PEOPLE AND INNOVATION
TRUST IN THE FUTURE AND IN THE
TRUST IN THE FUTURE AND IN THE
Algar Telecom has been making social investments for more than 19 years through the Algar Institute, which issues guidelines and coordinates actions on the educational (activities and training for students and teachers) and tax incentive fronts (sponsorship to projects available under municipal, state and federal laws).
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has affected part of our projects in this cycle, we kept our commitment to investing in the communities in which we are based. In 2020, our educational initiatives involved 14 schools, 44 partner social organizations, culture and sports advocates, and 5,905 beneficiaries (children, adolescent and young adults) in 14 states and 31 cities in Brazil.
Imbued with the spirit of People serving People, we created in 2020 Ações que Transformam [Actions that Transform) web portal that records and accounts for change-promoting initiatives in Brazil, working as an inspirational tool that can foment best practices through leading by example.
Our social investments continued to target educational programs in partnership with public schools and departments of education in the regions where we operate. We are present in 31 municipalities of 14 Brazilian states with the following programs:
Made possible by funds available under the incentive laws, projects registered reach our multidisciplinary committee, which consists of representatives of Algar Holding, the Algar Institute and Algar Telecom. This committee will determine whether each project meets all requisite criteria, such as being approved by the relevant regulatory agency and having a vision of contributing to the development of communities in which the Algar Group operates. Despite the pandemic situation, over R$6 million was allocated to projects that are covered by the federal law on culture, health and sports.
One of the highlights among projects with tax incentives in the year was Children – Creating Art II, which addresses literature in a fun, playful way, fostering the development of reading, writing and creative skills in children and adolescents. The project’s outcome was the distribution of a book of tales written by the 100 beneficiaries in the city of Birigui, São Paulo.
Created in 2003, this program encourages employees to take part in social activities carried out by the Algar Institute. Each employee is invited to contribute their time, work and talent for a better society. Education is the priority issue for volunteer work as well, with ongoing actions aimed at significantly contributing to the education of students that attend partner public schools, as well as one-off actions, which tend to be more far-ranging activities designed by our committees based on a specific need found in the community or on specific commemorative dates, such as Children’s Day and Christmas.
The chief challenge for 2020 was understanding the role of volunteers in the new context and remotely managing previous actions. Right at the outset of the pandemic, the Algar Institute, together with social leaders and co-leaders, engaged in an effort to map the most urgent needs of each community, as well as social movements already ongoing, in order to add strength and make a difference through specific actions, such as “Together for Uberlândia” (Juntos por Uberlândia), in the state of Minas Gerais, to raise funds for purchasing staple baskets (11,000 kits put together and distributed), distribution of 600 packed lunches to the homeless in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, and distribution of 130 toys for Children’s Day in Betim, Minas Gerais.
We also received more than 400 kilograms of beverage bottle caps and can pop-taps to sell as scrap metal, and the proceeds were distributed to various partner institutions so they could purchase wheelchairs. Our Christmas initiative turned our volunteers in Santa Claus helpers to answer more than 500 letters from children in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, and from the elderly in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. We also celebrated Kindness Day by fashioning more than a thousand flowers out of paper and recyclable materials, which sparked up reflections on sustainability in the seven cities where we operate.
Over the year, 228 volunteering actions were carried out, with 2,633 volunteers involved and 14,345 people benefitted in 24 cities.