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Argos, un referente mundial en sostenibilidad

El Dow Jones Sustainability Index, es un índice mundial que evalúa el desempeño de las compañías líderes de los distintos sectores, a partir de criterios de sostenibilidad. Nació en 1999 y, desde entonces, ha contribuido a consolidar una visión estratégica en torno al desarrollo sostenible, convirtiéndose en un importante referente para los inversionistas del mundo y para los principales grupos de interés relacionados con las compañías.

 

Durante más de 20 años el Índice de Sostenibilidad del Dow Jones ha evaluado a las compañías de 58 sectores económicos y 27 países a partir de criterios de sostenibilidad, otorgando una distinción a aquellas que realizan una gestión destacada e integral de sus negocios.  Este año más de 3.500 compañías fueron invitadas a participar y de estas solo el 10% (318) fueron seleccionadas como miembros del DJSI global.

 

Para nosotros es muy importante ser parte de este índice pues nos permite evaluar la gestión y medir el progreso del cumplimiento de nuestras metas y promesas de valor. A la vez, nos confirma que nuestro interés por mantener el equilibrio entre la creación de rentabilidad, el respeto por los derechos humanos, el desarrollo social y la disminución de nuestros impactos ambientales se está cumpliendo.

 

La estrategia que llevó a Cementos Argos a estar en este índice

Argos ha logrado destacarse dentro de un selecto grupo de empresas como una de las compañías con mejor desempeño en sostenibilidad del mundo. Obtuvimos el mejor puntaje de la industria en las variables:

  • Ambientales: en biodiversidad, ecoeficiencia, agua y estrategia climática.
  • Sociales: en atracción y retención del talento, desarrollo de capital humano, ciudadanía corporativa y filantropía, relacionamiento con grupos de interés y reporte social.

 

  • Económicos: en estrategia tributaria, códigos de conducta, medición y valoración de impactos, influencia política, construcción sostenible y materialidad.

 

Dentro de los principales avances obtenidos por Argos, que hicieron posible este reconocimiento están:

  • Medición y valoración de nuestras externalidades: mediante la Metodología de True Value de KPMG, desarrollamos el Estado de Valor Agregado (VAS), una herramienta que proporciona un panorama integral de cómo retenemos, agregamos o reducimos valor para la sociedad a partir de la cuantificación y monetización de nuestros impactos positivos y negativos. Esto nos permite tomar decisiones informadas de manera responsable, gestionar riesgos y promover la transparencia y la generación de confianza con nuestros grupos de interés. Actualmente tenemos un modelo corporativo y 4 de países que incluyen Colombia, Panamá y Honduras.

 

  • Gestión de la innovación: este aspecto nos permite aprovechar las oportunidades de negocio y mantenernos vigentes en un mercado cada vez más exigente, responsable y competitivo. La sustitución de combustibles fósiles por materiales alternativos y la introducción de productos como el concreto avanzado (UHPC) y el microcemento demuestran que podemos poner en el mercado, productos innovadores, aportándole a la construcción de ciudades sostenibles.

 

  • Emisiones de CO2 y cambio climático: Asumimos de manera innovadora el cambio climático como un desafío y una oportunidad para nuestras operaciones directas y su cadena de valor. Por eso nos comprometemos a mitigar las emisiones directas e indirectas de CO2 y a generar las capacidades necesarias para la adaptación a sus impactos. Buscando contribuir a la competitividad y al crecimiento resiliente tanto de la compañía como de sus grupos de interés.

 

Por eso nos hemos comprometido al 2030 a reducir nuestras emisiones a 523 kg CO2/tonelada de material cementante

  • Agua y biodiversidad: Nos comprometemos a hacer un uso responsable de servicios vitales como el agua y la biodiversidad, los cuales son necesarios para la sociedad, los ecosistemas, nuestras operaciones y cadena de suministro. Mediante la identificación y manejo de riesgos e impactos significativos y el aprovechamiento de oportunidades, en los territorios donde tenemos presencia.

 

Nuestras metas en esta materia incluyen:

Estar incluidos en este índice es fortalecer la confianza de nuestros grupos de interés pues otorga un respaldo a nuestro modelo de negocio. Tener una garantía de sostenibilidad representa una ventaja competitiva y en específico estar en el índice es una forma objetiva de evidenciar que nuestras prácticas y productos cumplen con estas características.

