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Braskem concludes implementation of its Compliance program and U.S. authorities end external monitorship

 

  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recognized the advances made in Braskem's compliance processes
  • The decision by the U.S. authorities follows that of Brazil's Federal Prosecution Office (MPF), which certified Braskem's compliance activities and ended their monitorship
  • Braskem's CEO comments on the commitment to Compliance and highlights the contribution made by all employees and partners

 

Braskem has met all of its compliance commitments undertaken with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which effectively concludes the external monitorship of the company. The monitorship was instituted in 2017, as part of the leniency agreements entered into by the company in connection with the investigations under Operation Car Wash. The decision by the DoJ and SEC to effectively conclude the process with no need for an extension attests to the great strides made by Braskem in its compliance system.

The external monitorship was originally planned for three years with the possibility of an extension, but the way in which the company conducted internally its Compliance actions has demonstrated the commitment of both the company and its shareholders to implementing with priority something of such importance. "We are certain that acting ethically, with integrity and transparency, already has been incorporated into all our actions, systems and processes, and that everyone working here contributes to the continuous improvement of our compliance and governance practices," said Braskem CEO Roberto Simões. "We can truly say that our Compliance program was the fruit of a high level of dedication and professionalism by all teams at Braskem."

In March, Brazil's Federal Prosecution Office (MPF) also recognized the improvements achieved by Braskem's compliance program and concluded its external monitorship. The decision by the MPF was based on the certification of the independent monitors, who attested to Braskem's compliance with all obligations undertaken in the Leniency Agreement signed by it with the MPF in 2016 and the implementation of all additional initiatives recommended by these monitors. 

During the independent monitoring process, the Company established policies and procedures, trained 100% of employees on compliance topics, implemented anti-corruption controls, enhanced processes and tools, established mechanisms to ensure the adequacy and effectiveness of integrity practices, preventing the occurrence of new wrongdoings and giving utmost priority to ethics and transparency in conducting its business, all of which were evaluated in detail and tested by the monitors.

The work of the monitors included detailed assessments of the main elements of an effective compliance program: commitment of senior executives, assessment of risks, training and communication, disciplinary measures, whistleblowing and investigation mechanisms, management of third-party services, financial controls, relations with government agents, etc. "Braskem is continuously maintaining and improving its compliance system. We continue to make advances, working with determination and always with a focus on acting ethically, with integrity and transparency," said Everson Bassinello, Braskem's Chief Compliance Officer.