city of Três Lagoas (MS), some regional cultural customs, such as planting of community gardens. In addition to improving the access of participants and their families to healthy and balanced diets, young students concepts of spread environmental conservation and sustainable development in their own local community.

- Social and Environmental Education (SEE): the initiative, which is completing 42 years in the Mogi Guaçu region this year, holds an essay contest for 5th and 9th graders and high school seniors as well as a literary contest for teachers in the municipalities of Estiva Gerbi (SP), Mogi Mirim (SP) and Mogi Guaçu (SP).

- Guardians of the Green Partner Project: held since 2008 at the Sowing the Future tree nursery, located in the city of Guatapará (SP), the initiative trains socially vulnerable young people ages 14 to 17 to act as nursery workers.

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See the winning schools in the Guardians of the Water 2017 call for projects

Winning projects include construction of cisterns, planting of saplings and informative marches on the topic.

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The “Guardians of the Water” award is an International Paper Institute initiative that asks participants to create educational projects related to rational use of water resources inside and outside of school.

This year, it was the Luiz Antônio region’s turn to actively participate in actions, involving educators at the elementary and middle school levels, with each winning school receiving up to BRL 7,000 to make their projects a reality. On June 14, the winners will visit the International Paper factory in Luiz Antônio to attend a celebratory coffee and start implementing the winning projects.

Below are the winning schools in the Guardians of the Water 2017 for each municipality:

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EMEFR Professora Carmem Miguel Vicari

 

Person responsible for the project: Gilmara Alves Arantes do Nascimento (Educational Coordinator)

Main initiatives: Build a cistern to collect rainwater and raise participant awareness through educational activities held at the school, such as musical performances, talks and models, in addition to students putting together folders and posters.

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EMEF Andrea Sertori Sandrin

 

Person responsible for the project: Rita de Cássia Azevedo (Elementary School Teacher)

Main initiatives: Change water valves and faucets to reduce water consumption at the school, build a system to reuse drinking fountain water to irrigate the school garden, publicize information in the community through a march and revitalize green areas on Avenida Jacarandás and plant native saplings in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida district.

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EMEF Professora Helena Maria Luiz de Mello

 

Person responsible for the project: Margarete Carvalhaes de Jesus Janini (Middle School Teacher)

Main initiatives: Build a cistern to collect rainwater that will be used to water a community garden already installed at the school. In addition, the school is also proposing development of this topic with students during the entire year as well as repair of some public spaces at the school.

 

 

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EMEF Marcílio Bondesan

 

Person responsible for the project: Ana Paula Baldini Vieira de Souza (Educational Aide)

Main initiatives: Build a cistern to collect rainwater to be implemented at the school and show the community how to build a mini cistern for the home. There will also be a student presentation of the “Letter from the Future” text and each classroom will develop a project related to this theme to present at the end of the year.

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The importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits in Brazil

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In Brasília, in early May, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger – a partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Brazilian government – held a workshop on nutrition.

Guest researchers are held debates on eating standards and the dizzying rise in ultra-processed food in Brazil. According to the Michele Lessa, who represented the Ministry of Health at the debate, this topic is currently the biggest public health challenge in the country, since it is related to an increase in obesity and chronic non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

It was mentioned at the conference that the damage of an unbalanced diet has an enormous impact, especially in low income communities; however, regions with a high rate of development are also not immune to this problem.

It is believed that heart disease, cancer and diabetes account for over half of the deaths in Brazil and unhealthy eating habits are the main causes for growth in these illnesses in society.

The debate was not only aimed at reflecting on the quality of food, but also on the significant results that Brazilian nutrition is showing in fighting malnutrition and other challenges today, such as obesity and excessive weight.

During the event, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) discussed research in Brazil on biofortification – a natural genetic evolution technique that raise the micronutrient content in zucchini, rice, beans, cowpeas, cassava, corn, sweet potatoes and wheat and which could improve the quality of the Brazilian diet.

At the workshop, the director of the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, Daniel Balaban, highlighted the importance of sharing experiences and lessons learned with other countries, to therefore find solutions to these problems that the country is experiencing.

Institute based on current topics – One of the programs at International Paper Institute discussing the theme of healthy eating is Nature and Body. The program, which started in 2013 in the city of Três Lagoas (MS), is aimed at restoring cultural standards in order to raise awareness and engage young people with healthy and sustainable practices.

The program carries out activities with 6th to 9th grade students, who discover the importance of a healthy diet and enjoy a community garden located at the school. These young people therefore become protagonists in conserving and growing plants.

For 2017, the project plans to expand the gardens installed at participating institutions in order to grow production and distribution to the local community and other schools in the region.

The program works with proposals aimed at reflecting on the environment and food sustainability around the world. This work contributes to these young people’s education as well as to the environmental conservation of the planet.

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Guardians of the Water approaches dengue prevention through storytelling

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From May 22 to June 2, International Paper Institute is promoting the second phase of the “Guardians of the Water” project, with “A Kingdom without Dengue,” an interactive show. The initiative brings together a puppet show, music and information for the school communities in the cities of Guatapará, Altinópolis, São Simão and Luiz Antônio (SP).

The project’s second stage features actions to raise awareness among public school students and teachers regarding conscientious use of water resources. However, this year the “Guardians of the Water” went one step further, by showing that saving and storing water requires responsibility and special care. This prevents Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue, zika and chikungunya from using standing water to proliferate.

The “A Kingdom without Dengue” show is based on the book of the same name by Alda de Miranda, illustrated by Ricardo Girotto. The narrative shows a village free of illnesses that is invaded by a big villain: the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

IIP expects the play to directly reach 3,000 children ages 3 to 10.

See the show times for each city:

 Guatapará

May 22, 11 AM to 2:30 PM, at Escola Vera Lucia – Rua dos Ypês, nº495 – Centro
May 23, 10 AM to 2:30 PM, at Escola Andréia Sertori – Rua José Linares Neto, nº 139 – Centro
May 24, 10 AM, at Escola Guiomar Milluzzi – Rua Mamoru Hirakawa, nº 591 – Bairro Mombuca

Altinópolis

Location: Centro Social Urbano de Altinópolis (CSU) – Av. Marginal, s/n.

May 24, at 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Ana Lucia.
May 25, at 9:30 AM: for students at Escola Alayde and Escola Carmem Miguel.
May 25, at 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Ermelinda.
May 26, at 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Trossel.

São Simão

May 29, at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM: Escola Historiador Fausto Pires de Oliveira – Av. Ver. Vitorio Fernando Lizarelli, nº 1039 – Jd. João Furtado.
May 30, at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM: Escola Marcílio Bondesan – Rua José Silveira, nº 376 – Bairro Bento Quirino.
May 31, at 10:00 AM: Escola Profª Yolanda Jorge – Rua México nº 868 – Jd. das Américas.

Luiz Antônio

Location: Anfiteatro Municipal – Rua Alagoas, nº52 – Jardim Santa Luzia.
May 31, at 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Professora Helena Maria Luiz de Mello.
June 1, at 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM: for students at Escola Professora Zilda Aparecida Marinho Seixas, Escola Aracy Carneiro de Mesquita, CEMEI Egidio Rosatti and CEMEI Josimeire Borges Alves.
June 2, at 9:00 AM: for students at Escola Roberto Brayn, CEMEI Irineu Silva and CEMEI Aurea da Silva Pedroza.

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IP Institute publishes report on activities

Programs coordinated by IIP benefitted over 28,500 people in 2016

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In late April, International Paper Institute released its 2016 activities report. In total, 28,574 people benefitted from projects carried out by IIP and its partners in 14 cities. For the sake of comparison, the number of people impacted by initiatives is more than twice the estimated population of the city of Luiz Antonio (SP), which currently has around 13,703 inhabitants, according to the IBGE.

IIP in numbers – Over the course of a year, 24 actions were carried out in 10 projects coordinated by the Institute. Together, the initiatives totaled BRL 1.2 million in investments in the Corporate Social Responsibility area, showing IIP’s commitment to the social and educational development of children and adolescents. See some of these projects:

EEP – The goal of the Environmental Education Program (EEP) is to hold a dialog with Primary School teachers and students to demystify issues related to sustainability in paper production. During school visits to units, topics are covered that include the importance of planted forests in preserving native flora and fauna as well as IP initiatives to recycle and treat effluents. In 2016, the EEP benefitted 3,161 people, among students and teachers.

Formare - Since 2010, the IP Formare School Project has already prepared over 250 young people to take their first steps in the labor market. Every year, 50 adolescents – 20 from the city of Mogi Guaçu (SP), 20 from Luiz Antônio (SP) and the surrounding region and 10 from Três Lagoas (MS) – are selected for a 9 month course at the IP units.

In addition to attending classes given by IP professionals who act as Volunteer Educators (VEs), these young people receive advice on their studies and careers. They also learn about the pulp and paper industry. Last year, 248 people took part in Formare activities.

Guardians of the Water – Aimed at getting people to think about conscientious use of water resources, the Guardians of the Water project has been around since 2008, mobilizing basic education students and teachers while also extending activities to the community. In 2016, initiatives took place in the city of Rio Verde (GO) and were split into three phases: the first was “Waterline,” which included a talk by sailor Amyr Klink with public school students and a photo exhibition of Klink’s expeditions. This phase impacted 4,047 people.

The second phase, “Espaço Mundi,” brought the “Dr. Drop against Waste” show to the community, benefitting 4,966 people. The play, which used an inflatable set in the shape of a half globe, covers situations related with wasting water.

The initiative ended in the third phase with IIP awarding the best projects to reduce water consumption proposed by the schools. Altogether, the three phases of implementing Guardians of the Water impacted 10,225 school community members in Rio Verde.

Supportive Beekeeping – In 2016, honey production in planted forests in Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio reached 15 tons, nearly twice as much as produced in 2015 (8.4 tons). Last year, IIP hired a consulting firm to provide guidance to clandestine beekeepers so that they could operate within safety norms, inviting them to join the project.

Nature and Body – The project, developed in the city of Três Lagoas, brought a community garden to 300 students ages 12 to 16. They had the chance to visit a rural settlement before they started planting vegetables and leafy greens in school gardens.

SEE - The Essay and Literary Contests of the Social and Environmental Education Project (SEE) involved 449 people, among junior high school teachers and students in (5th and 9th grade). Based on the UN theme of “2016, international year of pulses,” the participants wrote about healthy eating. However, prior to the contest, teachers took part in workshops to bring the topic to the classroom for a debate.

Book City – The IIP program to foster reading benefitted 12,974 people in 2016 and ended a seven-year cycle, after visiting the cities of Mogi Guaçu (SP), Três Lagoas (MS), Ribeirão Preto (SP), Suzano (SP), Paulínia (SP), Franco da Rocha (SP), Itapeva (SP), Rio Verde (GO) and Manaus (AM).

Read the full report on IIP Activities.

 

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IIP celebrates “Beekeeper Day”

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International Paper Institute prepared a special action for Beekeper Day, celebrated on May 22: distributing honey produced in ‘s planted forests, through the “Supportive Beekeeping” project, to workers at all of the company’s units in Brazil.

To honor the work of beekeepers, students put together packages with honey packets that will be delivered from May to along with an informative folder containing interesting facts about this date. In Mogi Guaçu (SP), Três Lagoas (MS) and Luiz Antônio (SP), these gifts will be handed out by the students. While at the packaging units, internal employees, designated as IP Institute “focal points”, will hand them out.

The honey was produced from last year’s harvest by the Association of Beekeepers of and the Region , which has been an

The “Supportive Beekeeping” project is aimed at using IP’s planted eucalyptus forests to produce and sell honey. A total of over 70 tons of honey have already been produced. The goal is also to expand development of production and contribute to generating income for local beekeepers.

Celebrating “Beekeeper Day” means celebrating how these workers care for bee , as well as a rich and healthy food. This is recognition of this

History of the date – Celebrated on May , Beekeeper Day pays homage to St. , considered the patron saint of all beekeepers as well as of those who work with the production of honey and its byproducts.

Brazilian beekeeping goes back to around when Father imported European bee colonies from Portugal, setting them up at beach, in .

Upon finding that these bees were having problems adapting as a result of the tropical climate, professor travelled to Africa with the support of the Ministry of queens, which were used in an apiary in , .

During this time, bees from hives were released, with the African bees crossing with the European bees that were already in the country. At that time, the study of new management techniques had not been widely explored. However, over time, the remaining beekeepers began to expand production methods.

After holding symposiums and congresses that brought together producers and researchers, beekeeping became a very important agricultural industry.

In the Brazilian Beekeeping Federation was founded, resulting in the first Brazilian congress in this industry, held three years later.

In Brazil ranked 4th among the world’s largest honey exporters. In the country was ranked 8th, according to data from the Brazilian Association of Honey Exporters .

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Formare chat reinforces the importance of career

Leonardo (002)From time to time, the International Paper Institute promotes a meeting between Formare students and professionals from different areas at IP for a relaxed conversation about studies and career opportunities. This initiative is called the “Formare Chat.” In April, the Luiz Antônio class had the chance to learn a bit more about the career path of Leonardo Vieira, a Recovery and Utilities Manager.

Leonardo has been with IP for six years, having started as an intern in the finishing area. Next, he moved into the pulp division’s maintenance area before going to the area where he currently works and becoming a manager. During this time, he says that he has taken part in Formare on various occasions.

As a Volunteer Educator (VE), he gave classes in the subjects of Basic Math, Support Math and Paper Production. He has therefore had the chance to join his background in engineering with the industry’s routine. “I’ve always liked Formare very much, since the exchange of information we have with students and all of the interaction during the course teaches us a lot,” he says, referencing what he learned during the editions when he was a VE.

During the meeting with students, Vieira talked about getting his start at IP and the characteristics he finds essential to career development at the company: a willingness to grow and always learn, dedication and searching for information not only about the area where you work, but also other areas that interest you. “The desire to learn about other areas and find out about topics in these different areas helped me to achieve my current position at the company. You must be open to new things and must always research,” he says.

Thirst for knowledge – Leonardo highlighted a characteristic he considers a differential in the 2017 class at Luiz Antonio: the students’ desire to go to college. “In previous years, I heard lots of young people say that after Formare, their main goal was to get a job. In this class, almost all of the students have said they want to continue studying and go to college, which makes me very happy,” he says.

Finding skills – Formare gives students countless possibilities to develop skills and competencies, with a focus on their professional future. Activities are designed so that students identify their strengths and develop the characteristics they need to improve. That is why interaction with each other and collaboration are essential.

In this sense, Leonardo thinks self-awareness is valuable to identify what can be developed. This was one of the messages he made a point of conveying to the students. “We need to be aware of what we have to improve, because this helps us to grow,” he says, mentioning the challenge of overcoming his own shyness as an example, by working on public speaking to help him in his professional life.

 

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‘Aim for the example:’ Education transforming the lives of students and tutors

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Activities for “Aim for the Example” began on April 6 in Três Lagoas, April 10 in Mogi Guaçu and April 26 in Luiz Antonio. The project is connected with the Formare School, with an initiative by International Paper, and is geared towards integrating students and guest executives. The executives are responsible for tutoring a student, who takes part in the initiative during ten months, through monthly meetings.

Project volunteers are IP leaders. They provide tips and advice and talk about their career paths with the students they tutor, in an effort to guide them on making decisions about their professional futures. The project encourages young students to find answers for their professional future and also helps them to overcome insecurities in their personal lives.

Mauro Borges has been a Volunteer Educator at the Três Lagoas Formare for seven years. In 2015, he was honored by students, which moved him greatly. “It was very gratifying for me, although my joy is even more special when I meet a Formare graduate who is already in the job market,” he says.

Formare was launched at International Paper in 2010 and “Aim for the Example” is one of the program’s most important parallel projects. At meetings, tutored students are inspired by good examples that help their development. Leaders play an extremely relevant social role and also learn from students.

Getting to work – During the dynamics at the three locations, the International Paper Social Responsibility team gives a presentation on the program and the importance of this individualized monitoring in the lives of those being tutored. Students also briefly talk about who they are and their particularities with tutors.

