By the nature of the business and operations in several countries, Odebrecht’s suppliers chain is diverse and consists of equipment manufacturers, producers of inputs and raw materials, service providers, consultants and others with expertise in the different value chains.
The management of suppliers is decentralized, each Business being responsible for cost analysis, quality of products and services acquired, adherence to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) requirements and compliance with specific laws and regulations for the category of products and services.
Suppliers have access to the Ethics Line channel, which receives reports on issues related to the conduct of Members and partners, in order to establish a relationship of trust and transparency between the parties.
Two basic documents highlight Odebrecht S.A.’s commitment to human rights. The Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology (TEO) considers human beings as the origin and the end of all actions in society and a pillar of Odebrecht’s existence. In turn, the Policy on Compliance with Ethical, Fair and Transparent Performance states that Odebrecht does not tolerate, condone, or conduct business involving the use of forced and/or child labor, sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, or human trafficking.
All supply agreements include specific clauses that ensure good compliance practices and address aspects of human and labor rights. There are evaluation, approval and monitoring mechanisms in relation to decent work, occupational health, freedom of association, and the environment. Activities for awareness raising and training are developed with Members and subcontractors in order to prevent human rights violations.
In support of freedom of association, 100% of Members with an employment contract managed by Odebrecht companies in Brazil – with the exception of Apprentices, Interns and Statutory Directors – were covered by collective bargaining agreements in 2016. In other countries, on a case-by-case basis, local labor laws are followed.
Repeated awareness and training actions are developed with Members and subcontractors to prevent any such violations from occurring. A permanently assessed risk involves the impacts of migratory influx that occur in the execution of major infrastructure works, in particular cases of exploitation of children and adolescents. In 2016, none of the operations reported any violation of these rights.