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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. How can an educational institution or school become a partner of the Algar Institute?

    To become a partner school, the school must be located in one of the following cities:

    Balsas - Maranhão

    Franca - São Paulo

    Ituiutaba - Minas Gerais

    Itumbiara - Goiás

    Pará de Minas - Minas Gerais

    Porto Franco - Maranhão

    Ribeirão Preto - São Paulo

    Uberaba - Minas Gerais

    Uberlândia - Minas Gerais

    At the beginning of each year the schools selection notice is launched on the Institute Algar website.

    These notices contain the specific criteria for participation in social projects.

  • 2. How does the Algar Institute operate in sustainability?

    The Algar Institute works with a focus on sustainability. The principle of sustainability is simple: we believe that when using the resources available, we need to ensure that future generations also enjoy these resources.

    For us, sustainability is the integration of educational, environmental and cultural dimensions and that's the way we operate.

    The educational role of the Algar Institute involves the quality of education, through partnerships with public schools, investments in the continued education of teachers and students, conducting long-term and short-term projects and alliances with specialized advisory services in education. Working towards the best practices in education, the Algar Institute has four programs: Algar Lê Program, Future Talent Program Transforma Program and Volunteer Program.

    The second performance of the Algar Institute for sustainability is the environment. The environmental performance of the Algar Institute is done through the Sustainable Algar program, which diagnoses and optimizes practices in Algar companies. This program operates mainly in the reduction of greenhouse gases in business. To this end, the Algar Institute gives guidelines, mobilizes and consolidates the results generated through sustainability initiatives.

    The Algar Group consists of companies that have great potential for tax incentives, coming from the municipal tax incentive laws (ISS and IPTU - Municipal Law of Incentive to Culture - Uberlândia), state (ICMS - State Law of Cultural Incentive - Minas Gerais and São Paulo) and federal (Fund for Childhood and Adolescence (FIA), Federal Law for the Encouragement of Culture - "Rouanet Law" and the Sports Act).

  • 3. What are the programs developed by the Algar Institute?

    - Algar Future Talents

    - Algar Media in School

    - Algar Transform

    - Algar Volunteer

  • 4. What is Private Social Investment?

    This category of social actions spearheaded by companies includes foundations and institutes of corporate origin or instituted by families or individuals.

    The concern with planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects is intrinsic to the concept of social investment and a key element in differentiating between this practice and welfare actions.

    Unlike the concept of charity, which comes loaded with the notion of welfare, private social investors are concerned with the results, the generated transformations and community involvement in the development of the action.

    Source: Group of Institute, Foundations and Companies - GIFE

  • 5. What is sustainability?

    There are numerous concepts given to the word sustainability. The Algar Institute follows the concept defined by the Ethos Institute, which says that "sustainability is directly related to the processes that can keep up and improve over time."

    Here's how Oded Grajew, president emeritus of the Ethos Institute, translates sustainability.

    Although in vogue in various media, the concept of "sustainability" is still poorly understood both by those speaking about it as by those hearing it. In recent years, the discussion about global warming and the depletion of natural resources intensified. These are legitimate and unquestionable concerns, but these generated distortion in the meaning of sustainability, as this notion came to be associated solely to environmental issues.

    But is not only that. Sustainability is directly related to the processes that can keep up and improve over time. Unsustainability generates processes that eventually run themselves out, that do not keep up and tend to die off. And doesn’t depend only on environmental issues. Social, economic, politics and culture are also fundamental factors.

    However, rather than defining the concept, sustainability and unsustainability become clear when translated into practical situations.

    Depleting natural resources is not sustainable. Recycling and avoiding waste are sustainable. Corruption is unsustainable. Ethics are sustainable. Violence is unsustainable. Peace is sustainable.

    Inequality is unsustainable. Social justice is sustainable. Low education indicators are unsustainable. Quality education for all is sustainable.

    Dictatorship and authoritarianism are unsustainable. Democracy is sustainable.

    Slave labor and unemployment are unsustainable. Decent work for all is sustainable.

    Pollution is unsustainable. Clean air and water are sustainable. Filling the towns with cars is unsustainable. Public transport and bicycles are sustainable.

    Solidarity is sustainable. Individualism is unsustainable.

    A city led by real estate speculation is unsustainable. A city planned so that each inhabitant has decent housing, work, services and public facilities close by is sustainable.

