"There is a link between the high tax burden and tax evasion, corruption, forgery"
Jorge Raimundo Filho, a lawyer specializing in the areas of life sciences and regulatory law, is a partner at BRZ law firm. He made a career as a manager in the pharmaceutical sector. Advisor to companies and institutions such as Interfarma, Firjan and ETCO, he was decorated by the Queen of England with the Order of the British Empire
Competitive ethics is fundamental for the business environment and for the country's development, in compliance with the Brazilian Anti-Corruption Law (Law 12846/2013). ETCO has played a leading role in this struggle by diagnosing problems and defending the need for rules in the name of integrity and transparency in business.
Thanks in large part to the actions of the Institute, the understanding that it is not possible to resort to subterfuges that escape correct negotiation, honest competition, has increased. That you cannot join a true “anything goes” to take advantage.
Fighting "the way"
Many ETCO actions have deeply marked the defense of competition ethics. One of the highlights, for me, is the in-depth work developed to diagnose the culture of transgressions in Brazil – that is, how the famous “Brazilian knack” has been in our trajectory since the beginning and how the difficulty to follow rules is embedded in the most everyday.
Another of the Brazilian historical legacies is the bureaucracy, which makes life difficult for entrepreneurs and is reflected, for example, in the slowness of regulatory bodies, a major obstacle to attracting investors and the country's development.
As ETCO has clearly demonstrated over the years, counterfeiting is one of the problems that greatly harm the business environment in Brazil. The cigarette industry is one of those that suffer the most, because it has an exceptionally high tax burden to curb smoking, but at the same time it does not see the importation of counterfeit cigarettes being curbed. Similar situations occur in other sectors.
Another essential flag of ETCO is the reduction of the tax burden. In addition to the importance of this aspect for the good development of business in the country, there is a direct link between the high tax burden and tax evasion, corruption and counterfeiting. There is always someone wanting to make life easier for companies “from the outside”, and many entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs unfortunately end up adhering to this “little way”.
"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)
"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
"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