Sustainability is considered a foundation that orients Odebrecht's operations as part of its commitment to the development of those Communities located in the projects' areas of influence. The Group's social programs are designed to develop people and Communities as the agents of their own destinies and promoters of sustainable development.
The pillars of this social work include:
• Strengthening of citizenship and governance;
• Promotion of basic education and professional qualification for the job market;
• Promotion of productive initiatives that generate job and income opportunities;
• Improvement of the Communities’ quality of life and sustainable territorial development;
• Promotion of dialogue, cooperation and commitment designed to increase the value chain’s contribution toward sustainable development;
• Strengthening of social inclusion and the promotion of human and cultural diversity.
Odebrecht has already transformed the reality of several different Communities around the world, with programs such as the following:
• Hit the Net
• Social Energy for Local Sustainability
• School in Action
• Kukula Ku Moxi
• To Be + Entrepreneur
• Via School
• We Are
• Kwatchena Ku Munda
Qualifies men and women for the job market, contributing toward local development. Undertaken in Brazil in partnership with the country's Ministry of Social Development, it prioritizes those candidates who participate in the Brazilian Federal Government's Family Stipend program, and develops professionals in those areas sighted as important by Odebrecht, favoring the contracting of local labor. Created in 2008, Believe had trained more than 100,000 people in Brazil and abroad by December 2013. Half of them were contracted by the Group's different Businesses. The program was implemented in another nine countries in which Odebrecht is present.
Originally designed to teach computer skills to workers at the Odebrecht construction sites, the initiative also benefits children, youth and adults from the Communities located near the projects. The Group helps provide the necessary infrastructure for the population's digital insertion and promotion of the classes. The residents of the region that is part of the Dom Pedro Corridor, located in rural São Paulo, are among those involved. Through the Rota das Bandeiras Concessionaire – an Odebrecht TransPort asset –, there will be 150 rooms opened in 17 cities located along the highway by 2017, presenting the digital world to more than 32,000 people.
The program is focused on participative governance to promote the development of the Brazilian municipalities in which Odebrecht Agroindustrial is present. By encouraging the engagement of residents and involvement of the local government, it structures community boards that focus investments on four thematic areas: Culture, Education, Production Activities and Health, Safety and Environmental Preservation. It is currently present in nine cities. Caçu, Cachoeira Alta, Mineiros and Perolândia (GO); Alto Taquari (MT); Costa Rica and Nova Alvorada do Sul (MS); Mirante do Paranapanema and Teodoro Sampaio (SP). A total of 58 projects have been developed, directly benefitting more than 50,000 people and indirectly benefitting 160,000. In the area of Education, for example, it qualifies residents and inserts them into the job market. Most are hired by Odebrecht Agroindustrial itself. The actions focused on Culture aim to promote local identity, recover history and its traditions and generate leisure activities. With relation to the Production Activities, it introduces community gardens to strengthen family farming and organic production, involving small local producers, settlements and cooperatives. There are also projects that promote improvements in health services, with urgent and emergency care for patients in situations of risk, in addition to improvements in health conditions.
Integrates the school and Community in the municipality of Macaé, in Rio de Janeiro. The residents' participation allows for the inclusion of new activities within the educational space. The project began in 2007 when the municipal schools opened their doors on the weekends to offer classes in the areas of culture, sports, leisure and qualification of the youth. The joint work of community and business volunteers helps promote the social, digital and productive inclusion of children, adolescents and adults. Under the leadership of Odebrecht Oil & Gas , the project receives the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Brazil and the Macaé Municipality Department of Education.
Contributes toward the sustainable development of family farming in the area of influence of the Capanda Agroindustrial Center in Angola. The region faced nutritional deficiencies when Odebrecht arrived there to start the construction work. The program introduced the cultivation of several different products, including carrots, beets, lettuce and banana, among others. In 2013, the action was expanded by the Client, the Capanda Agricultural Center Development Society (SODEPAC) and currently serves 28 Communities. The original monthly family income of US$ 30 increased drastically to US$ 200. The project also helps improve food security.
Gathers together the Braskem's social projects focused on recycling, promoting the social and economic insertion and entrepreneurship of recyclable material collectors. It is present in Alagoas, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo, states in which the company maintains industrial operations.
Contributes toward social-productive inclusion in the areas located near the Odebrecht Engenharia Industrial plants in Argentina, generating work and income and promoting citizenship. The initiative has been developed since 2012 in partnership with the Puerto Madryn National Technological University, and trains local youth and fishermen in seafood handling and canning techniques. The classes also cover the basics of production entrepreneurship and product sales. Furthermore, the program supports residents from the city of Camarones, located in Patagonia, with the acquisition of the materials and equipment necessary for the seafood canning plant.
Created to contributed toward the development of basic education through the continuous training of educators. The focus is on training readers and authors of texts in the municipal public schools of Cabo de Santo Agostinho and Jaboatão dos Guararapes, both located in the Metropolitan Region of Recife, Pernambuco. The program is developed by the Rota das Bandeiras Concessionaire, an Odebrecht TransPort asset;
Seeks to improve psycho-social skills and promote healthy practices through games and sports in Peru. Assists more than 3,000 children from 11 public schools located in the areas of influences of the Odebrecht developments, such as the ones developed by the Trasvase Olmos Concessionaire, Olmos Irrigation Project, Lima Subway and New Lima Roads Project.
Contributes toward the sustainable development of the Community of M’páduè, located in the Province of Tete, in Mozambique, teaching agricultural women entrepreneurship concepts. In just 10 months, the actions allowed the first 27 women trained to increase their plantations by 40% and their harvests by 55%. The program was designed to leverage economic inclusion and create mechanisms for combating poverty among women by optimizing work activities. Before focused only on subsistence farming, agriculture has begun to generate income and quality of life through new planting and watering technologies.