Ethics, Transparency and Good Governance
Neoenergia has as one of its values the adoption of Ethical Principles, guiding its conduct and that of its employees based on the integrity and compliance with the Brazilian legislation and the best business practices. Additionally, the company requires that its suppliers of goods and services adopt integrity and adherence to the principles supported by the company in its Code of Ethics and Integrity Policies.
Reflecting these commitments, Neoenergia receive the 2018 and 2019 Pro-Ethics Label, an initiative of the Ministry of Transparency and Controller General of the Union, which recognizes companies that adopt and disseminate licit, ethical and transparent practices in their activities. Neoenergia is also registered for the 2020/21 edition, which result will only occur in December 2021. The Company also reached the highest score in an anticorruption program and organizational transparency, coming in 1st place among the 100 largest companies and the 10 largest Brazilian banks, according to the Study Transparency in Corporate Report published by Transparency International in January 2018.
To achieve its goals, Neoenergia conducted a series of initiatives involving all the group companies. These initiatives was based on its Integrity Program, which was approved by the Board of Directors and is in line with Brazil’s anticorruption laws. The program is coordinated by the Compliance Superintendence, responsible, among other things, for planning, conceiving, executing, maintaining and assessing the Neoenergia and its subsidiaries Integrity Program, as well as drafting and revising Codes of Conduct, policies and procedures intended to promote and reinforce a culture of integrity based on ethical business principles.
Neoenergia’s Corporate Governance System is inspired by and based on a commitment to ethical principles, transparency and leadership, applying best practices of a good governance. It is designed to be a framework for action based on principles, effective decision-making, and appropriate monitoring of compliance and performance.
The governance structure consists on the Board of Directors, Fiscal Council and Executive Board, supported by Committees, which contribute to decision-making. The company’s Shareholders’ Agreement guides the actions of board members and includes a provision for them to abstain from voting on issues that could give rise to conflicts of interest. The Shareholders’ Meeting is the sovereign body with powers to decide on all business relating to the group’s business purpose, and to pass the resolutions that it thinks fit for the protection and development of the group. Its duties, form and functioning are governed by the Brazilian Corporate Law (Law No. 6.404/76) as amended.
The Company’s guidelines are based on its macro strategic plan and the organization’s strategies and goals for a five-year period, with an assessment of the internal and external environment aimed at meeting its principles. The plan is outlined at meetings of the Board of Directors (BoD) and transmitted to the Executive Board (EB) in its meetings. Shareholders’ Meetings allow shareholders to become involved in discussions regarding the Company guidelines, when necessary.
Internally, compliance with established guidelines and with the law is ensured by the joint work of the Corporate Governance, Internal Audit, Compliance, Internal Control, Legal, Financial and Investor Relations areas, which adopt best practices in execution and verification of compliance with all corporate legislation and anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation. In addition, the Company is affiliated to the IBGC, complying with CVM regulations and adopting the best governance practices.