When there are changes in land use and tenure to establish new agriculture, forestry, or extractive ventures in developing countries, local communities can experience enormous benefits such as increased incomes, improved regional infrastructure, greater access to services, and more.
Unfortunately, these operations often instead provoke or heighten social conflict and result in severe consequences for the local community, indigenous populations, farmers, workers, and companies. Anda needs more trained social professionals from the regions where companies operate to help them integrate social impacts and engagement into their operations.
The CSE programme in Brazil began in 2018 with a short training course in the pulp and paper sector focused on key aspects of good relationships between companies and local communities.
In 2019, CSE Brazil will organise additional ‘Short Courses’ and launch a 10-month CSE ‘Long Course’ for early-career professionals who have or seek employment in a range of agricultural and natural resource sectors and industries.
These courses aim to significantly increase the number of well-trained social practitioners in Brazil who can shape social programmes in companies and fundamentally change company-community relations in supply chains.
The CSE programme in Brazil began in 2018, with a short training course in the pulp and paper sector focused on key aspects of good relationships between companies and local communities. Training focuses on social management technologies, such as practices for obtaining a Social License to Operate (SLO), best practices for conflict resolution, and executing social projects within the territory, explicitly aligning with Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) principles. Trained professionals are empowered to directly impact the practices within companies to transform the dynamics between businesses and communities, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and governmental bodies.
In 2022, CSE Brazil launched the Earthworm Foundation Academy to bolster access to training content. The Academy uses a user-friendly platform dedicated to professional development in social management. The platform currently hosts four training modules, and the ease of accessibility plays a pivotal role in training managers. These courses result in a network of professional leaders qualified in social management and capable of changing the relationship paradigm between companies and communities, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and public authorities.