An External Committee for Free Expression on Diversity and Inclusion has just been formed to freely and independently advise Carrefour Brasil on guidelines and actions against racism in all network units, counting on the participation of Rachel Maia, Adriana Barbosa, Celso Athayde , Silvio Almeida, Anna Karla da Silva Pereira, Mariana Ferreira dos Santos, Maurício Pestana, Renato Meirelles and Ricardo Sales.
The same Committee indicated that, as a sign of respect for the death of João Alberto Silveira Freitas, on Thursday (November 26th, 2020) all Carrefour stores should be closed until 2 pm, being reopened with a minute of silence. The entire sales result of the 26th and 27th will be reverted to actions guided by the Committee, added to the BRL$25 million already announced and to the sales result of November 20th, National Black Awareness Day.
During this period, all employees will undergo one more action to raise awareness in the fight against racial discrimination. The Carrefour store in the Passo D’areia neighborhood, in Porto Alegre, will be closed on the 26th of November.
Below are the measures elaborated by the Committee and that will be put into practice by Carrefour, as well as to reinforce those already adopted.
Adopt a zero tolerance policy for racism and discrimination on grounds of race and ethnicity, origin, social status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and religion at Carrefour and throughout its value chain, as established in the Federal Constitution and in different Brazilian laws and in international agreements recognized and signed by the country.
An anti-racism clause will be inserted in all contracts with suppliers and, if the fact is proven, its non-compliance will result in termination of the contract. Suppliers that already have this clause in the contract will be valued and recognized.
Immediately initiate the radical transformation of Carrefour's security model, internalizing the teams of the three stores in the city of Porto Alegre with support from ICTS Brasil, a company specialized in transforming private security, and establishing strict recruitment and training rules to profoundly transform the security team, with guidance and support and in partnership with recognized organizations of the black movement in combating all types of discrimination and violence against human rights and fundamentally against structural racism.
Carrefour will maintain structuring and regular human rights education actions for all its employees and will demand that its suppliers, especially in the area of security and surveillance, also do so, always in partnership with recognized organizations of the black movement.
Regular surveys will allow monitoring of this human rights education, identification of opportunities and course corrections, when and where they are needed.
Review of the validation model of third-party security companies and procedures together with private security and transport associations.
The practice of training, selection and recruitment based on values of respect and human rights will be applied and monitored throughout Carrefour's value chain.
Clearly, ostensibly and permanently disclose a Zero Tolerance Policy to all types of discrimination, with training for all team members at all Carrefour stores.
3. Offer differentiated qualification to 100 black men and women per year for career acceleration at Carrefour, allowing them to reach leadership positions more quickly.
There will be annual goals for the formation and advancement in careers within Carrefour, in different areas, aimed at black people. There will be specific targets for the occupation of leadership positions by black people.
There will be specific engagement measures for black professionals in the Health and Psychology area to support the development of black people in leadership positions, interns and trainees.
Support to educational institutions throughout the country for the professional training of black youth.
Investment in three areas of impact for the black population, especially including women and youngsters: Education, Labor Market and Entrepreneurship.
Hiring approximately 20 thousand new employees per year, respecting the racial representation of the population of each state in the country, but with a minimum percentage of 50% of black citizens among the new hires.
Support the racial literacy process for the correct development of the Brazilian Demographic Census.
3. Implementation of a digital device for domestic, racial and violence against women complaints on the Carrefour website and applications, ensuring anonymity, for subsequent referral to competent bodies.
3. Creation of an Accelerator focused on the development of black entrepreneurship in the communities surrounding the stores in Porto Alegre.
These commitments, which follow the Committee's guidelines, do not bring back the life of João Alberto Silveira Freitas, but Carrefour Brasil hopes that these measures are an important step in a long way in the fight against racial discrimination. Carrefour intends to return in 15 days with a detailed guidance plan and support for the proposed actions.