    A society that mistreats children, elders and the disabled is not sustainable. A society that takes care of all is sustainable.

    Evidence and scientific data show that the current development model is unsustainable, threatening even the very survival of the human species.

    Evidence abounds:

    - We have destroyed nearly half of the great forests of the planet, which are the lungs of the world;

    - We release vast amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases that cause the greenhouse effect, a global warming cycle and climate instability;

    - We have undermined soil fertility and its ability to sustain life: 65% of cultivated land were lost and 15% are in the process of desertification;

    - About 50 thousand species of plants and animals disappear every year, mostly due to human activities;

    - We produce an outrageous and increasingly unequal planetary society: 1,195 billionaires are worth, altogether, US$ 4.4 trillion, or almost twice the annual income of the poorest 50%. The richest 1% of humanity receives the same as the poorest 57%;

    - Military spending totaled US$ 1.464 trillion per year (and growing every year), equivalent to 66% of the annual income of the poorest 50%.

    This lackluster scenario shows the need for a model of sustainable development. It behooves us to make it possible and feasible.


    Article originally published in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper on May 7, 2013.

  • 6. What is the Algar Institute?

    The Algar Institute is a non-profit organization, established in January 2002 to coordinate and guide the social programs of the Algar Group.

    The social programs developed by the Algar Institute are focused on Education - Elementary School.

  • 7. What is the role of the Algar Institute in culture?

    The Algar Group consists of companies that have great potential for tax incentives, coming from the municipal tax incentive laws (ISS and IPTU - Municipal Law of Incentive to Culture - Uberlândia), state (ICMS - State Law of Cultural Incentive - Minas Gerais and São Paulo) and federal (Fund for Childhood and Adolescence (FIA), Federal Law for the Encouragement of Culture - "Rouanet Law" and the Sports Act).

    The business area of ??the Holding is responsible for raising the potential of Algar companies that can contribute to projects in:

    - Culture

    - Protection of children and teenagers at risk

    - Encouraging sports

    The potential of tax incentives is analyzed and the finance area reports this value to the Corporate Committee, which does the prospecting for projects adhering to the guidelines.

    The projects selected by the Corporate Committee of Culture for sponsorship can have social, marketing or ownership implications. Social projects aim to contribute to the development of the communities where the Algar Group is located, enabling the expansion of the cultural universe of local people. The marketing projects aim to strengthen the Algar brand and enable the strengthening of the relationship with customers. The ownership projects come from requests from shareholders, institutional relationships and Algar’s own projects.

    The management of tax incentives is shared between the Algar Institute, the Market and Communication Relations and Algar Telecom.

  • 8. What is the role of the Algar Institute in education?

    For Algar, education is the basis for the development of a country. This means that we will have a better Brazil only if we have better education.

    To contribute to generating higher quality education, the Algar Institute has four educational programs: Algar Lê Program, Future Talent Program Transforma Program and Volunteer Program.

    In the Algar Lê Program, the proposal is to use the newspaper and other media in the classroom. Continued teacher training aims to improve student performance in language skills, reading, writing and literacy, as well as fostering ownership of the work with genres and reading in the teachers and students world.

    Students and teachers are benefited from partnerships with schools of the Algar Institute in Uberlandia (MG), Balsas (MA) and Porto Franco (MA).

    Teachers of the Algar Lê Program at the School participate in training meetings, in which are developed strategies of work and reflections for the development of reading and production of texts. In addition, in order to promote the expansion of the cultural universe, students and teachers participate in visits to the Parque Gráfico of the Jornal Correio in Uberlândia.

    The Future Talent Program focuses on preparing young people for the labor market. The proposal is to contribute to the approach of young high school students with the world of work and its skills.

    High school students from the cities of Porto Franco and Balsas (MA), Divinópolis, Ituiutaba, Patos de Minas, Uberaba and Uberlandia (MG), Franca, Sorocaba and Jundiaí (SP) are benefited .

    Given the power of knowledge of the Algar Group in the areas of IT, Telecom and Agribusiness, the program promotes the development of skills and knowledge necessary for future entry into the world of work and eventual performance of professions among young people. To this end, the Algar Institute has partnership with a network of institutions for care of students in instructors courses and training.

