Social Businesses

Ecam Social Business operates with a focus on strategic initiatives with the private sector, in the relationship with stakeholders, implementation of financial mechanisms models and development of good practices that enhance social investments results.

Ecam Social Businesses has its own Social Business format that promotes partnership between the public and private sectors, society and the preservation of the environment, offering benefits such as: enhancing social investments, building and implementing social licensing processes, improving the relationship with local communities, in addition to the positive impact on the market value of the project’s brand, due to its contribution to sustainable development.

Through a thorough analysis of impact activities, Ecam, with all the expertise acquired over the years, offers personalized services that suit the needs of each partner company. For this reason, we work with enterprises that seek solutions or reductions in social and environmental bottlenecks, promoting integrated action in all its sectors of activity and providing a balance between economic development, social well-being and the preservation of the environment, through integrated social investment model.

With years of experience in the market, Ecam has formed a solid and multidisciplinary team that is committed to delivering effective solutions that guarantee a return to the business.

Thus, we offer different formats of services to partner companies, as well as to society. They are:

  • Socio-environmental and relationship advisory;
  • Socio-environmental analyzes;
  • Processes of prior, free and informed consent;
  • Mediation of socio-environmental conflicts;
  • Fund management and building of efficient financial mechanisms,
  • Carbon offset (REDD+)

TERRITORIES INITIATIVE

A new strategy for integrated territorial development

Since 2016, HUMANA and ECAM have been working on building strategies, models and mechanisms for management and territorial governance, with a focus on development. As a result of this experience and the partnership between a new business model and a third sector organization, the Territories Initiative emerged.

The objective of the Territories Initiative is to build strategies for territorial development that are inclusive and people-centered; that has a multidimensional and integrated character; that intersectorality and shared governance be emphasized in it. To this end, supporting the structuring of territories based on strengthening the capacities of local actors is essential.
The model presents itself as an efficient and innovative solution, since it proposes that all actors in the same territory unite around a vision of common future and agenda, build or strengthen the necessary capacities, and implement actions for the integrated development of short, medium and long term, generating autonomy and sustainability.

How we operate
The Territories Initiative is made up of 6 fronts, focused on strengthening local actors and developing the territory:

  1. Agreements, diagnoses and mapping of local and external actors
  2. Institutional strengthening of associations and leadership training.
  3. Territorial Management (including Management Plans and Financial Mechanisms).
  4. Support for Public Policies for development.
  5. Digital inclusion and community communication.
  6. Support for Economic Development and structuring of socio-biodiversity production chains.

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For businesses We work with companies from different sectors to structure and direct private social investment and resources linked to environmental licensing. Our integrated approach and the participatory way in which the Territories Initiative processes are conducted, favor the engagement of local actors, generating territorial development in the area of impact and influence of the business, enabling the improvement of the company/community relationship. To enhance the social investment model in territories impacted by large enterprises, ensuring efficiency and return to the business, with the ultimate goal that each person, each community, has conditions for development and opportunities for a better life, based on the realities of each place. For territories From the perspective of the territories, it provides the strengthening of capacities and autonomy. In addition, it generates efficiency and equity in a sustainable development process, where the territory occupies the central place: for efficiency in investments, for the use of resources, for the execution of actions; for equitable benefits, for access to opportunities, for the inclusion of each person and each sector of society.

PARTNER FOR THE AMAZON PLATFORM – PFA

PFA is a collective action platform, led by the private sector, which seeks to build innovative solutions for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity, forests and natural resources in the Amazon.

Its mission is to lead the construction of innovative solutions for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity, forests and natural resources in the Amazon.

Principles of the Partners For the Amazon Platform

The platform must operate as a space of trust among its members, in order to favor joint solutions that are beneficial to all. This implies a democratic, representative and collaborative governance structure.

Transparency must permeate all PFA decision-making and positions, so that members are fully informed and qualified to participate in it. Furthermore, the platform must follow the transparency standards with the external public in order to guarantee its suitability and trust.

The Platform’s performance must be guided by scientific rigor, in order to improve the allocation of resources in initiatives with proven technical feasibility, high potential for effectiveness and financial efficiency. To this end, PFA will promote dialogue with experts in its different areas of activity.

The Platform must respond to the demands of its members, society and the environment in an agile and competent manner. These demands can change periodically and, therefore, the PFA must maintain a current and innovative work agenda.

Platform members must guarantee their social and environmental responsibilities to each other and to society about their business, commitments and actions for social and environmental well-being in the Amazon.

PAITER SURUÍ FUND

Ecam was a partner in the implementation of the Suruí Carbon Project, created in 2007 by the Metareilá Association, with the support of environmental and indigenous organizations. The initiative arose from a demand from the Paiter Surui People for the creation of a financial mechanism for the management of the resources allocated and the implementation of the Ethno-Environmental Management Plan for the Sete de Setembro Indigenous Land (RO).

The project was created with the objective of financing protection, inspection activities, promoting the improvement of local capacity, supporting the commercialization of non-wood forest products, among others. With robust innovations and focused on strengthening indigenous autonomy, the Fund was structured to meet the determination to generate collective benefits, planning, organizing and making the capture, management and use of resources transparent, ensuring Paiter Surui governance in all stages and respecting traditional decision-making processes.

It also reveals itself as an adequate model to guide actions in the scope of the implementation of the National Policy for Territorial and Environmental Management of Indigenous Lands (PNGATI), as it presents strategies for financing local development initiatives in the short, medium and long term, as well as for the qualification and empowerment of indigenous managers and their leaders.

Another innovation of the Paiter Surui Fund was its performance as a financial mechanism for projects to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). In addition to conserving carbon stocks and sustainable forest management, the project adds additional benefits such as biodiversity conservation; improvement in the quality of communities’ life; maintenance of river basins; recovery of degraded areas and reforestation; and strengthening indigenous culture.

The Surui Paiter Fund was the first indigenous fund created in this category and currently serves as an inspiration for the design of financial mechanisms for the management of common resources and benefit sharing, which can be used by different indigenous peoples, by local non-indigenous communities and other interested stakeholders.

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Principles that guided the conduct of the governance structure members in fulfilling the Paiter Surui Fund’s mission: Transparency The Fund's acts must be transparent, deserving the widest dissemination to indigenous and non-indigenous people. Participation Participation must permeate all acts of the Fund, ensuring the involvement of every Paiter Surui people, with special attention to issues related to gender and youth. Sustainability The actions of the Fund must be aimed at promoting the social, cultural and economic sustainability of the Paiter Surui people. Governance The institutional arrangement of the Fund must be adapted to the form of organization and the particularities of the Paiter Surui people. Monitoring Monitoring must be inherent in the Fund, enabling regular observation and evaluation of its activities and projects in all its aspects.