Learn about the Votorantim Institute’s trajectory since its creation in our timeline.
Sermentes Team (2016 Volunteer Challenge)
CreationThe Votorantim Institute was created at the end of 2002 to align, strengthen and enhance Votorantim’s social performance. To foster the potential for development in the communities, the Institute started to develop policies and strategies to guide social investments, with emphasis on programs in the area of work and education for young people, a field that would later be expanded.
PVE’s Play Session in Juquiá (SP)
LearningsThe Institute implemented committees in its companies, in which the employees acted as investment managers, monitoring the projects. Since then it has been supporting the relationships with communities and the development of social projects.
“Sabores da Fazenda” Project (Flavors from the farm) in Niquelândia (MG) - Programa ReDes
ConsolidationThis was a period that saw a strengthening and consolidation of support between the companies and the Institute, with the development of programs and partnerships for the implementation of social projects in the communities, still focusing on education and work.
Ms. Morena, a beneficiary of the ReDes Program
Expansion and Social ResponsibilityTo strengthen and enhance its social investment planning, in 2005 and 2006, the Institute trained dedicated professionals to serve each of its companies. The period was also marked by the expansion of its activities in the area of culture, with the beginning of the Votorantim Cultural Democratization Program, and the emergence of Via – Support for the Statute of Children and Adolescents.
Vitória das Marias Cooperative Project – Homemade and Manufactured Products, in Três Marias (MG) – ReDes Program
Strategic EvolutionIn its fifth year, the Institute developed a strategic plan and began to guide the integration of the social investments of its companies. This was the year in which the Ethos Indicators began to be used by several of its companies. Also in 2007, the Institute coordinated the 1st Social Leader Award, to recognize employees who were committed to social initiatives in the communities.
Making flags during PVE’s Play Session in Juquiá (SP)
Paths to the FutureThe Votorantim Institute extended its support to projects in the area of sports and launched the “Creating paths to the future” concept, thus systematizing programs dedicated to young people. The systematization of methodologies also advanced, with the launch of the External Social Investment Guide and the development of the Stakeholder Engagement Manual, the Partnership Formalization Guide and the Partner Guide.
Association of the Beekeepers of Brasilândia (ABA, for its initials in Portuguese) – ReDes Program
SustainabilityIn its seventh year, the Votorantim Institute further reinforced its commitment to enhancing social investment and strengthening a culture of social responsibility. The strategic evolution experienced in recent years also led the Institute to embrace the new role of encouraging the companies to align with Votorantim’s seven Sustainability Principles, one of the milestones of 2009 and an initial exercise on business integration. Another important achievement was the launch of the Votorantim Partnership for Education (PVE, for its initials in Portuguese).
Pedro Villares, president of the Arapyaú Institute, partner in the Sobral de Futuro Project
Network of PartnersThis was the year of networking and the expansion of partnerships aimed at promoting the economic development of communities. A noteworthy accomplishment was the consolidation of an agreement with the National Bank for Social and Economic Development (BNDES, for its initials in Portuguese), which culminated in the creation of the ReDes Program.
Aerial view of Rondon (Pará)
Territorial ViewThe Votorantim Institute consolidated its work in support of local development, initiating direct partnerships with municipal governments to jointly analyze impacts and define investments. Another important milestone of the year was the decision to integrate social investment planning into Votorantim’s strategic planning, which gave weight to the role and relevance of the Institute.
Xambiart Project, in Xambioá (TO) – ReDes Program
Social Management in BusinessThe years 2012 and 2013 saw a consolidation of the performance of the Votorantim Institute in the development of sustainability strategies and the creation of the social management system, with a focus on shared value. Two other important programs were launched: the Support to Public Administration Program and the Local Organizations Empowerment Program.
Itacastanha Project, in Itabaiana (SE) – ReDes Program
Shared Value GenerationThis was the year when the Votorantim Institute continued the process of adapting to the short- and medium-term needs of the companies, combining the financial management of the external social investments and developing them according to the context of each operation. Also in 2015, a strategic partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was formalized to improve the methodology of the ReDes Program.
View of the Paz del Río plant in Nobsa (Boyacá), Colombia
International ReachFollowing Votorantim’s internationalization, the Institute expanded its role as a nucleus of social strategy internationally. In 2016, the Institute developed a customized project for the PazdelRío Foundation, an arm of the company of the same name, controlled by Votorantim Siderurgia in Colombia. The Institute supported the Foundation in reviewing its social strategy and governance. The project portfolio was also adjusted to strengthen communities and to build a lasting legacy for our region.