Odebrecht works to meet its Clients' needs while maintaining high quality standards. In order to achieve this result, the teams constantly seek to boost their productivity through creativity, innovation and synergy between the Businesses. Members are always developing methods to optimize time and efforts, whether through simple, yet well-structured solutions or even techniques that benefit from technological pioneering.
As important as creation itself is the sharing and knowledge reuse between the professionals that make up the Group. Integrated and innovative processes are promoted through actions such as the Database of Good Practices, launched in 2013 for the quick recording and digital disclosure of first-of-their-kind solutions. There is also the Destaque Award, which has recognized Members' creativity since 1992 in categories such as Innovation, Knowledge Reuse, Young Partner, Community Relations, Environment and Workplace Health and Safety. A total of 4,272 projects have already signed up for the initiative. The 2013 edition had 787 participants from 17 countries.
The Knowledge Communities are more than simply a channel for exchanging information internally. With the participation of more than 6,700 Members with common interests, the groups promote the dissemination of learning and innovations among the Group's different companies. In 2013, 3,839 new success stories were signed up and generated 13 meetings, reaching 18 countries. The interactions also take place in the existing 386 online forums. There are 15 Knowledge Communities divided by topic, such as Contract Administration, Agribusiness, Dams and Plants, Rail Transport and Communication, among others.
There are several different projects for which the Group's Businesses work together in a complementary fashion. Odebrecht Engineering & Construction - Infrastructure identifies and develops projects in synergy with Odebrecht Real Estate Developments. Odebrecht Engineering & Construction - Industrial Engineering, structured petrochemical plants for Braskem , which, together with other Businesses, developed design studies and those on the production of ethane and polyethylene from gas in the United States.
Odebrecht Oil & Gas explores and produces oil that, after being refined, becomes the raw material for naphtha. The by-product is used by Braskem to produce basic raw materials, such as ethane, propene and chlorine, which are used to make thermoplastic resins, including polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC. Braskem also uses ethanol made by Odebrecht Agroindustrial to produce “green” polyethylene. This allows Odebrecht to continue establishing long term relationships.
The Enseada Shipbuilding promotes the Safety-Related Motivational Awareness Raising Program, designed to bring work-related accidents down to zero. The Business received the Honorable Mention in the category "Innovation in Offshore Engineering" as part of the Be Inspired Awards, promoted by the software developer Bentley, with the project focused on accommodations for rigs.
The Odebrecht Agroindustrial developed the Agroindustrial Excellence program - Entrepreneurship and Performance Management at Agroindustrial Units. The idea is to monitor productivity based on industrial, agricultural and maintenance indicators, developed on all operational levels. Every year, the company invests more than R$ 6 million in training and professional advancement programs.
In September 2013, Braskem launched the Plastic Chain Competitiveness Incentive Plan (PIC) , which included initiatives to help boost the competitiveness of its Clients. It includes investments to increase product exports, promote innovation and reinforce professional qualification and business management. It also promotes training, the qualification of labor, technical lectures and access to specialized advisory services. The goal is to strengthen the sector in Brazil.
The Odebrecht TransPort, invests in accident prevention and in 2013, it was able to reduce the number of incidents by 13.6% along the Dom Pedro Corridor, which falls under the administration of the Rota das Bandeiras Concessionaire, located in rural São Paulo. The number of deaths fell even more significantly, down to less than 33% that year. Such work earned the highway the title of Third Best in Brazil from the National Transport Confederation (CNT). SuperVia, the entity responsible for operating the Rio de Janeiro railroad passenger transport system, is currently installing the Operational Training Center, which will have two train conducting simulators to improve the training of 350 operators. ViaQuatro created the Conscious Boarding campaign, which, using signs and educational actions directed at the passengers of the São Paulo Subway Yellow - Line 4, was able to reduce the time the trains were stopped at the platforms by 17% without affecting the boarding process, helping to make the service more efficient.