Following a tradition, BNCC is happy to invite its members to an annual dinner party to celebrate the holidays season 2018 and the great commercial relations between Brazil and Norway for this year.
After the dinner, friends and family are welcome to join us for the live concert of Bruna Santana, with the best of Brazilian music.
We are looking forward to having you all with us to this lovely evening with delicious food and an entertaining dancing concert of Brazilian music.
BNCC collaborated with four other chambers of commerce in Norway (Canada, Colombia, India, and Gays and Lesbians) to hold a morning seminar last Wednesday to discuss the positive impact of diversity in business. Diversity means the acceptance and inclusion of individual differences in a group or organization. These can be along the dimensions of race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion and sexual orientation, among others. More than 120 people attended the event, which was hosted by Deloitte, in its headquarters in Oslo.
The program started with a breakfast mingling, followed by a brief presentation of Deloitte HR team on the strategy of diversity implemented in the company since the recruitment process to leadership training.
The main attraction was a panel which gathered leaders of international companies and organizations such as the CEOs of Puzzel and MAK to discuss and exchange experiences of how diversity can bring positive impact to the bottom line of the business. Member of BNCC and CEO of EGGs Design, Ulla Sommerfelt was present in the discussion panel and brought up her perspective of the connection between diversity and innovation. The CEO of Puzzel, Børge Astrup reminded that if a company has a broad international client’s portfolio, it is crucial to have a diverse team that offers different perspectives from different backgrounds to different needs.
The moderator of the panel and Advisor at Seema, Maja Vikan, took the opportunity to question the leaders invited on how do they measure diversity advantages on their business results and how do they plan to keep improving and embracing a diversity strategy. During her presentation, Vikan gave an overview of equality treatment, the respect of the authentic self and some structures that can close doors for innovation, inspiring diversity competence outcomes.
The consulting firm McKinsey’s newest publication “Delivering through diversity” shows just how good diversity is for business. The study looked at the profits and value built by more than 1,000 companies in 12 nations and concluded that the more diverse leadership team, the better the company’s financial performance. Companies ranking in the top quarter for gender diversity were 21 percent more likely to see above-average profitability than those in the bottom quarter.
After final remarks, an enthusiastic Q&A session took place at the conference room. The attendees were very engaged by the topic and kept discussing it over a second round of breakfast. The diversity debate is a highly important discussion today and follows the BNCC mission which is to acknowledge diversity advantages in business between two different countries. A corporation will meet positive results from diversity once they learn how to explore the differences in a safe positive and nurturing environment.
By Larissa Costa Slottet and Marianna Walcheke
In three weeks, voters will choose Brazil’s next president, all members of the lower house of Congress and two-thirds of the Senate, plus governors, vice governors and legislators for the 26 states of Brazil and its capital. Brazilian general elections scheduled for October 7th still presents many uncertainties.
The ambassador of Brazil, HE Mr. George Monteiro Prata hosted the second dialogue with the members of BNCC at the Embassy regarding the upcoming general elections and insights about the candidates for the presidency of Brazil. As in the last meeting, the ambassador began his presentation remembering that the country is holding its 7th direct national elections after the fall of the military dictatorship. According to ambassador Prata, none of them have been contested, what shows the maturity of the Brazilian democracy.
Alongside the president, he called the attention to the key role of the Congress and governors - since in Brazil, without building a coalition, it would be very difficult for the president to pass legislation. So, choosing wisely these candidates is crucial.
“The results of these elections are unpredictable”, said the ambassador. He pointed out two major factors that will impact the voter’s choice this year. Firstly, the country’s worst economic recession, which began in 2014 and is under slow recovery. Secondly, is the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) corruption investigation, which involves politicians from all the main parties and has raised discussions about the necessity for a new way of making politics in the country.
The ambassador presented the five front-runners and their economic proposals, due to the focus on the BNCC interest. The leader with 25% of vote intention is a former army captain, far-right congressman, Jair Bolsonaro (Social Liberal Party). Bolsonaro supports conservative views with radicalism and advocates tough measures to fight crime, plus liberal economy. Although he has the most significant support, he also has the most significant rejection and according to the current polls, he would not win over any of the other main candidates in the second round.
Right behind, a well-known politician from a center-left democratic labor party, former Congressman, former governor of the state of Ceará, is Ciro Gomes (Democratic Labor Party). He proposes an economic reform that is open to foreign investment, while he promises to protect the domestic industry. After him, an environmentalist with a compelling life story, who has run twice before, Marina Silva (Sustainability Network). She is an icon of the green international network and supports fairly orthodox economic policies. “She refuses to make alliances with other parties and polls indicate that she has been losing support”, said the ambassador.
Geraldo Alckmin (Brazilian Social Democratic Party), a centrist former governor of the state of São Paulo. Alckmin backs pro-market economic policies and has the support from the business community in Brazil. Even though his party is one of the most powerful and has 40% of total time of TV campaign, he lacks charisma and this can reduces his chances.
A vibrant Q&A session took place followed by a mingling session.
By Larissa Costa Slottet, BNCC