Gerdau intensified its training activities on the theme of social responsibility in 2012. Specific courses totaling 3,500 hours of training were given to 870 employees in units located in six countries, improving their concepts that involve socially responsible management and its application in the Company's business. Since 2010 the workshop has already involved more than 2,400 employees in 11 countries. Directed by the Gerdau Institute, the training is aligned to the strategy of adopting the best practices of sustainability appropriate for the business and building a culture of social responsibility in the Company. 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 140,000 shareholders.