Employees are invited to study during working hours. Janete Stein, a production operator,
explains what it was like to learned how to read and write at 50
Sao Paulo, September 4th, 2018 – Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 2-4 pm, employee Janete Stein leaves the offal room at the unit in Seara (SC) to pick up pen and paper. At the age of 50, it was there in the factory itself that she learned to write her own name for the first time. In fact, she learned to read and write so she could tell the story of her life and how she overcame her problems in her own words.
Janete is involved in the Seara project with Sesi to educate youngsters and adults, from literacy through to Middle School, and which has been acknowledged with the Fiesc Santa Catarina for Education award in the “Elevating Basic Scholarship” category, competing against another 250 countries.
Born in Lagoão (RS) as one of six children, Janete tells her parents didn’t give her the opportunity to go to school. “When I was small, it wasn’t mandatory. Time went by and we get used to it. I never imagined I would have the opportunity to learn to read and write at work. This changed my life”, she said.
She says she was excited to be invited to the classes. “We sit in the classroom like children. We get homework, books to read. I didn’t think I would manage to do it, but now I know something: I don’t want to stop”, she said. Mother of a 30-year-old daughter, Janete has the support of her family. “Sometimes it is difficult but my husband and daughter help me. But now I would like to thank my leader Leonice Zaparty, who really encouraged me to grow”.
The project started at the unit just over two years ago and 70 employees have benefitted since then. The first group will be concluding the course in the first half of 2019.
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 230 thousand employees in over 20 countries. The Company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, including Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 350,000 customers of more than 150 nationalities worldwide. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. JBS has adopted best sustainability practices throughout its value chain and constantly monitors its suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced maps of supplier farms and monitors official data from government agencies; the company also focuses on the highest possible food safety and quality standards. The success of JBS’s operations is closely tied to our Animal welfare practices, which are rigorously applied and have received an increasing share of investments to further improve the Company’s efforts in this area, in line with best practices.
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