Projects in partnership with the Trata Brasil institute

The inclusion of the water theme in BRK's business strategy includes partnerships with the Trata Brasil institute. The works seek the development of studies and projects that reflect the importance of sanitation in people's lives.

The company also maintains a partnership with the institution Comunitas, for the project “Together for Sustainable Development”. The initiative consists of carrying out a socioeconomic profile of 27 Brazilian municipalities and structuring a model and monitoring tool.

BRK Ambiental supports the Trata Brasil Institute because it believes in the importance of the entity for the development of sanitation in the country. The development of studies with potential solutions and new paths for the sector and the creation of the necessary sense of urgency for the theme are areas of action developed by the Institute and fostered by the partnership.

These pillars underlie institutional support in discussions and events relevant to the sector, in addition to project development. BRK sponsors the Water at School – Drops from the Future, a partnership between the Institute and its ambassador Daiane dos Santos, a former Brazilian Olympic gymnast. Through recreational activities in schools, children learn about the importance of not wasting water, keeping the river clean and having sewage collection and treatment at home – and thus multiplying this knowledge in their homes.

The partnership also resulted in the research “Sanitation and the life of Brazilian women”, which was supported by the Global Compact. The study showed that one in four Brazilian women does not have adequate access to treated water and sewage collection and that the universalization of these services would immediately lift 635,000 women out of poverty, most of them young and black. The study, the result of the partnership, gained great repercussion and was presented at the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, held by the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

BRK also maintains a partnership with the institution Comunitas, for the project “Together for Sustainable Development”. The initiative consists of carrying out a socioeconomic profile of 27 Brazilian municipalities and structuring a model and monitoring tool.


Social Project “Water at School – Drops of the Future”

BRK is a partner of the Trata Brasil Institute in the project “Água na Escola – Gotas de Futuro”. The project, which includes the Ambassador of Trata Brasil, Olympic medalist gymnast Daiane dos Santos, has brought fun and knowledge to students and public schools across the country. In the last 12 months, more than 11,500 elementary school students from public schools in municipalities in the states of Maranhão, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Goiás were reached. The children participated in interactive presentations and were able to expand their knowledge about basic sanitation, the importance of clean water, sewage collection and treatment, as well as its relevance to the development, health and quality of life of communities.


Study “Women and Sanitation”

BRK Ambiental, in partnership with the Trata Brasil Institute and the Brazilian Network of the Global Compact, launched in November 2018 a study that analyzes, from various points of view, the issue of women and sanitation in Brazil.

First, profiles of contemporary Brazilian women are drawn according to data from the 2016 National Household Sample Survey (PNADC). Next, Chapter 2 investigates Brazilian women's access to basic sanitation equipment. The existence of still high deficits is identified.

Around 1.6 million women still lived in homes without exclusive use bathrooms in 2016. In the same year, more than 15 million Brazilian women still did not receive treated water in their homes and there were 12 million women who had access to the general network of water distribution, but the frequency of water delivery was unsatisfactory.

The number of women living in homes without sewage collection reached 26.9 million. This means that one in four Brazilian women still lived in a precarious situation in terms of access to basic sanitation.

Chapter 3 of the study investigates how the lack of sanitation compromised the health of Brazilian women and had consequences in their lives. The lack of sanitation led to the occurrence of infectious gastrointestinal diseases that, depending on the severity, caused women to be removed from their routine activities, bedridden or hospitalized.

In extreme cases, these infections associated with poor sanitation led to death. This analysis is based on data from the 2013 National Health Survey (PNS), which identified the occurrence of 7.9 million cases of removal of women due to diarrhea or vomiting from their routine activities. Of this total, 3.6 million women were bedridden due to these infections. According to data from the Unified Health System, 353,500 women were hospitalized in the network and almost 5,000 died due to gastrointestinal infections associated with poor sanitation.

Chapter 4 of the study deals with education and labor market information from the 2016 PNADC and data from the National High School Examination (ENEM) of that year. The analyzes identify basic sanitation among the determinants of school delay, performance in studies and remuneration of women in Brazil.

Finally, the study addresses how the lack of sanitation directly affects women's lives with regard to how they organize their time between activities and how the lack of access to sanitation limits their income potential in the economy.

The complete version of the study can be downloaded from the website below. link.


Project “Together for Sustainable Development”

The project consists of carrying out a socioeconomic profile of 27 Brazilian municipalities and structuring a model and monitoring tool within the scope of the project Cities of the Future.

The main objective of the socioeconomic characterization will be an Opportunities Matrix for each Municipality, indicating the priority areas of action through socioenvironmental and institutional projects. In addition to the characterization, the project will also present gaps, based on historical and comparative analyses, which will allow identifying improvements in the socioeconomic development of each municipality. At the end of the project, a series of follow-up indicators will be suggested.

The project stages are described below:



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