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.
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.
In 2020, we joined the Air Movement, a voluntary mobilization, with the purpose of effecting social changes and transformations through effective actions to combat racism, prejudice and racial discrimination against black people. The movement has 10 commitments related to quotas at universities and jobs, changing police protocols and private security, creating scholarships and job vacancies and promoting racial diversity in companies.
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.
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.
MOVER – Movimento pela Equidade Racial [Movement for Racial Equity]
We are founding signatories of the Movement for Racial Equity (MOVER), launched in 2021. It is made up of 45 companies in the country and multinationals and is focused on promoting leadership, employability and awareness of racial equity. The initiative is yet another tool to combat racism in Brazil and is committed, through practical actions, to generate new positions for afro-descendants in leadership positions and promote the training of people for inclusion in the labor market.
We are part of ModaComVerso Movement – through Extra brand – an initiative of Brazilian Textile Retail Association (ABVTEX). The movement is pioneer and aimed to promote a socially responsible fashion in Brazil, bringing together large retail companies, the textile and apparel industry. The initiative seeks to promote fashion in favor of an ethical, humane and transparent chain, in addition to inform, engage and raise awareness among consumers and society.
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.
Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality
The Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality is a coalition of organizations committed to leveraging their individual and collective advocacy to accelerate LGBTI equality and inclusion globally and drive positive change.
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.
Women’s Movement 360
Since 2016, we have been part of the Women’s Movement 360, created with the aim of contributing to the economic empowerment of Brazilian women in a 360-degree view, through the promotion, systematization and diffusion of advances in business policies and practices and the engagement of the Brazilian business community and society in general.
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. We are associated with 23 state associations linked to Abras, such as Apas, ASSERJ and Amis.
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 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.
Federação do Comércio de Bens, Serviços e Turismo do Estado de São Paulo (FecomercioSP) [Federation of Commerce of Goods, Services and Tourism of the State of São Paulo]
GPA has been a member of FecomercioSP since its foundation. The entity represents the interests of companies in the sector and develops activities aimed at promoting the country’s economic growth.
Gestora para Resíduos de Equipamentos Eletroeletrônicos Nacional (GREEN Eletron) [National Electrical and Electronic Equipment Waste Manager]
We have been associated since 2018 with the entity that represents the companies that hold the main brands of batteries and electronics in the country, coordinating the implementation and operation of a system that allows the environmentally appropriate disposal of equipment at the end of its life.
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.
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.
Instituto para Desenvolvimento do Varejo (IDV) [Institute for Retail Development]
Since 2006, we have been members of IDV, which aims to strengthen the representation of retail companies from different sectors operating nationwide.