A history of reinvention
Over the course of four decades, the Odebrecht Foundation has changed
the focus of its work in response to Brazil's changing realities
The most distinctive trait of the Foundation's “personality” is not the weight of its good works but the ease with which it has changed course during its 40-year history to continue carrying out its mission in a fast-moving world. The Foundation initially concentrated its energy on assisting Odebrecht members whenever necessary. After that, it redirected its efforts to investing in the discussion and production of ideas, marshalling the best minds in the country to engage in this new focus. Originally called the Emílio Odebrecht Foundation (it changed its name to the Odebrecht Foundation in the 90s), it has invented and reinvented itself over the course of four decades. And it has never lacked the courage and strength to change course, forming partnerships and dissolving them when its partners are strong enough to go their own way. This is the secret of the Foundation's “eternal youth,” which gives it the healthy restlessness and desire for renewal that delight and energize its members.
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