“Our actions on improving work conditions have become a benchmark of social responsibility in the carnauba sector.”

Pontes Industria has been awarded Benchmarking Certification for the Programme Pontes para Crescimento by Benchmarking Brasil, and joins the roll of 2019 Brazil’s Best Socio-Environmental Practices. Pontes was selected for Certification under Goal 8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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What We Do

Pontes Industria, and the Pontes team, share a commitment to the improvement of economic and social conditions in the local communities which contribute to the Carnauba economy. This commitment is delivered upon through the “Pontes Para o Crescimento” programme.

 

“Pontes Para o Crescimento” undertakes initiatives designed to empower those who work in the extraction fields, encouraging better working practices, health and safety, and opening up educational opportunities.

Recent ACHIEVEMENTS and ongoing initiatives of this year’s
campaign until June 2019:

 
40+ Training Events
 
States: Ceará, Piauí, Maranhão & Rio Grande do Norte
 
12,700+ PPE’s and Equipments Distributed

2019 Programme

“Pontes Indústria is working for real change.”

Fourth Year of Activity

In its fourth year of the programme Pontes para o Crescimento, Pontes shows once again its commitment to the ethical principles of bio-business, as well as its respect for people, biodiversity and Caatinga biome, all through the execution of a wide range of hands-on activities.

2019 Pontes’ Team

Socio-educational lectures are taught by a qualified team of 19 professionals including:

  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Food Engineer
  • Labour Lawyer
  • Quality Control Managers
  • Social Responsibility Team
  • First Aid Professional

Maximum Participation and Impact

The “Pontes Para o Crescimento” team is meeting with the workers in the fields of Ceará, Piauí, Maranhão and Rio Grande do Norte States, facilitating the participation of a greater number of people involved in the carnauba wax extraction.

Pontes has been working together with the Brazilian Ministry of Labor (MPT) since 2016 in order to combat any form of slave labor. The programme is an extension of this work, which aims the empowerment of workers by increasing their awareness on their social importance as the only way to promote real change.

Our Activities

Our Results

More conscious workers on the use of PPE.

Emergence of new producers after the activities, proving the potential of training as a tool for economic development.

Trained participants of the previous year programmes replicated the knowledge they gained, motivating the interest of new rural workers.

Local producers are well-informed and more active in decision-making.

Improvement on their income and quality of life.

More transparency in supply chain.

More conscious workers on their rights and duties.

Greater awareness of the importance of carnauba preservation and its social environment.