Since 2013, Stora Enso and Veracel have been working together with the NGO Childhood to combat child abuse and exploitation in nearby municipalities.
This cooperation, also involving the NGO Tribo Jovens, has become part of the wider Territory of Protection Programme, which is facilitated by Veracel. The programme brings together government initiatives, private companies, and civil society projects aiming to promote and defend the human rights of children and adolescents.
In 2014 and 2015 the programme was extended to the tourism sector, as especially during the carnival season many tourists visit the city of Porto Seguro, 50 kilometres from Veracel Mill. During 2015 the training of professionals continued, and a new Steering Committee to Combat Sexual Violence was created to bring together representatives from the departments of Social Welfare, Education, and Health, and various other local stakeholders.
For more information about the program, take a look at the following video introducing our work with Childhood Brazil.