The ReDes Program was created in 2010, as a result of a partnership with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES, for its initials in Portuguese). Currently, it’s also supported by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB-MIF).


  • Low-income beneficiaries, organized in cooperatives and/or associations with a focus on production.

The initiative aims to foster sustainable development by providing technical and financial support to empower inclusive production chains that can generate income.

In 2017, the ReDes Program worked in 36 towns and cities, in 16 Brazilian states, in addition to the Federal District. Its operations concentrate on towns with low economic indicators and high social vulnerability within the area of influence of Votorantim companies.

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Local mobilization began in 2011, and the business plans for the first cycle were finalized the following year. In 2013, the first investments were made in cooperatives and local associations, totaling 39 projects.

All the work takes into account a local diagnosis, which identifies regional deficiencies and opportunities.

The ReDes Program runs on a five-year cycle, which includes planning, implementation and final consolidation of the projects. At the end of this period, communities are expected to be autonomous and manage the sustainability of their business on their own.

Throughout 2016, the MIF and the Votorantim Institute carried out studies to refine the ResDes methodology, which began to be piloted in 2017. The review focuses mainly on the stages of economic sustainability of the business, to ensure enduring results.

By 2020, the program is expected to receive R$ 100 million in investments, divided equally between BNDES and Votorantim.


  • Food supply: fishery, family farming, poultry, dairy and beekeeping projects aimed at increasing the added value of products, and/or collectively organizing production and marketing;
  • Trade and services: improvement of services and commercialization processes, and expansion of access to the market;
  • Creative economy: the focus is to strengthen local cultural heritage, through the improvement of techniques and design of handicraft products, enabling them to reach other towns and regions in the country;
  • Recycling: support to cooperatives and associations of recyclable material collectors, facilitating their creation.

ReDes also promotes the empowerment of institutional networks, to leverage partnerships with government, society and companies in its areas of work.

Support to production chains

The program also works to foster local production chains, based on an assessment performed by the Votorantim unit in the location.

Based on identified demands, local organizations propose projects to be developed by production groups. The initiatives are focused on strategic business planning, administrative management improvements or technical advice to improve product and marketing strategies.

The Votorantim Institute participates in the selection and review of the proposed plans.

To learn more about the ReDes Program, visit www.programaredes.com.br

NUMBERS (2010-2018)

64 businesses
34 active brazilian
65 millions invested
30 mi of business
increased income
2000 families benefited

Videos of ReDes Program initiatives