When the human being is always in first place


Albras maintains intensive support projects for the neighboring communities of its industrial plant in Barcarena, in its belief that a good relationship between community, company, and government agencies is the best way to promote development. A carefully organised program, totalling over R$ 60 million in investment projects so far, since the inauguration of the plant in 1985. This program supports over 200 thousand people in five neighboring towns leading to a better quality of life for the needy communities, catering for self-actualization, citizenship and sustainability through simple, realistic, but bold projects, which can be copied in other communities, anytime, anywhere
Learn about the main features of Albras Corporative Social Responsibility Program

There is future in our garbage
Mechanized Family Agriculture Program
Community Development Center
Recycling and Reutilizing
Citizenship and Computer Science
Worker Cooperatives
Day to day cooperation
Diverse actions

 

 

Our Garbage Has a Future

The program "Our Garbage Has a Future", led by Albras, initially started out in Vila dos Cabanos village in Barcarena with an urban garbage recycling and compost unit.
Exclusive Company financing and resources were employed in partnership ventures with the local City Council and COOPSAI, the Agroflorestal Cooperative Industrial services (a workers cooperative from the neighboring regions of the plant). The recycling and compost unit at the Vila dos Cabanos village is responsible for collecting and treating the urban garbage, channeling the organic material for compost and transformation into organic composts for use as natural fertilizers.
Technicians from Embrapa/Amazônia provide the technical Know-how. Other material such as plastic, paper, cans, bottles etc are sent for recycling. This project offers the needy people a chance of earning an income and who previously survived by searching for food and other materials from landfills.
With Albras achieving further financial resources and crediting from the BNDES Bank, other similar units were implanted in Moju, Abaetetuba and Igarapé-Miri towns. The Barcarena unit (headquarters) is ready for inauguration.
This project generates 180 direct jobs benefitting around 200 thousand people providing better sanitary conditions. This represents an investment of over US$ 1 million.
A new unit was inaugurated in Cametá town. The past Landfill "hunters" are offered jobs at the garbage treatment units and other chances for self-development, such as Computer science and Adult education courses among others.
This program is a national reference and has gained recognition, with the Eco/2003 Award, from the São Paulo American Chamber of Commerce, the most important Brazilian awarding enterprise in social responsibility programs It was one of the highlights of the "Guia Exame of Good Corporate Citizenship" 2002 among other notable distinctions.

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Mechanized Family Agriculture Program

ALBRAS is carrying out a “Mechanized Family Agriculture Program - PAFAM", in the five most needy communities neighboring the plant, which provides basic conditions for agricultural activities. This program helps families to develop activities in better conditions, producing in greater quantities and better quality. The farmers gain a chance for personal and economic growth by generating income and leading to a more promising future for those involved.
At the end of 2001, Albras acquired a mechanized patrol, which attends to communities in partnership with the local city council of Barcarena, and with the support of Embrapa/Amazônia.
In 2002 the first harvest of beans, cassava and passion fruit and the rational planting of Amazonian medicinal plants took place. Technical know-how is provided by an agronomist who was hired by the company to orient the farmers.
In 2003 Albras acquired a German made "Tritucap", machine which cuts up bushes and small trees and at the same time, mixes the material in the soil, and as such eliminates the need for slash and burn techniques and risks of forest fires. Electrical wires and extensions were installed through partnership agreements with the Barcarena town council to supply electricity to “Vai Quem Quer” and "Japiim" communities. These agriculturists use the organic fertilizers from "Our Garbage Has Future" units benefitting around 370 households a year.

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Community Development Center

A Primary School with four classrooms (also used for adult education), a community center main building, a flour plant, a computer science school, a recreation square, a soccer field and the club center, comprise the Murilo Pinto Ferreira Community Development Center, which integrates PAFAM. The CDC gives priority treatment to the needs of the “Vai Quem Quer” and "Japiim" communities but other neighboring communities in partnership with diverse entities such as Embrapa/Amazônia and the Mayor and City Council of Barcarena are also attended.

