INITIATIVES AND COMMITMENTS

At Argos we are committed to the global agenda and to achieve these objectives we know we must work as a team with our stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, associations, among others.

 

That is why we join the global initiatives and we are part of important commitments that position us as a strategic ally in the construction of the world that we all want.

SDG

Sue Allchurch, Chief of Outreach and Engagement, United Nations Global Compact said: “As we reach the 10-year countdown to attaining the SDGs, it’s crucial that organisations are not only setting ambitious sustainability targets, but aligning their targets with the SDGs and integrating them into their core business strategies. The cement and concrete industry provides an opportunity for transformative change, and as the sector progresses towards its carbon neutral target it will also bring positive impacts across many of the SDGs.”

” En Argos estamos comprometidos con los ODS 2030 y su propósito universal de no dejar a nadie atrás, proteger el medioambiente y promover alternativas que ayuden a que todas las personas cuenten con las oportunidades suficientes para tener una vida digna y en paz. Por esto y basados en nuestra capacidad para contribuir de manera directa a los diferentes retos globales que cada uno de los objetivos representan, nuestra estrategia de sostenibilidad y la gestión de los diferentes temas materiales de la compañía están alineados con los siguientes 4 “

Prioritized SDGS

SDG 8

Decent work and economic growth

SDG 9

Industry, innovation and infraestracture

SDG 11

Sustainable cities and communities

SDG 13

Climate action

SDG 8 y 13
Goal 8,4 y 13,2

Reduce the heat consumption by 10% with respect to 2013
consumption levels

Reduce electricity consumption by 15% with respect to 2013 consumption levels

 

Reach an 33% substitution rate in heat consumption from the use of alternative fuels

 

Heat consumption

 

 


[302-1] Electricity consumption

 

 

[A-EN1] % replacement of heat consumption from the use of alternative fuels

SDG 8
Goal 8,2 y 8,4

Reach a 15% of alternative raw materials in cement operations


Reach 18% of alternative raw materials in concrete operations.

[A-EC2] % Alternative raw materials in our cement operations



[A-EC3] % alternative raw materials in our concrete operations

SDG 8 y 13
Goal 8,4 y 13,2

Goal

KPI

Reduce the heat consumption by 10% with respect to 2013
consumption levels

Heat consumption

Reduce electricity consumption by 15% with respect to 2013 consumption levels

[302-1] Electricity consumption

Reach an 33% substitution rate in heat consumption from the use of alternative fuels

[A-EN1] % replacement of heat consumption from the use of alternative fuels

SDG 8
Goal 8,2 y 8,4

Goal

KPI

Reach a 15% of alternative raw materials in cement operations

[A-EC2] % Alternative raw materials in our cement operations

Reach 18% of alternative raw materials in concrete operations.

[A-EC3] % alternative raw materials in our concrete operations

SDG 9
Goal 9 y 9,5

Obtain revenues of USD $ 800 million for our products with
sustainability properties (PSP)

[A-CS1] Total of revenues from PSP

SDG 9
Goal 9 y 9,5

Goal

KPI

Obtain revenues of USD $ 800 million for our products with
sustainability properties (PSP)

[A-CS1] Total of revenues from PSP

SDG 8
Goal 8,5 y 8,6

Generating opportunities for internal mobility and between Group companies for at least 10% of its employees


Maintain key talent retention above average and Reach a 40% success rate in succession planning


Maintain at least 96% coverage of the Performance Management assessment throughout the cycle


Increase the proportion of women in leadership positions from 29% to 35%


50% of executive and managerial level employees will be of non-Colombian origin

[A-TM1] % of employees that have opportunities of internal mobility across the companies of the Argos Business Groups

 

[A-TM5] Succession success rate

Coverage of the Performance Management evaluation

[A-TM2] % of women in leadership positions

[A-TM-3] % of executives and managerial level fromcountries outside of Colombia.

