Location São Paulo, SP
Grantee 2014
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Promoção dos Direitos Humanos no Setor Sucroalcooleiro

Leadership training and combatting slave labor in the sugarcane and ethanol industry

Repórter Brasil was established in 2001 to stimulate reflection on and take action against human rights violations in the workplace in Brazil, and today is one of the leading sources of information on the state of human rights and slave labor in the country. Their reporting, investigative journalism, and research have been used by leaders in the business, public, and third sectors to enforce human rights compliance in the various sugarcane supply chains in Brazil and abroad.

Repórter Brasil has developed a system for monitoring supply chains that involves investigating and analyzing social, labor and environmental issues in trade relations. The organization then disseminates the investigative reports freely, in order to bring as many violations as possible to the forefront of the agenda in Brazil.


With the support of BrazilFoundation, the project will:

• Conduct field research on human rights violations in the sugarcane and ethanol industry;
• Produce and publish reports and booklets on slave labor and socioeconomic conditions of sugarcane production;
• Train 40 social leaders and educators from the sugarcane region in the state of São Paulo on promoting human rights and combating slave labor;
• Increase awareness on human rights violations.

“The people to demand that this expansion occurs while respecting workers’ rights.The sugarcane industry is expanding into new areas of the country. The time is now for people to demand that this expansion occurs while respecting workers’ rights.” – Marcel Gomes, project coordinator

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