It is the second time that the company sponsors the event and, this year, it will be the main supporter of the initiative, which aims to stimulate the debate on issues relevant to sustainable development in the Amazon and throughout the country. In the program, which takes place between 9 am and 6 pm, company representatives participate in panels on conservation and biodiversity in large projects; dialogue, strategies and trajectories of sustainable development; the role of companies in society in favor of a culture of integrity and mining challenges in the Amazon.
“We believe that the Ethos Conference in Belém is important to stimulate the debate on sustainability and social development in the region”, says Hydro's Director of Communication for Bauxite and Alumina, Alessandra Fonseca.
Formed by 20 panels, the Ethos 2018 Conference schedule reflects the challenges and achievements for the growth and development of Pará and the Amazon region. Discussing the viability of the forest economy, the formation and consolidation of sustainable production chains for the maturing of the sustainable development of the Amazon and the country is the focus of the program. Hydro's panelists are from the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Health, Safety and Environment and Compliance.
The Ethos Conference was also held in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, in June, and in São Paulo, São Paulo, in September this year. The idea is to bring to the public debate several initiatives for the formation and consolidation of sustainable production chains in order to ensure that residents of communities have a say in the use of land and the forest. In Belém, the main objective is to discuss the role of communities and their most recent achievements and, based on this discussion, to give visibility to the solutions and political and social mechanisms that already work for forest restoration, human rights and transparency. The complete program of the conference is at https://www.conferenciaethos.org.
Hydro supports initiatives such as the Ethos Conference based on its principles of governance, relationship with the communities neighboring its operations and transparency in the dialogue with authorities and organized civil society. The company operates in Pará in the municipalities of Barcarena, Paragominas and in the capital, Belém, generating about five thousand jobs in Alunorte, Albras and Mineração Paragominas. Worldwide, the company has 35,000 employees.
The company has businesses throughout the aluminum chain, producing primary aluminum, rolled and extruded products and recycling, as well as extracting bauxite, refining alumina and generating energy. With more than a century of existence, Hydro combines local knowledge, worldwide reach and resources in research and development within a business proposal committed to strengthening the viability of its customers and communities, shaping a sustainable future through innovative aluminum solutions .
About the Ethos Institute
The Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility, which turns 20 this year 2018, is responsible for Ethos Conferences. The Institute's mission is to mobilize, raise awareness and help companies to manage their businesses in a socially responsible manner, making them partners in building a fair and sustainable society.
The organization has been working with issues related to ethics since its foundation. , in 1998. The Business Pact for Integrity and Against Corruption, created in 2006, has been encouraging the business sector to incorporate integrity practices in its business plans. The theme of human rights and gender and race equality are also addressed in the Business and Human Rights Working Group. In addition, in 2009, the institute founded the Climate Forum, which engages companies in the search for solutions to climate change.