Grupo Carrefour Brasil, leader in food retail, is investing R$ 68 million in public notice for permanence grants and scholarships for black people across the country. This is one of the most important commitments the retailer has made in the fight against racism.
The contribution represents the largest private investment ever made to reduce racial inequality and is part of the commitment to invest amounts of up to R$ 115 million in education and income generation for the black population.
The public notice is now available through the Brazilian Center for Research in Evaluation and Selection and Event Promotion (CEBRASPE), and universities will have to apply from August 31 to September 27. The initiative is part of affirmative actions for granting study and permanence grants for undergraduate and graduate programs in public and private institutions.
“This is another initiative aimed at combating structural racism, through which we intend to stimulate the educational development of black people who are entering or who need help to pay for studies in public and private universities. In addition to graduation, the program includes postgraduate, master's and doctoral courses, educational levels that do not usually rely on affirmative action”, highlights Lucio Vicente, director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Grupo Carrefour Brasil.
In the distribution of scholarships, both undergraduate and graduate students at the beginning of their cycle, as well as students with an ongoing cycle, may be contemplated. The registration of courses by educational institutions must be carried out exclusively by electronic means, by filling out a form on the website “www.cebraspe.org.br”. Along with the form, the universities must send all the documents necessary to prove the requirements indicated in the public notice.
“Our objective is to support initiatives to combat racism and discrimination, expanding the opportunity for black people to have the chance to attend and complete higher education, improve skills, and enter the job market”, reinforces the executive.
The focus is on courses that have low representation of black students, such as: biological sciences, medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, communication, computer science, economics, administration and architecture and urbanism. This initial list does not exclude other courses.
Affirmative actions and commitment to combat structural racism
Grupo Carrefour Brasil, in 2021, launched the first cycle of public notices that included around 38 organizations from across the country that fight to combat racism in society and the promotion and inclusion of black men and women in the labor market. In addition, the retailer, with the support of CUFA, selected 18 young people from different favelas in São Paulo, who are already interns at the company with up to 80% of their undergraduate or technology courses paid for by the company.
It also invested in a career acceleration program aimed at black professionals: Talents of the Future 2021 – Black Leadership. Also on the training front, the Transforma Tec program was launched, in partnership with the educational startup DIO.me (Digital Innovation One), which made available 300 vacancies for scholarships focused on Fullstack Java, React and Cloud Development for people black women from all over the country, aged between 18 and 30 years.
Regarding the acceleration work of black entrepreneurs, new suppliers were included for the retailer, “Today, some of our stores in São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul, in addition to our e-commerce, already have the sale of products of more than 12 black entrepreneurs”, concludes Vicente.
On the night of November 19, 2020, João Alberto Silveira Freitas was killed on the premises of our store in Passo D'Areia, in Porto Alegre/RS, in an act that does not represent and is not consistent with Carrefour's values.
On this website, we reinforce the actions we are taking in view of this fact and the commitments made to society and to our body of more than 100,000 employees throughout Brazil. With the objective of continuing to evolve as a company and contributing to the fight against structural racism in Brazil.