Since we have a diversified Business portfolio, in our positioning we commit to and take on responsibility towards the environment, continually investing in applying new technologies, making improvements and mitigation actions, undertaking research, studies, and in innovation.
To organize and direct our priorities in this field, we maintain an Environmental Thematic Team, which discusses work plans for issues related to emissions, waste, water, biodiversity, licensing and other related matters in all Business. We also have an Energy Thematic Team, focusing on energy efficiency actions and projects. Subjects covered by the Thematic Teams are aligned with market trends and with material issues that are priority to Votorantim Industrial.
Our initiatives aim to prevent and mitigate environmental impacts, as well as to make progress in contributing to society and generating value.
In 2009, we signed the “Open Letter to Brazil on Climate Change", in which, alongside other companies, we commit to a series of actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and request improvements to the policy makers in Brazil and international organizations. In addition to this effort, we are signatories to the Global Compact, the largest global corporate responsibility initiative, coordinated by the UN and including more than 8,000 companies in 135 countries.
Each year, our Businesses publish their GHG (greenhouse gas) Inventory Report and, together with the analysis of the operations' Energy Balance, identify potential projects that can increase energy efficiency and reduce our emissions.
We also invest in initiatives designed to consolidating sustainability in the Businesses, including waste management activities, water and wastewater management, reforestation, conservation, environmental education and resource management.