The Odebrecht Foundation promotes sustainable territorial development based on the Development and Integrated Growth Program with Sustainability (PDCIS), whose objective is to socially, economically and environmentally transform the living conditions of the people of the Southern Bahia Lowlands, a region where the Foundation focuses its performance.
Created in 2003, the PDCIS articulates the synergistic work of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) – private entities with social participation for initiatives of public interest – and counts on the involvement of the local community, promoting social transformation and encouraging the formation of a generation of young protagonists and knowledge multipliers for their families and communities
The actions of the PDCIS are aimed at the education of adolescents in the rural zone, with ethical and value formation, and stimulation of youth protagonism. The Program also focuses on the economic development of the region, valuing rural cooperativism, with product improvement and fair trade; the conservation of natural resources, with direct support to family farmers in the planning of their properties and the use of sustainable techniques; and the promotion of citizenship, encouraging access to public rights and policies, through the engagement and empowerment of communities.
Currently, five institutions in the Southern Bahia Lowlands are executors of the PDCIS: three Technical Professional Education Integrated to Secondary Education – the Agroforestry Family House (Cfaf), the Rural Family House of Igrapiúna (CFR-I) and the Presidente Tancredo Neves Rural Family House (CFR-PTN); the President Tancredo Neves Rural Producers’ Cooperative (Coopatan) and the Land Conservation Organization (OCT). The Foundation's coordination combines entrepreneurship to development – the Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology (TEO) is shared with the executing institutions - with the qualification of management, compliance and fundraising.
Based on the model of Participatory Governance, which involves Public Power (Federal, State and Municipal Governments), private initiative and civil society, the PDCIS has several social investors, such as Braskem and the Mitsubishi Corporation. Valuing Ethics, Integrity and Transparency, this union is based on the premise that networking is essential for the achievement of results in the third sector, with the goal of contributing to the formation of a population responsible for its own sustainable development.
Several initiatives have already been implemented with the PDCIS as an inspiration. In Ecuador, the Program for the Development of Human, Productive and Environmental Capital began with a partnership between Fundación Lann Nobis, Odebrecht Ecuador and the Odebrecht Foundation. In Angola, the PDCIS was also the basis for the Economic and Social Development Support Program, a partnership signed between the Lunda Sul Government and local companies. In Mexico City, the program was used as a reference for Agarra el Hilo, the result of a joint work of the Odebrecht Organization in Mexico, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the Community and Environment Support Program (PCMA).