At the Mogi Guaçu unit, students were in a different type of situation than in previous years. This year, they found out they were responsible for choosing their tutor, which left them quite surprised and excited.

At Três Lagoas, two Volunteer Educators were invited to take part in the project and, along with other leaders, they chose students to tutor based on the profile of each student. While in Luiz Antônio, out of 19 guest leaders, 42% are taking part in the program for the first time. This is very significant work for all of the IP workers.

TRÊS LAGOAS_VIVIANELíderes motivados a engajar jovens – No seu terceiro ano como voluntária, a gerente de RH de Três Lagoas, Viviane Gonçalves, conta que é sempre uma experiência desafiadora e gratificante. “Lidamos com realidades que nos fazem retomar o valor da simplicidade e isso tudo são eles que transparecem para nós”, comenta.

Para a líder, o programa é puro desenvolvimento e todos os tutores são surpreendidos pelos alunos, que estão sempre buscando por mudanças e conquistas. “Como gestora de pessoas, tenho uma responsabilidade em ajudar todos a serem melhores a cada dia e os alunos do Formare são a prova viva de que essa evolução é possível”.

Também voluntário, há seis anos, Péricles Cardoso conta que é um privilégio participar do programa. “Sou um agente de transformação na vida desses alunos. É a sensação de dever cumprido em fazer diferença na vida dos tutorados. Aprendi muito com eles e pude repassar isso na educação da minha filha”, afirma o tutor. O líder ainda acrescenta sobre o ótimo suporte das equipes de Responsabilidade Social e do Instituto. “Junto com os tutores e voluntários, todos trabalham para que os tutorados sejam os próximos agentes de mudança e protagonistas de seus destinos”, completa.

O projeto Escola Fomare já capacitou cerca de 230 alunos nas três unidades. Os encontros dos tutores e tutorados é um reforço no aprendizado e contribuiu no potencial desses jovens, que descobrem infinitas possibilidades para seus futuros.

Leaders motivated to engage young people – This is the third year that Viviane Gonçalves, an HR manager at Três Lagoas, has volunteered. She says that it is always a challenging and gratifying experience. “We deal with realities that lead us to go back to the value of simplicity, and they are the ones who make all of this apparent to us,” she says.

She believes that the program is pure development and all of the tutors are surprised by the students, who are always looking for changes and achievements. “As a personnel manager, I’m responsible for helping everyone to be better every day, and the Formare students are living proof that this evolution is possible.”

For six years, Péricles Cardoso has also been a volunteer. He says it is a privilege to take part in the program. “I’m an agent for change in the life of these students. It’s the feeling of a job accomplished in making a difference in these students’ lives. I’ve learned a lot from them and was able to pass that on in my daughter’s upbringing,” he says. He also adds that the Institute’s Social Responsibility teams provide great support. “Along with the teachers and volunteers, everyone is working for the students to be near agents of change and to take control of their own destiny,” he adds.

The Fomare School project, which provides tutoring in “Aim for the Example,” has already trained around 230 students at the three units. Tutor and student meetings reinforce lessons and contribute to the potential of these young people, who along with tutors discover infinite possibilities for their futures.

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The search for answers to the growing scarcity of water

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In an article published on the United Nations Brazil website, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), highlights the growing scarcity of water and actions that should be considered based on global dimensions. “Drought cannot be avoided, but a drought can be prevented from becoming a famine,” he writes.

According to Graziano, having more water will not resolve the global crisis. He mentions that, as of now, obtaining results for growth should be done in three dimensions: economic, social and environmental. This would therefore allow for confrontation of factors that set off structural problems around the world, including a lack of basic sanitation and natural resources.

The water crisis is just one risk factor among many others in countries such as South Sudan, where 40% of the population lives in a state of malnutrition and public calamity. Although the nation is oil-rich, there are 5 million people living in a state of food insecurity. In countries like this, when climate disasters strike, there may be regional wars as a result of extreme poverty.

The water crisis and active projects – The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that there are currently 663 million people worldwide living with no access to drinking water, an extremely important resource for farmers, who are responsible for most of the 800 million people who routinely go hungry. Agriculture is a fundamental element, yet it consumes 70% of the world’s fresh water. That is why actions must be articulated to lower this use, says the Director-General in his article.

Promoting actions to raise awareness – In Brazil, for instance, there are thousands of poor families living in dry areas that use cisterns to store rainwater. Since 2003, the Federal Government Cisterns Program has already handed out around 1.2 million cisterns, with a total storage capacity of 20 billion liters. The cost of installation is BRL 3,000 and each family is guaranteed a supply for up to five people over eight months. Educational programs geared towards reusing and preserving water are fundamental measures, such as responsible use of water in agriculture, as mentioned by Graziano.

Savings and reflection on conscientious use of water resources  are topics covered in the Guardians of the Water project at International Paper Institute (IIP). In addition to covering matters related to the rational use of water, the institution develops other projects, such as Nature and Body, aimed at raising awareness about quality of life and healthy habits by implementing community gardens. Both IIP projects are public policies that work with current and integrating topics, to raise awareness and have repercussions on matters regarding conscientious consumption of water and natural resources on the planet.

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Nature and Body enters a new phase and boosts production

Project began by planting vegetables at schools in Três Lagoas in 2016 and intends to expand production this year.

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Instilling environmental awareness, within the concept of food sustainability and healthy eating are some of the goals of the Nature and Body project, coordinated by International Paper Institute in the city of Três Lagoas (MS).

Since last year, the Joaquim Marques de Souza and Parque São Carlos schools have worked to grow vegetables in collective gardens set up on the grounds of the schools. In 2017, the project is taking another step to improve the production of the gardens. In the future, the aim is to think about distributing the food grown to the local community or even to other schools.

For the project to take on this dimension, greater involvement is needed from students and teachers to manage and maintain the gardens, which are also used in transdisciplinary content within classes on the regular curriculum.  This means that the gardens go beyond biology classes and enter into math problems with calculations of area, weights and measures, for instance.

From popular culture to collective gardening – Body and Nature was started in 2013 with the aim of spreading the customs of the Mato Grosso do Sul region. By building gardens of aromatic herbs, the Project was tapping into the habits of past generations, with the use of teas and infusions from plants with “therapeutic” properties.

In 2016, the project moved forward and began to grow vegetables. To learn about the production process, students visited a small farm. There they learned about how basic subsistence family farming works in practice.

This year, the idea is to continue to grow food, expanding the possibilities within the gardens at each school, in addition to using the harvest, which should bear excellent fruit.

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April: children’s literature month

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In April, children’s literature is being celebrated by honoring authors Hans Christian Andersen and Monteiro Lobato. In different times and locations, these authors left a cultural heritage that has withstood time and crossed generations, opening the doors of the world of reading to thousands of children.

In addition to celebrating the importance of these writers, these two dates also promote initiatives encouraging kids and teens to read.

International Children’s Book Day: April 2

shutterstock_313165946Created in 1967 by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), “International Children’s Book Day” pays homage to the birth of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. He became famous for his adaptations of internationally-recognized fables and stories like “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Snow Queen,” which inspired the Disney film “Frozen.”

Every year, a national section of the IBBY is chosen to represent the date with a local author writing a message to kids to encourage them to read and a local illustrator creating a poster to publicize the celebration and promote reading among kids around the world.

In 2017, “International Children’s Book Day” is celebrating its 50th anniversary, with Russia serving as the representative and author Sergey Makhotin as spokesperson. In his message, he recalls his childhood, the joy of holding a book in one hand and of smelling the new book smell when flipping through the pages.

National Children’s Book Day: April 18

Cultural_1885.qxdCreated in 2002, based on Law no. 10.402, “National Children’s Book Day” celebrates the birth of Monteiro Lobato, the father of Narizinho, Pedrinho and the whole gang from the Sítio do Picapau Amarelo.  Although he also wrote books for adults, he is usually best remembered for his works of children’s literature, where he preserves elements of caipira culture and characters from Brazilian folklore.

Lobato is also considered a pioneer in the area of paradidactic books, used to supplement learning by playfully joining concepts from different knowledge areas with literary narratives.  Titles such as “Aritmética da Emília” (Emília’s Arithmetic), “Emília no país da Gramática” (Emília in the Land of Grammar) and Serões de Dona Benta (Ms. Benta’s Evening Chats) are just a few examples of his legacy in childhood education.

In addition to writing, Lobato translated and adapted various works for the Portuguese language, such as “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll and a compilation of short stories by Hans Christian Andersen, among others. His famous phrase “A country is made with men and books” shows his concern with educational and national culture.

IIP and encouraging reading

DSC_6265Contributing to the social and environmental education of kids and young people is one of the missions of the International Paper Institute. Encouraging reading is one of the cornerstones of IIP, through its Travelling Book City project, which has already visited over 50,000 kids in nine cities in Brazil over the last seven years. The project fosters reading among Primary School students by joining theater and storytelling.

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UN wants less plastic in oceans

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The United Nations (UN) launched a global campaign in late February to reduce the amount of plastic in oceans by 2020. The “Clean Seas” initiative is aimed at mobilizing governments, companies and civil society to work towards this goal.

Launched at the World Ocean Summit, the campaign is aimed at different areas of action. Government authorities are responsible for implementing public policies to reduce the plastic use. For companies, the aim is to use less plastic packaging while also encouraging end consumers to change their behavior.

In numbers – According to UN data, 80% of all of the trash in the oceans is made of plastic. This means that nature has an estimated loss of USD 8 billion. If this situation remains unchanged, there is expected to be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

As a result of this scenario requiring urgent changes, some countries, like Indonesia, which hosted the Oceans Summit in February, and Uruguay have already committed to the goal. Seven other countries have also undertaken this commitment along with them.

Goal – Of all of the types of plastic that reach the oceans, today the two types with the biggest impact on the marine ecosystem are: microplastics contained in cosmetics and disposable packaging. The goal is to eliminate them from the seas by 2020.

New perspective – Aware of the damage that can be caused by improper disposal of plastics, a Mexican startup, EcoDomum, sees an opportunity: turn trash into social housing. In addition to manufacturing paneling used in construction, the company takes part earlier in the chain, with collection and separation of the material.

In 2016 alone, over 500 homes were built. The average cost per 40 m² project is USD 280. The initiative shows that there are viable approaches for plastic to be used differently.

In addition to calling on governments and companies, the UN campaign brings up an important issue: how does changing habits positively affect less harm to the environment? This is where schools and families play an important role in educating future generations, spreading more sustainable practices to reduce plastic waste in nature.

At International Paper, activities coordinated by the IP Institute are aimed at spreading good practices in sustainability and the environment in the communities where the company operates. To do this, the Institute is working in partnership with local schools, offering the EEP (Environmental Education Program), SEE (Social and Environmental Education) and Guardians of the Water projects.

Each reflects the importance of adopting more sustainable habits to recycle, reduce and reuse.

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Gardening by mail

Project encourages a mail-based seed exchange

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With e-mail, people now rarely mail letters. But Anaísa Catucci, an executive from Florianópolis, had an original idea that gained over 2,000 followers in just 24 hours: exchanging seeds by mail. That was how the “Seeds around the World” (Sementes pelo Mundo) project started.

The idea began when Anaísa and her boyfriend decided to plant a garden at home. They gave away leftover seeds through social media, drawing thousands of people they did not know and many more than the amount of seeds they had. By joining her love of correspondence and gardening, the executive formed a seed exchange that works by sending letters in the mail with planting instructions.

The project is currently looking for partners to continue to grow and gather stories. Those interested come from different walks of life, ranging from parents that want to show their kids how a seed germinates to those that have lost loved ones and find gardening to be therapeutic.

Plants in education – International Paper Institute has had the “Nature and Body” project at the Três Lagoas (MS) units since 2013. The goal of the initiative is to spread regional culture by growing herbs and planting community gardens at public schools.

By 2015, “Nature and Body” had brought back the tradition, with plants used by our grandparents in teas and cooking, showing how they benefit our health. Last year, the project entered a new phase and brought the garden to school. In a multidisciplinary proposal, the initiative brought together teachers from various subject areas, who used the garden beds to explain content from the traditional curriculum, connecting theory and practice.

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“World Water Day” turns 25

Instituted by the UN in 1992, the date encourages reflection on ration use of water resources

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A quarter of a century ago, the United Nations declared March 22 to be “World Water Day,” raising awareness among government authorities and the population about the use of this vital resource for survival on the planet.

With this date, the UN also announced the Universal Declaration of Water Rights, a document highlighting the value of water and of environmental preservation for life in ten items, recalling the finite nature of natural resources, which is worsened by Man’s predatory behavior.

Although 2/3 of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, less than 1% is suitable for human consumption. Added to this is insufficiency in distribution and treatment to supply water to all of the people in the world. According to information from the United Nations, over 80% of sewage produced by humans returns to nature without being treated in any way. And outlooks show that the demand for potable water will increase 50% by 2030.

In light of this scenario, it is fundamental that everyone participate so that environmental awareness is spread to all sectors of society, through sustainable actions that fully use the potential of water.

Universal Declaration of Water Rights

1-Water is part of the planet’s patrimony;

2-Water is the vital fluid of our planet;

3-The natural resources that turn water into drinking water are slow, fragile and very limited;

4-The balance and future of our planet depends on preserving water and its cycles;

5-Water is not just the heritage of our predecessors; it is, more than anything, a loan to our successors;

6-Water is not freely donated by nature; it has an economic value: it must be recognized that it is, at times, rare and costly and that it could very well become scarce in any region of the world;

7-Water should not be wasted, polluted or poised;

8-Using water means respecting the law;

9-Water management places a balances between the imperatives of its protection and needs of an economic, sanitary and social order;

10-Water management planning should consider solidarity and consensus based on its unequal distribution on Earth.

The role of the industry

In addition to changing habits among the population, “World Water Day” reinforces the importance of industries adopting good practices for sustainable production, developing solutions and applications to reuse water that is not fit for consumption, but that is fundamental in production processes and in factory operations.

At IP, 95% of water used in the paper manufacturing process is treated before returning to nature or is reused. The company is not only committed to sustainable production, but also understands its social role of contributing to the social and environmental education of kids and young people through International Paper Institute projects.

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Take part in the Guardians of the Water 2017 Award

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Activities held this year in the Luiz Antônio (SP) region

 After visiting Rio Verde (GO) in 2016, the next edition of the Guardians of the Water project will be held in the heartland of the state of São Paulo, covering the public Primary Schools in the municipalities of Luiz Antônio, Guatapará, São Simão and Altinópolis.

The International Paper Institute (IIP) team responsible for the initiative has already concluded the announcement stages and now the schools should get ready to submit their projects.

The Guardians of the Water takes place in stages during the entire school year and aims to get the academic community to reflect on conscientious use of water resources. More than discussing the theory, students and their teachers are encouraged to develop water-saving proposals that can be put into practice. The winning learning institutions will each win a BRL 7,000 prize to make their ideas a reality and turn them into improvements for everyone.

Participating schools should complete the registration form and submit it by e-mail to sabrina.tenello@ipaper.com by April 28.

Below are links to information on the call for projects:

1 – Opening Call for Projects

2 –Registration Form

3 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

4 – Guide for completion of the registration form

If you have any questions, please contact:

Sabrina Tenello: (16) 3986-9073 / sabrina.tenello@ipaper.com
Julia Valadares: (16) 3986-9076 / julia.valadares@ipaper.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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Formare IP opens registrations for Volunteer Educators in 2017

Any IP professional can choose a subject to teach by February 17 for the upcoming classes in Mogi Guaçu, Luiz Antônio and Três Lagoas

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Registrations are open now for the next team of Volunteer Educators for the 2017 class for the Formare School Project. The only prerequisite to be a volunteer is wanting to volunteer.

Last year, around 150 professionals registered to give classes to Project students at the pulp and paper units located in Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luiz Antônio (SP) and Três Lagoas (MS).  This year, even more Formare volunteers are expected, showing the commitment of IP professionals to educating young people.

A will to teach and learn – each professional can choose up to three subjects to teach classes in, according to their knowledge and area of work. That way they contribute to the development of young people who are currently making career decisions. “The experience of working as a VE is quite enriching, since I learned to deal with different opinions and listen more. It’s leadership training,” says Gláuber Sales, a volunteer educator in Mogi Guaçu.

