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Is there governance in Brazil?

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Consultant energy affairs, Self employed

Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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Is there governance in Brazil?

Three emblematic, recent examples:

1) Electric Distributor in São Paulo

I used the existing communication channels to report a lack of regulatory assistance in relation to the 13 kV powerlines that were ostensibly invaded by branches, in open disregard for the rules. Nothing happened.

It was only when I decided to send a message to the CEO (headquarters) of this distributor, in his country of origin, that the matter was promptly resolved.

2) Public lighting in São Paulo

I used the communication channels to denounce light bulbs not operating in the neighborhood where I live. The protocol response is: we will fix it in 24 hours.

More than a month later, with the lamps still out, I was told that they had come to the the area and discharged the request. I informed the attendant that I would report the PMSP for malfeasance. The same day they came and made the repair.

3) Change of Petrobras CEO

The CEO led the company towards its economic and financial consolidation. Even so, the president of the country decided to dismiss him without however having an objective reason that passed through corporate governance.

Conclusion: governance is just an opportunity to allocate well-paid people to protocol positions, required by the established legal regulation.

Cost is added but value is not generated. Another Brazilian "creativity".


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