In the Dominican Republic, Odebrecht’s social programs benefit communities living near the Duarte Corridor, which runs through the capital, Santo Domingo

Local development and
creation of work and income

Creating value and benefits for Clients, communities, Members, suppliers and Shareholders in a balanced way, while ensuring productive social inclusion and the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the regions and countries in which it is present is a commitment for each Odebrecht Business as established in the Group’s Sustainability Policy.

Odebrecht’s trademark is the implementation of socio-environmental programs in the regions where it operates. In addition to programs arising from legal or contractual requirements, all Businesses, guided by the Sustainability Policy, make voluntary socio-environmental investments in the communities near their operations, industrial units or in the regions where they operate public services.

Odebrecht’s Private Social Investment (ISP) program follows the principle of valuing human beings and prioritizes the creation of work and income opportunities in the communities. Work is considered a means of promoting personal and professional development and productive social inclusion. The ISP is carried out within the scope of the Large Firm (corporate) and Small Firm (such as a construction project, an industrial unit, or a service concessionaire).

There are two types of PSI in the Odebrecht Group: the Structured Social Program (PSE) and Relationship Programs. The PSE is an integrated set of activities, conducted directly by the Small Firm or a sub-contracted institution, per an action plan based on impact studies or socio-environmental diagnoses.

Relationship Programs are carried out directly by the Small Firms and aim to improve communication and coexistence with specific audiences, usually in the communities near the projects. The Holding Company carries out the Sustainability Policy, guiding the social and environmental actions of each Business, where the management structure is determined and the operation of private social investments is coordinated.

Voluntary social and environmental investments take place within the sphere of influence of industrial units, works or concessionaires, as well as at the Odebrecht Foundation, which runs the Program for Development and Growth Integrated with Sustainability (PDCIS) in the Southern Bahia Lowlands region.

In the last decade, the Odebrecht Group has carried out hundreds of voluntary programs that benefited approximately 6.7 million people, with accumulated investments of BRL 838.3 million. In 2015, BRL 100 million were allocated directly by the Businesses and the Odebrecht Foundation, in addition to BRL 81.6 million from partner organizations. Investments focused on educational initiatives (68.1% of the total, 54.8% on professional education) and the creation of work and income opportunities (9.8%).

The following table summarizes these investments and results in 2015. During the year, the Odebrecht Group reported 487 initiatives and the Odebrecht Foundation supported ten institutions responsible for many other projects under the PDCIS.

BRL 100 million
invested voluntarily in 2015

BRL 838.8 million
invested over 10 years

Sustainability Policy
guiding socio-environmental programs

Prioritizing programs focused on
local development and environmental responsibility

Small firms directly implement
relationship programs

VOLUNTARY SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTMENTS IN 2015 G4-EC1Click for more information on this aspect in the GRI Content Index

Business involved Number of Initiatives Odebrecht Investment (in BRL thousands) Direct beneficiaries Communities involved Partner organizations
          Number Investment* (BRL thousands)
Odebrecht Group 487 59,046 725,181 2,008 593 20,385
Odebrecht Sustainable Development Prize** - 1,000 - - - -
Odebrecht Foundation*** 10 40,000 30,000 350 50 61,000
Total 497 100,046 755,181 2,358 643 81,385

(*) Includes Odebrecht Engineering & Construction International and Odebrecht Latinvest.
Note: The data for Voluntary Social Investment in each country of action is available on the website for this report.
(**) Amount referring to investments made exclusively in Brazil, although the initiative is carried out in 11 countries.
(***) In the case of the Odebrecht Foundation, the number of initiatives refers to entities associated with the PDCIS. Each of the ten entities carries out a number of projects.

Areas for Voluntary Socio-Environmental Investments


As a hallmark of its responsible operations, Odebrecht carries out a range of socio-environmental programs in the regions where its Businesses are present.

(BRL millions) (Businesses and Odebrecht Foundation)

Voluntary socio-environmental investments totalled BRL 100 million in 2015 and BRl 838 million in a decade


In the past decade, Odebrecht’s voluntary programs have benefited nearly 6.7 million people in the regions where it is active

Young Acreditar Program participants at Odebrecht Agroindustrial

Acreditar Program

A voluntary social initiative, the Acreditar (Believe) Ongoing Professional Qualification Program aims to qualify people in the communities near the Group’s projects and units for job opportunities. Developed in two modules - basic and technical - the program is aimed at literate men and women over 18. The opportunity to learn a profession and get a job opens up fresh prospects for professional and personal development.

Created in 2008, the Acreditar Program has led to the hiring of more than 57,000 people over the last eight years. It has been implemented in 13 Brazilian states and 12 other countries in Latin America and Africa through investments of more than BRL 122 million.

