Klabin project wins ABRAFAC award
Paraná, July 2, 2019 – Klabin’s Mobile Kitchens project won an award from the Brazilian Facilities Association (ABRAFAC). The “Implementation of Mobile Kitchens to Serve Forestry Area Employees” project, rolled out across the Forestry Units in Paraná and the southern region of São Paulo, was ranked second among 59 initiatives and received the honor at an awards ceremony held by the association last week in São Paulo.
“The project goes beyond just offering special meals in a favorable environment; it also offers better quality of life and health to our employees,” said Maria de Lourdes Araujo, Facilities Manager at Klabin.
To offer healthier meals to employees working at the forestry modules, Klabin set up mobile kitchens by fitting trailers with equipment and utensils, similar to a restaurant on wheels, to accompany the evolution of the harvest process. Until then, employees received lunchboxes.
In these modules, breakfast, lunch and dinner are now prepared daily under the supervision of nutritionists. The project covers 15 mobile units and benefits around 500 employees.
Klabin is Brazil’s largest producer and exporter of packaging paper, the leader in the corrugated board and industrial bag packaging segments, and the only company in the country offering one-stop shop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp. Founded in 1899, Klabin has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina. In Paraná alone, Klabin has generated over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in more than 25 cities close to its operations, especially in the Campos Gerais region.
Klabin pioneered the adoption of mosaic-based forest stewardship, which consists of planted forests interspersed with preserved native forests, forming ecological corridors that help to maintain the biodiversity. Klabin’s forest area in Paraná totals 342,000 hectares, 142,000 of which are native forests. Klabin also maintains an Ecological Park in the Monte Alegre Farm in Telêmaco Borba for research and conservation purposes, which provides shelter and rehabilitates wild animals that are the victims of accidents or abuse, thus supporting the efforts of environmental authorities. It also helps to preserve the region’s flora and fauna, including endangered species.
Klabin’s management is entirely guided by Sustainable Development. Klabin has implemented most of its social and environmental programs in the Campos Gerais region, notably Social Forests – Planning Sustainable Properties, Legal Forests, Solid Waste Project, Growing Up Reading, Caiubi Program, Força Verde Mirim and Environmental Protectors.
Klabin also supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the Brazilian Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and business partners that share its values of ethics, transparency and respect for sustainability principles.
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