We believe that in addition to providing legal advice should encourage responsible attitudes on the part of our employees towards the new concepts of sustainability.
Presentation made by the attorneys Iris Bennett, Partner of the US Law Firm Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, and her associate Paulo Gusmão, together with André de Almeida and Leonardo B. Leite, partners of Almeida Advogados.
The Federal Constitution of 1988 guarantees environmental protection and the free enterprise system of capitalist production. Increasingly, environmental law governs the development of the Brazilian economy, along with calls for environmental protection and sustainable development.
At the same time, environmental protection must be aligned with private industry in order to promote the dual objectives of favorable environmental conditions and economic development.
Given complex and ever-changing legislation, companies must concern themselves with environmental matters. No longer does the market accept companies that refuse to be bothered by pollution or sustainable development.
While companies must generate a profit in order to remain in business, their operations must also be sustainable and generate as few negative effects as possible for the environment. This difficult balance means that policy makers must implement provisions allowing both for economic growth and environmental protection.
Fortunately, modern technology allows for greater respect for environmental concerns while pursuing economic and social development. Companies in Brazil must remain particularly sensitive to this topic, given the country’s abundant (and well-known) environmental resources, such as the Amazon.
Almeida Advogados remains committed to advising our clients on the dual objectives of environmental sustainability and economic growth. We have extensive experience in assisting with permits and licenses, integrating environmental studies and managing environmental liabilities and contingencies.