"Everyday experience proves that people are influenced by the environment"
Luiz Fernando Furlan, businessman, former minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (2003-2007), board member of BRF and Vivo, pro bono board member of various social, environmental and technology development organizations. Graduated in Administration and Chemical Engineering
There are attitudes that are strongly condemned and opposed in other countries and in Brazil they end up being culturally tolerated. Not paying taxes correctly, for example. Many people do this on the grounds that they will use the money better than the government would. This is a Brazilian atavistic problem, which needs time to be resolved, as it requires, on the one hand, a cultural change and, on the other, the so-called enforcement - that is, the set of governmental procedures to ensure compliance with the laws .
We all know from everyday experience how much people are influenced by the environment. Just remember situations such as wearing a seat belt – which, given the combination of awareness campaigns and the risk of fines, has become a habit and today no one disputes.
ETCO emerged as a great motivator of the cultural change that Brazil needed in terms of competition ethics, with the purpose of combating procedures often considered “acceptable” at the business level. When the Institute was created, people talked much more openly and without embarrassment about giving discounts for services provided without an invoice, for example.
Smuggling, the object of memorable campaigns by ETCO, was another of those practices considered socially acceptable. I believe the big picture has evolved a lot since then. There is no longer the same level of tolerance for this type of attitude, evidence that the Institute's awareness-raising and surveillance work has been paying off.
antagonism is harmful
The country would have a lot to gain from tax simplification. Companies spend a lot of money and effort with all the structure they need to deal with bureaucracy and litigation, both in relation to taxes and labor issues.
It is essential to reduce this antagonism that has built up between collecting agencies and taxpayers, and also between employees and companies. In the end, we are all on the same side, the side of those who want to see Brazil grow.
"ETCO stands out in the ethical defense of competition and in strengthening business morals"
Tercio Sampaio Ferraz Junior, lawyer, has a doctorate in Law from USP and in Philosophy from the University of Mainz, Germany. Professor at USP and PUC-SP, he was attorney-general of the National Treasury (1991), executive secretary of the Ministry of Justice (1990) and legal director of Fiesp (1981)
"It is not possible to admit distortions caused by criminal and unethical practices"
Jorge Luiz Oliveira, lawyer with specialization in Business Law from UFRJ and economist with specialization in Financial Administration from FGV. He made a career in the fuel sector. Member of the Board of Directors of Etco between 2003 and 2018, he also works as a consultant for companies
"Ethics 'Capital' requires obedience to the pact between the public and the private"
Alexandre Kruel Jobim, a lawyer in Brasília, holds a Masters in Law from the University of Texas, in the United States, chaired the Brazilian Association of Soft Drinks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (Abir) and was president of the Board of Directors of ETCO
"I am absolutely certain that ETCO will remain steadfast in its essential work"
Victor Carlos De Marchi, former CEO of Antarctica, is co-chairman of the Board of Directors of Ambev. He was also at the head of the National Beer Industry Union (Sindicerv). He was one of the founders of ETCO and chairman of the Institute's Board of Directors