Published 20 May 2015 by Stora Enso
On Wednesday May 20, Stora Enso received a prestigious responsibility award in the Brazilian Congress for its social responsibility actions in Bahia, Brazil. The award, called the Premio Neide Castanha Award, was granted for an initiative that combats child exploitation in municipalities in and around Bahia.
This three-year programme is a collaboration between Stora Enso, its joint venture company Veracel, and two non-profit organizations, Childhood and Tribo Jovens. It aspires to formulate, implement, and strengthen public policies related to child exploitation, and provides training for professionals. The cooperation has become part of the Territory Protection Programme in Bahia, a larger attempt to bring together government initiatives, private companies, and civil society projects promoting and defending the human rights of children and adolescents. This programme is facilitated by Veracel. So far, more than 500 professionals from 121 government agencies and civil society organizations have taken part in it.
The Premio Neide Castanha Award
The Premio Neide Castanha Award honors individuals and institutions for their uncompromising defense of the human rights of children and adolescents, especially in the field of sexual rights. It is granted by the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency once a year. The award is a tribute to Neide Castanha, a Brazilian human rights activist who has devoted much of her life to combating violence against children and adolescents in Brazil. Neide Castanha was actively involved in creating Brazil's National Plan to Combat Sexual Violence against Children and Adolescents.