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Sustainability Profile 
Latin America

2016 Sustainability 
ProfileGE Latin America 

A Message from
our President

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A Message from
our President

GE Latin America is proud to present the third edition of its Sustainability Profile, which details our commitment to sustainable development and responsible management of our regional businesses. This document describes initiatives developed and implemented in 2014 and 2015, as well as the impact our company’s decisions and operations have had in the region over the same time period.

At GE we are committed to help solve our customers’ challenges, by seeking solutions that also benefit the communities in which we operate. This commitment is at the core of our business and culture. That’s how we define sustainability: to ensure that our business strategy is aligned to the interests of society, and to contribute to economic progress and the well-being of people, while respecting the limits of our planet.

Latin America is a strategic region for GE, and represents 8% of our total revenue and company employees worldwide. With the acquisition of Alstom’s energy businesses at the end of 2015, we have become the largest solution provider in this industry globally. Here in Latin America, our equipment contributes to the production of 1/3 of all energy generated.

The demand for infrastructure has been growing steadily in our region, especially for affordable, high-quality healthcare services, better transportation, and a safer, reliable supply of energy and water. GE has been working towards the development of this infrastructure in Latin America for 120 years, combining our ability to innovate with the will to build a better future.

Infrastructure directly impacts people’s quality of life, the environment and economic competitiveness. Our commitment to sustainable development is expressed by our contribution to the development of efficient, resilient and inclusive infrastructure aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. GE Latin America’s Sustainability Profile aims to illustrate our contribution through the five strategic pillars that guide our initiatives: access to healthcare; talent development and employability; water quality and scarcity; energy and climate change; and local development.

We continually invest in technology and talent, as the key elements of our strategy. Our businesses work in an integrated way, sharing and transferring knowledge, ideas and technology across industries and around the world to quickly build innovative products. This is what we call the GE Store. These investments are currently supporting a huge change within GE, bringing together our industrial tradition and our digital expertise, and focusing on our goal of becoming the largest digital industrial company in the world. In this new paradigm, which we call the “Industrial Internet”, we combine our installed base of equipment with sensors and data management software that connect machines, people and data, allowing us to drastically improve our efficiency in the use of natural resources as well as to make smarter, faster decisions and increase productivity. You will learn more about these solutions in this Profile, including those tied to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, especially in healthcare, lighting and energy.

Looking back to everything we have accomplished, we realize that the infrastructure challenges require solutions designed and implemented in partnership with a number of other stakeholders.

We would like to thank our partners, in particular our customers and employees, for all our past accomplishments. We are also proud to see that our corporate governance, ethical conduct and values are still key elements for the maintenance of an environment favorable to our business, contributing to growth that creates value for all our stakeholders.

In the future, we will continue to lead the digital industrial revolution. We are committed to being more and better than we are today, and to continue working together with partners and striving to offer an ever more sustainable, modern, effective and productive infrastructure.


Rafael Santana
President & CEO
GE Latin America

About this Profile

What Sustainability is for GE

It is our commitment to the ongoing improvement of our social, environmental and economic performances. Sustainability is about the way we work with our employees, customers, suppliers and investors, how we develop technology and support partnerships. It is part of our culture and governance.

To us, being sustainable means being competitive today and in the future. Our commitment to the development and growth of the regions where we operate ensures the continuity of our businesses in the long term.

Third edition reflects the digitalization of GE

This is the third edition of GE Latin America’s Sustainability Profile. We started discussing our contributions and impact to sustainable development in the region with our 2012 Profile by defining our five strategic sustainability pillars:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Talent Development and Employability
  • Water Quality and Scarcity
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Local Development

These themes are still our strategic pillars: areas in which our businesses have had a significant impact. They also represent what our stakeholders expect from us. GE is currently undergoing a transformation, through which we are positioning ourselves as leaders of the digital industrial revolution. The combination of our installed base with sensors and data management software allows us to significantly improve efficiency when using natural resources, as well as improve the productivity of our clients and the industry as a whole.

This transformation has had a profound impact on how we operate and contribute to the strategic sustainability themes in the region. Some of these transformations are already underway, and we are now preparing ourselves to lead the upcoming changes.

The third edition of our Profile reflects this transformation, by presenting stories that show how we support our customers in tackling the challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution. These stories will showcase, for example, the solutions provided by GE the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, especially in healthcare, lighting and energy.

Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the international community agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals defined as a continuity to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were also established by the United Nations (UN). The SDGs were conceived to complement the MDGs and tackle new challenges. The SDGs include addressing the need for a global partnership supported by active participation not only from governments, but also from companies and other society players, so that all can work together towards a fairer, more inclusive and more resilient world.

Our businesses contribute directly to the SDGs, for nothing affects people’s lives more directly than infrastructure. A competitive, inclusive and modern society must provide effective and accessible services, especially when it comes to energy, water, healthcare and transportation. Although our activities are in one way or another connected to all SDGs, we envision that our contribution can have a greater impact when it comes to SDGs 3, 6, 7, 9 and 13:

  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

We have highlighted the SDGs related to our activities for each strategic sustainability pillar throughout the Profile.

Access to HealthcareGo to page

Talent Development and EmployabilityGo to page

Water Quality and ScarcityGo to page

Energy and Climate ChangeGo to page

Local DevelopmentGo to page

To understand the relationship between GE's strategic sustainability pillars and ​ the Sustainable Development Goals, hover the cursor over each icon.

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

GE: Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games
sponsorship

GE supported the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games with digital industrial technology that delivered critical infrastructure and peak performance for the host city, athletes and spectators across the world.

We work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Local Organizing Committees to deliver world-class infrastructure solutions and a sustainable legacy to future generations. We provided infrastructure solutions for Olympic venues including power, water treatment , and lighting. We also supplied local hospitals and the Games Polyclinic with the latest diagnostic imaging technologies as well as data and record management to help doctors treat and track athletes.

GE’s global partnership with the IOC was launched in January 2005 and continues through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

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