Hydro was the only company from Pará and one of the few Brazilians invited to participate in the consultation meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), held at the end of April, virtually. The meeting was attended by about 20 corporations from around the world and focused on consultation on racial issues.
The content of the consultation will be transformed into a report on practices that are being implemented in the corporate world to prevent and mitigate systemic racism. The consultation, prompted by the death of George Floyd in the United States in 2020, is part of the UN Human Rights Council's agenda and is being held with several international actors, including governments, civil society organizations and companies.
Hydro received an invitation to present its initiatives, which are already being implemented in Brazil, based on the themes of Human Rights. “We share how the adequacy of Corporate Security practices, protocols and training are being adapted to the premises of the Voluntary Principles of Security and Human Rights, reinforcing the engagement actions with local communities and the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging program”, explained Fadwa Mohamadieh, Senior Social Responsibility Manager at Hydro, who, together with Gildete Lima, a senior social responsibility specialist, represented Hydro at the event.
OHCHR is the highest authority on Human Rights in the world, acting as guardian of the main international instruments such as: the International Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Companies, which support Hydro's actions on the topic.
Highlights - Hydro's Human Rights agenda is also gaining prominence in other forums. The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) invited the company to present its channel of manifestations to external stakeholders, called “Canal Direto”, at the Institution's annual event that includes global companies also involved with the Human Rights agenda. Hydro was also invited by a large Brazilian company to present its due diligence process in Human Rights, as well as the actions being implemented within this agenda.