For Wagner Cortez, a volunteer educator at Luiz Antônio, taking part in Formare has also helped him to find solutions in his day-to-day. “Looking for materials to prepare the classes has shown me that there is a lot of similarity between the subjects developed in the course and that are discussed routinely at work. I not only found solutions, but was also able to use the students’ ideas and implement them in my work,” he says.

At Três Lagoas, volunteer educator Bruna Locatelli sees Formare as a two-way street in building knowledge, capable of transforming anyone that wants to teach and those that come to learn. “It’s a project that has taught me to be better in every respect. It’s very gratifying,” she says.

Start of classes – the school year for students in the IP Formare School Project begins on March 3. In 2017, the 50 students who were accepted follow the same calendar, with the end of the course set for November. Over the next ten months, the classes will have the chance to learn a bit more about the pulp and paper manufacturing process, in addition to learning about concepts of oral and written communication, English language, sustainability, safety and other topics.

The goal is to combine some theoretical disciplines that will help students with placement in the job market, with a practical part geared towards industrial processes. “The idea is to give students the tools so that they are able to take part in future job interviews, showing all of their potential, with a good resume and good experience, because of the interactions they have during the course,” explains Gláucia Faria, Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager at IP.

This year, over 500 candidates from three regions took part in the selective process to vie for a spot in the IP Formare program.

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January 30 is National Comics Day

Considered a gateway to the world of reading for many children, comics stay with readers for many generations. Learn more about this date.

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Maurício de Sousa, Laerte, Ziraldo, Angeli, Glauco and Jaguar.  These are some of the Brazilian artists who will be remembered on January 30, the day when the creativity of Brazilian comics is celebrated. The first Brazilian comic strip was published on January 30, 1869, by Angelo Agostini, a cartoonist originally from Italy: “The Adventures of Nhô-Quim or Impressions of a Trip to the Court.”  The publication narrates the adventures of Nhô-Quim, who heads from Minas Gerais to Rio de Janeiro.

It was only in 1984, 115 years after the first Nhô-Quim story was published, that National Comics Day was celebrated. During this time, major cartoonists have come out of Brazil. Artists that gained special attention prominence from the nineteen fifties to the seventies, with publication of comics in newspapers and magazines, establishing a dialog with kids and young people or taking a position in relation to the politics of the day in Brazil.

This language also gained strength with the emergence of the internet, which became an established channel for finding new cartoonists and independent comics. In addition, events such as the Comic Con Experience (SP), Festival Guia dos Quadrinhos (SP) and the Bienal de Quadrinhos de Curitiba (PR) have guaranteed space and publicity for different generations of talented Brazilian cartoonists.

Proof that comics are a language for all ages is an article in the “Economia Criativa” (Creative Economy) publication put out by the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae). According to a text released in 2014, it is estimated that Brazil has approximately 18,000 readers of comics, including collectors and occasional readers of comic books.

Encouraging reading, an IIP cause

Comics are not just synonymous with entertainment. They are also an important tool for encouraging kids to read. Working with comics in the classroom is even advocated by many educators. Because of their flowing language and ability to easily express the cultural traits and behavior of a people, comics are also seen as an instrument for shaping critical thinking.

This is a position that has even been officially adopted by the Ministry of Education (MEC), since it is part of the National Curricular Parameters, which establish guidelines for content used in Pre-Tertiary Education, which includes Early Childhood Education and Primary and Secondary School.

In this sense, one of the causes embraced by International Paper Institute (IIP), through the projects it supports, is the education of children and adolescents with incentives for reading. One example is “Book City,” which has already benefitted over 50,000 kids from ten municipalities from 2009 to 2016.

 

 

 

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Formare IP has over ten candidates for each spot

A total of 546 students registered for the 50 open spots. Três Lagoas (MS) had the most competitive spots.

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Since 2010, low-income youth that are recent high school graduates from the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio (SP) or Três Lagoas (MS) regions have been able to enroll in the International Paper Formare School Project selective process. The professional education program, coordinated by International Paper Institute, is now in its eighth edition and is as competitive as college entrance exams. The total ratio was 10.92 candidates per spot.

This year, the most popular location was Três Lagoas (MS). There were 185 young people who enrolled for one of the ten spots offered in the city in Mato Grosso do Sul, giving the location the highest candidate/spot ratio, with over 18 young people competing for each spot.

Mogi Guaçu was the second most popular location. With 215 registrations and 20 openings in the course, the ratio was 10.75 candidates/spot. In addition to the municipality itself, registrations in Luiz Antônio are also open to residents of Guatapará, São Simão and Santa Rosa de Viterbo. The ratio of candidates per spot at this unit was 7.3, with 146 competing for the 20 openings.

Selective process – After registering in the selective process through the IIP website, candidates begin tests in Portuguese Language, Math and Composition. Those that pass move onto the third phase, where they take part in a group dynamic, at which time they are exposed to situations that allow recruiters to start to learn about and identify the candidates’ profiles.

In the next phase, selected candidates take part in an individual interview and, for the first time, they had the chance to tour the factory at the location where they were competing for a spot. The last round in the selective process was a home visit done by the IIP team with the goal of learning about the candidate’s family, checking socio-economic requirements and confirming the information provided during selection.

Now, the 50 young people accepted undergo a 10-month professional training program, where they learn about the dynamics of the labor market and the particularities of the pulp and paper manufacturing process. Formare School Project activities are done by volunteer educators (VEs), International Paper professionals that are dedicated to sharing knowledge and who set aside time in their schedules to creating classes for program students.

The curriculum includes subjects from the regular secondary school curriculum, such as Math, Physics, Chemistry and English; yet the main focus is on professional training, covering subjects such as communications and relations, industrial organization, electromechanical maintenance, pulp and paper production and professional practices aimed at fulfilling the practical demands of students’ education.

This year, the three Formare IP classes will follow the same timeline and classes are set to start on March 7. At the end of the course, in addition to the knowledge they gain, students also gain an edge on their resumes: a professional training certificate, issued by UTFPR (Federal University of Technology – Paraná) and accredited by the Ministry of Education (MEC).

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Emerging countries lead on clean energy

Study shows that developing countries have the same total capacity to generate renewable energy as Australia

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The group of 58 emerging countries assessed by Climatescope, the annual renewable energy competition rating, which looks at the energy sector in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, surpassing the clean energy capacity of wealthy countries by 18%.  The study, released in December 2016 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, considers information on generation of wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy sources in 2015.

The group of countries analyzed includes China, India, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Egypt and South Africa. While developing nations generated 69.8 gigawatts of clean energy during the period in the assessment, equal to Australia’s installed energy capacity, wealthy countries generated 59.2 gigawatts.

Attracting Investments – In the Climatescope assessment, the most notable country in terms of capacity to attract investments in renewable energy generation was Chile, with investments going from USD 1.3 billion in 2014 to USD 3.2 in 2015.

Brazil, which lost the leading position it held in past editions of the study, was ranked second as the main destination for investments. The country received USD 121 billion (around BRL 251.3 billion) in investments from 2006 to 2015 and USD 11 billion (BRL 39.5 billion) in 2015 alone.

Criteria for attractiveness consider clean energy investment policies in each country, the conditions of the market and power supply infrastructure, the activities of companies in the industry in each country and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The study also highlighted the increased investment in solar energy in the countries assessed and the work of startups financed by private funds that bring renewable energy to far-flung locations.

Source: Exame Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Institute initiatives benefit over 28,000 people in 2016

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Transforming people’s lives. With this goal in mind, International Paper Institute (IIP) held a series of initiatives in 2016 to promote the social and environmental education of children and adolescents, impacting over 28,000 people through the following programs: Formare School Project, Environmental Education Program (EEP), Travelling Book City, Social and Environmental Education (SEE), Guardians of the Water, Guardians in Action, Supportive Beekeeping and Nature and Body.

At the heart of these projects were themes such as volunteering, environmental conservation, professional education, encouraging reading and healthy eating, which were taken to the communities where IP operates.

05-formare1Formare School Project: Formare completed six years at IP in 2016, with a total 350 young people having graduated. Through the program, students take an initial professional training course at the company; company employees act as volunteer educators and share their technical knowledge and professional experiences, giving these young people a clearer vision in relation to choosing a future career and the dynamics of the labor market. Every year, Formare at IP opens up 20 spots for young people residing in Mogi Guaçu (SP), 20 spots for the Luiz Antônio (SP) region and 10 spots for Três Lagoas (MS), cities where International Paper (IP) maintains pulp and paper production operations.

11-peaEnvironmental Education Program (EEP) – The Environmental Education Program was started in 1993 with the goal of raising awareness among primary school students and teachers about the importance of planted forests in maintaining natural resources, contributing to preservation of native forests. In 2016, more than 3,000 people went through the program at the Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu (SP) units as well as in the cities of São Simão, Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Guatapará, Mogi Mirim, Aguaí and Altinópolis in the state of São Paulo.


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– The project went to Rio Verde (GO) to reinforce the importance of preserving water resources among the community. The project was split into three phases and took place in March 2016, with the Waterline exhibit featuring photographs from expeditions by sailor Amyr Klink. The exhibit was shown at the Buriti Shopping Center.

Next, 4th and 5th grade public school students watched a play at Espaço Mundi, at the Rio Verde Exhibitions Park. The initiative ended with a contest that awarded the best projects to reduce water consumption, created by participating schools.

01-apicultura-solidariaSupportive Beekeeping – The highlight of 2016 in Supportive Beekeeping, a project that strengthens ties between IP planted forests and a honey producers’ coop, was the training of beekeepers on packaging honey produced in IP forests. This work guaranteed greater autonomy and knowledge for coop members, contributing to achieving production of 15 tons of honey.

 

03-cidade-dolivroTravelling Book City – In 2016, the project visited the cities of Manaus (AM) and Rio Verde (GO), where over 12,000 kids were able to laugh and learn with the shenanigans of Tracinha, a very smart bookworm who prefers to devour books to read them. With this, the project ended a seven-year cycle of work, during which the Travelling Book City also visited the cities of Mogi Guaçu (SP), Três Lagoas (MS), Ribeirão Preto (SP), Suzano (SP), Paulínia (SP), Franco da Rocha (SP) and Itapeva (SP).Thanks to the project, over 50,000 children were able to embark on this journey through the magical world of literature.

ESA_logoSocial and Environmental Education (SEE) – SEE contests are already a tradition in the Mogi Guaçu region. With 41 editions held, the essay contest is geared towards 5th and 9th grade students as well as high school seniors. The SEE also has a literary contest for public school teachers, which is in its 11th edition. Each year the goal always to broaden discussions of a current topic within the academic community. In 2016, the topic chosen for both contests was Healthy Eating, in line with the UN’s theme of the International Year of Pulses.

 

10-natureza-corpoNature and Body – In 2016, the project moved forward by starting to work with planting vegetables and leafy greens. In previous years, priority was given to growing herbs and spices. With this new focus, along with the theme of healthy eating developed in the SEE, IIP brought yet another theme up for discussion in the academic community: food sustainability, which was developed by teachers in different subject areas. In 2017, the activities will continue to accompany the academic calendar and topics related to sustainability, education and the environment.

guardioes-em-acaoGuardians in Action – With the goal of allowing workers from the São Paulo office to volunteer, the Guardians in Action project has had a presence on commemorative dates since 2012, bringing lots of joy and interaction to kids and adolescents in low-income communities in the city of São Paulo and to the guardians (IP volunteers). In 2016, the guardians worked on two missions: the first was on Easter and the second on Christmas.

 

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FORMARE SELECTIVE PROCESS RESULTS – INTERNATIONAL PAPER 2017

Listed below are the candidates accepted during the Formare selective process for the International Paper units in Três Lagoas, Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu.

LIST OF CANDIDATES ACCEPTED INTO FORMARE IP 2017

Unit: Três Lagoas/MS

Accepted Candidates

1 Abner Loureiro Santana
2 Cleisla Martins da Silva
3 Eduardo Borges Lopes
4 Felipe da Silva Campos
5 Felipe Henrique Medeiros de Lima
6 Juliane Ribeiro Teixeira
7 Letícia Vasques Lucena
8 Lincoln Batista Melchior
9 Natálya Moreira da Silva
10 Pâmela Feitosa Dos Santos

Unit: Luiz Antônio/SP

Accepted Candidates
1 Alex Gonçalves dos Santos
2 Állan Gabriel dos Santos Bortolozzo
3 Ana Beatriz Ferreira
4 Caio Vinicius Tavares Costa Claro
5 Celso Aparecido Silva Junior
6 Crisele Aparecida dos Santos Costa
7 Gabriel Ribeiro Junqueira
8 João Vitor Beluti da Silva
9 José Henrique dos Santos Belchior
10 Julia da Silva Souza
11 Juliana Teixeira Pimenta
12 Karen Maria Garcia
13 Mileny Hatsue Nomura
14 Othon Omar Balthazar
15 Pâmela Priscila Baldissarelli Bibiano
16 Paulo Henrique Oliveira da Silva Santos
17 Pérola Nicole Gonçalves
18 Rafaela Gonçalves Duarte
19 Raila da Silva Santos
20 Rita de Cássia Ribeiro

  Unit: Mogi Guaçu/SP

Accepted Candidates
1 Alan Henrique de Oliveira Menezes
2 Aline Aparecida Scanavachia
3 Ana Beatriz de Faria
4 Anderson Antonio da Silva
5 Camila Negli Panseri
6 Eduardo Henrique Dos Santos
7 Flavio Scomparin Gomes
8 Giovanna Gabrielly Silva Costa
9 Guilherme Brandão Martins de Sousa
10 Hebert Willam da Rosa
11 Ivana Renata Zavoski
12 Jenifer Kauany de Souza dos Reis
13 Marcos Abreu de Souza
14 Marcos Gabriel dos Santos Carvalho
15 Matheus Guimarães Justino
16 Rafael Luiz de Moura Borges
17 Sarah da Rocha Porfírio
18 Sarah Ribeiro da Silva
19 Stefany Nunes do Amaral
20 Thainá Ferreira de Sousa

Documents that must be provided for admission of Formare students:

All candidates accepted:

1 recent 3×4 photo;

1 copy of Brazilian ID card (RG);

1 copy of Brazilian taxpayer ID number (CPF);

1 copy of Birth Certificate;

1 copy of proof of address (power, water or phone bill);

1 copy of Unified Healthcare System (SUS) card;

Original statement of conclusion of Secondary School or statement of enrollment in the last year of High School;

Original vaccination card.

Only minor candidates (under 18):

1 copy of Brazilian ID card (RG) of parents and/or guardian;

1 copy of Brazilian Taxyper ID (CPF) of parents and/or guardian;

1 Proof of address of parents and/or guardian (only if they reside at a different address than the student);

Note: Documents must be submitted on the date of the admissions exam.

We will contact candidates soon to schedule a date for the medical exam and to submit personal documents. Please pay attention and if you have any questions contact the Formare Coordinator at your unit.

TRES LAGOAS Gabriel Lima gabriel.lima@ipaper.com (67) 2105-6124 LUIZ ANTÔNIO Sabrina Tenello sabrina.tenello@ipaper.com (16) 3986-9073/ (16) 99781-7695 MOGI GUAÇU Tomás Fernandes tomas.fernandes@ipaper.com (19) 3861-8955/ (19) 99818-8245

 

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How much does better air quality cost?

Study shows that an investment of BRL 13 per person in planting trees is enough to improve health in urban areas

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IP Forest in Mogi Guaçu (SP)

Air pollution and higher global temperatures are part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) instituted by the United Nations (UN). With an eye towards reducing environmental impacts over the coming decades, various institutions, in addition to the UN, are debating viable solutions to improve people’s quality of life.

That is the case of The Nature Conservancy, which released a study in November 2016 showing that an investment of USD 4 (around BRL 13) per person in planting trees would result in a one-fourth reduction in particulate matter, generated by the burning of fossil fuels in major urban areas.

