Created in 2021 by Fundo Vale, in partnership with professors at the University of São Paulo, the Positive Social and Environmental Impact Business Course has already trained 305 people. A second season began this year. In all, 265 people, split into nine groups, did the first season, and 52 people, split into two groups, signed up for the second one.
The course, designed for Vale employees and partners, aims to democratize access to information, educate and share knowledge in order to build capacity and contribute to Vale’s sustainability commitments.
In this way, it contributes to achieving the results stated in Fundo Vale’s Theory of Change, one of whose strategies is to build capabilities through the production and dissemination of knowledge. The Theory of Change also aims to ensure that by 2025, the employees of Vale and other partner companies are engaged in the positive social and environmental impact agenda.
For Vale employees, this is an opportunity to prepare for this new business model and the possibility of working with businesses with positive social and environmental impacts and their ecosystem. It is also a way for Fundo Vale to meet its objectives of bringing cutting-edge themes into the company, anticipating future market movements.
Letícia Oliveira, a specialist sustainability analyst at Vale, has participated in both seasons of the course. She works on social project management and she views the course as an opportunity to learn about other types of partnerships for local economic and human development.
As for the partners, the course enables them to share challenges and practical experiences of success, network, publicize their businesses and help enrich the content and debates.
In all, there were four editions a year in the first season and there will be two in the second one. The classes are taught by Graziella Comini, associate professor at the University of São Paulo’s School of Economics, Administration and Accounting. Among other topics, the course examines what positive social and environmental impact businesses are and what impact investing is.
For 2024, the plan is to build a journey to let the course’s alumni go on to further training, deepening their knowledge of the subject in their areas and offering the opportunity to mentor or invest in impact businesses that Fundo Vale or its partners support.