In this period, two thousand initiatives were carried out in 60 cities gathering more than 30,000 volunteers
The BRF Institute, the division responsible for BRF's social investments, has just turned 9. During this period, it has benefited more than 500,000 people through volunteer projects and actions focused on the areas of inclusion, food and community relationship. Two thousand initiatives were carried out in 60 cities, bringing together more than 30,000 volunteers.
Over the years, the Institute has had major milestones in its history. Along with its foundation, in 2012, the Active Community Program was born, which contributed to several social projects in 8 cities in Brazil. From 2013 onwards, the Company has increasingly expanded its activities with several initiatives to encourage volunteering among employees in Brazil, which already have more than 8,000 hours of work, and abroad, with actions in South Africa, Austria, Argentina, Chile, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
On other fronts, the Institute created, in 2015, the Humanitarian Aid Fund, which raised almost BRL 1 million with the contribution of employees and BRF to help families in western Santa Catarina affected by climate disasters. One of the highlights of IBRF's history is the Senses and Flavors Project, carried out in more than 20 cities in the country, which offered training for volunteers to promote actions on food, full use and reduction of food waste.
Aligned with the Company's Sustainability Plan, IBRF currently develops and supports initiatives to combat hunger, which promote knowledge and contribute to reducing food waste. Some of its partners include the Mesa Brasil do Sesc Program, Ronald McDonald Institute and Gastromotiva, whose partnership in the Solidarity Kitchens Project will distribute more than 100,000 meals to vulnerable populations by the end of 2021.
The BRF Institute also invests in sport as a tool for social transformation. Last year, the Brasileirinhos and Gerando Mais Que Futebol projects were supported, which together led to classes and opportunities for more than 450 children and young people in communities.
In 2020, a very challenging year for society as a whole, the BRF Institute was responsible for leading, with other areas of the company, the donations due to COVID-19. The Company allocated BRL 50 million benefiting 175 cities in Brazil and abroad. The donations will be continued in 2021 with BRF's commitment to allocate more BRL 50 million to contribute to the fight against the pandemic and its effects on society.
In addition, through the 'Our Part for the Whole Fund’, the BRF Institute will select and support projects on one of the four fronts of action: Health and Emergency Actions; Generation of Work and Income; Education and Technological Inclusion and Food Security and Social Protection.
“The role of the Institute is to be a transformative agent in communities. With a broad look at all its initiatives, we aim for long-term effects on the most vulnerable populations within the social context in the territories where we are present,“ says Grazielle Parenti, global vice president of Institutional Relations, Reputation and Sustainability at BRF and CEO of the BRF Institute. To continue the work carried out by the Institute, an investment of BRL 400 million will be distributed in the communities by 2030, especially in social development and socioeconomic inclusion agendas in places where BRF is present.
About the BRF Institute:
Founded in 2012 by BRF, the BRF Institute is a private association to strategically direct the Company's social investments. The goal is to support citizen initiatives that contribute to the development of communities locally.
Since its creation, through volunteering and direct investment projects, the BRF Institute has impacted more than half a million people, mobilized 30,000 volunteers and carried out more than 2,000 social actions in 60 cities around the country.
One of the largest food companies in the world, BRF is present in more than 130 countries and owns iconic brands such as Sadia, Perdigão and Qualy. Its purpose is to offer quality food that is increasingly tasty and practical, to people all over the world, through the sustainable management of a living, long and complex chain, which provides a better life for everyone, from the countryside to the table Based on fundamental commitments to safety, quality and integrity, the Company bases its strategy on a long-term vision and aims to generate value for its more than 95,000 employees worldwide, more than 330,000 clients, approximately 10,000 members in Brazil, all of its shareholders and for society.