BRL$115 million against racism: investment by Grupo Carrefour Brasil is endorsed by the Public Ministry

2021/06/11

BRL$115 million against racism: investment by Grupo Carrefour Brasil is endorsed by the Public Ministry

Porto Alegre, June 11th, 2021 – Grupo Carrefour Brasil signed a Conduct Adjustment Term (TAC) with the Public Ministry of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, the Federal Public Ministry, the Labor Public Ministry, the Public Defender's Office of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, the Federal Public Defender’s Office and the entities Educafro and Centro Santo Dias.

Through this Term, the Group reaffirms its irrevocable commitment to fight racism and to act as an agent of transformation in society. A little more than six months after the event, in addition to the signing of this term, the Group has already compensated all members of the victim's family, reformulated the security model in its stores and has been putting into practice the other commitments made publicly since November to combat racism and promote equity.

The actions already initiated by Grupo Carrefour Brasil and confirmed by the term are focused on the promotion of education, through educational grants and professional qualification, the entrepreneurship of black people and the development of sociocultural projects, with the purpose of combating structural racism in Brazil. All initiatives will be widely publicized and verified by an external audit.

The agreement established is valid for three years and foresees an investment of BRL$ 115 million.

"The signed Term does not reduce the irreparable loss of a life, but it is one more measure taken with the purpose of helping to prevent new tragedies like this from happening again. With this new step, Grupo Carrefour Brasil reinforces its anti-racist stance, expanding its policy to fight discrimination and violence, as well as the promotion of human rights in all its stores”, says Noël Prioux, president of Grupo Carrefour Brasil.

The initiatives confirmed by the Conduct Adjustment Term - TAC

One of the highlights is the actions aimed at education. A considerable part of the financial resources will be destined to the granting of scholarships for black people, in terms of higher education and graduate programs. There will also be scholarships aimed at foreign language learning, innovation and technology, with a special focus on training young professionals for the job market. Altogether, there will be more than 10 thousand scholarships.  “We understand that the investment in scholarships is necessary in order to generate more opportunities and increase the employability of black people,” says Cristiane Lacerda, the Group's Human Development Director. 

The action plan also includes the promotion of entrepreneurship among black people and business acceleration. There is also the implementation of a Zero Tolerance policy, continuous training of all professionals working at Grupo Carrefour Brasil regarding racial literacy and the fight against all types of discrimination and violence, as well as the strengthening of the company’s whistleblower channel. All three actions are already being implemented at the Company.

Another commitment also highlights the need to hire afro-descendant people, with a total of 30,000 over a three-year period, in order to improve the Company's racial diversity. It is worth mentioning that today 64% of the professionals of Grupo Carrefour Brasil self-identify as black or brown (mixed-race). The Group will also have an internship and trainee program aimed at black women and men, which also intends to accelerate the careers of 300 black professionals who already work in the company, as a way to help them ascend to leadership positions.

In terms of security, the Group opted to internalize internal security, also known as prevention agents. More than 600 professionals were hired, who stand out for representing the diversity of the Brazilian population in terms of gender and race.They will be continuously trained with a focus on welcoming customers and providing the best experience at the Group's stores.

The creation of these special actions and programs, especially those already put into practice, had the support of the Independent External Diversity Committee, which has been advising Grupo Carrefour Brasil since last November.

Combating racism is a topic that needs to be everyone's priority and Grupo Carrefour Brasil wants to act within this context as an agent of transformation in society. To access the full Conduct Adjustment Term, as well as follow up on the commitments made by Grupo Carrefour Brasil, access Não Vamos Esquecer (We Will Not Forget It) website, which brings together all the company's actions and advances in the fight against racism: https://naovamosesquecer.com.br/.

Check here the Term of Adjustment of Conduct in full.

In the media

Agreement ratifies actions in the areas of education, entrepreneurship and sociocultural projects in order to contribute to the fight against racism in Brazil and promote equity.