Founded in Brazil in 1944, the Odebrecht Organization is a diversified business leader laying the groundwork for positive sustainable change worldwide.

The Organization

With a presence throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, the Odebrecht Organization engages in diverse industries that energize economies and create value for our Clients. Besides our strong leadership in engineering and construction through Construtora Norberto Odebrecht and in chemicals and petrochemicals through Braskem, the Odebrecht Organization serves a variety of sectors including: sugar, ethanol, and bioenergy; oil and gas; transportation and logistics; and environmental engineering among others. Partnering with Clients around the world, our strength is drawn from an entrepreneurial culture based on the Spirit of Service–delivering solutions that benefit both Client and community, while enabling prosperity today and tomorrow.


By 2020 Odebrecht strives to be a global organization present in more than 30 countries with more than 300,000 Team Members united by a common entrepreneurial culture. Odebrecht intends to be a leader in the markets where it operates and a benchmark reference in value creation and sustainable development for Clients, Shareholders, Team Members, and Society.


Our Businesses


Engineering & Construction

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, the Odebrecht Organization’s engineering and construction division, has 70 years of experience and more than 30 years of international presence. With a focus on infrastructure, transportation, energy, real estate, and industrial projects, Odebrecht is the largest international contractor in Latin America and one of the largest in the world (Engineering News-Record). Odebrecht is one of the world’s top builders of hydroelectric dams and is responsible for the construction of four of the 2014 World Cup stadiums in Brazil.


Chemicals & Petrochemicals

Braskem, Odebrecht’s chemical and petrochemical company, has 36 industrial plants in Brazil, the United States and Germany. Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the global leader in biopolymer production. In 2010, the company launched green polyethylene made from sugarcane ethanol–a renewable resource. Braskem’s I’m greenTM Polyethylene seal can be found on food packaging, personal care, home care, cosmetics, toys, and other green plastic products worldwide.

Odebrecht Environmental

Water, wastewater, and environmental services

Odebrecht Real Estate

Real estate development

Odebrecht Latinvest

Infrastructure investment and asset management

Odebrecht Transport

Concessions in the transportation, transit, and logistics sectors

Odebrecht Agroindustrial

Sugar, ethanol, and bioenergy

Odebrecht Oil & Gas

Sugar, ethanol, and bioenergy


For more than two decades, infrastructure development was the focus of the Odebrecht Group in the United States. In recent years, the Organization has expanded its operations in the country to encompass other areas of expertise, including industrial engineering, chemicals and petrochemicals, oil and gas, and environmental engineering. Today, the Odebrecht Organization has more than 1,500 Team Members and combined annual revenues of more than $2 billion in the United States.

United States Presence

Odebrecht USA

Established in 1990, Odebrecht USA has successfully delivered projects throughout the Unites States, including the South and North terminals at Miami International Airport, hurricane flood protection in New Orleans, and the Grand Parkway highway encircling the greater Houston area. For more information, visit

Braskem America

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Braskem America is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with five production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and a Technology and Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Braskem’s chemical and plastic products promote sustainable solutions in healthcare, construction, packaging, and transportation. For more information, visit


Our Culture

Odebrecht Entrepreneurial Technology is the foundation of our business. Its key tenets guide our daily actions.

  • Client Satisfaction

    Clients should be served with an emphasis on quality, productivity, and socio-environmental responsibility.

  • Confidence in People

    Confidence in People and in their ability and desire to progress.

  • Reinvestment of Results

    Reinvestment of results for the creation of new work opportunities and for community development

  • Partnership

    Partnership among Team Members with a collective commitment to achieve a common goal and share in the profits they generate

  • Return on Shareholder’s Investments

    Return on Shareholders’ investments with a focus on increasing their equity value.

  • Development of People

    “Education through Work” prepares Team Members for increasingly complex challenges.

  • Decentralization through Planned Delegation

    Decentralization through Planned Delegation empowers Team Members to make decisions and take action.


Sustainable Development


Economic Development

Produce goods and services that cater to the needs of society and create prosperity for Clients, Shareholders, Team Members, and communities where we live and work.


Social Development

Generate jobs and income to our Team Members, supppliers, and subcontractors, as well as indirect benefits to the communities where we operate.


Cultural Diversity

Bring people from diverse origins, ethnicities, sexual orientation, religious backgrounds, and those with special needs to the Organization, promoting integration and positive exchange of cultural values among Team Members.


Political Engagement

Be proactive in collaborating on the development of public policy that promotes sustainable development in the countries and regions where we work.


Environmental Balance

Use natural resources rationally; maximize use of clean technologies and renewable resources; minimize and mitigate environmental impact caused by our operations; and share technology and solutions to restore degraded environments.

The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development is designed to promote innovative ideas that embody an entrepreneurial spirit.  Odebrecht USA and Braskem America are looking for technically exceptional work that pushes boundaries and demonstrates the holistic application of sustainability principles.