Since introducing our gender equality programme in Brazil in 2013, the number of women working in operational roles in our biofuels business has more than doubled
The majority of the jobs at our mills involve administrative, agricultural, industrial and maintenance activities, but back in 2013 only 7.5% of them were filled by women. We held forums to find out what challenges local women faced in joining the workforce.
We learned that access to good quality childcare is a particular problem. So we trained more than 40 people living in communities around our largest mill to help them become teachers and childcare assistants.
Lack of experience was another issue, so we introduced a programme to train women as tractor drivers. To date, we have hired 50 women drivers as part of the programme.