The search for equal opportunities for all people - regardless of sex, color, ethnic group, age, sexual orientation, social origin, physical or mental capacity - is one of our commitments related to the human rights and non-discrimination. This commitment is stated in the Code of Ethics and Behavior of the Eletrobras Companies and in our guidelines of social responsibility.
Gender and race equity
All our companies integrate the Permanent Committee for Gender Issues of the Ministry of Mines and Energy and Related Companies, allowing the unification of policies, the sharing of experiences and the development of practices directed to gender issues.
This integration is strengthened by the Pro-Equity Program of Gender and Race, an initiative developed by Special Secretary of Politics for Women (SPM) with the partnership of UN Women and International Labour Organization (ILO). Currently in its 6th edition, the Pro-Equity Program of Gender and Race aims at the equity of gender and race in the work world, with emphasis on three principles:
1. Promoting citizenship and combating discrimination in access, remuneration, rise and stay in employment of women and men;
2. Commitment with the equity of gender and race, prioritizing the management of people and the organizational culture of the company/institution;
3. The organizations can adopt good labor practices with criteria of equity of gender and race as opportunities to improve the business/organizational management and promote the technological innovation, economy, the productivity and the efficiency of quality goods and services.
With the support of SPM, our companies develop internally the program through an action plan elaborated and agreed with the Secretariat, aiming at extending the concept of corporate responsibility from the incorporation of equity of gender and non-discrimination, relevant concepts for our sustainability practices.
Among other elaborated actions, the Gender Channel is distinguished, which was created in partnership with the Ombudsman's Office. For the internal public, it receives secretly commentaries and denunciations of employees on moral and sexual harassment or any other forms of discrimination.
Aiming at contributing for the women's valorization and empowerment, in August 2010, we joined the seven Principles of Women's Empowerment, thus strengthening our commitment with the gender equity and related to the human rights. The Principles of Women's Empowerment are the result of a partnership between the UN Women and the UN Global Pact, of which we are signatory.
Same-sex civil unions
Since October 2007, we have been allowing that employees include their partners from same-sex civil unions as dependents in the health insurance plan. This recognition is in line with the values that we disseminate that ensure equal treatment, repudiating any manifestations of prejudice.