Performing with social responsibility in all of our activities is a challenge we are proud to overcome everyday. Through the years, we have improved the way we interact with our stakeholders and have accumulated great experience in this matter.
Creating the Social Responsibility Policy, in 2007, was a decisive step Petrobras took, since this issue became a corporate function in our Strategic Plan.
Our goal now is to become an international benchmark in social responsibility in business management, contributing to sustainable development. And we are on the right track, since, for the seventh year in a row we were listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a reference among investors who seek socially responsible corporations; and our management practices are aligned to the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact, which we have been a signatory of since 2003.
We believe permanent dialogue is fundamentally important in order for us to attain our goals. We seek to reduce risks, avoid negative social impacts, and to generate positive results through our relationship with the communities that neighbor our operations. By knowing the reality that surrounds us, we can ensure social insertion and improve people's quality of life, always with respect for diversity.
The great importance the Company attributes to Social Responsibility translates into investments. And to democratize access to these resources, we created the Petrobras Development and Citizenship Program, which is slated to invest R$1.2 billion by 2012. Projects that contribute to reducing poverty and social inequality in Brazil are chosen via public selections.
These are initiatives that are capable of transforming seemingly tough conditions, such as the Residue Recycling Network, which carries out actions aimed at the social and productive insertion of recyclable material collectors. The project benefits directly nearly 7200 people and 143 collector institutions.
In addition to projects that encourage income generation and work opportunities, we pay special attention to education for professional qualification and to ensure the rights of children and adolescents. By doing so, we do our part as the biggest Brazilian company and contribute to our country's development.
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