 

Por otra parte, hacer parte de Dow Jones, demuestra la capacidad que tenemos como compañía de estar a la vanguardia en temas ambientales, sociales y económicos, siempre respetando y generando valor en todos los contextos donde operamos, lo que se traduce en operaciones más eficientes, más trasparentes, mejor preparadas para asumir riesgos, con menos impactos negativos, más seguras y que aportan a una mejor calidad en los productos.

 

 “En Cementos Argos recorremos el camino hacia la sostenibilidad convencidos de que nuestras acciones aportarán a la construcción de una mejor sociedad con oportunidades para todos”, Juan Esteban Calle, presidente de Cementos Argos.

 

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PIEDAD MONSALVE

Gerente de Comunicaciones
pmonsalve@argos.com.co
(57 4) 3198700

RAQUEL YEPES

Directora de Comunicaciones
ryepess@argos.com.co
(57 4) 3198700 | Extensión: 64318
313 791 6901

Atmospheric emissions

We are committed to reducing our emissions through actions that achieve more efficient processes and the implementation of abatement measures, contributing to good air quality in the places where we operate.  Our cement-, concrete- and aggregate-production processes generate punctual and scattered particulate matter (PM) emissions, as well as emissions of sulfur oxides (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the clinkering furnaces of the cement plants.

  • For society:  To contribute to mitigating the impact on air quality in the areas where we operate, acting responsibly and promoting relationships of trust with our Stakeholders.

 

  • For the company:  To develop more efficient processes that allow us to reduce our atmospheric emissions and contribute to responsible production, complying with local regulations in the countries where we operate and – in some cases – going beyond compliance with said regulations, contributing to the profitability of the business and preparing to face future challenges.

The “Emissions” pillar of our Environmental Strategy focuses on: Working on the adequate measurement, control and reduction of SO2, NOx and particulate-material (PM) emissions generated by our production processes in the cement business and on the prevention and mitigation of our dispersed emissions of particulate material (dust), originated mainly by the activities of transportation, transfer, unloading and storage of materials in the cement, concrete and aggregate processes. The foregoing, through operational control, optimization and renewal of emission-control systems to achieve continuous improvement.

Industry positioning

We position ourselves as strategic allies for the development of the territories where we are present, directly and through the empowerment of our value chain.  We do it through the construction of housing and sustainable infrastructure that enables the closing of socioeconomic gaps, the generation of employment, the improvement of the quality of life and the reduction of the impacts generated.

  • For society:  To sustainably respond to the growing demand for housing and infrastructure of the world population with the aim of improving people’s quality of life, interconnecting regions and developing innovative solutions. 

 

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    For the company:  To be strategic allies of the actors in our value chain in order to maintain the Company’s leadership in the market, ensure its competitiveness over time and increase the generation of sustainable value.

We are committed to the role we have as a Company in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda goals, the consolidation of territorial development plans where we operate, and the economic reactivation of the countries affected by the pandemic. Therefore, we focus our efforts in the development of sustainable housing and infrastructure projects that contribute to closing socioeconomic gaps, generating employment under safe conditions, environmental protection, and investment in improving people’s health systems and quality of life. 

Our work unfolds in three large lines:

 

Cities for everyone:

 

With nearly 54% of the world  population living in urban areas, the pandemic made inequality of those who live in the cities of the world

manifest. Nearly 90% of the COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the urban

centers that have, among others, challenges associated with access to basic services and decent housing conditions. For this reason, we work together with our value chain to develop projects that benefit the lessfavored population, facilitate access to housing, and promote development in

the areas of influence.

 

Interconnected cities

 

The need to connect urban areas with rural areas to expand the coverage

of basic services, such as health, has been a priority of developing countries

since before the pandemic. Therefore, during 2020, we continued working on creating innovative solutions that allow us to be present in the large projects of the countries and territories where we are present.

 

Intelligent cities

 

In recent years, the acuteness of the effects of climate change became the

risk of greatest impact to the world. Therefore, in the global stage, a need

has grown to transition to a low-carbon economy, an opportunity that becomes more relevant amid post-pandemic recovery scenarios and the effort we are making as a Company to generate new business models that respond to environmental and social challenges. For this reason, our Climate-Change Strategy includes actions aimed at mitigating the impacts associated with our productive processes, adapting our operating model and innovating from the identification of optimization opportunities.

Supplier management

Supplier management is a fundamental pillar of our Supply Chain Strategy; it seeks to build and strengthen relationships with strategic allies who have the ability to contribute to the Company in terms of efficiency, productivity, customer service and innovation.  For this reason, we carefully select our suppliers, transfer knowledge to promote their development, promote good practices and recognize those who are an example of sustainable, innovative, safe and responsible management.

