Businesses and Sustainable Development

Angolan mid wives taking part in the Safe Childbirth program, which aims to eliminate vertical transmision of HIV/AIDS from mother to child

Odebrecht Group subsidiaries seek to create a balance between the need
to satisfy their clients, shareholders and members, and the need to protect
the environment and ensure productive social inclusion.

Each Group subsidiary is committed to sustainability, by keeping on the path of Survival, Growth and Perpetuity. To do so, they focus on:

• providing services and manufacturing products that are reliable for their clients
  and of use to their communities;
• ensuring the conditions and means for protecting the health and safety of their
  workers and the communities in the vicinity of their operations;
• working responsibly to rationally use non-renewable resources, green technologies,
  and recycled materials;
• obtaining results that adequately compensate the investments of their shareholders
  and the work of their teams;
• fostering a culture of sustainability among theirmembers and sub-contractors.

In addition to this commitment to sustainability, Odebrecht Group subsidiaries partner
with governments, social organizations, and private citizens to promote:

• the preservation of the environmental heritage, biodiversity, and ecosystems of
  the regions in which they work;
• the development of the communities in each region through educational, cultural
  and health programs;
• contacts and participation in networks of knowledge and commerce.


the Copesul Environmental Protection Park, at the Southern Petrochemical Complex
in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Respecting the environment and adopting clean technologies are ironclad commitments
for Odebrecht Members in all their entrepreneurial activities. In the petrochemical industry,
the focus is on reducing the production of liquid and solid waste and ensuring the sustainable
use of non-renewable resources, such as water and power. The implementation of an
Environmental Management Plan is an integral part of all projects carried out by Odebrecht.
These plans indicate the precautions necessary to eliminate or mitigate negative impacts,
protect biodiversity and guide the handling of social issues in their local communities.

Environmental Management Plans include:
• A Solid Waste Management and Wastewater Treatment Program.
• A Program to Restore Degraded Areas and Control Erosion.
• A Program to Protect Wildlife and Plant Habitat.
• Social Outreach Programs based on Social-Environmental Guidelines
  on Resettlement, Indigenous Populations and Cultural Heritage.
• An Environmental Monitoring Program.


Students from the la Merced school in the town of Baños de Água Santa, Tungurahua Province,
Ecuador, refurbished by Odebrecht during construction of the San Francisco

The Odebrecht Group fulfills its corporate social responsibility by ensuring its clients’
complete satisfaction through high quality and productivity in the products and services
it offers; participating in projects the community requires; generating resources for the State by paying taxes; providing opportunities for work and personal development; reinvesting a substantial portion of the results achieved, and distributing part of those results to its members and shareholders. Furthermore, in a voluntary fashion, the Group invests its own resources in social and cultural initiatives that boost education, health and the production of work and income opportunities.


Presidente Tancredo Neves Rural Family House students take a practical class:
Odebrecht Foundation at work in Southern Bahia Lowlands

Created in 1965, the Odebrecht Foundation’s mission is to help prepare people
for life by means of education through work on the basis of core values, working
mainly with adolescents and young adults.

Its operations are currently focused on the Program for the Integrated and Sustainable
Regional Development of the Southern Bahia Lowlands (DIS Southern Lowlands), which
aims to transform the lives of rural communities by boosting the simultaneous and
interlinked development of their Environmental, Productive, Human and Social Capital.

The program’s main challenge is to build a model of Sustainable Management for Environmental Protection Areas that is based on a governance system which can be replicated. As a result, the Odebrecht Foundation and its partners will help preserve the environment while contributing to the development of a new rural middle class that is well educated, healthy, and equipped to live productively.