Social and environmental inatiatives that are changing communities´ lives in Brazil and worldwide.
The epigraph in this issue of Odebrecht Informa, on the page opposite the table of contents, accurately reflects how the Organization’s teams think and act in Brazil and worldwide. For them, development and sustainability are inseparable concepts that are mutually inherent.
In the following pages, you will find several examples that demonstrate how Odebrecht members put that belief into action.
In Peru, along the route of the South InterOceanic Highway, a sustainable tourism program is carrying out several projects that are changing the lives of families and communities and helping the country get better results from its extraordinary potential. In Angola, initiatives in the Luanda metropolitan area and the province of Malange are helping improve the schooling and health of populations historically challenged by vulnerability. In Panama, a district of the capital marked by violence and an almost complete lack of infrastructure is becoming an integral part of the city, and many of its residents are experiencing the status of first-class citizens for the very first time. In Brazil, in the vicinity of the Embraport terminal in Santos, São Paulo, 34 projects are helping preserve the environmental characteristics of an area rich in biodiversity.
Some programs are more comprehensive, others, more specific, and all are examples of the contributions Odebrecht’s businesses are making to improve life on the planet, which is experiencing the reality of global warming. Odebrecht is also taking action in this regard at two hydroelectric plant construction projects: Palomino, in the Dominican Republic, and Santo Antônio, in Brazil, which are conducting greenhouse gas emission inventories that serve as a basis for efforts to reduce those emissions. The Rota dos Bandeirantes Concessionaire in São Paulo is carrying out an extensive environmental compensation program with the help of public school students. And Braskem is continuing its drive to consolidate its position as the global leader in sustainable chemicals.
And there’s much more in this issue of Odebrecht Informa, including several other Sustainable Development initiatives. They have many points in common, but without exception, there is one element that permeates and inspires them all: the Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology (TEO). It is the application of the principles and criteria of TEO that makes the work of Odebrecht’s teams around the world consistent, effective and more significant: helping people develop their capacity to change the world for the better by changing individual lives.