Petrobras conducts its business in according with principles of the United Nation’s Global Compact, an initiative through which businesses commit voluntarily, to comply with and report their performance with regard to ten principles related to Labor, Human Rights, the Environment, and Transparency.
The company has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2003, and joining the initiative was a milestone for its undertaking of actions for sustainable development. Social responsibility has become one of the three pillars of Petrobras’ corporate strategy, in 2004. In 2007, it has become a corporate function at the company and, that same year, the social responsibility policy was launched based on the principles of the Compact, enhancing Petrobras’ commitment to the principles.
By subscribing to the UN initiative, Petrobras has committed to issue a statement in support of the Global Compact, to promote it among employees, shareholders, customers, and suppliers, to integrate the ten principles into its corporate development program, to incorporate these principles into the company mission statement, and to include the commitment in its annual report.
Petrobras is part of the working group of the tenth principle. The topic discussed deals with important subsidies for the work the company does among its suppliers. During 2009, the Executive Board approved 80 requirements for excellence in Social Responsibility, prepared pursuant to the UN Global Compact’s ten principles and based on other indicators of international significance, such as the Global Reporting Initiative and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index questionnaire.
and support internationally proclaimed human rights in its area of influence.
the company is not complicit with human rights abuses.
the freedom of association and recognizes the right to collective bargaining.
all forms of forced or compulsory labor.
all forms of child labor from the productive chain.
in respect of employment and occupation.
a precautionary responsible, and proactive approach to environmental challenges.
and practices to promote and disseminate environmental responsibility.
and dissemination of environmentally friendly technologies.
corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Petrobras has been a member of the Brazilian Committee of the UN Global Compact since its beginning. The company participates in meetings to state the importance of this initiative and provides logistical support for meetings and events which enhance the application of the UN Global Compact’s principles in Brazil.
Petrobras has been represented by CEO José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo on the UN Global Compact’s International Board since 2006. The invitation resulted from the acknowledgment of the company’s performance in social and environmental responsibility.
Petrobras is the only Latin American and oil and gas sector company on the Board.