Observatório Social special issue - The Forest Up In Smoke
A historical research published by the Social Observatory Institute in 2004 showed the existence of slave labour in the productive chain of steel. Large steel mills installed in Carajás, in Pará pole were identified as funders of charcoal kilns that used slave laborers in coal production, key product for the production of steel, the steel mills at the time denied the problem and steelmakers refused to review their production processes. The impact of the survey by the public opinion, however, generated strong pressure inside and outside the country, including among the customers of these companies in Europe and the United States.
In Brazil, after the disclosure of the information, the pressure of the trade union movement and of the organized civil society has led companies to recognise the problem and sign an National Pact for the eradication of slave labor, which contributed decisively to the reduction of the problem, to the extent that hundreds of companies have undertaken towards society to perform actions in your supply chain.
Seven years later, the Social Observatory brings back the subject about the steel production chain, the reports of this magazine show that, in the same region, steelmakers are still with problems in the production chain. They now benefit from predatory processes to ensure the supply of charcoal, produced with wood taken from environmental preservation areas.