According to the authors of the “Planting Healthy Air” study, trees clean air and keep temperatures down, resulting in major health benefits for people living in large cities. It is estimated that worldwide around three million people die annually as a result of respiratory complications, heart problems or stroke caused by inhaling pollutant microparticles that enter the bloodstream.

When trees are planted correctly in strategic areas, they work like a filter, guaranteeing clean air and comfortable temperatures. A breeze of fresh air, considering that the temperature in wooded areas can be up to 2°C lower, not to mention that trees also contribute to maintaining humidity in the air.

Forestry areas at International Paper, for example, cover over 102,000 hectares of planted lands, with 70% reserved for eucalyptus and 25% to conservation of native vegetation. IP’s eucalyptus plants sequester around 6 tons of CO² for every ton of paper produced, making the air cleaner for the community and reinforcing our commitment to the planet and to future generations.

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An emotional graduation for Formare School Project 2016 students

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Bidding farewell with a longing for more, students ended the ten-month cycle by receiving their diplomas and with greater maturity to face the challenges ahead

December was a month filled with emotion and expectation for students in the IP Formare School Project, coordinated by Instituto International Paper (IIP). After 9 months with lots of learning and exchanges of experiences, the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio students officially ended the course and were certified in the Processes Industry Production Assistant qualification course. Yet this achievement would not have been possible without all of the dedication of the Volunteer Educators (VEs), who dedicated some of their time to teaching what they know and passing on some of their professional experiences.

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Mogi Guaçu – The graduation of the Mogi Guaçu students was held on December 15, at Espaço Gênesis, at Jardim Parque Real, in Mogi Guaçu (SP). The students were filled with emotion and honored VEs Gláuber Correa Sales, a trainee engineer in the Industrial area in charge of the Numerical Reasoning subject, and José Carlos Alexandre Barbosa, who taught the Mechanical Design and Measurement subject.

Throughout the course, the professionals closely monitored students’ development, answering questions and providing information on career, academic studies, choosing a college and issues related to day-to-day processes at a pulp and paper factory.

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Luiz Antônio – The day after the Mogi Guaçu students graduated, the ceremony was held for the Luiz Antônio students. The 19 young people selected for the Project in 2016 recognized and thanked the Tutors and VEs for everything they learned during classes and for the maturity they gained to take on the job market. During the ceremony, held at the International Paper (IP) unit, the young people remember the good times they had at the company and reinforced how important each volunteer was to this achievement.

 

Those honored at Luiz Antônio this year were: Elídio Frias, VE and marketing executive at Solenis, which is also a partner in IIP initiatives, and Joselir Cassucci, who is in charge of the Chemistry subject and who held a multidisciplinary activity involving construction of a rocket made out of PET bottles. It was so successful that there was even a small event to display the projects prior to launching them. The most creative students were awarded as was the rocket that travelled the furthest.

“It is very gratifying to be able to somehow contribute to the development of these young people, showing that with tenacity and dedication, any goal can be achieved in life and dreams can come true,” says Gláucia Faria, Social Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability manager and the coordinator of IIP activities.

All of the professionals are that part of Formare 2016, are now rooting for the success of the recent graduates. We wish them the best of luck and may they have wonderful careers in the future.

Yet Formare never stops. Everything is almost ready for the next classes in 2017. IIP would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the incoming students!

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More sustainable trash collection in the São Paulo heartland

Electric truck makes trash collection even “cleaner”

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Trash collection in the cities of Paulínia, Indaiatuba, Tietê, Salto and Valinhos is gaining a strong ally for good air quality in urban areas: a 100% electric truck, which hit the streets in the second half of 2016. It has an autonomous range of over 200 kilometers or up to eight hours without recharging and is capable of compacting up to 16 tons per shift.

This process results in drastic cuts to atmospheric pollution, since there are no emissions of pollutant gasses from trucks powered by diesel fuel and that use a lithium phosphate batter, which is recyclable and has a useful life of up to 40 years. It also contributes to less noise pollution, since the engine is much quieter than on a traditional garbage truck.

BYD of China and Corpus Saneamento are responsible for manufacturing the electric truck. More advances are expected from this partnership: expansion of the fleet, using energy generated in the landfill to recharge the trucks. The environment gives thanks!

Did you know?

  • If trash collection covered 100% of the five cities mentioned (Paulínia, Indaiatuba, Tietê, Salto and Valinhos), it would benefit over 530,000 people, according to the sum of the population of each of the cities, as per data from IBGE. 
  • If 100% of the trash was collected using electric trucks in the cities of Mogi Guaçu, Luiz Antônio and Três Lagoas, around 250,000 people would benefit.

 

 

 

 

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Mogi Guaçu Formare students organize food drive

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Families served by institutions that are part of the Federation of Charity Organizations of Mogi Guaçu (FEAG) will have fuller tables this Christmas. That is because the International Paper Formare School Project students have been working since October on organizing a food drive to make the end of the year more delicious for many people.

Donations were made voluntarily by Mogi Guaçu IP professionals, who donated non-perishable food items from October 31 to November 25. The students were entirely responsible for the operational part of the campaign: from distributing pamphlets to publicize the drive to counting the items in order to assemble food baskets.

A total of 205 items were raised, surpassing the 150 kg mark of non-perishable food raised the year before. Products were delivered on December 5 to the FEAG, which serves 23 charity institutions in Mogi Guaçu, working in different segments: services and support for children and adolescents, support for needy families, people with disabilities, services for migrants services and the homeless and elder care.

Participation by Formare students in campaigns on commemorative dates reinforces IP’s commitment to volunteer actions, showing young project participants that contributions of any kind to transform people’s lives are worth making, both for those helping and for those receiving support.

 

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Formare Chat: joining experience and youth in mutual learning

Kicking off a light-hearted and relaxed conversation about career and professional goals: this is the main goal of the Formare Chat, which has strengthened relations between 39 young people from the IP Formare School Project and International Paper (IP) executives at the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio units over the nearly 70 editions of the meetings that were held in 2016. Check out a retrospective of the chats, with some lessons and teachings conveyed during the year.

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Starting the year right – In February, Elídio Frias, a Marketing executive at Solenis, started off the cycle of talks. As a long-time partner of IIP and the Formare Project, Elídio shared his personal and professional experiences, showing how important it is to keep your feet on the ground and set realistic goals. “I always try to show that everyone has potential, but you have to know yourself, because if you get scared at the sight of blood, you have to rethink your idea of being a doctor,” he told the students.

 

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Always learning – In March, the President of International Paper Institute (IIP) and the General Counsel at IP, Leandra Ferreira Leite, told the students that to be successful in their career, it is fundamental that they be well-prepared for the challenges along the way. “Studies can make a difference and this is very important, but I also make a point of telling the students that they need to believe in a better future to achieve their dreams. And never give up on them,” she underscored.

 

“É muito gratificante poder contribuir para o crescimento desses futuros profissionais”

Transformative experience – César Assin, General Manager at the Mogi Guaçu unit, was one of the tutors for the 2016 class. He has been at IP for 27 years and says that even with all of his managerial experience, it is always possible to learn more. He also took the opportunity to share his professional experiences. “It’s very gratifying to be able to contribute to the growth of these future professionals and to see that the change happens for all of us (tutors, volunteer educators and coordinators), in addition to wanting to see them achieve.”

 

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The taste of achievement – In the second semester, Eduardo Fonseca, Corporate Affairs Manager, spoke to the students about perseverance and persistence for things to happen.  “Nothing comes easy in life, but there is great pleasure in achievement, precisely because we fight so hard for them,” he said. He reinforced the importance of learning that the students build in their interactions with each other as well as with IP professionals. This was the case of Eurípedes Valadão, Industrial Operations Manager. “In this life, what we always have is our experiences,” he emphasized.

 

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“Know thyself” – The students were already in the final phase of the 10 month Formare cycle when, just as Elídio Frias pointed out at the start of the year with the students, Newton Scavone, Occupational Safety and Environment Manager, also discussed the importance of self-awareness in making good life choices. During his meeting with the students, he also visited the classic Greek aphorism attributed to Socrates: “Know thyself,” to talk about the future. “We can only outline a personal plan to improve when we know ourselves and want better,” he said.

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EEP benefits over 3,000 people in 2016

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The Environmental Education Program (EEP), at International Paper Institute (IIP), has a lot to celebrate this year.  Activities involved a total of 3,161 people, including Primary School students and teachers in nine municipalities: Luiz Antônio, São Simão, Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Guatapará, Mogi Guaçu, Mogi Mirim, Aguaí and Altinópolis.

This year, IIP developed the EEP in two ways: as a travelling program, with activities go to students at schools located in regions where IP operates, and as a permanent program, where actions take place at International Paper facilities in Luiz Antonio and Mogi Guaçu, providing students with a different experience when they leave the academic environment to take an up-close look at how paper manufacturing works.

In the first half, the EEP went to schools. While in the second half, students and teachers took trips by bus to the units and participated in interactive cart activities, showing the details of paper manufacturing and demystifying some concepts of the production process, in addition to showing company initiatives to preserve the environment.

With the aim of educating to transform, the EEP not only provides information on planted forests and the origin of paper, but also discusses general matters related to environmental conservation, in a fun environment and through educational activities at all times.

The Environmental Education Program (EEP) has been held since 1993 in the cities in the Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu region, with over 89,000 children and young people in the regions where the company operates.

 

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Formare 2017: passing candidates for the interview in Luiz Antônio

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See below the list of  candidates who passed for the next phase of  Formare International Paper selective process at Luiz AntonioMogi Guaçu/SP unit.

The candidates will take part in a tour in order to see the some of the industrial processes and will be interviewed individually.

Every candidate must wear: 

  • closed shoes with no heels;
  • shirt or T-shirt with sleeves;
  • jeans.

It is not allowed to wear hight heels, ballet flats, flip flops, open toe shoes, sandals, tank tops, sleeveless shirts, skirts, dresses, shorts or transparent clothing.  

All candidates should be at International Paper Parking lot gate – Portaria 1 .

Group 1: Candidates invited to take part on Dec 2nd (Friday) at 8 AM.

1 Alex Gonçalves dos santo
2 Állan Gabriel dos Santos Bortolozzo
3 Allan Kennedy Alves
4 Ana Beatriz Ferreira
5 Ana Carla da Costa
6 Beatriz Ramos Gaspar
7 Caio Vinicius Tavares Costa Claro
8 Carolina Barcellos Coimbra
9 Celso Aparecido Silva Junior
10 Crisele Aparecida dos Santos Costa
11 Daiane Dos Santos Azevedo
12 Daniely Cristina Graciute Araújo
13 Gabriel Ribeiro Junqueira
14 Gabriela Pires Melo da Silva
15 Geani da Silva Dos Santos
16 Isabella Damasceno da Cruz
17 Isabelle Santos Gonçalves
18 Jenifer Cristina Justino Oliveira
19 Jéssica Caroline Balsan
20 Jéssica Mara de Jesus Oliveira
21 João Victor Lima Galiane
22 João Vitor Beluti da Silva
23 José Henrique dos Santos Belchior

 

Group 2: Candidates invited to take part on Dec 2nd (Friday) at 1 PM.

1 Jose Mauro Querido Correia
2 Julia da Silva Souza
3 Juliana Teixeira Pimenta
4 Karen Maria Garcia
5 Kenedy da Silva Camargo
6 Letícia Beatriz Moreira
7 Luana Gabriele De Figueiredo
8 Luiz Felipe Souza schimidt
9 Luiz Henrique Gomes Pauferro
10 Marcelo Junior Meira Alves
11 Maria Vitoria Januario
12 Mileny Hatsue Nomura
13 Othon Omar Balthazar
14 Pâmela Priscila Baldissarelli Bibiano
15 Paulo Henrique Oliveira da Silva Santos
16 Pérola Nicole Gonçalves
17 Rafaela Gonçalves Duarte
18 Raila da Silva Santos
19 Rita de Cássia Ribeiro
20 Rodrigo Augusto Moreira
21 Suellen Santana Guedes
22 Verônica Bernardes Souza
23 Vitoria Natalia Ignacio Gonçalves

 The company will provide free transportation for candidates. Please see the route and departure points below:

 MORNING SESSION CANDIDATES

 Route: Santa Rosa de Viterbo – São Simão – Luiz Antônio – IP Factory (Transanti bus)      

Stop 1 – Santa Rosa de Viterbo:
Location: EE Conde Francisco Matarazzo
Departure time:  6 AM

Location: EE Salustiano Lemos
Departure time: 6:05 AM

Stop2 – São Simão
Location: : EE Agenor Medeiros
Departure time: 6:40 AM

Location: EE Capitão Virgílio Garcia
Departure Time: 6:55 AM

Stop 3 – Luiz Antônio
Location: Rodoviária Municipal
Departure Time: 7:15 AM

Route: Guatapará – IP Factory (Táxi Coopcar)

Location: EE Gavino Virdes
Departure Time: 7:20 AM

Location: Ponto de ônibus Mombuca
Departure Time: 7:30 AM

AFTERNOON SESSION CANDIDATES

 Route: Santa Rosa de Viterbo – São Simão – Luiz Antônio – IP Factory (ônibus Transanti)      

Stop 1 – Santa Rosa de Viterbo:
Location: EE Conde Francisco Matarazzo
Departure Time: 11:00 AM

Location: EE Salustiano Lemos
Departure Time: 11:05 AM

Stop 2 – São Simão
Location: EE Agenor Medeiros
Departure Time: 11:40 AM

Location: EE Capitão Virgílio Garcia
Departure Time: 11:55 AM

Stop 3 – Luiz Antônio
Location: City Bus Station
Departure Time: 12:15 PM

Route: Guatapará – IP Factory (táxi Coopcar)

Location: EE Gavino Virdes
Horário: 12:20 PM

Location: Mombuca Bus Stop
Departure Time: 12:30 PM

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Nature and Body end the year with healthy eating at school

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Educating for a healthier lifestyle. This is the proposal that International Paper Institute uses to promote “Nature and Body” each year, a project aimed at providing schools in the municipality of Três Lagoas (MS) with a reflection on quality of life by implementing community gardens. This year’s edition, which started in the first semester, ended on November 21, at the Joaquim Marques de Souza School, and on November 22, at Escola Parque São Carlos over 1,600 students benefitted.

Teachers developed activities by relating them to contact with seedlings. That way students learned not only techniques for growing plants, but also applied classroom theory to day-to-day activities in the garden, through interdisciplinary practice.

An event was held at the end of the project, where stock was taken of the concepts taught to the young people along with the main lessons and exchanges. Students were also able to take part in a workshop, where they watched a play that covered two topics developed in the project: healthy eating and the history of coffee. In addition to interpretive activities, students were encouraged to propose improvements to the garden for the next year. After a vote, the best proposals will be put in practice in 2017.

From 2013 to 2015, the focus of “Nature and Body” was to reestablish popular customs in the Mato Grosso do Sul region, by growing aromatic herbs and showing how health, nature and traditions are interconnected and part of the culture of a people. However, this year the project took another step forward and brought planting of vegetables to the school, in an effort to encourage a more varied and nutritious diet, by bringing children and teens closer to contact with the earth.

The theme was chosen at a time when international organizations are discussing strategies for an environmentally sustainable and economically viable diet. So much so that 2016 was named by the United Nations (UN) as the International Year of Pulses. This is a way to call the world’s attention to creating public policies that encourage consumption of these foods.

Aware of the importance of discussing this theme within the academic environment, International Paper Institute has developed the issue of healthy eating along various lines in its projects, such as in the SEE (Social and Environmental Education Project) Literary and Essay Contest, leading students and educators to think about their own eating habits.

 

 

 

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Formare students develop PET bottle rocket

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From February to October of this year, the International Paper Institute Formare School Project held multidisciplinary activities led by volunteer educator Joselir Cassuti that consisted of assembling a rocket using PET bottles.

The initiative presented by the educator, who has worked at International Paper for 22 years, involved every subject. Yet it was in his Chemistry classes that Joselir spoke about the project with students, splitting them into groups of four or five to make the rocket.

The teacher posed a challenge when he handed out the PET bottles to students. “They were confused when they received the material. But when we started to cut the bottles and the pieces appeared, they were impressed and excited about the idea,” says the educator.

