Solidarity with Porto Velho and Brazil
To promote the social development of Porto Velho and boost the growth and appreciation of people is the basic guideline that marks all the work carried out by Santo Antônio Energia. Through actions involving cultural, social, environmental and economic development, the company is helping strengthen the human element, encouraging skills and presenting new prospects.
Santo Antônio Energia´s social responsibility policy respects diversity and the promotion of citizenship and extends the company´s relationship to all public groups whether employees, government, other companies or the community in which it operates.
The leading companies within the consortium have been striving to build a good relationship with the different public groups involved since the start of studies for the installation of the Santo Antônio HEP. This dialogue has been continued and intensified by Santo Antônio Energia and is always based on respect and transparency.
The population affected by the undertaking has received special attention as part of this process. Partnerships have been made to promote the community´s participation since the start of the project. For example, the Center of Popular Traditions of Cuniã (CPPT-Cuniã) has been helping to establish channels of communication with the riverside population.
The first resettlements have begun, with families from the area where the work site is based today able to choose whether to move to a collective created by the company with complete infrastructure and areas for individual collective planting area, homes on the outskirts of Porto Velho or other places they prefer. The same process of dialogue and negotiations is being carried out in the area where the future reservoir will be located.
Santo Antônio Energia is also operating in other locations near Porto Velho. For example, the Downstream Initiatives Program of the Santo Antônio HEP includes training for the producers of the riverside communities located below the dam, to encourage the sale and certification of their production (to increase market competitiveness) and donating equipment such as air-conditioned boats. Another initiative has established an emergency health plan for the Karitiana and Karipuna indigenous people (located around 100 km from Porto Velho) which includes the use of insecticide to control malaria-bearing mosquitoes and a medical team for emergencies.