SDG 8
Goal 8,5 y 8,6

Goal

KPI

Generating opportunities for internal mobility and between Group companies for at least 10% of its employees

[A-TM1] % of employees that have opportunities of internal mobility across the companies of the Argos Business Groups.

Maintain key talent retention above average and Reach a 40% success rate in succession planning

[A-TM5] Succession success rate

Maintain at least 96% coverage of the Performance Management assessment throughout the cycle

Coverage of the Performance Management evaluation

Increase the proportion of women in leadership positions from 29% to 35%

[A-TM2] % of women in leadership positions

50% of executive and managerial level employees will be of non-Colombian origin

[A-TM-3] % of executives and managerial level from countries outside of Colombia.

SDG 13
Goal 13,2

523 kg CO2/ton of cementing material.

[A-EC1] Specific emissions of CO2

SDG 13
Goal 13,2

Goal

KPI

523 kg CO2/ton of cementing material.

[A-EC1] Specific emissions of CO2

SDG 11
Goal 11,4

85% of the quarries located in areas of high biodiversity value will have Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP)


Rehabilitate 90% of areas released in active and in inactive quarries

[A-BI1] % quarries located in HCVA with BMP.

[A-BI2] % active and inactive quarries rehabilitated

SDG 8
Goal 8,4

Reduce the specific water consumption in cement.

 

Reduce the specific water consumption in concrete.

 

Reduce the specific water consumption in aggregates.

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in cement

 

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in concrete

 

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in aggregates

SDG 11
Goal 11,4

Meta

Indicador

85% of the quarries located in areas of high biodiversity value will have Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP)

[A-BI1] % quarries located in HCVA with BMP

Rehabilitate 90% of areas released in active and in inactive quarries

[A-BI2] % active and inactive quarries rehabilitated

SDG 8
Goal 8,4

Reduce the specific water consumption in cement.

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in cement

Reduce the specific water consumption in concrete.

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in concrete

Reduce the specific water consumption in aggregates.

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in aggregates

SDG 8
Goal 8,8

Reduce total injuries by 10% compared to 2019

90% of our employees who carry out high-risk tasks (HRT) will develop the necessary skills to execute them safely.

Reduce the frequency index

Number of injuries per million man hours worked


% Employees who execute HRT with developed competencies




[A-SI1] Frequency index

SDG 8
Goal 8,8

Goal

KPI

Reduce total injuries by 10% compared to 2019.

Number of injuries per million man hours worked

90% of our employees who carry out high-risk tasks (HRT) will develop the necessary skills to execute them safely.

% Employees who execute HRT with developed competencies

Reduce the frequency index

[A-SI1] Frequency index

SDG 8
Goal 8,8

Reduce total injuries by 10% compared to 2019

90% of our employees who carry out high-risk tasks (HRT) will develop the necessary skills to execute them safely.

Reduce the frequency index

Number of injuries per million man hours worked


% Employees who execute HRT with developed competencies




[A-SI1] Frequency index

SDG 8
Goal 8,8

Goal

KPI

Reduce total injuries by 10% compared to 2019.

Number of injuries per million man hours worked

90% of our employees who carry out high-risk tasks (HRT) will develop the necessary skills to execute them safely.

% Employees who execute HRT with developed competencies

Reduce the frequency index

[A-SI1] Frequency index

SDG 8
Goal 8,3

Migrate from local hiring manuals to a corporate manual.

Implement a technology platform for managing the hiring, negotiation and performance evaluation processes for
the USA Region

Achieve savings of over $12 million dollars in negotiation processes

To publish a specific web page for suppliers

Obtain import substitution for a value of USD 1 million.

Carry out performance evaluations at 85% from our critical suppliers.