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Recycling and Reutilizing

In 2004, Albras also implanted and inaugurated three small Recycling and Reutilizing material plants. One footwear plant which utilises used, discarted conveyor leather straps from the company; a plant for making educational toys, using the remaining wood packing from equipment and products transported to Albras and a household utility plant making products such as brooms and bags, from plastic drink bottles. These units, operating in partnership with COOPSAI, have created about 50 new job posts.

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Citizenship and Computer Science

Albras has already sponsored and implanted around 10 computer science and citizenship schools (EIC) in Barcarena, including one, in the Murilo Pinto Ferreira Community Development Center, the first of its kind in the rural agricultural area of the State of Pará. Albras employees have the custom of voluntarily adopting young children, many of them homeless, guaranteeing them a place to study at the EICs. Some of them have benefitted from the "Future Professional" program organised by Albras, and many unemployed parents of these children have earned a chance of working and contributing to the social projects sponsored by this company. The program is organised in partnership with the Committee for Computer Democratization (CDI) and in a little over a year, has already taken care of more than 2,000 people.

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Worker Cooperatives

Through Albras initiatives, a Worker Cooperative was created which generates jobs for unqualified workers in the region. These cooperatives, which include the urban garbage recycling and compost units, the recycling and reutilization plants, etc., provide services to the local companies and are partners in the administration of Albras Corporate Social Responsibility programs. The cooperative members gain opportunities of improving their quality of life and citizenship, including emission of documents, adult education courses, cooperativism, computer science, and citizenship. In Barcarena town, in just two cooperatives they are more than 400 associate members. 

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Day to day cooperation

Togetherness in the day-to-day life with the neighboring communities is not just limited to participation in larger projects, but also to attending to the lesser needs and necessities of the communities, collectively or individually. In many cases the company contributes in emergency situations and support actions that include: Help in obtaining hospital treatment, medical consultation or assistance, or even transportation for removal of corpses in some cases; Sponsorship of sport teams, artistic groups, scouting excursions and school graduations; Donations of disposable and unwanted objects, such as roof tiles, furniture and other equipment that sometimes, after repairing, have a surprisingly new purpose and utility; Support to the local civil and military police providing buildings, vehicles, and fuel. Since 2001, an Integrated citizenship action, led by Albras, in partnership with SESI and other companies in the region, attends to an average 2 thousand people a day, involving health services, social welfare services, leisure security and education. Assistance include support such as legal orientation on the rights of the citizen, medical exams, document emission, vaccination, etc.

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Diverse actions

During 20 years operation, Albras has intensely participated in many solidarity actions giving fruit to great projects that have contributed to the development of the region as a whole. These include
- Construction of the Arauáia River Bridge, along the PA-151 highway, giving access to Belém;
- Paving and Asphalting of the streets in the Villa dos Cabanos village;
- Supplying asphalt for roads and highways of the microregion;
- Construction of the Water Treatment Plant in the Villa dos Cabanos village;
- Construction of the Sewage Treatment plant in the Cabanos Village;
- Construction of public recreation squares in Itupanema and Villa dos Cabanos villages;
- Construction of Health Center outposts in Vila Nova and São Francisco villages;
- Construction of Sports courts at the Community centers in Abaetetuba and Barcarena towns and in Villa dos Cabanos and Vila Nova villages.
- Participation in the construction of the Federal University of Pará campus in Abaetetuba;
- Purchase and donation of hospital equipment for the Abaetetuba Municipal Hospital and for the Vila Nova health center outpost;
- Renovation, maintenance and acquisition of equipment for public schools and day-care centers in the region;
- Support in training and recycling of Public School teachers in the region.
- Amplifying and Renovation of the Eduardo Angelim Primary and Secondary State School, benefitting 1,900 pupils, by building four new classrooms, a walkway, an artesian well with hydraulical equipment and renovation of toilets, pantry and kitchen.
- Support in vaccination campaigns in the city;
- Supporting the Community Public Security Council in Vila dos cabanos village – which work along with the military and civil police – by donating two police cars, constructing the Community center main office and offering financial support;
- Donating a bus to the Clinical Hospital of the Government of the State of Pará, for patients in psychiatric treatment;
- Coordinatng a group of big, average and small companies in renovating the Vila dos Cabanos Municipal Hospital, benefitting around 12 thousand people in the neighboring communities.

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