Representation, Articulation and Knowledge Production for the Construction Industry
The Brazilian Chamber for the Construction Industry (CBIC) was founded in 1957, in Rio de Janeiro, aiming to deal with issues related to the Construction Industry and to the Real Estate Market; and also with the goal to become the institutional representative of this sector inside Brazil and abroad. In 1982, after the company’s role as the voice of this sector among the three branches of the government was reinforced, its office was transferred to Brasília (DF). In 2017, CBIC celebrated its 60 years of operation by inaugurating a new office and by increasing the number of business associates: The institution now has 92 labor unions and employer associations of the construction sector, and they are spread out over the 27 federal states. CBIC represents the sector institutionally and promotes the integration of the construction production chain into the national territory, also contributing for the economic and social development of the country. It is leadered by an Administration Council elected by the associates, CBIC acts through its technical commissions: Infrastructure Commission (COP), Real Estate Industry (CII), Labor Relations Politic Commission (CPRT), Materials, Equipments, Services, Technology, Quality and Productivity Commission (COMAT), Environment Commission, Social Action and Citizenship Forum (FASC) and the Legal Council (CONJUR). CBIC also counts on other technical organisms: the Data Bank, the Lawyers Forum (FA) and the Seconcis Forum. The entity produces qualified knowledge, aiming to offer to the sector the necessary tools to keep itself on the top of the market. Into this domain, CBIC promotes the debate and produces knowledge about technical nature issues that are important for the construction industry and that are intended to permanent modernization of the companies and entities’ management, and also produces knowledge about issues designed for the capacitation and training of this sector’s professionals, and it identificates the new business opportunities too. Throughout the technical commissions, CBIC publishes several researches made by leading experts, and organize multidisciplinary events to promote debates and to train entrepreneurs and controllers. CBIC provides the articulation of several segments of construction sector as a formal discussion partner during the referral of proposals to the three branches of the government, to financial agents, and to other several entities and to the Academy. A remarkable characteristic of this entity is that it follows the national agenda placing the construction industry and the real estate market on debates that are interesting for Brazil and promoting proposals that can effectively solve problems, having as a main goal the country and its population’s development. The entity also represents the construction industry internationally, and joins the Inter-American Construction Industry Federation (FIIC), this entity represents construction industry into the whole Latin America, and that lead the technical commission created in 2016 to discuss and articulate actions made to foment the insertion of a higher number of construction companies into infrastructure projects in several international markets. FIIC represents 18 Chambers of 18 different countries. Still on the subject of international representation, CBIC is member of International Confederation of Construction Associations (CICA), and lead one of the vice presidencies in January of 2017. MISSION CBIC’s mission is to represent the brazilian construction industry through a legitimated and ethic way, empower and integrate its associations, foment solutions aligned to the country’s sustainable development. PRIORITIES Search for the improvement of the national business environment, focusing on infrastructure and real estate market– stimulate the business responsible conduct, the legal security and the sustainable economy. Search for the longevity of companies from this sector. Be the leading figure of a program that aims for the competitiveness and development of the construction industry and the country, focusing on technological innovation, productivity and sustainability. Search for mechanisms to achieve financial self-sustainability and to expand the representation base of its associates. Establish a deliberation agenda and act according to the guidelines given by the Administration Council, creating a corporate governance policy to the entity. Fight against informality and foster health, security and welfare for construction workers. Create projects and disseminate good practices to reinforce the positive image of this sector.