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14/03/2014

Instituto Votorantim takes part in the 8th Social Investors Network Congress

The Instituto Votorantim will take part in the 8th Congress of the Brazilian Social Investors´ Network (local acronym GIFE), which gets underway on Wednesday March 19, with a speech by its general manager Rafael Gioielli. The Institute will also have its own stand on show. The event will debate the ability of social investment to make transformations in a civil society that is becoming increasingly more digital. It will bring together 70 domestic and international speakers, social investors, government representatives, academics, consultants and non-governmental organizations.

In his speech, Rafael Gioielli will present the theme of ‘Private social investment in public policies’ and put forward some thoughts on the challenges and prospects for the public-private relationship. “Supporting and strengthening public administration as a means of creating more structural changes in society is becoming increasingly more important in the social investment field in Brazil. We will share our experience in this field and hope we can learn from the initiatives of other organizations,” he will say.

The Instituto Votorantim´s main mission since it was founded has been to direct the social responsibility strategy of the companies within the Votorantim Group in their efforts to improve the social and economic development of the areas where they operate. As a result, based on its close alignment with the Votorantim companies, the Institute undertakes strategically directed projects and programs aimed at strengthening human, institutional and social capital and encouraging economic dynamism. The main initiatives the Instituto Votorantim is currently developing with Group companies include the Votorantim Partnership for Education (PVE), the ReDes program to create work and income by providing professional training opportunities and the Public Administration Support program.

The three-day GIFE Congress will cover thematic issues linked to technological innovation, i.e. the ability to find creative solutions to complex problems. These will include the impact of technological innovation on what is regarded as one of the biggest challenges facing social investors which is how create and measure the results of the investment. Another topic will be to what extent technological innovation has led civil society to form new ways of associating following the large demonstrations that occurred in Brazil in 2013.