A Diversity and Inclusion Committees has been established in Brazil, with additional forums specifically created for women and for people with disabilities.
The People with Disabilities Forum meets twice a year. It comprises 20 people from all sites who come together to share their experiences and, collectively, develop meaningful and long-term solutions.
During COVID-19, the forum was also responsible for creating special see-through facemasks for people with hearing disabilities who depend on being able to lip-read, and from December 2020, an online course in basic sign language will be available to all employees.
Training on sexual harassment, together with the operations’ legal senior manager, has also been conducted, as has a campaign against gender-based violence. The campaign comprises four videos that have been shown across all sites and have also been sent to every employee via WhatsApp.
Brazil is also endeavouring to make its workspaces more conducive to the needs of women by establishing restrooms exclusively for women. To date, 26 restrooms have been built at Cuiabá complex and the possibility of building of more restrooms is currently being evaluated. In addition, women have been given shirts and pants in which to work, which is more user-friendly than the jumpsuits given to men.
A total of 30% of the employees involved in Brazil’s mentorship programme are women.