This excerpt taken from the PBR 20-F filed May 22, 2009.
Created in May 2002 to advise the Presidents office, the Petrobras General Ombudsmans Office has been an official part of our corporate structure since October 2005, when it became directly linked to the board of directors. The General Ombudsmans Office is the official channel for receiving and responding to denunciations and information regarding possible irregularities in accounting, internal controls and auditing. The General Ombudsmans Office reports directly to the Audit Committee and guarantees the anonymity of informants. In December 2007, the board of directors approved the Policies and Directives of the Petrobras Ombudsmen, which was an important step in aligning the General Ombudsmans practices with those of the other