The students designed the pieces individually and later learned more about the base of the rocket and its functions, taking into account that it could not be too heavy in order to fly. “Learning about the entire process was fundamental to the stability of the object,” explains their teacher.

After they finished the project, the students had a presentation week. A stand was set up in front of the exit to the IP Luiz Antônio restaurant, which is where they took questions from factory workers. “The students were asked about topics involving Chemistry, safety and the rocket creation process,” says Joselir.

Rocket Launch – On November 18, the students took part in a competition on the factory lawn and were very impressed by the structure assembled to hold the activity.

Small flags on the ground marked the distance of ten meters to indicate the ground that the rockets covered, with the rocket that travelled the furthest receiving the highest marks. There was tie for first place between the PETChemist Turbo F6 and the Newton in the Stars rockets.

In addition to the rocket launch, the competition also included the most creative name category. Four rockets competed: Blue Bird, Ácmon, PETChemist Turbo F6 and Newton in the Stars, which received the most votes from factory workers.

“This entire project was a challenge for the students. They didn’t just produce the rocket, but also the presentations and evaluations. I was impressed with their performance during the course. It’s amazing that when they come here, they are dim little stars and in the end they all leave shining bright,” says Joselir.

According to the teacher, students were graded on their performance and dedication shown at from start to end of the project. They were also surprised and happy with the project and all of the activities they took part in. The graduation ceremony and commemoration for the Formare students will be held on December 16, at International Paper’s Luiz Antônio unit.

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WHO proposes higher taxes on food and beverages prejudicial to health

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This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a proposal to establish measures aimed at reducing obesity worldwide. The strategy is to reorient eating habits through policies that encourage healthy foods and raise taxes on unhealthy foods.

Organizations such as the WHO are looking for actions that result in tax policies to reduce purchases of foods and beverages that put health at risk, to reduce the incidence of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, in addition to combating a global problem: obesity.

If these fiscal policies were adopted in Brazil and the rest of the world, the price of sugary drinks would go up by 20%. Proof that implementation of this policy would be effective can be found in Mexico, which placed a 10% tax on these products, reducing purchases by 12%.

In the analysis by the WHO, taxes would not just be raised on sugary drinks, but on practically all foods and beverages containing saturated and trans fats and tobacco-based products.

The measure also seeks to provide subsidies of 10 to 30% for fresh fruits and vegetables, in an effort to increase consumption of these nutrient-rich foods.

An estimated one out of three adults worldwide (39%) is overweight, which is why being knowledgeable regarding healthy eating and reflecting on the environmental impacts this has on the planet are very important. Especially since 51% of the Brazilian population is obese.

Fostering a healthy diet – The United Nations (UN) named 2016 the International Year of Pulses, which is why International Paper chose Healthy Eating as the topic for the Social and Environment Education (SEE) and Nature and Body projects.

During the months of August and October, the two IIP projects held activities with primary and secondary school students to discuss topics that are very relevant, but not widely discussed at schools: healthy eating practices and contributing to a more sustainable and economic planet.

The IIP Nature and Body project took public school students to visit gardens, learning about growing vegetables and leafy greens and how to take care of the earth, so that they could reflect on respect for a healthier life and environmental conservation. The aim of the project is usually to work with food education through community gardening.

Moreover, the importance of pulses, of a balanced diet and of sustainable actions was established as themes for two traditional initiatives by the International Paper Institute: the Essay Contest and the Literary Contest, which are respectively in their 41st and 11th editions.


 

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Mogi Guaçu: see the list of passing canditates for the interview

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See below the list of  candidates who passed for the next phase of  Formare International Paper selective process at Mogi Guaçu/SP unit.

The candidates will take part in a tour in order to see the some of the industrial processes and will be interviewed individually.

Every candidate must wear: 

  • closed shoes with no heels;
  • shirt or T-shirt with sleeves;
  • jeans.

It is not allowed to wear hight heels, ballet flats, flip flops, open toe shoes, sandals, tank tops, sleeveless shirts, skirts, dresses, shorts or transparent clothing.  

All candidates should be at the International Paper parking lot – Portaria 1. 

Group 1: Candidates invited to take part  on Nov. 24 (Thursday), at 9 AM.

1 Alan Henrique de Oliveira Menezes
2 Aldrey Mariane da Silva Ferreira
3 Aline Aparecida Scanavachia
4 Amanda Cardoso da Costa
5 Amanda Caroline Domingos
6 Amanda Penaforte de Lima
7 Ana Beatriz de Faria
8 Ana Beatríz Garcia Pereira
9 Anderson Antonio da Silva
10 Arthur Marlon Acencio
11 Brenda Tuany Moreira Gonçalves
12 Bruno Felipe Ferreira da Silva
13 Bruno Henrique Vieira
14 Bruno Richard Oliveira da Silva
15 Camila Negli Panseri
16 Carlos Felipe Landucci da Silva
17 Eduardo Henrique Dos Santos
18 Éllen Gonçalves Catine
19 Flavio Scomparin Gomes
20 Gabriele Bigaram Rosalino
21 Giovanna Gabrielly Silva Costa
22 Graziele Caroline Borges
23 Guilherme Brandão Martins de Sousa

 

TURMA 2: Candidates invited to take part  on Nov. 24 (Thursday) at 13h.

1 Guilherme Elander da Silva Benati Batista
2 Gustavo Borges De Lima
3 Gustavo de Sousa Silva
4 Hebert Willam da Rosa
5 Ivana Renata Zavoski
6 Jenifer Kauany de Souza dos Reis
7 João Otavio Lucio Della Torre
8 Juliano Setin Feriato
9 Lúcia Regina da Cruz
10 Marcos Abreu de Souza
11 Marcos Gabriel dos Santos Carvalho
12 Maria Luiza Clemente de Abreu Sampaio Cyrino
13 Mateus Henrique Gonçalves
14 Matheus Felipe Casagrande
15 Matheus Guimarães Justino
16 Nathália da Costa
17 Paloma Coraini de Souza
18 Rafael Luiz de Moura Borges
19 Renata Idalina de Souza
20 Sarah da Rocha Porfírio
21 Sarah Ferreira Alves Silva
22 Sarah Ribeiro da Silva
23 Stefany Nunes do Amaral
24 Thainá Ferreira de Sousa
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Formare 2017 Luiz Antônio passing candidates

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Below is a list of candidates who passed the first phase of the Formare International Paper selective process at the Luiz Antônio/SP unit.

The group dynamic will take place the  International Paper factory – Rodovia SP 255, Km 41,2 – Luiz Antônio/SP

GROUP 1: Candidates invited to take part in the group dynamic on Nov. 28 (Monday), at 9 AM.

1 Adriane de Almeida Câmara
2 Alex Gonçalves dos Santos
3 Aliane Mamud de Oliveira
4 Állan Gabriel dos Santos Bortolozzo
5 Allan Kennedy Alves
6 Ana Beatriz Ferreira
7 Ana Carla da Costa
8 Ana Carolina Maximiano da Silva
9 Ana Rosa Geraldo dos Santos
10 Andreza Grazielli Assunção Souza
11 Beatriz Ramos Gaspar
12 Caio Vinicius Tavares Costa Claro
13 Carolina Barcellos Coimbra
14 Celso Aparecido Silva Junior
15 Crisele Aparecida dos Santos Costa
16 Daiane Dos Santos Azevedo
17 Daniely Cristina Graciute Araújo
18 Dauto Jorge Rosa
19 Eduardo Alves dos Santos
20 Eliézer Samuel Gomes Isidoro
21 Emili Cristina da Silva Ataliba
22 Esthefani Bianca da Silva Pereira
23 Esther Léa Neves Campos
24 Gabriel Ribeiro Junqueira

GROUP 2: Candidates invited to take part in the group dynamic on Nov. 28 (Monday), at 2 PM.

1 Gabriela Pires Melo da Silva
2 Gabrielle Araújo Camargo
3 Geani da Silva Dos Santos
4 Graziela Flausino da Silva
5 Henrique Vitorio de Souza
6 Isabella Damasceno da Cruz
7 Isabelle Santos Gonçalves
8 Jenifer Cristina Justino Oliveira
9 Jéssica Caroline Balsan
10 Jessica Gonçalves
11 Jéssica Maiara dos Santos
12 Jéssica Mara de Jesus Oliveira
13 João Matheus Martins
14 João Victor Lima Galiane
15 João Vitor Beluti da Silva
16 José Henrique dos Santos Belchior
17 Jose Mauro Querido Correia
18 Julia da Silva Souza
19 Júlia de Fátima Plez dos Reis
20 Juliana Teixeira Pimenta
21 Karen Maria Garcia
22 Kenedy da Silva Camargo
23 Leonardo Rafael Bertanholi Viana
24 Letícia Beatriz Moreira

GROUP 3: Candidates invited to take part in the group dynamic on Nov. 29 (Tuesday), at 9 AM.

1 Leticia Vitoria da Silva
2 Luana Gabriele De Figueiredo
3 Luiz Felipe Souza Schimidt
4 Luiz Henrique Gomes Pauferro
5 Marcelo Junior Meira Alves
6 Maria Eduarda de Lima Contato
7 Maria Leticia dos Santos
8 Maria Vitoria Januario
9 Mileny Hatsue Nomura
10 Nadiane Aparecida Candido
11 Othon Omar Balthazar
12 Pâmela Priscila Baldissarelli Bibiano
13 Paulo Henrique Oliveira da Silva Santos
14 Pérola Nicole Gonçalves
15 Rafaela Gonçalves Duarte
16 Raila da Silva Santos
17 Ricardo Moreira dos Santos
18 Rita de Cássia Ribeiro
19 Rodrigo Augusto Moreira
20 Suellen Santana Guedes
21 Tauana dos santos batista
22 Taynara Rosa Goveia Amorim
23 Verônica Bernardes Souza
24 Vitoria Natalia Ignacio Gonçalves

The company will provide free transportation for candidates. Please see the route and departure points below:

 MORNING SESSION CANDIDATES (Nov. 28 and 29 – Groups 1 and 2)

 Route: Santa Rosa de Viterbo – São Simão – Luiz Antônio – IP Factory (Transanti bus)      

Stop 1 – Santa Rosa de Viterbo:
Location: EE Conde Francisco Matarazzo
Departure time: 7:00 AM

Location: EE Salustiano Lemos
Departure time: 7:05 AM

Stop 2 – São Simão
Location: EE Agenor Medeiros
Time: 7:40 AM

Location: EE Capitão Virgílio Garcia
Time: 7:55 AM

Stop 3 – Luiz Antônio
Location: City Bus Station
Time: 8:15 AM

 

Route: Guatapará – IP Factory (Coopcar Taxi)
Location: EE Gavino Virdes
Time: 8:20 AM

Location: Mombuca Bus Stop
Time: 8:30 AM

AFTERNOON SESSION CANDIDATES (Nov. 28 – Group 3)

 

Route: Santa Rosa de Viterbo – São Simão – Luiz Antônio – IP Factory (Transanti bus)

Stop 1 – Santa Rosa de Viterbo:
Location: EE Conde Francisco Matarazzo
Departure time: Noon

Location: EE Salustiano Lemos
Departure time: 12:05 PM

Stop 2 – São Simão
Location: EE Agenor Medeiros
Time: 12:40 PM

Location: EE Capitão Virgílio Garcia
Time: 12:55 PM

Stop 3 – Luiz Antônio
Location: City Bus Station
Time: 1:15 PM

 

Route: Guatapará – IP Factory (Coopcar Taxi)
Location: Praça da Igreja
Time: 1:20 PM

Location: Mombuca Bus Stop
Time: 1:30 PM

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Formare 2017 Mogi Guaçu passing canditates

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See the list of those who passed the first phase of the Formare International Paper selective process at the Mogi Guaçu/SP unit.

The group dynamic will take place Horto Florestal – International Paper Training Center – Rodovia SP 340, Km 171 – Mogi Guaçu/SP.

GROUP 1: Candidates invited to take part in the group dynamic on Nov. 21 (Monday), at 9 AM.

1 Alan Henrique de Oliveira Menezes
2 Aldrey Mariane da Silva Ferreira
3 Aline Aparecida Scanavachia
4 Amanda Cardoso da Costa
5 AMANDA CAROLINE DOMINGOS
6 Amanda Penaforte de Lima
7 Ana Beatriz de Faria
8 Ana Beatríz Garcia Pereira
9 Ana Brenda Almeida de Vaz
10 Ana Carolina Coelho Bassichetti
11 Ana Flavia Barbosa Da Silva
12 Anderson Antonio da Silva
13 Arthur Marlon Acencio
14 Brenda Gabriely de Oliveira
15 Brenda Tuany Moreira Gonçalves
16 BRUNO FELIPE FERREIRA DA SILVA
17 Bruno Henrique Vieira
18 Bruno Richard Oliveira da Silva
19 Camila Negli Panseri
20 Camila Roberta Marsal
21 Carlos Felipe Landucci da Silva
22 Eduardo Henrique Dos Santos
23 Éllen Gonçalves Catine
24 Flavio Scomparin Gomes

 

GROUP 2: Candidates invited to take part in the group dynamic on Nov. 21 (Monday), at 2 PM.

1 Gabriele Bigaram Rosalino
2 Giovanna Gabrielly Silva Costa
3 Graziele Caroline Borges
4 Guilherme Brandão Martins de Sousa
5 Guilherme Elander da Silva Benati Batista
6 Gustavo Borges De Lima
7 Gustavo de Sousa Silva
8 Hebert Willam da Rosa
9 Hugo Yuji takakua
10 Ingrid de Jesus Augusto
11 Ivana Renata Zavoski
12 Jenifer Kauany de Souza dos Reis
13 João Otavio Lucio Della Torre
14 Julia Scarabello Serafim
15 Juliana da Silva de Araújo
16 Juliano Setin Feriato
17 Leandro Marcelino de Paula Garbi
18 LEONARDO VINICIUS GONÇALVES DE OLIVEIRA
19 Lilieny Karoline Gonçalves
20 Lucas Rodrigo Liel
21 Lúcia Regina da Cruz
22 Marcos Abreu de Souza
23 Marcos Gabriel dos Santos Carvalho
24 Maria Luiza Clemente de Abreu Sampaio Cyrino

 

GROUP 3: Candidates invited to take part in the group dynamic on Nov. 22 (Tuesday), at 2 PM.

1 Mateus Henrique Gonçalves
2 Matheus Felipe Casagrande
3 Matheus Guimarães Justino
4 Mayra Martins De Freitas
5 Natália Cristina Francisco
6 Nathália da Costa
7 NICOLE AZEVEDO
8 Paloma Coraini de Souza
9 Patrick de Araujo Neves
10 Patrik Marlon de Almeida Silva
11 Paulo Ricardo De Oliveira
12 Rafael Luiz de Moura Borges
13 Renata Idalina de Souza
14 Sarah da Rocha Porfírio
15 Sarah Ferreira Alves Silva
16 Sarah Ribeiro da Silva
17 Stefany Nunes do Amaral
18 Thainá Ferreira de Sousa

 

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Formare 2017 Três Lagoas passing candidates

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See the list of those who passed the first phase of the Formare Três Lagoas selective process.

Names are in alphabetical order.

The second phase will be held on Nov. 16 (Wednesday), at 1 PM, at Colégio Objetivo – Rua Urías Ribeiro, 2327 – Alto da Boa Vista.