Following the success of this initiative, Odebrecht launched a version of the program aimed at young people aged 14 to 17. The Acreditar Junior Program offers professional education to students attending at least elementary school. They have a chance to be hired under the Young-Apprentice Act. Introduced in four Brazilian states, in eight years Acreditar Junior has graduated 2,080 adolescents through an investment of BRL 16.7 million.

Each Business carries out other educational programs independently. Some of those initiatives are highlighted on the website

“Renewal means overcoming, always seeking better results. It is not letting things lie. It is leaving your comfort zone, where you don’t develop. Outside it, you do. Outside it, you are open to new challenges, take on difficult situations and then you get to know yourself. We must always leave our comfort zone because nothing happens there”

Rafaela Lange,
Odebrecht Environmental Member


200,689 enrolled
94,119 qualified in basic module
27,188 qualified in technical module
57,447 hired

(*) Numbers from the beginning of the program in 2008, until January 2016.


5,082 enrolled
3,406 hired
2,080 graduated

(**) Numbers from the beginning of the program in 2008 until January 2016. The companies comply with the Young Apprentice law and are committed to providing technical and professional education to adolescents between 14 and 24 years of age. However, the number of graduates is lower than that of those hired due to the dropout rate common to educational programs.

Odebrecht Foundation

The Odebrecht Foundation’s priority is to create opportunities for people to transform their reality in a positive way. Its mission is to educate people for life through work on the basis values and overcoming limits. A private, not-for-profit institution set up by the Odebrecht Group, it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

The Foundation focuses on the development of youth and their families to create solutions together with local communities, based on their potential and needs. The essence of its activities is based on the principles, concepts and criteria of the Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology (TEO), with a focus on education and work. Currently, it coordinates three initiatives: the Tribute to the Future - New Generations Program, a Publishing Program and the Program for Development and Growth Integrated with Sustainability (PDCIS). It is through the Tribute to the Future - New Generations Program that members of the Odebrecht Group, other citizens and partner companies help change the lives of children and adolescents by financing socio-educational projects. This initiative makes it possible to contribute resources to the Municipal Funds of the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent.

The Publishing Program focuses on the management of more than 60 titles. It arose in 1983, when Norberto Odebrecht ceded the copyright of his theoretical legacy to the Foundation, which is currently active in the dissemination and valorization of TEO.

The PDCIS Program involves civil society, the public sector and private enterprise and focuses on building opportunities for the present and future generations. Currently, the PDCIS’s activities are concentrated in the region of the Mosaic of Environmental Protection Areas in the Southern Bahia Lowlands, where approximately 285,000 people live. Priority is given to young people and their families, who represent the productive and driving force of local development. As a strategy, the Program simultaneously fosters four fronts:

  • Contextualized Education: youth education;
  • Generation of Work and Income: incentives for cooperativism;
  • Citizenship: building a more just society that respects human rights;
  • Respect for the Environment: conservation of natural resources.

The Odebrecht Foundation has garnered recognition for its work over the last five decades. In 2015, UNESCO recognized three Family House schools supported as part of the Associated Schools Program in Brazil.

In 2015, Odebrecht Companies’ voluntary social-environmental investment in the Foundation totaled approximately BRL 40 million.








Cultural programs

One aspect of the Sustainability Policy is to support the preservation of the cultural heritage of the communities and countries where Odebrecht operates. For 55 years, investments have been made in projects that retrieve artistic values and encourage historical preservation, inside or outside of academia.

Odebrecht Historical Research – Clarival do Prado Valladares

The Odebrecht Historical Research - Clarival do Prado Valladares Prize is conferred annually on a research project that contributes to a better understanding of Brazil’s economic, sociopolitical or artistic development. Created in 2003, it encourages and enriches historiographic production in and about Brazil.

Odebrecht provides the winner with the conditions to carry out their project, including payment of royalties and all the expenses necessary to carry out and publish the research. The knowledge produced is consolidated in an art book.

Over the course of 15 years, the Prize has received about 2,000 entries from researchers from 23 states from all parts of Brazil, as well as other countries. In 2015, among 201 competing projects, the winner, announced in June, was “The Royal Colleges of the Society of Jesus in Brazil,” by Anna Maria Fausto Monteiro de Carvalho, from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) of Rio de Janeiro.

The book Um sertão entre Tantos Outros (A Hinterland among Others) by Nathália Diniz, PhD in Architecture from the University of São Paulo (USP), the winner in 2013, was also launched in 2015.

Cowboy in Acari, Rio Grande do Norte: an illustration from Um sertao entre tantos outros (A Hinterland among Others)

Frontiers of Thinking

The Frontiers of Thinking lecture series, sponsored by Braskem since its inception 10 years ago, and held in the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Salvador, promotes debates with scientists and intellectuals who stand out for the boldness of their thinking about the contemporary world. Committed to freedom of expression, diversity of ideas and high-quality education, the lectures encourage reflections from the most renowned thinkers in their fields of activity, proposing in-depth analysis of the prospects for the future.