Tronox is proud to act as a partner for local communities around its plants in Bahia, Paraíba, the United States, France and elsewhere.
In Bahia, projects are focused towards Education and Amateur Sport, involving the communities surrounding the facility.
These initiatives foster social development and involve residents as active participants in each project.
Since 2009, the Reading Club has been helping children and adolescents in the Areias, Jauá and Arembepe communities to develop reading and writing skills. Its aim is to educate literate citizens beyond the stage of just reading words by encouraging participants to interpret texts, compose critiques and express opinions.
Storytelling sessions allow boys and girls to delve into the world of reading and writing using theater, educative games and cultural visits and tours.
In addition, the initiative offers technical advice for educational institutions including studies, discussions and introducing reading practices in schools.
CoopAreias Sol Nascente is a cooperative set up by women from the community of Areias and its surrounding region. Over a period of 18 months, cooperators attended courses held in partnership with industrial training provider SESI, covering entrepreneurship, interpersonal relations, sewing and dressmaking, customer service, costing and pricing, logistics and other subjects required to professionalize the cooperative.
In addition to covering the costs of the course and strategic business planning, Tronox sponsored the purchase of premises to be refurbished for the cooperative’s headquarters and its machinery, furniture and accessories, working capital and raw material needed to fulfill the first orders. For three years the company supported the cooperative’s management and ensured that the group had all the support required to manage the business and make it self-sustaining.
Doctors have emphasized the benefits of an active lifestyle in the third age, as well as balanced meals, as determining factors for health and peace of mind in the aging process.
In 2013, Tronox started a seniors’ project to encourage well-being and enhanced quality of life for people living in the factory’s surroundings.
Although the project was initially aimed to seniors, it currently serves participants aged 40 or more who are residents of the Areias community in Camaçari (BA). The group meets twice a week to practice activities such as:
exercises to improve the back, joints and upper limbs.
Specialists on health deliver lectures on topics, such as “healthy eating and prevention of blood pressure and obesity” and “prevention and screening.”
Their activities rely on advice and technical advice from Absolute Run.
In 1996, Tronox’s environmental education program for the mine is held at its Environmental Research Base. Visitors follow ecological trails through native vegetation, tour a museum showing several species of local fauna and flora, and learn about environmental preservation. Some 9,500 students and 960 teachers have visited the mine’s environmental protection area.