Sustainability

Beto Abreu Beto Abreu CEO

Our business faces a number of challenges and requires commitment and focus on results. we need to take a look at everything we have built so far and identify long-term opportunities from this solid foundation.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made us grow and learn considerably about adversity. We are an essential company that moves the country’s economy, and we could not stop. In several initiatives we have supported more than 50 institutions in the fight against Covid-19. Among all the actions we also performed almost 31,000 tests on our employees and their families, donated food baskets, hand sanitizers, personal hygiene and cleaning products, hospital equipment, and promoted awareness campaigns with the truck drivers who work at our terminals.

Resilience was key for us to ensure that our trains continue to cross the borders of Brazil. In addition to securing the jobs of our employees, our strong performance in the Central Network, mainly evidenced by the construction of the new São Simão and Rio Verde Terminals, allowed us to hire more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs. This is how we honor our commitment to bring sustainable development, infrastructure, and job creation to the most diverse regions of the country.

Through the launch of the Rumo DNA, which guides all of our actions and our culture, we adhered to the UN Global Compact in order to always be focused on our sustainable development goals. Based on the emission reduction target, we have raised 30% of the financing facilities through green and sustainable emissions, and our goal is to reach up to 50%. In addition, we brought even more weight to the ESG goals tied to our employees’ variable compensation.

As signatories of the Women’s Empowerment Principles of UN Women, we have consolidated yet another commitment that values women’s presence in the labor market. We currently have three female executives in our Board of Directors. We are still on a journey of evolution, and we have started to make a difference by hiring women drivers and shunting operators for our operations, who are increasingly showing their differential when taking on these functions. We also agreed on the goal of making Rumo a reference in diversity and inclusion in the port-rail sector by 2025.

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Our 10 Commitments to Sustainable Development

Taking another step forward in transparency, for the first time ever we are disclosing our nine commitments to sustainable development, which are correlated to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We are always guided by solid values, and we take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to the development of a more ethical, equal and eco-friendly society, aware and proud of our leading role in the industry in which we operate.

Committed to Sustainability

For the fifth consecutive year we are publishing our Sustainability Report to endorse our commitment to transparency, compliance of operations and accountability to our main stakeholders: employees, business partners, suppliers, customers, communities, investors and the market in general.

In relation to the previous report for the year 2019, published in July 2020, there is no change in scope and boundaries, nor any reformulation of information. However, its content, as well as the elaboration process, was improved based on analyses of the questionnaires of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), and interactions with organizations working in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and interactions with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) organizations, such as Sustainalytics, the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS) and MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International). We have also started a study on the adequacy of reporting to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCDF) and of our emissions reduction target to Science Based Targets (SBTi). All the content gathered in this document was subject to external verification, conducted by the company Ernst & Young. Over the course of the year, we also held dialogues and captured the perceptions of internal departments and the market, with the purpose of further improving the document.

Approach to COVID-19 crisis

As an ambidextrous company that balances business and human care, in 2020 we reacted immediately to the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) by structuring four internal committees.

One of them, focused on health, oversaw identifying the necessary measures to safeguard the integrity of our professionals – a purpose in which we were successful, judging that our contamination rate in the year was 2.6%, much lower than the national average. A second committee oversaw guaranteeing our liquidity, providing fundraising in the market to give continuity to the planned investments; a third committee oversaw ensuring the continuity of operations, without disruptions; and the fourth committee looked for ways to provide social assistance, especially to the communities in the regions where we operate.

Internally, we launched the Pra Você (For You) program, to assist employees in matters related to health – including psychological – legal and financial issues, which even included initiatives to prevent domestic violence. We also isolated the population at risk – about 240 professionals who, by the end of the year, had not returned to their units; we distributed masks and hand sanitizer; we instituted a home office regime for administrative employees; We restructured the functioning of collective spaces, such as cafeterias, in order to ensure social distancing; we promoted the application of about 20,000 tests on professionals in 2020; and kept our outpatient area available 24 hours a day to answer questions and provide guidance on the necessary care to avoid infection. In addition, our overnight workers are now staying in single – rather than shared – rooms, and this has also occurred with the transportation system. To illustrate this care, we conducted two campaigns throughout the year: Pode Contar com a Gente [You Can Count on Us] and the reinforcement with a second phase involving the family: Pode Contar com a Gente para Cuidar da sua Saúde e da sua Família [You can count on us to take care of your and your family’s health]. The objective is to supply the employees with official company information.

In parallel, we joined forces with society in actions to prevent and combat Covid-19, establishing procedures to safeguard the health and integrity of truck drivers and donating resources to charities: R$1.77 million benefitting 57 organizations from 35 cities in Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás, São Paulo, Santa Catarina, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul. We also donated 250 liters of 70% alcohol to the Santos Port Authority (SPA), used for sanitizing the environments and cleaning the equipment and machinery of companies that operate at the Port of Santos. We also donated R$30,000 to Doctors Without Borders, as part of the online campaign coordinated by the technology companies Payly and Pling. For our actions against the pandemic, we received, as did the South Network, the Sesi ODS Paraná 2020 Seal.

To know more about our initiatives, access the full version of our Sustainability Report.

Click here to download our Sustainability report for 2020
Last updated on August 13, 2021