Gypsum industry development plan for Sertão do Araripe is launched
The Human Rights and Companies Center (FGV CeDHE) at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Sao Paulo Law School, in partnership with the International Labor Organization and Brazil’s Labor Prosecutors’ Office, has launched the 2030 Local Development Plan for the Gypsum Industry in Sertão do Araripe. The aim of this initiative is to present guidelines for promoting decent work and improving living conditions for workers in Sertão do Araripe, in the state of Pernambuco. This is the world’s biggest gypsum production region and it accounts for around 90% of Brazil’s output.
“This gypsum producing hub is one of the most important production chains in our state. Its potential and strength must serve not only economic development, but also social development. That is why this new plan is so important. The idea is to take measures to allow gypsum production to develop sustainably, meaning free from degrading forms of work, with respect for those who actually produce this wealth,” said the deputy governor of Pernambuco, Luciana Santos.
Federal representative federal Túlio Gadelha emphasized the challenge of putting the plan into practice in Sertão do Araripe. “Here today we have actors who have the capacity to change this reality, we have committed institutions, we have people committed to the cause and we also have the same desire to raise awareness among different stakeholders so that we can get this plan off the drawing board,” she said.
The diagnosis was based on a preliminary study by the International Labor Organization and Labor Prosecutors’ Office about challenges and progress in relation to promoting decent work in the region. It involved collecting and analyzing secondary quantitative and qualitative data, as well as holding semi-structured interviews and workshops with different local stakeholders (representatives of civil society, workers, companies and the public administration).
The 2030 Local Development Plan for the Gypsum Industry is available here.