At Portonave, effectively balancing economic results, environmental preservation and social development is a far-reaching and permanent commitment. The constant pursuit of sustainability, which is an integral part of our corporate DNA, permeates all of our activities in a process that creates value for both our business and society.
After commemorating its eighth anniversary in 2015, this commitment was reiterated. At the same time that it worked intently to overcome the consequences of the unfavorable economic scenario with potential effects on its financial results, Portonave remained dedicated to its programs, projects and actions in the social and environmental spheres.
In a time of intense competition, the market recognized the company’s competence in offering services marked by excellence, adequate commercial conditions and alignment with the country’s macroeconomic reality. The acquisition of six new maritime lines in the second half of 2015 is irrefutable proof of the confidence that our commercial partners place in Portonave. Through these efforts, we closed the year with 679,700 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) handled and maintained our leadership in the Santa Catarina market.
Providing services anchored in quality, is an integral part of our strategy of sustainability and respect for the environment and people. Over the course of 2015, Portonave invested nearly R$7.2 million in environmental actions and programs aimed at preventing and mitigating any impacts caused by the company’s activities on the environment, with this proposition further reinforced by the Terminal’s certification under the standard NBR ISO 14001. Committed to continuous improvement, Portonave launched, in 2015, an important project to substitute the energy profile of its transtainers, which will now run on electricity instead of fossil fuels and consequently reduce air emissions.
On another front, Portonave reaffirmed its initiatives in community engagement. In 2015 alone, R$1,9 million was invested in social and cultural projects, of which 47% was supported by incentives, which is an effective way to convert the taxes paid by the company into benefits for the local community.
Aware that the foundation of social responsibility lies in caring for its employees, Portonave continued to invest in programs and actions dedicated to the development and well-being of its professionals. As a result of these practices, the company was once again considered, based on a survey of its employees, one of the best companies to work for in Santa Catarina.
And it is in this way, in partnership with its professionals, local communities, suppliers, clients and other stakeholders, that Portonave will continue to operate over the coming years. Prepared to embark on a new cycle of growth, we thank everyone who has contributed to Portonave’s successful trajectory.
Carlo Alberto Bottarelli
Chairman of the Board