The Bank has a specific policy, based on ethics and transparency, related to the treatment of its suppliers. In addition to criteria related to the economic matters, legal compliance, quality specifications of products and services and supply deadline reliability, it takes into account compliance with socio-environmental responsibility guidelines.
Being subject to the Procurements and Contracts Law and other legislation, Banco do Brasil is under strict supervision from external entities, such as the Brazilian National Auditors Court (TCU) and the Brazilian Comptroller General (CGU), which ensures transparency, monitoring and compliance with various public stakeholders.
In this regard, the following is a list of measures already implemented:
a) implementation of a goods purchasing and service contracting system that prioritizes an electronic procedure to broaden competition in procurement processes;
b) inclusion of a socio-environmental clause in contract drafts, in which suppliers represent and undertake to perform activities in consideration of sustainable practices to protect and preserve the environment; not engage in discriminatory practices or use illegal and/or slave labor; and not employ minors, except as apprentices in accordance with current legislation;
c) inclusion of contractual obligations in which suppliers commit to abide by the Bank's Code of Ethics;
d) the establishment of conditions, in the Bank's regulations, about the possibility of including sustainability criteria in specifications for purchasing goods and contracting services and construction, in consideration of the guidelines in IN SLTI/MPOG No. 1, of 1/19/2010 (DOU of January 20, 2010);
e) the establishment of conditions, in tender protocols, as regards the granting of preferential treatment, differentiated and simplified for small firms - micro and small businesses - with the objective of promoting economic and social development, the expansion of the efficiency of public policies and encouraging technological innovation, in accordance with Complementary Law 123/2006.
Suppliers standards are established such that, in the conduct of procurement processes and execution of contracts, their implementation will be verified.
Labor, benefits, and socio-environmental compliance verifications, as well as analysis of complaints regarding alleged breaches and discontinuities in this area, are conducted in harmony with the spirit of the law, the procurement documents and contracts signed. If there is any evidence of inconsistency, the Bank takes measures to investigate the situation and recommends corrective actions that may be necessary. Banco do Brasil has contractual conditions that tie suppliers payments to proof of labor and social benefits compliance (payslips, "13th salary," transportation vouchers, meal vouchers, FGTS (unemployment) and INSS (social security).
To promote democratic and transparent procurement practices, BB prioritizes, within legal limits, an electronic process for the purchase of goods and services, the e-Procurement Portal.
Suppliers who use the portal to sell their products and services enjoy many advantages: elimination of travel and accommodation costs to send proposals and bids; participation in bids conducted anywhere in the country without the need for travel; monitoring of all prices submitted after the opening of bids, as well as all stages of the process.
In addition, the Internet portal discloses policies and regulations of winning bids and the prerequisites for becoming a BB vendor. It also offers a list of addresses and telephone numbers for contacting the teams responsible for suppliers relations.
To improve its relationship with suppliers and partners, the Bank adopted the Service Level Agreement (SLA) for suppliers contracting. The agreement is a formal document, concluded between the contractor and suppliers, which ensures commitment in relation to mutual obligations set forth in contracts. The main benefits of the SLA are:
• maintaining the quality of services provided;
• encouraging the pursuit of excellence;
• reduction of discussions and obstacles relating to services rendered, and;
• ensuring a level of profitability that does not compromise the economic and financial situation of the Bank's suppliers.
To make this and other information regarding procurements, bids, sponsorships and partnerships, BB provides a communications vehicle for this audience, the Suppliers Channel. Created in 2005, the channel creates transparency in the company's relationship with its partners. There one can find, for example, prerequisites to become a suppliers and the procurement rules set forth by the bank.
To access the channel provider, visit: bb.com.br
– other sites – porchase, hires and sales.
In contracts with its suppliers, Banco do Brasil forbids deviations that are inconsistent with its socio-environmental accountability principles. All of these features are explained in corporate documents, such as the Charter of Principles, the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Conduct, which extends suppliers commitments beyond those criteria related to economic activities, to legal compliance, quality specifications for products and services, and confidence in supply deadlines.
The relationship of Banco do Brasil with its suppliers is also guided by the principles of socio-environmental responsibility. In addition to the legal demands, which govern public procurements, the economy, regulatory compliance and quality specifications, among others, BB requires that its suppliers commitments and acceptances make clear these principles, covenants and ethical practices, such as the National Pact for the eradication of slave labor, prohibiting child labor, compliance with prevailing legislation, combating discrimination on the basis of sex, national origin, race, color, physical condition and religion, among others.
From an environmental standpoint, BB advocates preservation, repudiates practices harmful to the environment and requires compliance with prevailing laws. As a result of prevailing legislation, the Bank does not currently have any policies that address local suppliers.
Purchases of A4 paper, a large-consumption item in the daily activities of Banco do Brasil, are made in accordance with the Procurements and Contracts Law, whose public tender notices detail sustainability criteria, such as the requirement for Cerflor (Brazilian National Forest Certification Program) or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification.
The requirement for such certification aims to ensure that the origin of wood used in the production of pulp and paper comes from forests that have been 100% certified, i.e., obtained from producers who adopt forest management practices that are ecologically appropriate, economically sustainable and socially just.