Delivering more than just economic results is an imperative for businesses today. Increasing our ability to create value for the world through our products and services is a valuable opportunity to deliver solutions that address social challenges while also supporting the development of the business and neighboring communities. By establishing communications channels and partnerships with communities, we are striving to build win-win relationships.
In a partnership with the Votorantim Institute, CBA is working to create social value across three pillars: education, economic development and public management support.
This program is active in the following SDGs
(Sustainable Development Goals)
Partnership for Education (PVE)
Locations: Alumínio, Niquelândia, Itapissuma, Barro Alto, São Sebastião da Vargem Alegre, Divinolândia and Muriaé
The Partnership for Education (PVE) program aims to improve public education in the municipalities where Votorantim operates through initiatives in partnership with municipal governments and education offices. The initiative, which has been certified as a Social Technology by the Banco do Brasil Foundation, works toward a goal of improving each municipality’s Basic Education Development Index (IDEB).
Locations: Miraí and Niquelândia
This program supports economic development in local communities through production cooperatives. Working in partnership with the Votorantim Institute, the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the ReDes program promotes sustainable development by providing technical and financial support to strengthen inclusive value chains that can generate income opportunities. In a little over ten years, the program has benefited 65 families and eight businesses, generating R$ 1 million in income.
Public Management Support
Locations: Alumínio, Araçariguama, Miraí, Muriaé, Barro Alto, Niquelândia, Itapissuma and Igarassu
The Public Management Support program was created in 2012 to help build the capabilities of municipal governments and strengthen their role as agents of local development. The initiative, in partnership with the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), is dedicated to supporting the municipalities where Votorantim is present. The program is structured into three pillars: management modernization, urban planning and healthcare.
Votorantim pela Infância e Adolescência
Locations: Alumínio and Niquelândia
The Votorantim Program for Childhood and Adolescence (Votorantim pela Infância e Adolescência) works to improve quality of life for children and adolescents. Drawing guidance from the Brazilian Constitution and the Statute on Children and Adolescents, the program supports youth whose rights have been violated or who are otherwise at risk, by enhancing the prevention and support strategies of key actors in the Social Protection Network and the Children and Adolescent Rights Advocacy System in municipalities where Votorantim operates.
Engaja – Stakeholder Engagement and Relations
Engaja methodology uses management tools developed by the Votorantim Institute and implemented by Votorantim portfolio companies to improve engagement with the communities where they operate. The goal of the program is to strengthen risk management and leverage opportunities created by engagement with local stakeholders on different fronts.
Empreende is an entrepreneurship program that supports businesses in the form of sole proprietorships. The initiative was created in partnership with Instituto Meio and the Votorantim Institute. Due to the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is currently providing capacity building support to sole proprietors in Alumínio (SP) using WhatsApp and short video tutorials. The training is provided to small businesses looking to obtain seed capital to implement or improve their business, after a selection process to choose the best candidate projects. The Empreende has awarded four seed capital grants.
Employees engage in Corporate Volunteering work that meets the needs of their communities, using a wide range of strategies and tools. These include: volunteering games, hackathons, platforms, communications campaigns, on-site and online training, and volunteering to develop skills, supporting our strategy for engagement with internal and external stakeholders.
Our 2030 Goals
100% SLA conformity in social programs.
Secure 1-to-1 match funding from co-investors for corporate social investment (i.e. co-investors pledging a dollar for every dollar invested by CBA, to enhance the impact from initiatives).
Contribute to strengthening recycling cooperatives in Brazil.
*To be defined for each municipality in which we operate
What we're doing
CBA has made intensive efforts to strengthen partnerships, expand dialog with communities, and engage with key actors in our local development strategy.