From left, Daélcio de Freitas, Helton de Barros, Edilaine Baldini, Cesar Pors and Bruna Paulino
Odebrecht values diversity and respects the differences among its Members and stakeholders in all its Businesses, encouraging that stance both inside and outside the workplace. This matter is part of its culture, which emphasizes the importance of transforming differences into positive points and using skills, experiences, perspectives and points of view to improve business relations and practices.
In 2015, people from over 80 nationalities formed part of the Odebrecht Group – young and mature professionals working together (33.1% are under 30 and 11.6% are over 50).
For the sixth consecutive year, Odebrecht was recognized as being a Dream Company for Young People, coming in sixth in the ranking produced by the Cia de Talentos consulting firm based on 63,998 interviews conducted in Brazil, in which nearly 30,000 companies were mentioned.
In 2015, Odebrecht conducted a survey of its Members to gather opinions and support for the construction of a Gender Equality Policy. Conducted in three languages (Portuguese, Spanish and English), the survey canvassed 8,888 people from 17 countries. Summarizing their answers, one of the main outcomes was that 91% of the participants consider it important to have a Gender Equality Policy that guarantees equal work opportunities for men and women and ensures that both genders are treated according to their similarities and differences, valuing diversity as one of the Odebrecht Group’s greatest assets. The results of that survey formed the basis for a draft Gender Equity Policy that will be implemented in all the Group’s Businesses.
The Policy on Compliance in Acting Ethically with Integrity and Transparency establishes that no form of prejudice or discrimination against people will be permitted and states that diversity in the workplace contributes toward valuing and respecting different gender identities and sexual orientations, religions, races, cultures, nationalities, social classes, ages, physical characteristics.
|Citizenship||Number in 2015|
- Knowledge Communities
Members of all Odebrecht Businesses who share common interests get together in 16 Communities that carry out initiatives such as face-to-face and online Meetings, the Good Practice Bank, Lessons Learned, Technical Training and Internal Consultancy.
COMMUNITIES IN 2015
96 online lectures
5,450 participations by Members from all businesses in 19 coutries
Created in 1992, the Destaque (Highlight) Award encourages Members to convert their solutions and innovations into case studies and compete for prizes in seven categories: Image, Innovation, Young Members, Environment, Community Relations, Knowledge Reuse and Workplace Health and Safety.
DESTAQUE AWARD 2015
2.340 Members from all Odebrecht Group Businesses in 14 countries:
Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, United Arab Emirates, United States, Venezuela
Odebrecht Members have the right to social benefits that go beyond the legal requirements of most of the countries where the Group is active. Life insurance, health plans, a retirement fund and food aid are the most frequently offered benefits. They are provided to full-time permanent (not temporary) Members. G4-LA2Click for more information on this aspect in the GRI Content Index
All Members are encouraged to plan for their retirement and post-career transition period. To this end, the Odebrecht Retirement Fund, a support company of the Odebrecht Group, manages the Odeprev Plan, a set contribution pension plan that has established itself as an important instrument for the accumulation of equity aligned with the objectives and needs of each individual Member.
Each Odeprev Plan participant is encouraged to be an agent of his or her own future, since the value of the benefits to be received derive basically from his or her monthly contribution (ranging from 1% to 12% of their salary) over the years. In this plan, the participant also receives a contribution from the company in which he or she works through Matching Contributions that, added to the plan’s profitability, substantially impact the formation of the account balance.
Thinking not only to attract more participants to the plan but also to make them aware of the importance of building a prosperous and sustainable financial life, the Odebrecht Retirement Fund offers financial education services, such as the Bem pro Bolso (“Good for the Pocketbook”) website, available at www.bemprobolso.com.br, and the Future Income Simulator, an instrument that allows the participant to simulate the results of their efforts and adjust their path towards the transition period. In addition, Odeprev conducts lectures and sends newsletters to specific audiences - women, parents, children, youth, people over 50 years of age and those who use the Conscious Loan program.
The Odebrecht Retirement Fund is a not-for-profit entity, therefore, the net profitability of the investments is reverted to the participants of the Plan itself. When they sign up, each participant automatically receives the contributions of the sponsor company, incident on their contributions, and in Brazil, they can deduct them from their taxable base income for income tax purposes. G4-EC3Click for more information on this aspect in the GRI Content Index
|Deferred Proportional Benefit (BPD)||2,623|
Odebrecht Oil & Gas Members wearing protective equipment while repairing an offshore structure
Odebrecht’s Sustainability Policy sets out the commitment of each Odebrecht Group company to ensure the quality of the working environment and people’s health and safety.
Specific indicators are followed up on monthly at each company and consolidated within the Holding Company as part of the Consolidated Health, Workplace Safety and Environment Program. This program follows the model of the international standards OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems—Requirements) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems). Commitments to performance goals and improving workplace health and safety are an integral part of the Leaders’ Action Plans in all Group companies.
In the last two years, a 15.8% reduction has been reported in the consolidated
lost-time accident frequency rate, which fell from 1.73 per million man/hours worked in 2013 to 1.46 in 2014, maintaining the same level in 2015. The data covers all Odebrecht Group companies, including Members, Sub-Contractors and Service Providers, totalling 286,000 people in 2015. That year, 20 fatalities were reported, including 17 from Engineering & Construction (6 in Brazil and 11 in other countries) and 3 at Odebrecht TransPort (two on highways and one on urban mobility operations).
Eliminating serious accidents is a priority for the Action Program of each Leader in every Odebrecht Business.
The following charts show changes in the lost-time accident rate in all Odebrecht companies.
PEOPLE ATTENDED BY HEALTH, WORKPLACE SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMS (in thousands) (*)
(*) Includes Members, Sub-Contractors and Service Providers
LOST-TIME ACCIDENT FREQUENCY RATES (per million MHW)
MHW = Man/Hours worked
by the consolidated
The health and safety of Clients and users of its services is also a priority for the Group. This can be seen in the programs developed by Odebrecht’s transport and water & sewer concessionaires. Examples of initiatives in the Odebrecht Environmental, Odebrecht Latinvest and Odebrecht TransPort Businesses are also presented at www.odebrecht.com/RA2015 .
The following tables show road safety indicators at Odebrecht Latinvest and Odebrecht TransPort.
ROAD SAFETY INDICATORS – Odebrecht Latinvest
|Targets 2016 (*)||-||5% Reduction|
(*) Beginning in 2016, targets will prioritize the reduction of the IMo indicator, in line with the United Nations Global Road Safety Improvement Program.
ROAD SAFETY INDICATORS – Odebrecht TransPort
IA = (Total number of accidents in period X 1,000,000) / (Average daily number of vehicles X Total length of road under concession X Number of days in the reference month)
IMo = (Number of fatal accidents in the period X 100,000,000) / Average daily number of vehicles X Total length of road under concession X No. of days in the reference month)