  • For society:  To develop our suppliers, promote transparent practices and responsible conduct, to improve the productivity and competitiveness of our society and support the construction of a better future.

 

  • For the company:  To seek to add value throughout the Company’s supply chain, from the purchase of goods and services to the delivery of products to clients.  Through the mitigation of risks and potentiation of opportunities, the implementation of good contracting practices and service excellence, we create relationships of trust and turn suppliers into business allies.

Our management is divided into five stages:

  1. Identification: We determine the goods and services required for our operation and the category to which they belong, according to our Category Tree. This groups our suppliers into macro-categories which – in turn – are subdivided into two more specific levels.
  2. Pre-Selection: We validate the suitability of suppliers through due diligence and review aspects of sustainability and financial health to ensure long-term relationships.
  3. Negotiation: We select suppliers with high standards, considering technical, economic, sustainability and service aspects.
  4. Retention and evaluation: We carry out knowledge-transfer processes with those suppliers with growth potential.
    • We characterize our suppliers as critical suppliers or with potential risk in sustainability.
    • We measure the management of critical suppliers through performance evaluations in terms of quality, service, occupational health and safety, having constant feedback and identifying key factors for their development.
    • We apply the Sustainability Index to suppliers with potential sustainability risks, to identify challenges, opportunities, and to develop joint action plans in environmental, economic, social and Human-Rights matters.
    • We implement additional controls and development plans to suppliers belonging to categories where the greatest potential risks have been identified. This is how, for example, we develop road-safety strategies for our logistics suppliers; with mining suppliers, we carry out a more rigorous pre-selection process, and with contractors, we have special controls on occupational health and safety.
    • We have a Transparency Line for Stakeholders to report possible improper actions and to implement the pertinent corrective actions. 
  5. Recognition:  Every two years, through Growing Together (Creciendo Juntos), we recognize the suppliers that have shown outstanding performance in innovation, sustainability, health and safety and development and comprehensiveness.

 

Additionally, we have:

 

Contracting manual: transparent action framework that guides the negotiation and contracting of our suppliers to allow the process to be agile, make use of best practices and carry out adequate risk management.

 

Code of conduct for suppliers: in which we define the principles and behaviors that we expect from our allies in terms of respect for human rights, protection of workers, environmental management, business ethics and responsible business practices.

Ethics and compliance

We are convinced that ethics and integrity are fundamental and non-negotiable; that is why we live by these principles, integrating them into our operations, processes, and strategy, thus generating value responsibly for our business, our Stakeholders, and for society.  Through the Global Governance and Compliance Program, our ethics and business conduct system, we seek to promote that our actions are consistent with the pillars of corporate culture and integrity as the guiding principle of our business activity.

  • For society:  To promote transparent, competitive, and sustainable business environments that strengthen trust and ethics in business, generating positive impacts for the market and society.

 

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    For the company:  To promote that our actions are consistent with the pillars of culture and that integrity is the inspiring principle of all members of the Organization.  This is how we consolidate ourselves as a competitive, reliable company in the eyes of investors and other Stakeholders.

We have voluntarily adopted a self-regulatory framework that confirms our commitment to business ethics as a way to promote transparent practices that contribute to the development of competitive environments. This framework* incorporates mandatory principles of ethics and conduct:

 

 

For the proper implementation and application of these guidelines, the strengthening of the ethical culture, the prevention and control of incorrect actions, our Board of Directors approved the Global Governance and Compliance Program (GGCP, in Spanish). The program structure incorporates international best practices to evaluate compliance programs, such as ISO 37001, ISO 19600 and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines. The program has the following scope:

 

 

Likewise, it systematically groups together the activities carried out to promote integrity in the Company’s actions, its employees, and members

of the value chain, which allow the updating and permanent strengthening

of the program. Operating Scheme:

 

Efficiency and productivity

We materialize our Corporate Strategy through actions aimed at the efficient use of resources, the improvement of our financial flexibility and the maximization of income generation and business profitability.  We focus on the application of efficient, safe production processes and circular economy models, on the diversification of energy management models and on the efficient management of the supply chain.

  • For society:  To provide solutions and products that meet the needs of our clients through the responsible, appropriate use of resources and the incorporation of raw materials and alternative energy sources.

 

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    For the company:  To guarantee business sustainability, optimize working capital and capital investments, reduce costs and the level of indebtedness, and mitigate risks regarding the availability of resources necessary for our operation and the emergence of new business realities, environmental requirements and new regulations.

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