Safety is an important commitment for us and always comes first. One of our main goals is to achieve a zero accident rate. A safe and healthy place of work for all those involved in our operation is essential, and therefore a top priority for us.
Votorantim Cimentos has established a policy to conduct its business in a way that safeguards our employees' safety and health, while also taking care of other stakeholders involved in our operations.
At Votorantim Cimentos, we are committed to customer success, empowered employees, sustainability and operational excellence. We also know that our success in these areas will only be achieved if we act ethically with integrity and transparency. That's why our Values and Beliefs and Code of Conduct reinforce our companywide commitment to Compliance. We expect employees at all levels, from operational roles to our board of directors, and shareholders to follow the Code of Conduct guidelines and to comply with all laws, regulations and policies in the regions and countries where we operate. We are constantly searching for best practices, encouraging the fight against corruption and emphasizing the damages caused by corruption in political, economic and social domains.
At Votorantim Cimentos, we have zero tolerance towards corruption, bribery and facilitation payments. We prohibit the offer or receipt of any kind of advantages meant to secure an unfair business or personal gain, especially with regard to public officials or government authorities. This includes receiving and offering gifts, providing entertainment and hospitality, extending corporate invitations or any other act that is in conflict with local laws and regulations or is contrary to our own policies. Effective in 2017, Votorantim Cimentos has had in place a Donations and Sponsorship policy that restricts and governs political donations. In all instances, employees of Votorantim are expected to respect and abide by the guidelines outlined in our Code of Conduct.
Since 2013 we have maintained a Compliance Program with communication and training campaigns aimed at all employees at all levels within the Company. We monitor the effectiveness of the program regularly, and take the necessary measures in the event of infractions, intentional or unintentional. We also encourage the reporting of any suspected wrongdoing through our Ethics Line and we do not tolerate any form of retaliation against those who raise these concerns. Our Ethics Line - public and open to all, inside and outside of the organization — provides a way to report misconduct (real or perceived) in a confidential and anonymous manner. All reports are investigated and addressed in accordance with internal policies and current laws and regulations.
Our programs and policies are constantly evolving as we consolidate best practices and adapt to changes in our society, while preserving our enduring legacy of integrity, ethics and transparency.
Efficiency and Innovation
We believe that cement production must use clean technologies that constantly improve natural resource allocation and reduce emissions and waste.
We invest in R&D to develop new technologies and improve existing technologies to promote eco-efficiency in our processes and products. Moreover, we are committed to protecting water sources and biodiversity in the vicinity of our plant.
Our goals are in line with the
Global Environmental Policy and Green Rules and our commitments fall under the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
We consider ourselves part of the communities where we do business. Therefore, we are constantly working to improve our dialogue with stakeholders and promote quality of life, which in turn creates a more positive and transparent environment for business.
We carry out many activities that focus on developing social, cultural and relational facets with our collaborators and our affiliations with institutions and local authorities.