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Itaipu is committed to social-environmental work. In 2003, the company expanded its mission and implemented programs that benefit the community, the environment and its in-house audience.

In 2005, Itaipu invested US$ 18 million in outreach and environmental initiatives in Brazil and Paraguay, approximately 50% in each country. The same amount allocated for 2006.

The programs developed encompass the areas of education, health, fight against child and teenager sexual exploitation, fight against violence, income generation incentives, gender equality incentives, besides tourism and volunteerism.

In regards to the environment, topics include environmental education, fishing, medicinal plants, family agriculture, and organic agriculture, among others.

The company seeks to improve the quality of life of the people living in its surroundings. Approximately 1.5 million people are directly or indirectly benefited by Itaipu's socially responsible actions.

In Paraguay, since the expansion of the company's mission, social-environmental initiatives have been present throughout the country and not only in the power plant's area of influence.

In 2005, the Brazilian and Paraguayan governments signed an agreement acknowledging that social responsibility and environmental conservation are permanent activities of the company.

Same-content letters were exchanged by the Brazilian and Paraguayan Ministers of Foreign Affairs on March 31.

Itaipu's social-environmental programs are included in the Business Plan, which is organized by programs and initiatives. Everything is connected to the company's strategic goals, policies and guidelines.

Some projects count on partners that also provide financial resources, while others are fully funded by the binational company.

Also in 2005, the Social-Environmental Responsibility Coordination and the Social-Environmental Responsibility Management Committee were created to respond for the company's social-environmental guidelines.

Itaipu does not concentrate program execution at the Coordination, but keeps them distributed among all boards of directors. By so doing, the company seeks to engage the various divisions in the topic, thus encouraging joint efforts.

The Coordination is also responsible for monitoring and guiding the projects carried out, data banks, sustainability report issuance, and participation in research and awards.

Additionally, the division conducts five different programs: Volunteer Force, Gender Equality Incentive, Citizen Network, Child and Teenager Protection Program, and Outreach Electricity.

The Management Committee is responsible for monitoring the programs and defining policies as well as the company's strategic social-environmental responsibility direction.

The Committee is made up of representatives from the binational company's boards of directors, besides representatives from the so-called structural axes of the programs developed: the environment, the community, in-house audience, and public policies.

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