Education that changes the world

In 1966, five young friends set up the pre-college preparatory course Pitágoras in the city of Belo Horizonte (MG), paving the way for the Company to become one of Brazil’s leading educational groups. The positive impact for society emerged there, and over the years, Cogna has been bolstering its journey with the best governance and sustainability practices.

To continue to expand our purpose of impacting people through education for a better world, we launched the Cogna Commitments for a Better World, a set of targets for us to continue to generate sustainable value.

Check out all our commitments

Our Purpose

To impact people through education for a better world


To be a benchmark education platform for children, young people and adults in Brazil.

Our Values

Entrepreneurship  |  Customer Focus   |  Collaboration   | Transparency   | Sustainability    |  Diversity |  Innovation


What does ESG stand for?

ESG is the English acronym for environmental, social, and governance. The three letters encompass aspects, ways of management, indicators, and practices related to each front. Over the past years, ESG has been strongly used as an investment decision criterion, as it covers companies' sustainable management, and accordingly, the guarantee of a long-term business continuity.

We are among the top 2% companies with the best ESG performance according to Sustainalytics, the best placed in Latin America in its category. Find out more about the company’s position in the rankings.

See how Cogna acts in each one of the ESG dimensions ahead:


Balance between people and nature

  • Make efficient use of natural resources, prioritizing renewable sources for a greener world;
  • Educate and promote environmental awareness, aware that we are all responsible for climate change;
  • Promote the balance between the use of resources, their preservation and environmental compensation.

Learn more about our actions


Education, Diversity and Human Rights

  • Contribute to Public Education in the country;
  • Foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem and employability, assisting in the professional journey and career construction;
  • Promote economic and social development around the teaching units;
  • Take care of the health and well-being of employees, contributing to the physical, mental and emotional balance.

Learn more about our actions


Governance and Integrity

  • Seek gender equity at all hierarchical levels and in the Governance of the Company;
  • Promote best practices of governance and transparency in disclosures and results;
  • Promote the principles of integrity and anti-corruption.

Learn more about our actions

Our Numbers

Postsecondary education

+ of 1 million students

on-campus and DL undergraduate students


graduate students


distance learning accredited centers (DL)

124 own units

Primary and secondary education


partner schools

1,6 million



+ 21,900 employees

Average 6,9 training hours

per employee

346 hours

of training

SROI – Social Return on Investment*

R$ 8 billion

of annual economic impact on society

R$ 9 billion

in social and economic assets

R$ 7,68 return in benefit to society

at every R$1.00 invested

3,5 million people

benefited from Cogna’s social assets

*Update 2021
Last update: 03/25/2022

Natural resources

89% of energy consumption

*Update 1Q2022
Last update: 05/13/2022


In 2020, we interviewed 9,594 people and we collected the most relevant topics for our business.

We monitored, managed, and reported these topics, in line with our commitment to transparency along with our stakeholders.