CANDIDATES PASSING ON TO THE 2ND PHASE (DYNAMIC)  FORMARE 2017 – TRÊS LAGOAS/MS SELECTIVE PROCESS
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1 Abner Loureiro Santana
2 Alisson Torres Moreira
3 Ana Luiza Oliveira Bazan
4 Ane Caroline Rodrigues dos Santos
5 Beatriz Soares de oliveira
6 Bianca Pereira Catania
7 Bruna Maria Almeida e Santos
8 Bruna Pereira Queiroz de Almeida
9 Bruno Barbosa de Oliveira
10 Carlos Henrique Damião dos Santos Filho
11 Cassiane da Silva Domingues
12 Cleisla Martins da Silva
13 Danatielly Peixoto Uchôa
14 Dayane de Oliveira Araujo da Silva
15 Débora Gomes De Lima
16 Eduardo Borges Lopes
17 Eliziane Gabrielli dos Santos Ramos
18 Êmily Aparecida Gomes da Silva
19 Felipe Alexandre Alcantara
20 Felipe da Silva Campos
21 Felipe Henrique Medeiros de Lima
22 Gelson Rosa Cardoso Junior
23 Gisele Vitoria da Cunha Oliveira
24 Guilherme Pereira Calixto Gomes
25 Higor vieira brambilla
26 Isabella Saloah Valentim da Silva
27 João Augusto dos Santos
28 juliane Ribeiro Teixeira
29 Karen Moreira dos Santos Cavanha
30 Karina da Costa Conceição
31 Karina da Silva Souza
32 Kerolyn Barreto Barbosa
33 Ketlin Franco Faria
34 lavínia ferreira bispo
35 Leticia da Silva Moreira
36 Letícia Vasques Lucena
37 Lincoln Batista Melchior
38 Luana Regina Dias Ribeiro
39 Lucas Emanoel Witter de Souza
40 Mari Ellen Costa Romero
41 Maria Aparecida Fernandes dos Santos da Silva
42 MARIA EDUARDA
43 Maria Eduarda Ribeiro Martins
44 Mateus dos Santos
45 Natálya Moreira da Silva
46 Pâmela Feitosa Dos Santos
47 Paulo Ricardo Gonçalves Gama Monteiro
48 Rafaela Maurilha Alves Da Silva
49 Rhaislla Aleixo Dos Reis
50 Stéfany de Souza Felix
51 Stephanie Karoline Angelini Tavares Seara
52 Suze Eliane Ferreira da Silva
53 Tainara Batista Godinho
54 VICTOR FERNANDO GARCIA MEIRA
55 Vitória Maria de Oliveira Damaceno
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Supportive Beekeeping: beekeepers take training course at SEBRAE

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Beekeepers from International Paper Institute’s “Support Beekeeping” project took part in workshops to enhance techniques while also growing points of sale. The idea is that the Cooperative will gain more autonomy, therefore expanding its market share.

The project involves professionals from the Cooperative of Beekeepers of the Ribeirão Preto Region (COOPERAPIS), who work in the cities of Luiz Antônio, Brotas and Altinópolis and who use International Paper eucalyptus forests, among other growing areas, for honey production

The Cooperative, along with SEBRAE (Brazilian Support Service for Micro and Small Businesses), held courses for coop members. Training is able to increase knowledge, since the honey packaging process is entirely outsourced. With this training, the beekeepers will be able to package and distribute without needing a warehouse.

Through the “Supportive Beekeeping” project, beekeepers are benefitted by the IP Institute through creation of income as a result of production coming from planted forests, with this being the main means for coop members to support their families.

To gain greater mastery of work and grow their business, workshops were given from April to June of this year on Food Chain Relations, covering the following topics:

  • Legal Requirements for Officializing Business and Sales
  • Agroindustrial Products for Adding Value – Beekeeping
  • Distribution Channels

In October, there will be another training session, this time at Senac in Ribeirão Preto, where the beekeepers will attend more workshops and display their products.

Although packaging is outsourced, all honey is produced by the Cooperative: “We follow the companies during the packaging process, so that we can apply the standards we learn day-to-day,” explains José Antônio Monteiro, the leader of COOPERAPIS.

According to Monteiro, the Cooperative intends to expand its participation in workshops and, as a result, its points of sale, through packaging and distribution of honey in the market. In addition to the logistics side, these professionals are always looking for different solutions to any problem that can come up in production.

An eye on the calendar – In January, SEBRAE releases its calendar of courses and right at the beginning of the year beekeepers already find courses that appeal to the group in terms of improving professionally. Training is for everyone, including beginners. “The workshops are very important for the new people, including because they are learning to work and develop the beekeeping process,” says Monteiro.

With the training, the beekeepers gained knowledge on the management system, which also allows them to follow the process across the production chain. Moreover, they begin to have a broader view of their work: from installation of beehive boxes and harvest to packaging and distribution of the final product at points of sale. “The beekeepers admire the companies’ organization during the packaging tests. This makes them to value their work even more,” says Monteiro.

In order to make it possible for COOPERAPIS to package honey, the company needs a suitable space and that is the next step for the Cooperative. To do this, they need approval from the Federal Inspection Service (or SIF, its acronym in Portuguese), connected to the Department of Inspection of Products of Animal Origin (DIPOA, its acronym in Portuguese).

COOPERAPIS recognizes that it does good work in the market and that being involved in every stage of the honey production process is very important to gaining more space in the market. And the partnership with IIP is fundamental for all of these improvements to happen.  “If it weren’t for International Paper, through the Institute, we would not be able to grow our technical knowledge and enhance all of our production processes. Part of our success is the fruit of this partnership,” Monteiro reiterates.

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Formare students participate in SIPAT 2016

Students create model and show how IP processes work

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Safety is a value at International Paper . And to reinforce all of the measures the company takes to make every work environment safer, the CIPA (Internal Accident Prevention Commission) at International Paper had some outside help for this year’s Internal  Occupational Accident Prevention Week (SIPAT): Formare students. The Mogi Guaçu group actively participated in the event, which took place from October 4 to 14. In addition to attending talks, the students built a detailed model of the unit, with the different areas involved in the pulp and paper manufacturing process.

In addition to this activity, they gave presentations to workers, putting all of their learning into practice from the many classes given by the VEs (Volunteer Educators) during the professional training course, such as oral and written communication and pulp and paper manufacturing processes, for example.

The same thing happened in Luiz Antonio, with students giving presentations at the “Sustainability” stand to SIPAT participants. From October 3 to 11, the students organized into groups to take turns giving presentations at the stand, aimed at informing employees about key sustainability initiatives at IP and answering questions about the GRI Report.

With the help of the VEs,  the Internal Accident Prevention Committee members, family members, IP employees and service providers, the students built three models to represent the tripod of corporate sustainability (financial, social and environmental) and its relationship with the company’s targets for 2020. In the “Financial” model, the students depicted the energy efficiency and fiber efficiency targets; the “Social model showed the topics of safety and IP Institute initiatives with neighboring communities; while for the “Environment” model, the students showed recycling targets for wood shavings and improvement in water quality.

At the end of the exhibitions, participants were invited to give a recap of the explanation and test their knowledge in the sustainability game.

 

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IIP opens registrations for Formare 2017

05-formareRegistrations for the FORMARE selective process at International Paper in the Mogi Guaçu, Luiz Antônio and Três Lagoas regions will be open from October 11 to November 3. For the first time, the selective process at the three IP units will be integrated, with several new facets.

The professional training course is a supplement to regular schooling, with classes given Monday through Friday during the daytime at International Paper factories. A total of 50 openings (20 openings for the Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu/SP pulp and paper units and 10 for the paper unit in Três Lagoas/MS) will be available.

FORMARE: How it works

Launched at International Paper in 2010, the Formare School Project, developed by Fundação Iochpe, offers professional education courses for young people from low-income families, with certification recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC) and issued by the Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR). Teachers are International Paper professionals who help to train students and prepare them for the challenges of getting their first job through an exchange of experiences.

For a better understanding, please watch the video.

Below are the candidate requirements and the test day for each unit:

TRÊS LAGOAS/MS

  • Young people whose birthday falls between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2000;
  • currently enrolled in their junior and senior years at a public High School in 2016;
  • average per-member family income of one minimum monthly wage salary;
  • May not be a sibling, child, step-child, grandchild or direct dependent of an IP worker;
  • reside in the city of Três Lagoas.

Test: November 10, at 1:30 PM, at the UFMS Amphitheater – Campus I (Rua Cap. Olinto Mancini, nº 1662 – Bairro Colinos – Três Lagoas/MS).

MOGI GUAÇU/SP

  • Young people whose birthday falls between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 1999;
  • currently enrolled in their senior years at a public High School in 2016;
  • average per-member family income of one minimum monthly wage salary;
  • May not be a sibling, child, step-child, grandchild or direct dependent of an IP worker;
  • reside in the city of Mogi Guaçu.

Test: November 10, at 1:30 PM, at Faculdades Integradas Maria Imaculada (Rua Paula Bueno, 240 – Centro – Mogi Guaçu/SP).

LUIZ ANTÔNIO/SP

  • Young people whose birthday falls between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 1999;
  • currently enrolled in their senior years at a public High School in 2016;
  • average per-member family income of one minimum monthly wage salary;
  • May not be a sibling, child, step-child, grandchild or direct dependent of an IP worker;
  • reside in the cities of Guatapará, Luiz Antônio, São Simão or Santa Rosa de Viterbo.

Test in Guatapará: November 10, at 8:30 AM, at the “Jornalista Gavino Virdes” Elementary School (Rua Valdemar Stoque, 258 – Jd. Alvorada).

Test in Luiz Antônio: November 10, at 1:30 PM, at the “Cel. Arthur Pires” Elementary School  (Rua Nilo Peçanha, 132 – Nova Guatapará).

Test in São Simão: November 10, at 7:30 PM, at the “Prof. Agenor Medeiros” Elementary School  (Rua José Silveira, 954 – Bento Quirino).

Test in Santa Rosa de Viterbo: November 10, at 1:30 PM, at the “Conde Francisco Matarazzo” Elementary School  (Rua Sete de Setembro, 250 – Centro).

The content of the tests will be Portuguese language, math and an essay. Candidates must be in attendance 15 minutes prior to the start time and be in possession of a photo ID (RG or Driver’s License), pencil, eraser and blue or black pen. Cell phones or calculators may not be used.

The Formare selective process will take place over a total of 5 phases.

  • Online registrations;
  • Test;
  • Group dynamic;
  • One-on-one interview and tour of the International Paper factory;
  • Home visit.

The selective process starts with registrations in October, followed by eliminatory phases until early December, when the list of accepted candidates will be released. Classes are set to start in March 2017.

 

 

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Eucalyptus Biomass: clean energy in paper production

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One of the concerns at International Paper is reducing environmental impacts, which is why the company is constantly working to improve industrial processes, with a focus on sustainability and on the rational use of resources to manufacture pulp and paper. Among the company’s countless initiatives is the use of eucalyptus biomass to generate energy for some of its units. Bianca Brício, a Sustainability Coordinator at IP, explains a little more about this process and about day-to-day applications for eucalyptus.

A chemical engineer, Bianca has been with International Paper since 2010. As a trainee, she worked in the Forestry areas and at the corporate office in São Paulo before moving to the Mogi Guaçu unit, where she currently works. In this interview, she provides some details on the step-by-step of generating energy from biomass and also talks about what is done with the eucalyptus “scraps,” which are reused to plant new seedlings.

What is the process for using eucalyptus biomass for energy generation?

Eucalyptus biomass has been used as a fuel source for pulp and paper factories in Brazil at various units. Recently, this process migrated to using bark and wood waste and began to burn whole trunks.  Burning of biomass creates energy used to heat water, which moves through pipes inside of the boiler. The hot water creates steam, which is used to power turbines, producing electricity. The conditions for burning biomass, as well as the temperature and steam pressure, are controlled for maximum efficiency. The gasses resulting from burning also go through environmental control equipment to minimize any impacts on the environment.

Is the energy generated by eucalyptus biomass capable of making the industry self-sufficient? How much of this energy is accounted for by industrial consumption?

In the case of IP units, renewable energy sources are responsible for approximately half of the energy used.

Do all IP, Paper and Packaging units used biomass?

Actually, the units that use energy from eucalyptus biomass are Luiz Antônio, Mogi Guaçu and Nova Campina, since they use wood as an input in pulp production. At units where we don’t have this integrated process, that is, that do not produce pulp, energy comes from other sources.

What advantages does the industry have with the use of eucalyptus biomass, from an environmental standpoint?

Eucalyptus has enormous potential to be used to generate energy, since it is a renewable fuel source and it grows very quickly in tropical regions like Brazil, where it is harvested after an average of 7 years. IP has approximately 72,000 hectares of certified eucalyptus plantations. It is worth underscoring that International Paper’s planted forest areas are certified with the FSC/PEFC and Cerflor seals.  In addition to growing eucalyptus, IP maintains 26 hectares for conservation of biodiversity and preservation of native forests.

In addition to the competitive advantages of eucalyptus, from a forestry standpoint, using biomass as an energy source means our factories do not consume fossil fuels. This replacement makes the energy mix cleaner and reduces Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Is the biomass produced by IP just used at the company, or is it sold? And what about the electricity produced? Does the industry absorb it or is it sold to power concessionaires?

Biomass produced by IP is only used by IP, as is electricity. IP also purchases some electricity from the national grid.

Can you tell us what is used from the eucalyptus plant? What does it create, in addition to wood, paper, pulp and energy? Is there any other by-product you would like to mention?

There are countless possibilities in the use of eucalyptus, but in addition to the raw material for producing pulp and the biomass that creates energy, the most common products are pallets, charcoal, boxes for packaging of products, furniture and floors, such as wood flooring and laminates.

In the field, sticks and leaves from harvested eucalyptus remain on the ground to protect it. At IP factories, parts of the eucalyptus that cannot be used to make wood or generate energy, such as bark with lots of embedded dirt or sand, are used to make organic compost, which is used to fertilize forest trees.

Composting:

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Formare Chat joins philosophy and pop culture to talk about choices

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The famous Greek aphorism attributed to Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, “Know thyself,” served as the basis for a chat between Newton Scavone, IP Security Manager, and Formare School Project students at the Luiz Antônio unit on August 28. Scavone did more than take a new look at a classic phrase, showing how it is applicable today and can be a life lesson, since self-awareness is something humans are constantly searching for and this awareness is essential to maturing. “We can only outline a personal plan to improve when we know ourselves and want better,” he said at the meeting.

At 63, Scavone took the adolescents through his lifetime of experiences, recalling his career path and his start at the company nearly 35 years ago. As an active participant in  Formare activities since the Project began at Luiz Antonio, the Security Manager spoke about his personal values and advised the students on making good choices in the future.  “Good choices happen when sown, and they must be reaped in any situation,” he said.

Losses and gains – Scavone had to deal with loss from a young age. At eight years old, his father died, leaving him and his two brothers, who were 9 and six months old at the time, to look elsewhere for references throughout their lives. He took charge of showing them ways, through great effort, dedication and awareness that fulfilling his duties generates results and opens doors. “I’ve always had people with consolidated careers who inspired me to follow my own ideas. I believe in following examples. ”

And it was through these references and a search for constant betterment that many opportunities arose, which can also happen for Formare students when they use all of their potential in their chosen careers.  “They need to want it and to get excited for things to happen; the big question is not what they have now in Formare, but what they will do with all of this learning in the future and this is something that I talk about a lot with the student I tutor as well,” he says.

From philosophy to pop culture – In addition to his reference to Socrates during the chat, Scavone connected the past to the present by touching on American TV show Glee, where deaf students, along with the cast of the show, sing John Lennon’s Imagine, mixing voice and sign language. He used this resource to show that from Ancient Greece to the classic hit from the 1970s, reinterpreted in the 2000s, there are lessons and teachings that cross generations. “The students are moved; one of them came to me at the end saying that he wanted to change the way he is and this was the most beautiful and gratifying encouragement I’ve ever had,” said the professional, who told the young man to follow his intuition, something that “always brings us great lessons.”

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Biennale is the stage for a meeting between Formare students

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A meeting between Formare IP students at the Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio units is already part of the calendar of activities at International Paper Institute. This year, the company provided a chance for students to exchange knowledge as well as fun and culture, with a visit to the International Book Biennale, in São Paulo.

As one of the event’s sponsors, IP was able to bring students to São Paulo and provide a unique and fun moment in an inspiring space that values an exchange of ideas. After all, who doesn’t like a good recommendation for reading?

On the literature route – students left the Luiz Antônio and Mogi Guaçu units and had a first stop in the city of Limeira, where they met for breakfast before continuing their trip in a single bus, where they took part in some group dynamics that encouraged exchange of learning experiences.

