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Commitments

Through pacts and associations, GPA reinforces its sustainability commitment and strategy.

To strengthen its positioning in relation to sustainability and good practice, GPA assumes commitments and is a signatory to principles and pacts developed by national and international institutions. Besides, GPA participates of institutions that acts in its segment and strategic to its businesses.

Voluntary Commitments

10 Company Commitments to LGBTI+ Rights
Reinforcing our respect for and equal treatment of all people regardless of sexual orientation, sexual identity or gender, in 2017 we signed the commitments drawn up by the Companies and LGBTI+ Rights Forum.

Business Coalition for Racial and Gender Equality
In 2017 we joined the initiative of the Center for Studies on Work Relations and Inequalities (CEERT) of the Ethos Institute and of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). The initiative aims at coordination, the exchange of experiences and the encouragement of the implementation of business policies and practices in the field of diversity, with a focus on gender and racial equality.

Business Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls
In 2019, we joined the initiative, coordinated by the Avon Institute and UN Women with the technical support of Fundação Dom Cabral [Dom Cabral Foundation], with the aim of engaging private sector leaders and guaranteeing a voluntary commitment to end violence against girls and women.

Business Initiative for Racial Equality
In 2019, we joined the platform for articulation between companies committed to seeking even more significant performance in addressing the ethnic-racial theme. The initiative aims to ensure competitive advantage, constituting a space for dialogue by the brazilian business community around their commitments to the inclusion, promotion and appreciation of ethnic-racial diversity.

Global Compact
Since 2001, we have been formally committed to the principles relating to human rights, labor practices, environmental responsibility and anti-corruption advocated by the UN Global Compact.

Manifest for Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Sector
Since 2019, we have participated in this initiative, which aims to promote diversity in the legal area of ​​companies and throughout their value chain, in addition to encouraging the formation of partnerships with our law firms to adopt the best practices in this area. We are the first retail company to join the initiative, which has over 20 signatory brazilian companies.

Pact for the Eradication of Slave Labor
In 2005 we took on the formal commitment of not keeping on companies that use slave labor in our production chains.

Pact for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities (Corporate Network for Social Inclusion)
In 2016 we signed up to the five commitments to promote the rights of people with disabilities, in order to strengthen the commitment of our senior management to this topic, and to promote an inclusive corporate culture and work environment.

Unstereotype Alliance
Since 2019, we have been part of the UN Women’s Unstereotype Alliance, created with the aim of ending harmful gender stereotypes in communication. The companies that are part of the network exchange information and experiences, in addition to having access to research and curatorship that help in building campaigns with more gender equality and capable of representing women in their plurality.

Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
We have been a signatory of the principles established by the UN since 2017, continuously developing policies and initiatives geared towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Memberships

Associação Brasileira das Empresas do Mercado de Fidelização (ABEMF) [Brazilian Association of Loyalty Market Companies]
Since 2019, we have been part of the Association which aims to contribute to the strengthening and expansion of the sector of customer loyalty programs in Brazil. The focus of this activity is carrying out studies, disseminating sector data and searching for incentives that benefit the market, the participants and their associates.

Associação Brasileira de Supermercados (Abras) [Brazilian Association of Supermarkets]
GPA has been a member of the association since it was founded in 1968. Abras represents, integrates and drives the development of the supermarket sector in Brazil, maintaining an open dialogue in negotiations with the municipal, state and federal governments.

Associação Brasileira do Varejo Têxtil (ABVTEX) [Brazilian Textile Retail Association]
GPA has been a member of ABVTEX since 2007. The association has the purpose of defending the interests of the textile and clothing industry and trade.

Associação Brasileira Atacadistas de Auto Serviço (ABBAS) [Brazilian Association of Self-Service Wholesalers]
The Association aims to be the spokesperson for the self-service wholesale segment. Its main role involves representing the sector and acting on specific demands made by private enterprise, the industry, customers and government agencies. Assaí has been a member of ABBAS since 2014, the year the entity was created.

Associação Compromisso Empresarial para Reciclagem (Cempre) [Business Commitment to Recycling Association]
The organization, which we joined in 2004, advocates integrated municipal solid waste management, promotes post-consumer recycling, and disseminates environmental education focused on the theory of the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle).

Associação Paulista de Supermercados (Apas) [São Paulo Association of Supermarkets]
We have been a member of the Association since 1971, and are committed to its purpose of bringing together supermarket entrepreneurs from the State of São Paulo to integrate the entire supply chain, professionalize the sector, guarantee excellence in operations and point out retail trends.

Akatu Institute
Since 2003, GPA has been a strategic partner of this governmental organization that works on boosting the awareness and mobilization of society for conscious consumption.

Ethos Institute
The entity, whose mission is to mobilize, raise awareness and assist companies in the management of their business in a socially responsible way, has relied on our commitment since 1999.

Instituto Pacto Nacional pela Erradicação do Trabalho Escravo (InPACTO) [National Pact Institute for Eradication of Slave Labor]
As members of this institute since it was founded, we contribute to its objective of uniting the private sector and civil society organizations to prevent and eradicate slave labor in production chains.