At Ardmac, we believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment where all of our people can thrive. As part of our ongoing commitment to celebrate and deepen our knowledge of the cultures that make up our teams, we are hosting a Culture Focus Month on Brazil.
With a number of very talented colleagues from Brazil, it was an opportune time to learn more about their rich heritage, traditions, and experiences. One of the highlights of the month was a series of interactive sessions where our Brazilian staff members had the chance to showcase different aspects of their culture. Our teams had the opportunity to sample some Brazilian cuisine, music & dance and to engage in enlightening discussions on local customs and traditions.
“No matter where our people hail from, whether they are male or female, gay or straight, christian or muslim; everyone in Ardmac has an equal voice; difference is not only respected, but valued and celebrated – ensuring that this remains a constant reality is our ultimate goal”.
Ardmac’s Director of HR Wesley Duffy spoke to us about the goal of focusing on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace. He explains that ‘no matter where our people hail from, whether they are male or female, gay or straight, Christian or Muslim; everyone in Ardmac has an equal voice; difference is not only respected, but valued and celebrated – ensuring that this remains a constant reality is our ultimate goal”.
The Culture Focus Month at Ardmac allowed us to recognise and appreciate the valuable contributions of our Brazilian staff members. It highlights the importance of an inclusive workplace where everyone feels seen, valued, and empowered to share their unique perspectives.
By acknowledging and celebrating our diverse cultures, we strengthen the bonds within our organization and create a sense of belonging for all.
Across both our sites and offices, staff came together to share some favourite dishes from their own cultures, we had homemade Sicilian Involtini di Pasta e Melanzane, Brazilian hot dogs and desserts, Irish Tayto sandwiches and stew, South African Biltong and Beorewors, Indian Biriyani, Sadhya and Ellunda. We also had Tinginy’s biscuit cake, Dublin Coddle and a Magic Bowl from Mauritius.
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According to Juan, who is originally from Mogi das Cruzes city in São Paulo, living in Brazil can be summed up in three words: heat, food, and diversity. He fondly remembers his first beach trip as a child and how road trips were a source of joy. When away from home, he misses his family and friends, especially the warmth of his parents, nephew, and niece. Describing Brazilian culture as diverse, Juan emphasizes the importance of food in social gatherings and the love for “all you can eat” options. He highlights the Brazilian preference for rice and beans, considering anything else as mere snacks.
For Marcella, living in Brazil can be described as big, diverse, and colourful. Her favourite childhood memory involves visiting her grandfather’s farm and participating in the construction process, sparking her interest in the field. When away from home, she misses the willingness of people to help others, even strangers. Marcella describes Brazilian culture as a passionate mix of various influences, where people embrace their own culture while being receptive to others. While traditional clothing varies across regions, Marcella notes that Brazilians are known for their love of comfortable, colourful attire.
Vanessa, from Macaé, Rio de Janeiro, describes living in Brazil as sunshine, happiness, and good food. Her favourite childhood memories revolve around spending weekends on an island with her parents, enjoying activities like fishing, hiking, and barbecuing together. When away, she misses her family, friends, and the delicious Brazilian cuisine. Vanessa acknowledges the vastness and diversity of Brazilian culture due to the country’s size and multitude of ethnic variations. She highlights the vibrant blend of indigenous, African, and European influences, along with the energetic music, dance, and art scenes.
Thays from Tucurui, State of Pará, shares that living in Brazil can be described as ‘green, healthy, and happy.’ Her favourite childhood memory involves playing on the streets with balls and pieces of wood. When away from home, she misses the food and her family. Thays also emphasizes the diverse origins of Brazilian culture, whilst highlighting the significant impact of immigration from countries like Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, and others, shaping regional cultures. Thays mentions the Parintins Folklore Festival and traditional clothing associated with the event, as well as unique culinary experiences from her region of Pará.
In Brazil, there are various significant events and holidays. The most famous is Carnival, celebrated with elaborate parades, dances, and street parties, especially in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Festa Junina, a festival in late June, features bonfires, quadrilha dances, and corn-based treats. Christmas is celebrated as a time for family gatherings and indulging in a wide range of traditional foods. Coxinha, Bolo de Fubá, Guentão, and Bolo de Milho are some of the popular dishes enjoyed during these festive occasions.
“Brazilian culture is a mix of many other cultures, it can be very intense sometimes but mostly enjoyable.”
Brazilian culture is a vibrant tapestry of traditions, ethnicities, and flavours. As Marcella aptly puts it, “Brazilian culture is a mix of many other cultures, it can be very intense sometimes but always enjoyable.” The Brazilian staff at Ardmac embody this diversity and passion, cherishing their childhood memories, the warmth of their communities, and the rich heritage that shapes their lives. So, whether it’s the sunny beaches, lively festivals, or mouthwatering cuisine, Brazil offers a truly unique experience worth exploring.