    The Transforma Program provides workshops with children and teenagers in the areas of Culture and Arts, Digital Culture and Vocational Training, as well as activities with volunteers of the Algar Group. The goal is to promote the development of children and teenagers through education and culture, with workshops on out of school school shifts.

    Students from public elementary schools and high schools in the eastern area of Uberlândia (MG) are benefited, where low social and cultural rigging is observed as well as being a community with low education and access to spaces and cultural activities in the city. The program takes place in CESAG (Sports and Social Centre Alexandrino Garcia), reaching the neighborhoods of Morumbi, Alvorada, Joana D'Arc, São Francisco, Zaire Rezende, Prosperidade, Celebridade and Dom Almir.

    In the workshops, participants are invited to experience and produce, in such a way as to develop and exercise their autonomy and leadership. They are:

    Integrated arts: songs, games, singing, theater and percussion.

    Literature: experience and literature

    Music: violin lessons and orchestra practice.

    Digital Culture: producing and publishing videos.

    Programming Short Course: Programming classes and marathons.

    Training for Work: professional qualification.

    Moreover, cultural tours and events are performed as a presentation of results and activities with volunteers and family.

    The Volunteer Program is the program through which affiliates of the Algar Group work as volunteers, donating their time, work and talent in structured activities. The proposal is that the volunteers act on learning as mobilizing agents of interests and motivations.

    Students from public schools in the cities where the Algar Group operates are benefited.

    In each Algar company, an affiliate is chosen to perform the role of Sustainable Leader. This person is responsible for recruiting volunteers in our company for the Volunteer Committee and for organizing activities with schools.

    Volunteers have the challenge of working with at least one classroom with about 30 students.

    The activities are developed in the form of clubs, which currently are two: Book Club and Correspondence Club.

    In the Book Club, the goal is to form autonomous readers who have pleasure in reading. To this end, the volunteers organize reading workshops, visits to libraries and interviews with writers to bring together students of literary production.

    In the Correspondence Club, the idea is to encourage writing through an exchange of letters between students and volunteers, prompting curiosity among them, since they get to know each other in person only after several exchanges. In this process, the volunteer’s role is to inaugurate the process of correspondence and is the one who offers a written learning model for students.

  • 9. What is the role of the Algar Institute in the environment?

    The Algar Institute believes that it is the private sector's responsibility to take care of the environment and to contribute to minimizing the environmental impacts of the activities of the Group companies. That's why we created the Sustainable Algar Program, which focuses on monitoring and proposing actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The environmental performance of the Algar Institute is done through the Sustainable Algar program, which disseminates the concept of sustainability, diagnoses and optimizes practices in the Algar companies.

    This program operates mainly with the climate governance of companies. To this end, the Algar Institute gives guidelines, mobilizes and consolidates the results generated through sustainability initiatives.

    All work is conducted by the Algar Institute and by the Sustainability Committees, which exist in each of the Algar companies. Altogether, there are 10 committees, made up of about four to five people, each committee has a leader and co-leader, who are the people who are in direct contact with the Algar Institute and who receive our guidelines.

    The program also develops corporate training on matters pertaining to sustainability, climate governance, workshops with expert advisers on emissions of greenhouse gases and carbon inventory, and strategic carbon management in the Algar companies.

  • 10. What is the scope of the programs developed by the Algar Institute?

    Our three social programs are geared towards elementary school education and benefit students and educators from four Brazilian states: Goiás, Maranhão, Minas Gerais and São Paulo.

    Through partnerships with 90 public schools, we develop continuing education activities for educators and students with the pedagogical aim of leveraging literacy. For this, fundamental contents are covered:

    Environmental education;

    Portuguese (production of correspondence, reading for pleasure and oral presentations);

    Mathematics;

    Digital inclusion.

    Inside one of the programs developed, there is the involvement of 15 volunteer committees of Algar that, just in 2008, had the participation of 468 affiliates as volunteers.

  • 11. What is volunteering?

    A volunteer is the citizen who, motivated by the participation and solidarity values, donates his time, work and talent, in a spontaneous and unpaid way to causes of social and community interest.

    Source: Solidarity Community.

  • 12. Why has Algar elected as its focus social programs in Education - Elementary School?

    For Algar, education is the basis for the development of a country. This means that we will have a better Brazil only if we have a better education.
    We believe in comprehensive education, offering people new opportunities and paths to make their choices.