Corporate Sustainability in Copel

Copel is a pioneer in the management of environmental, social and corporate governance issues. Throughout its history, it has consolidated its position as a company committed to providing energy and solutions for the sustainable development of society, being the first company in the electric sector to adhere to the Global Compact of the United Nations – UN, on July 12, 2000.

Economic growth, socio-environmental responsibility, innovation and excellence in governance are concepts intrinsic to the Company’s business strategy, and Copel is proud to be at the forefront of biodiversity preservation and socio-environmental programs, according to the guidelines of the Company’s Sustainability Policy.

Copel considers the expectations of stakeholders in its decisions and develops its business responsibly, always seeking alternatives that promote social welfare, aligned with legislation and international norms of behavior.

To disseminate and materialize this commitment, Copel develops actions and programs that benefit the community, the environment and the internal public.

As it believes that sustainable companies add value and strengthen its brand, gaining conditions to better face eventual economic, social and environmental risks.

Copel reaffirms that management for sustainability is the path capable of providing society, the environment and other stakeholders the opportunity to enjoy, as partners, the growth and development of the Company.

Copel’s trajectory towards sustainability prioritizes innovation in processes, the quality of services provided and transparency in management. For this reason, annually, it publishes the Sustainability Reports, according to the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and within the framework of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

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Sustainability Strategy

Copel bases its sustainability strategy on the principles and guidelines set forth in the Sustainability Policy, in the guiding values of the Company’s Code of Conduct, in the Strategic Reference, in the Strategic Planning, in the Materiality process, in the public interest that justified its creation, and in the voluntary commitments undertaken, in particular: the Principles of the Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

Sustainability
Organogram

Companhia Paranaense de Energia – Copel, as a holding company, has an executive board consisting of six positions: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Business Management Officer, Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Chief Business Development Officer and Chief Governance, Risk and Compliance Officer, in addition to the Deputy Communications Officer ─ as provided in its Bylaws.

The Company’s core activities are carried out by four wholly-owned subsidiaries. Copel Geração e Transmissão S.A., Copel Distribuição S.A., Copel Comercialização S.A. and Copel Serviços S.A. are focused on the process of production, transport, sale and delivery of electricity from hydroelectric generation, and the provision of related services.

Business in the renewable energy area led Copel to acquire 100% interest in specific purpose companies (SPEs), focused exclusively on the production of wind energy, which are managed by Copel Geração e Transmissão S.A., as described in the organizational chart.

Taking advantage of its telecommunications infrastructure, developed over decades to support its business, Copel also implemented the wholly-owned subsidiary Copel Telecomunicações S.A., responsible for exploring this segment in specific services provided to external customers.

Sustainable Development Committee

Copel’s Sustainable Development Committee (CDS) is provided for in Section IV of Chapter V of the Bylaws, being an independent, advisory and permanent body, advising the Board of Directors.

The attributions, operation, procedures and form of composition must comply with the current legislation and will be detailed by specific internal regulations, which will be approved by the Board of Directors.

The Sustainable Development Committee will consist of 03 (three) to 05 (five) members, elected and removed by the Board of Directors, all with a unified term of office of 02 (two) years, with a maximum of 03 (three) reappointments consecutive meetings and will meet periodically, deciding by majority of votes, with record in the minutes, including dissent and protests, as provided for in its Internal Regulations.

Voluntary Commitments

Copel is committed to its stakeholders with a commitment to environmental, social and governance responsibility through various voluntary commitments recognized locally and worldwide.

Copel's Sustainability Goals

Copel has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) structure as one of its main Sustainability guidelines. The launch of Agenda 2030 (UN) in 2015 was a milestone for sustainable development on a global scale: 17 impressive goals split into 169 goals, which must be adapted to local contexts.

With the motto “leave no one behind”, the mission of the SDGs is to leverage the commitment of the various actors (nations, governments, industries, companies, academia, among others) to a broad and participatory action. The implementation strategies are regionalized, considering specific characteristics and priority actions of each territory.

In the case of Copel, mainly in its area of operation, initiatives are developed in line with its strategy of generating value with sustainability.

In 2018, as a product of the workshops of the “Energia & Clima” group of the Global Compact Network Brazil, the manual “Integration of SDGs in the Brazilian Electric Power Sector (SEB)” was published, which listed the five most relevant SDGs for companies in the electricity sector, whose prioritization was also adopted by Copel:

  • SDG 7 – Clean and Affordable Energy;
  • SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth;
  • SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure;
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities;
  • SDG 13 – Global Climate Change Action.

These SDGs permeate the ESG pillars:

environmental

Social

Governance

  • Clean and Affordable Energy
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Action Against Global Climate Change
  • Clean and Affordable Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Action Against Global Climate Change

Sustainability Practices

Copel adopts as methodologies for sustainability management the methodologies, standards and certification platforms that are references in the preparation of reports, structuring of processes and classification of best practices for sustainable growth.