A book and a challenge – the trip to the Book Biennale was overseen by the IP CSR and Sustainability team and by Elídio Frias, a Marketing Executive from Solenis, a partner in the Institute’s initiatives. The executive talked with students about careers and their futures and gave them a book and a challenge: to finish reading it by the end of the year. A goal that may be easy for some students, while for others it is just the start of building a new habit: travelling through the pages of a book.

 

 

 

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Innovations turn trash into energy

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A more sustainable life requires a new look at everything that human beings produce, including garbage. To give you an idea, 29% more trash was generated in Brazil from 2003 to 2014, while population growth during this period was just 6%, according to a study by the Brazilian Association of Public Sanitation and Special Waste Companies (Abrelpe), released in 2015.

 

Faced with a situation like this, rethinking day-to-day practices to minimize waste is beyond urgent, in addition to correctly disposing of waste. And that is where innovation comes into play, turning “trash” into electricity, a luxury for the nearly 1.5 billion people who live without electrical power, according to data from the UN (United Nations).

With an eye towards sustainable development, some industries are already investing in producing electricity from alternatives sources. Take a look:

 

shutterstock_285916715 Converting food waste into cooking gas – this is the proposal of HomeBiogas, an Israeli company that created a system to convert organic food waste into cooking gas. The waste in this process becomes liquid compost for the garden. And the gas produced from discarded food is enough to keep an oven on for three hours.

 

shutterstock_156256430 Landfill rash generates electricity – in September of this year, the city of Caieiras (SP) opened the largest methane-based thermoelectric power plant in Brazil, using methane gas from the Termoverde Caieiras landfill. Power generated from the trash is enough to supply a city of around 300,000, such as Limeira, Guarujá or Taubaté. In 2014, the Guatapará landfill was the first in the
state to generate electricity from trash for 20 cities.

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At International Paper wood scraps from industrial processes (wood chips) also generates energy for units, which means significant savings for IP as well as gains in sustainability based on the use of a renewable energy source: eucalyptus biomass.

 

 

 

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“World Car Free Day” asks us to take a new look at life in the city

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On September 22, cities around the world are joining together for “World Car Free Day,” an initiative aimed at getting people to think about pollutant gas emissions in the atmosphere caused by automobiles. The day is aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues such as the greenhouse effect, while also mobilizing people to use more collective transport day-to-day, alternative means like bikes and car pooling in order to contribute to better air quality.

“World Car Free Day” originally began in France, in 1997, and spread across the world with various actions in cities which lower the speed limit on some roads or even prohibit vehicle traffic in some areas on this date so that people use other means of transport. What most matters is that the population thinks about excessive automobile use and how other possibilities for moving around in cities are ruled out.

Actions on September 22 are part of a movement called “Mobility Week,” adopted by various countries to propose alternatives to improve urban transport while also looking at issues such as improving quality of life and calling attention to more sustainable and efficient ways of getting around.

“Mobility Week” initiatives, along with the “World Car Free Day,” include walks, bike rides and intermodal challenges, aimed at showing that the city can be experienced in other ways and that even though cars are important for transportation, they are not essential for live in a major urban city.

See some of the initiatives for more sustainable mobility organized in some Brazilian cities below.

- Manaus

During Mobility Week, the “Pedala Manaus” NGO organizes a series of activities to encourage the city’s residents to ride their bikes, such as bike rides and an intermodal challenge, where participants have to complete a certain route using different modes of transportation, seeing at the end which is most efficient.

- Maceió

On September 23 (Friday), there is a “For Safer Traffic” race, and on Sunday (September 25), there is a bike ride, with an expected 7,000 participants.

- São Paulo

In addition to the Intermodal Challenge that took place on September 17, there are also nighttime walks and debates on urban mobility during the “Mobility Festival.”

- Porto Alegre

On “World Car Free Day,” the capital of Rio Grande do Sul is promoting its second Urban Mobility Seminar – Porto Alegre for People.

 

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Formare students receive the visit of the Industrial Operations Manager

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At 37 years of age, the Industrial Operations Manager of the Luiz Antônio unit, Eurípedes Valadão Jr., has dedicated more than half of his life to International Paper. A total of 19 years of work, making him an expert when the subject is pulp and paper production. In his almost two decades of work, there is at least five years where he has dedicated himself to activities with the Formare students, sharing experience and providing guidance. At the end of July, Valadão, as he is called by his colleagues at IP, took part in one more edition of Formare Chat.

He was trained as an engineer, Valadão joined IP when he was 18, and built a long-lasting path of professional growth. That is what he talked about with Formare students, who are in the process of making a decision about their career. “I tried to show them, based on my story, some of the potential paths so that they understand how the dynamics of professional life work,” he explains.

ALL KINDS OF DOUBTS – Personal and career choices are a recurring theme in the meetings between executives and students, who take the opportunity to clarify doubts, taking the utmost advantage of the examples and guidance conveyed through life experiences of those who have learned a lot from their mistakes and achievements in life. “Students asked me about the difficulties I faced in my career and my personal choices. I feel that they ask that because they want to know which path they should take to put their future on the right track.”

At the end of the conversation, the executives that take part in the Formare Chat always leave the students with a message for them to keep up their studies and be successful in their journey. With Valadão it was no different. “Don’t give up on your dreams, if your current dreams are too distant, change your dream and readapt so that you can fulfill them little by little. When fulfilling a dream, look for another and remember that the only thing we take from life are our experiences,” he says.

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Guardians of the Water awards schools in Rio Verde, state of Goiás

Winning projects include produce gardens and water collection for reuse in the school environment

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Representantes das escolas acompanham anúncio dos vencedores do “Guardiões das Águas”

On August 22, three schools in Rio Verde, state of Goiás celebrated the “Guardians of the Water” award received. The award is an initiative of the International Paper Institute to recognize the best projects related to the rational use of water resources. This year was the turn for this municipality in Goiás to actively participate in the initiatives involving educators in Elementary school. Project authors awarded received respectively R$ 2,000; R$ 1,500 and R$ 1,000. Each school received R$ 8,000.

The big winners in 2016 were EMEF Monte Alegre with the project Water: awareness for preservation; EMEFTI Professor Waldyr Emrich Portilho received second place, with Drop of Water; and third place for EMEF Professor Francisco Joaquim de Paiva, with Water: the crystal jewel. They all have in common that they wish to build produce gardens and invest in water reuse storage systems such as cisterns. A benefit for the entire community, in addition to working with awareness through lectures, newsletters, among other initiatives focused on educational initiatives, such as saving water (see below).

THE AWARD WILL BE CONVERTED INTO IMPROVEMENTS – EMEF Monte Alegre, whose project will recognize springs near the schools and reforesting freshwater bodies, shall invest part of the prize received to buy seedlings. EMEFTI Waldyr Emrich Portilho plants on expanding the project outside the school, encouraging parents and students to save household water. The institution will also award the student that saves more water awarding them with a bicycle. EMEF Professor Joaquim Francisco de Paiva plans to carry out a number of awareness initiatives at school. The result will be presented during the school fair at the end of the school year.

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager of International Paper, Gláucia Faria, announced the winners at the Department of Education of Rio Verde. The award ceremony concludes the awareness cycle with began in the first half of the year in the city, with the exhibition Linha d’Água (Water Line) and with theatrical presentation Espaço Mundi. “Each of the initiatives sought to involve the school community to reflect upon correct water use, turning students and teachers into multipliers of more sustainable initiatives related to our natural resources,” stated Gláucia.

WINNING PROJECTS

1st place EMEF Monte Alegre

ouroProject: Water: Awareness for preservation
Responsible for the project: Aline Bilbio Peres (Pedagogical Coordinator)
Initiatives: Recognizing springs close to the school, reforesting fresh water bodies, ecological horseback riding and building a cistern for water reuse. Visits, lectures, theatre plays for the community and a produce garden at school.
Prize use: Build the cistern and produce garden, awareness campaigns materials and seedlings for reforestation.

 

 

2º EMEFTI Professor Waldyr Emrich Portilho

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Project: Drop of Water
Responsible for the project: Andrea Cristina Cabral (Coordinator of artistic and sports activities)
Initiatives: Marches, music, newsletter, newspaper to promote project initiatives, visits, lectures, produce garden at school and awarding a bicycle to the student that saves the most water and donation of cisterns to store drinking water.
Prize use: Produce garden, buy a bicycle, water storage cisterns, adjusting taps and bathroom flushing mechanisms at school

 

3rd place EMEF Prof. Francisco Joaquim de Paiva    

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Project: Water, the Crystal Jewel
Responsible for the project: Neusa Amélia Oliveira Cabral (Teacher)
Initiatives: Build a cistern to reuse water, build and maintain a garden with tires, in addition to school activities for awareness and end-of-year exhibition to present accomplishments.
Prize use: Build the produce garden and cistern.

 

 

 

 

 

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Environmental issues: Brazilians bet on technology as a solution

Water and air pollution are major concern; trust in government to is low

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The concern with the environment and recovery of natural resources has been the major challenge in this century. The tone of the debate is to bring government and the population together for concrete actions that promote sustainable development, as well as foster awareness through education, under social and environmental responsibility. In face of so much to be done, what do Brazilians fear most in relation to environmental problems?

Market Analysis Institute was looking for these answers and found that air, water pollution and automobile gas emissions, as well as the scarcity of drinking water are among the main concerns. However, if on the one side, global leaders discuss an environmental agenda, it is precisely the government sector, in Brazil, which holds the lowest rate of reliability—just 10%—for executing initiatives that would change that scenario. For those heard in the research, NGOs, third sector entities and economic groups are the main articulation, awareness and transformation measure agents as a benefit to society. In each one of those sectors, the reliability rate exceeds 50%.

Survey data shows that climate change/global warming and the decrease of natural resources are also among the main causes to be treated by environmental recovery.

When asked about individual responsibilities in relation to climate change, there is a small margin of difference in recognizing their responsibility as a citizen for their attitudes that impact the environment. Of the total, 52% completely agree (19%) or partially agree (33%) that their attitudes are destructive, while 47% completely disagree (25%) or partially disagree (22%) that they cause an impact to the environment.

To revert the situation, technology is mentioned by 60% of the respondents as the major ally of the initiatives that promote climate change. Technology solutions are seen, however, as facilitators of behavioral changes in a way that they don’t require major individual efforts.

Respondents’ conclusion is very much in line with that adopted by Brazil, based on the agreements executed during COP21, to invest in clean technologies to beat the climate and environmental challenges.

To learn more about the research, please click here.

Nature and Body brings students to farming settlement

IIP project embraces production of vegetables and brings the garden to school

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Students at the Joaquim Marques and Parque São Carlos public schools in Três Lagoas (MS) visited the “20 de março” farming settlement on August 8 and 9, where they took an up-close look at produce farming for the 2016 edition of “Nature and Body.”

Since 2013, the project has promoted work to raise awareness of sustainability, with a focus on environmental preservation and on promoting a healthier life among public primary school students, by growing medicinal herbs at school. Yet this year, the project is taking another step by including produce farming, bringing the garden and soil care to the academic environment.

“The idea is to place all of these transversal themes of sustainability, health and preservation within the educational proposal at schools, developing continual work that gives students information beyond the basic school curriculum,” explains Gabriel Lima, a Social Responsibility Analyst at International Paper, which promotes the “Nature and Body” actions through International Paper Institute (IIP).

The project dives into the world of family farming and produce production with the aim of bringing discussions from the school to everyday practice. To do this, it was fundamental that the students be closer to the farmers in order to reproduce farming techniques at their schools. “The visit to the settlement was fantastic and not only taught them about the importance of caring for the soil, but also about issues such as perseverance and persistence, because the farmers told them about the challenges in achieving the area and getting the farm to where it is today,” says Lívia Ferreira, a math teacher at the Parque São Carlos School.

Medicinal herbs will continue to be a part of “Nature and Body,” but with other foods also being used, there are more possibilities for topics of discussion in the classroom. “By implementing the gardens and taking responsibility for irrigation and planting, the students not only harvest the vegetables, but also gain knowledge through contact with the earth,” says Gabriel.

Math in the garden – The math teacher, Lívia, who went with the students to the 20 de Março settlement, brought math to the gardens, with a practical demonstration of concepts developed in class. The students measured the size of the garden, calculated the area, the perimeter and how many seedlings the gardens would hold, in addition to the measuring system, working with meters and centimeters,” says Lívia, who has been involved with the Project at the school since last year and sees the progress being made by the students’ participation. “Soon they will start to reap the results.”

In addition to gardening activities, which have already directly benefitted around 400 students and have even impacted 1,000 students in Três Lagoas, the 2016 edition of “Nature and Body” is geared towards involving students in harvesting and making salads collectively, serving to spread the concept of healthy eating to the entire academic community.

In a country where 51% of the population is currently obese, according to the Ministry of Health, developing healthy eating in practice, at schools, is more than a matter of education; it means caring for the health of the generation of tomorrow and transforming people’s lives – the role of IIP.

 

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Book City ends its cycle at IP and expects to serve 51,000 kids

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At IP since 2009, the project is starting its last phase in Rio Verde (GO) and is expected to benefit over 6,000 students, ages 6 to 10

After visiting the cities of Mogi Guaçu (SP), Luiz Antônio (SP), Três Lagoas (MS), Ribeirão Preto (SP), Suzano (SP), Paulínia (SP), Franco da Rocha (SP), Itapeva (SP) and Manaus (AM), it is time for Rio Verde (GO) to welcome the Travelling Book City, a project coordinated by International Paper Institute that has visited IP units over the last seven years, showing Primary School children the magical world of reading. Rio Verde (GO) will be the last destination for the IIP project, which expects to serve around 6,000 kids in the city alone.

The Travelling Book City will arrive in Rio Verde on August 22 (Monday) and will be in the city until September 2 (Friday). On Sunday (August 28), there will be a special session just for children of IP workers.

Over its last seven years visiting International Paper units, the project has benefitted 45,994 kids in nine cities, in three different states. Upon reaching Rio Verde, not only will it visit a new state, but the Travelling Book City will also have a huge goal: “to end with over 51,000 kids benefitted,” says Sabrina Tenello, Social Responsibility and Sustainability Analyst at International Paper.

A journey through books – Kids that visit Book City in Rio Verde will find a place to let their imaginations run free. After they pass through the gate made of giant books, they will meet Mr. Mayor and his secretary, Ms. Maricota, who will introduce the city and talk about the world of books.

The kids will also take part in activities related to recycling and hear stories from Grandma Cotinha, in an environment surrounded by fun and knowledge, in addition to learning more about the importance of a healthy diet and personal care in a playful and interactive way.

“It is rewarding for us to be able to collaborate in a way to encourage early childhood reading, since literacy education should happen early on, in the most pleasurable way and outside of academic obligations,” says Gláucia Faria, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager at International Paper.

 

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Sweater Drive brings professionals together to donate blankets

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Formare students organized the drive for the Solidarity Fund of Guatapará

 Every year, International Paper Institute (IIP) holds a Sweater Drive with direct participation of Formare students. In 2016, the Luiz Antônio group was chosen to help in organizing and also took care of collecting donations. A different institution is chosen to receive donated items for each edition of the campaign.

PTo meet the needs of the Social Fund of Guatapará, an organization that serves 150 families in the city and offers cutting and sewing, crafts and manicure courses, in addition to providing psychological and social services, IP professionals joined forces to gather raise cash to purchase blankets to donate.  “We normally receive clothing donations, but this year we were told that there was a need blanket donations,” says Sabrina Tenello, a Social Responsibility and Sustainability analyst at the IP Institute.

Considering that blankets and comforters are donated less than items of clothing, this year the campaign took a different approach and several groups of professionals at the unit organized to raise money to purchase and donate these items; however, those that had blankets in good condition to donate also helped out in the campaign. In addition to the blankets donated, IIP gathered 90 clothing items, including sweaters, trousers and kids’ clothing.

According to the Municipal Secretary of Social Aid in Guatapará, Nelson Cardoso, the donations arrived right on time. “In a Sweater Drive, blankets are one of the most important items and here at the Social Fund, we have a psychologist and a social worker that do visits and map the needs of the community of Guatapará,” he explains.

