Sustainability Report
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Message from the CEO


One of Petrobras' assumptions is to communicate clearly, objectively, and with transparency about the company's contribution to sustainability projects. Thus, the 2022 Sustainability Report sets forth our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, commitments, targets, indicators, performance and practices. 

In 2022, Petrobras' contribution to society with employee compensation, taxes, suppliers, financial institutions, and shareholders was BRL 483 billion. Additionally, investments of around BRL 121 million in voluntary social and environmental projects, of BRL 462 million in social and environmental programs related to licensing requirements, of BRL 32 million in cultural and sports projects were made, in addition to donations totaling BRL 272 million in aid to families under socially vulnerable situations.

The publication of the Petrobras Human Rights Guidelines, the establishment of the Human Rights Commission and the placing of specific commitments on the subject in the strategic plan inaugurated a new way of doing things for the company. In early 2023, we published our positioning aimed at promoting diversity and to strictly counter any harassment or discrimination. And the first steps towards this have already been taken, with the implementation of the Petrobras Program Against Sexual Violence. This is our goal, and we acknowledge there is a long way to go.

Peoples’ health and well-being, environmental protection and operational safety are non-negotiable values and were present in the activities carried out throughout 2022, in line with the ambitions of zero fatalities and zero spills. In that regard, Petrobras seeks to constantly act to remain a global safety benchmark in the oil and gas sector.  In 2022, we had a Total Recordable Injury (TRI) of 0.68, which represented an increase of 0.14 when compared to the previous year. Still, it was below the alert limit of 0.7 set by the company for the year. However, with the deepest regret, we report the occurrence of five fatalities in 2022, which underwent a strict analysis and learning process to continuously improve our processes in order to make them safer and more resilient. In this regard, we held Human Factors Day, where strengthening active listening by the workforce provided learning from daily activities and the continuous improvement of our processes and the strengthening of our safety, environment and health culture proactively and preventively. 

Improving the integrity and the reliability of facilities and process improvement have been a constant pursuit at Petrobras and, as a result, over the past five years, process safety accidents have been reduced by more than half. In 2022, nine events involving oil and oil products spills with a volume greater than one barrel were recorded. Fortunately, the integrated emergency response structure made it possible for fast and effective actions to be taken for the prevention and mitigation of the impacts of these accidental events. 

Recognizing the climate urgency, for more than a decade Petrobras has been working on the decarbonization of its operations, ensuring a robust path towards reducing operational emissions. In addition to the improvements already achieved over the years, we have the ambition to achieve neutrality of operational emissions by 2050. Between 2015 and 2022, absolute operational Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions fell by 39% and we made progress in emissions efficiency in all our operational segments. As of 2023, we aim to further expand our operations in low-carbon businesses, developing new business opportunities in CCUS (carbon capture, utilization, and storage), renewable energy, hydrogen and biorefining, as well as promoting nature-based solutions that mitigate climate change, in particular the preservation and expansion of forests. 

In compliance with license requirements, 65 protected areas were strengthened, through a contribution to the Environmental Compensation Fund, in the amount of BRL 66.5 million. We also invested approximately BRL 95 million in research and development of technological solutions projects aimed at improving the management of biodiversity, water resources, and effluents, as well as minimizing, giving value, and reusing solid waste. In the last three years, we have reduced fresh water withdrawal by more than 20% in our operations and reduced the generation of process residue by around 18%. In 2022, 76% of  waste from the process was destined. Our Biodiversity Action Plans, which are being prepared for all our facilities, are aimed at improving biodiversity in our areas of operation, and we are already developing methodologies for assessing the net gain in biodiversity.


There is no value creation without taking care of people and without thinking about our impact on the world. 

That is true sustainability.

In line with the continuous improvement of transparency and governance, in 2022, Petrobras approved a new Tax Policy, as well as the Price Formation Guideline for Petroleum and Natural Gas Products in the Domestic Market. And, in 2023, we approved the new commercial strategy for defining gasoline and diesel prices, in line with the aforementioned guideline. Our governance efforts have been recognized, and for the sixth consecutive time we were certified with the Governance Indicator of the Office for Coordination and Governance of State-owned Companies (IG-SEST), ranked the highest level of the indicator. 

For the second year in a row, we are part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index WorldTM, with a maximum score in the Environmental Report, Risks Related to Water and Social Report criteria, and special mention in the Operational Eco-efficiency, Labor Practices and Human Rights criteria. 

Following major transformations in the world, in special, changes in the energy, digital, social, and environmental segments, Petrobras is going through a phase of changes and new perspectives. In April 2023, we approved our new organizational structure. The new organizational chart aims at preparing the company for the energy transition, strengthening the project development area through greater integration with the research and development area and increasing the synergy between corporate processes.

With agility and great teamwork, on June 1, 2023, we approved the strategic and guiding elements of the Petrobras Strategic Plan for the period from 2024 to 2028, including planned investments in low carbon projects of between 6% and 15% of the total investment in the next plan. We also outlined six new guidelines: attention to people; adequacy and improvement of to the current refining park; focus on profitable assets and E&P decarbonization; sustainable development of the country; fair energy transition; and international operations through technological and operational partnerships.

These drivers will lead us to the company's vision, which has been revised: “To be the best diversified and integrated energy company in value generation, building a more sustainable world, reconciling the focus on oil and gas with diversification into low carbon businesses (including petrochemicals and fertilizers), sustainability, safety, respect for the environment and total attention to people.” 

This vision reinforces our vocation of being an integrated energy company and highlights the business diversification needed for the energy transition, while reinforcing our concern for people.

We are committed to the socioeconomic development of the regions where we operate and to improving the quality of life of society as a whole, respecting human rights and the environment, in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business and inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals.

Those are the changes that will materialize the reason of our existence, which is set forth in our new purpose: “To provide energy that ensures prosperity in an ethical, just, safe, and competitive way.” What we seek is a trajectory for the energy transition to a fair, inclusive low-carbon economy, with changes in energy use patterns, assessing and minimizing the social impacts for all parties: our employees, communities, and our entire supply chain.

We trust that, with the combination of strategic assets, a highly qualified and committed technical workforce, and the largest research center in Latin America, it will be possible to promote solutions for a sustainable future of Petrobras in the coming decades and for the newer generations. And we will do all this while valuing our workers and ensuring the level of excellence in operational safety.


Jean Paul Prates
Chief Executive Officer

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