Responsible for social engagement in Brazil


According to the International Monetary Fund, Brazil has displayed rapid development in recent years, with economic growth of up to 7.5%. Sustainable growth requires an intact educational system that produces well-educated employees. In turn, a functioning economy has a favorable impact on social development. Enterprises in Brazil help shape this by becoming actively involved in communities — as MAN Latin America has done.

Opportunities for people with disabilities

According to figures published by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, in Brazil people with disabilities have less access to education. For this reason MAN Latin America has launched the New Horizons program in cooperation with universities in Resende, Barra Mansa, and Volta Redonda. This initiative makes scholarships available to students with disabilities. Twenty-two young people benefited from such scholarships in 2012. Through this program, MAN is seeking to find new talents for its own company and at the same time improve the situation of people with impairments. It also offers opportunities for cultural education. MAN has been supporting Ambassadors of Joy, Brazil’s first samba school for people with disabilities, since 2009. The highlight of 2012 was its participation in the opening parade of the carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Engagement in the fight against cancer

According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, every year around 10,000 children and young people aged between five and 19 are diagnosed with cancer. The disease is the second most common cause of death in this age group. Support for these children and young people is provided by the “Grupo de Apoio ao Adolescente e à Criança com Câncer” (GRAACC), a non-profit organization founded in 1991. It supports holistic treatment and research into the disease and provides access to modern medical treatment for children and young people in São Paulo, thereby maximizing their prospects of recovery. GRAACC raises the quality of life of sick children and their families through a holistic approach to medical and educational care, for example by helping schoolchildren to catch up on material they have missed due to illness. An early diagnosis of cancer is crucial to the prospects of recovery. The GRAACC’s Run and Walk sporting event sets out to publicize this fact. The nonprofit group organizes this run in São Paulo every year to raise funds for financing preventive screenings. MAN Latin America has been sponsoring the event since 2010. Our employees not only play an active role in the preparations, but also take part in the run themselves to support a good cause.

Antonio Roberto Cortes, President of MAN Latin America  (second from right) with a successful student from the New Horizons program (photo)
Antonio Roberto Cortes, President of MAN Latin America (second from right) with a successful student from the New Horizons program.
Members of the Ambassadors of Joy at the opening parade of the 2012 carnival in Rio de Janeiro (photo)
Members of the Ambassadors of Joy at the opening parade of the 2012 carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
Employees of MAN Latin America at the GRAACC’s Run and Walk in São Paulo (photo)
Employees of MAN Latin America at the GRAACC’s Run and Walk in São Paulo.