The donations were collected on July 21 at the Luiz Antônio unit and the families expressed their thanks. “Actions that bring volunteers and public agencies together to help those in situations of extreme social vulnerability are of the utmost importance,” says the Secretary. Now the donations will undergo a triage so they can be distributed to families served.

 

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Eduardo Fonseca takes part in “Formare Chat”

IP’s Corporate Affairs Manager shares his career experiences with Formare students

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Taking part for the first time in the Formare Chat, a series of meetings that International Paper Institute (IIP) promotes between IP Formare students and executives, Eduardo Fonseca, International Paper’s Corporate Affairs Manger, shared his varied career history with young people. “Students are taking a very important step on their path and choosing the direction of this path that is appropriate for each of them,” he says. With a degree in Law, Fonseca began working as a trainee at the Chamber of Commerce, where he learned about foreign trade, and he worked in the institutional content area and in government relations, which became his area of expertise and brought him to IP four and a half years ago.

When talking about his career, the Corporate Affairs Manager showed how a choice can be redirected at any time in our professional life, and there is no problem with this. To the contrary, you can choose new directions regardless of academic background and find professional fulfillment in an area that is completely different than what you had initially planned. In relation to the meeting with the students, the executive says he was impressed with their curiosity in learning not just professional tips, but especially about the personal decisions that guided his career choices. “Their curiosity is fascinating, and the attention they pay to each answer shows that they really think about what we are saying, drawing parallels between how life situations can be repeated,” he says.

It is natural that young people experiencing a moment of professional decision are afraid of making mistakes, and this comes up among the many questions the students asked Fonseca./ “They asked me a lot about the choices I made in my profession and wanted to know what I would reconsider today, looking back.” For Fonseca, knowing how to seize opportunities that came up in his career was essential to achieving his current job, joining the sustainability and CSR, Corporate Communications and Government Relations areas. And he also noticed that this view of life can open many doors at the meeting he had with the students on June 28. “They really understood the importance of the program and the doors that they can open if they take advantage of what they experience here every day.”

Lessons - Every exchange of ideas has some kind of lesson. For Fonseca, just being able to share his trajectory with students who are filled with a willingness to learn taught him a lesson. “I feel honored to be able to share a little of my background and see that, all of a sudden, without even realizing it, I may have made a difference in one of their lives,” he says.

And as with all of the editions of the Formare Chat, professionals look to give the students a message to reflect upon during this very important time. Showing that you need to fight in order for things to happen. “Nothing comes easy in life, but there is great pleasure in achievement, precisely because we fight so hard for them. If they learn from each other and from the guests that visit the class, I’m sure they will be better equipped to choose the right direction,” he says in closing.

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Saiba mais sobre os Indicadores de Desenvolvimento Sustentável do IBGE

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Today, there is practically a consensus that sustainable development is a process that translates into the combination of three pillars to benefit the generations of today and tomorrow in a country: economic growth, environmental conservation and improved quality of life in society.

Based on this premise, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) periodically puts out the “Sustainable Development Indicators” publication, which is now in 6th edition and contains 63 indicators, aimed at outlining a panorama of Brazil in four dimensions: environmental, social, economic and institutional. These indicators are built based on studies down by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics and also by ministries, state and municipal secretariats, Iphan and Unesco, among other institutions.

The IBGE study provides continuity to reporting that started in 2012, with the goal of providing a system of information to monitor the sustainability of the country’s standard of development. Just as with other editions, the publication uses the guidelines of the CSD (Commission on Sustainable Development) at the UN – United Nations.

For the first time, the publication contains information on the country’s cultural and environmental diversity, through the Brazilian Cultural Heritage Indicator, made up of cultural and natural assets recognized by Unesco, such as Samba de Roda in the Recôncavo Baiano region and the Historical Center of the city of Olinda.

Construction of sustainable development indicators in Brazil is part of the set of international efforts to establish the ideas and principles formulated at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. They make it possible to measure environmental quality and quality of life, the country’s macroeconomic performance, standards of production and consumption and formulation of public policies for sustainable development.

To find out more about this topic, go to: www.ibge.gov.br

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July 12 – Forest Engineer Day

Learn about the work of this protector of the environment, a fundamental professional within the International Paper business

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Today is Forest Engineer Day. A date that was created to honor Saint John Gualbert, a monk known for his dedication to preserving forests and cultivating fauna and flora. He died on this date in 1703 and since then he has been the patron saint of Forest Engineers.

Because of International Paper’s area of operation and especially because of the role of the International Paper Institute in every forestry management and paper production initiative, this is an extremely important day for us. That is why we talked with Bruno Mariani Piana, 28, a plant fibers supply specialist at Mogi Guaçu and a forestry engineer with a degree from University of Göttingen in Germany.

For Bruno, celebrating Forest Engineer Day means loving the environment and all of the matters that guarantee its preservation.

What does a forest engineer do at International Paper?
The work of a forest engineer starts in the environmental conservation area, in other words, guaranteeing that all actions are compliant with laws and the standards required by certifying organizations. We control all of the production of saplings, irrigation and pest and disease control so that the plants grow healthy.

On the strategic side, we have to understand the best way to plant, care and harvest and the entire development process for the sapling’s adaptation to the environment. In terms of forest engineering, in the scientific area, we have “management,” how to care for the tree: space between saplings, the amount of fertilizer, nutrients and water. The most needs to be extracted from the wood in the land space.

On the cerebral side: what is the investment, how much of a return on wood can I have, how can I manage to get this wood to the factory, cost x benefit, what you spend during seven years to produce a forest, a 30% increase in operational costs to bring wood to the factory, and other things. The forest engineer does all of the analytical part of the process, from start to reforestation.

And how does the Certification part work? This is a fundamental aspect for IP, right?

Yes, it is an extremely sensitive area, because these are seals and certifications that guarantee that our operation is in line with the best management and conservationist practices. We have to strictly follow this, to have a quality product, to get the seals and certifications that allow for paper to be sold in developed markets, such as Europe. The forest engineer needs to be an extremely detail-oriented person, to have the ability to translate requirements into internal practices at the company, and they need to have quite extensive knowledge of policies and operations.

What motivates you in this profession?

Every young person that is finishing high school goes through that existential crisis of what their famous calling will be. My decision was based on employability. I started college in 2006 and really liked working with the environment. I thought that when I graduated there would be a market geared towards environmental issues. All of this because of the Kyoto treaty which was signed in 2005.

I was fascinated by the more business side of engineering, by the essence and by the management of forestry business, always on the corporate side. It is amazing how a well-managed industrial sector, like at International Paper, is able to do brilliant work in society and at social and environmental institutes.

And what are the main challenges of being a Forest Engineer?
I think that one of them is being able to produce a monoculture connected to sustainable practices that harm neither the environment nor productivity. Today, forests are no longer being produced because of climate changes. We need to adapt to this change. The Forest Engineer is hired because of their ability to solve problems and because they overcome certain barriers more easily.

And what most fascinates you in this area?
I enjoy being involved with various transformations, that is, of the product, of the environment or of society. There are times where your office seems to be a forest, there is no chaotic traffic and the air is pure. 

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“Formare Chat” brings young people closer to professionals in the Manufacturing and Human Resources areas

In June, students talked with professionals from various areas at IP and were able to find answers to career questions during and open and relaxed chat.

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Bringing young people who are making professional decisions closer to executives with market experience. This is the concept of the “Formare Chat,” an initiative of the International Paper Institute, which joins students with cycle tutors each month so they can have the chance to learn a bit more about professions, in addition to classes and visits promoted during the course.

In June, students at the Luiz Antonio unit had the opportunity to talk with Priscila Zahn, Coordinator of Manufacturing Excellence and a chemical engineer. Zahn started at IP in the Trainee program in 2010, at Três Lagoas, where she worked until 2015 and also served as a VE before taking her current job at Luiz Antonio.

Priscila is currently a Formare tutor and this was the first time she took part in a chat with the unit’s students. “They had a lot of questions about career and they asked me how I made my professional choices and if I had regretted any decision,” she says of her meeting with the young people on June 6.

In addition to Priscila, Thiago Bernabé, a Human Resources Manager, shared his experiences with students. Thiago has been at IP for five and a half years, working at the Mogi Guaçu, São Paulo and Três Lagoas units and having spent ten months in Russia, working at IP in Svetogorsk, a city on the border with Finland.

Back in Brazil, he worked at the Paulínia unit before coming to Luiz Antônio, where he has been for four months. “Students were very curious about learning how I reconciled being far from family, since I spent time in all of these places and I needed to be away from my wife,” he says. The chat with students covered resignations that come with choices. “I told them that you need to have long-term vision, understanding that our choices should be made with the greater good in mind and that in the future these choices will make sense,” he says, explaining the reasons for his moves.

Students also asked Priscila about the 5S program, which covers organization and tidying of work space, a topic discussed during Formare classes. The meeting also covered the difficulty of choosing. “They want to find out what I think about quitting one area and switching majors. I made a point of reinforcing that they need to choose something they like, because doing something they don’t like will make them unhappy.” That is why Priscila put the students at ease by saying that the most important thing is finding an area that motivates them and that there is nothing wrong with changing your mind and switching majors. “It’s important for us to find ourselves in our profession,” she explains.

Thiago says that he was quite surprised by the students’ interest in Human Resources, which is why he found a student who was being tutored who wanted to learn more about the area, so he could contribute to the student’s experience. “In addition to dealing with people, HR should be strategic and bring results to the company. You have to have a vision of business for the best results,” he explains, adding that the Formare Chat is a very good initiative because it gives young students a better idea of the reality of the market.

 

 

 

 

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Cerflor follows international sustainability standards

In addition to the FSC, IP products follow Brazilian Cerflor standards. Learn more

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Connected to Inmetro, the Brazilian Forestry Certification Program (Cerflor) is the result of work done by various Brazilian institutions who joined together to establish sustainable forestry management criteria. Mobilization around national certification that follows ecologically appropriate, socially fair and economically feasible sustainability parameters began in 1996 with the partnership between the SBS – Brazilian Forestry Society – and industry organizations, learning institutions and research development institutions, in addition to NGOs.

Cerfpapel-sulfite-1000-folhas-brancas-a4-marca-chamex-office-188911-MLB20678011465_042016-Flor was consolidated years later, in 2002, and is recognized internationally by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Just like the FSC, Cerflor has two aspects: forestry management and chain of custody, responsible for monitoring every step in the production chain, guaranteeing the sustainability parameters established by certifications.

“FSC and Cerflor requirements are not very different from each other. And here at IP, we have both certifications, for both the forestry management are and the chain of custody,” says the Coordinator of Manufacturing Excellence.  Any company that works with any type of forestry product can obtain FSC and Cerflor certifications provided they meet the requirements. The same goes for products such as pencils, paper, furniture and others.

International Paper Institute – Although certifications are in the technical aspect of the business, the community can be shown the efforts companies make in sustainable development. Proof of this is the social and educational actions maintained by International Paper Institute, such as the EEP – Environmental Education Program, whose goal is to mobilize schools in the regions near IP units to demystify some issues related to paper production and planted forests. During the EEP, monitors discuss the issue of sustainable paper production and promote dynamics to show the importance of reforestation. On this day, children keep up on sustainability actions developed by the company within their planted forests.

In addition to the EEP, another project developed by International Paper Institute involving forestry management is Supportive Beekeeping, carried out in partnership with beekeeper coops in the regions of Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antonio, responsible for installing beehive boxes. All honey produced is sold with the proceeds going to the local beekeepers in these coops. “Developing sustainability, with a focus on promoting educational actions and also favoring local communities is part of the Institute’s mission. That is why it’s so important to raise awareness about the return companies can offer society by working in a socially responsible manner and transforming people’s lives,” explains Gláucia Faria, Social Responsibility and Sustainability Coordinator at IP.

Learn about the steps to obtain the FSC – Forest Stewardship Council seal by clicking here.

 

 

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FSC and Cerflor: sustainable product guarantee

Learn a little more about the FSC and Cerflor certifications on IP product packages and discover what is behind each of these seals

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Thinking about sustainable development is part of the routine at International Paper, whose products follow strict and internationally recognized sustainability standards, such as Forest Stewardship Council, with its FSC certification, and Cerflor Forestry Certification, which follows Inmetro (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology) standards.

The seals are well-known and are stamped on various products manufactured by International Paper, but what is their meaning? Why is it so important to get these seals?

FSC – Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental organization that is responsible for promoting actions related to forestry management at the global level. In practice, FSC establishes international parameters for certification and credits certifying agencies, qualifying them to do audits. Companies interested in obtaining certification need to hire a certifier, who will go into the field to perform verification and provide guidance for the company to adapt to requirements.

“The audits verify how the company plants, how it cares for the eucalyptus during growth, the harvest, all of the processes involving the forest. This certification is different from factory certification, which assesses when I receive already certified wood so that the paper produced receives the seal,” explains Priscila Zahn, Coordinator of Manufacturing Excellence, an area also responsible for other IP certifications, such as ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment).

After the first certification assessment, the company makes the appropriate changes for its operations to be certified. The certificate is not issued by FSC but by the certifying company contracted by the company. After receiving the seal, an annual audit is performed to maintain the certificate. “Every five years, it needs to be renewed through a new audit process, which will verify if the company continues to fulfill all of the necessary requirements,” says Priscila Zahn.

When a company sells certified products, it is also necessary to obtain Chain of Custody Certification (CoC), which assures that production is done under socially responsible conditions, mitigating environmental damage throughout the production process, from receipt of raw material to final product. Chain of Custody certification shows the end consumer that the material being sold followed sustainable parameters from start to finish.

“We sell papers to printers that print books. If the printer wants certified books, they can buy our paper. So it certifies the chain of custody of the paper, verifying production from the time the raw material enters until the final product leaves. Here at IP, my raw material is wood, which is transformed into paper. At the printer, the raw material is paper, which becomes the book,” explains Priscila, underscoring that these are two different chains of custody and the certifying company will assess each of them separately.

The requirements for certification are the same: for the manufacturer, which turns wood into paper, and for the printer, which uses the paper to print books, or for the furniture industry, which needs to buy certified raw material if it wants to have FSC or Cerflor seals on their products.

Learn more about Cerflor by clicking here

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Luiz Antônio Formare students organize Sweater Drive for unit employees

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Items can be donated through the internal campaign until July 1.  Donations will benefit the Solidarity Fund of Guatapará. Workers should leave items at collection points

The time has come to open your closet and see what no longer fits, but is in good condition and can be donated. The 2016 Sweater Drive has already begun at the Luiz Antônio unit and the goal for this year is to raise the greatest number of items possible, especially blankets, to be donated to the families registered with the Social Solidarity Fund of Guatapará.

Luiz Antônio Formare students were responsible for organizing the entire campaign, under the coordination of International Paper Institute. Collection points are located at gates 1 and 2, and donations will be accepted until July 1. All of the clothing gathered will be sent to the Social Solidarity Fund of the Municipality of Guatapará, 50 km from Luiz Antônio.

What to donate

– Coats, shirts, sweaters, sweats, shirts, trousers and other clothing items for adults and kids, in addition to shoes and blankets that are in good condition.

- Choosing items for donation

When you open your closet, choose clothing that you no longer use or that you almost never use and think about whether it really makes sense to keep it in your closet or if these items would do more good if they were donated. If you have any items of clothing that have not been used over the last two winters, or that no longer fit you, it is time to help those in need.

- Kidswear

Kids grow fast and lose a lot of clothes. Clean out your kids’ closets and remove all of the clothes that they have outgrown and that are like new from their drawers. The kids who will receive them thank you.

- Check seams

When separating clothing for donation, check to see if the seams are tight and if the item is not threadbare. Take a look at the finish on blankets.

Last year, the Sweater Drive raised over 230 items, benefitting low-income families registered with the Social Solidarity Fund of São Simão/SP. This time, the Social Solidarity Fund of Guatapará was chosen to receive donations. “Every year, Formare students are engaged in organizing the Sweater Drive, reinforcing how important volunteer work is not only for IP, but for society as a whole,” says Gláucia Faria, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Manager at International Paper Institute. “Through small actions, we can help those in need. ”