The Ouro Branco plant, a Gerdau steel producer located in Brazilian state Minas Gerais, reached the milestone of a thousand volunteer employees. This historic record is a result of the Gerdau Volunteer Program, a structured volunteer project run by the Company which seeks to raise awareness, train and recognise volunteer work carried out by its employees. In 2012 alone, the Ouro Branco plant implemented 30 social projects in Minas Gerais, benefiting more than 280,000 people in 86 schools and institutions in the region.In the world, R$ 52.7 million was invested in over 900 social projects, in 2012, across 13 countries in which Gerdau operates. All such projects are directed by the Gerdau Institute, responsible for the social responsibility policies and guidelines of the Company, and initiatives focus on education, management quality and community mobilization.About GerdauGerdau is the leader in the segment of long steel in the Americas and one of the main suppliers of special long steel in the world. With over 45,000 employees, it has industrial operations in 14 countries — in the Americas, Europe, and Asia — which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and in the world, and transforms each year millions of tons of scrap steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York, and Madrid and has over 130,000 shareholders.