Close gaps for 50% of critical suppliers evaluated in the 2019 Sustainability Index

Manuals implementation Status


Platform implementation Status





Savings achieved




Status of the supplier website



Import substitution value


Critical providers evaluated


# critical suppliers that have closed their gaps.

SDG 8
Goal 8,3

Goal

KPI

Migrate from local hiring manuals to a corporate manual

Manuals implementation Status

Implement a technology platform for managing the hiring, negotiation and performance evaluation processes for
the USA Region

Platform implementation Status

Achieve savings of over $12 million dollars in negotiation processes

Savings achieved

To publish a specific web page for suppliers

Status of the supplier website

Obtain import substitution for a value of USD 1 million.

Import substitution value

Carry out performance evaluations at 85% from our critical suppliers.

Critical providers evaluated

Close gaps for 50% of critical suppliers evaluated in the 2019 Sustainability Index

# critical suppliers that have closed their gaps.

SDG 9 y 11
Goals 9,1 y 11,2

Have 100% of Argos prioritized operations with Local Engagement Plans (LEP).

Achieve 100% risk management and community interactions in prioritized operations.

Develop solutions that consolidates a business opportunity and/or responds to a society need.

Increase the development of corporate volunteering activities by 10% in relation to the initiatives carried out in 2019.

Apply the Socioeconomic Footprint Index
to at least six operations

[A-COM4] % of prioritized operations with LEP


[A-COM5] % of prioritized operations with risk management and community interactions


[A-COM6] Nº of innovative solutions

 

 


# of corporate volunteering activities

 

 



# of sites where the Socioeconomic Footprint Index is applied

SDG 9 y 11
Goals 9,1 y 11,2

Meta

Indicador

Have 100% of Argos prioritized operations with Local Engagement Plans (LEP).

[A-COM4] % of prioritized operations with LEP

Achieve 100% risk management and community interactions in prioritized operations.

[A-COM5] % of prioritized operations with risk management and community interactions

Develop solutions that consolidates a business opportunity and/or responds to a society need.

[A-COM6] Nº of innovative solutions

Increase the development of corporate volunteering activities by 10% in relation to the initiatives carried out in 2019.

# of corporate volunteering activities

Apply the Socioeconomic Footprint Index
to at least six operations

# of sites where the Socioeconomic Footprint Index is applied

Implement a new supplier-focused human rights risk management tool.

Status of the tool implementation

Goal

KPI

Implement a new supplier-focused human rights risk management tool

Status of the tool implementation.

SDG 8 y 13
Goal 8,4 y 13,2

Reduce the heat consumption by 10% with respect to 2013
consumption levels

Reduce electricity consumption by 15% with respect to 2013 consumption levels

 

Reach an 33% substitution rate in heat consumption from the use of alternative fuels

 

Heat consumption

 

 


[302-1] Electricity consumption

 

 

[A-EN1] % replacement of heat consumption from the use of alternative fuels

SDG 8
Goal 8,2 y 8,4

Reach a 15% of alternative raw materials in cement operations


Reach 18% of alternative raw materials in concrete operations.

[A-EC2] % Alternative raw materials in our cement operations



[A-EC3] % alternative raw materials in our concrete operations

SDG 8 y 13
Goal 8,4 y 13,2

Goal

KPI

Reduce the heat consumption by 10% with respect to 2013
consumption levels

Heat consumption

Reduce electricity consumption by 15% with respect to 2013 consumption levels

[302-1] Electricity consumption

Reach an 33% substitution rate in heat consumption from the use of alternative fuels

[A-EN1] % replacement of heat consumption from the use of alternative fuels

SDG 8
Goal 8,2 y 8,4

Goal

KPI

Reach a 15% of alternative raw materials in cement operations

[A-EC2] % Alternative raw materials in our cement operations

Reach 18% of alternative raw materials in concrete operations.

[A-EC3] % alternative raw materials in our concrete operations

SDG 9
Goal 9 y 9,5

Obtain revenues of USD $ 800 million for our products with
sustainability properties (PSP)

[A-CS1] Total of revenues from PSP

SDG 9
Goal 9 y 9,5

Goal

KPI

Obtain revenues of USD $ 800 million for our products with
sustainability properties (PSP)

[A-CS1] Total of revenues from PSP

SDG 8
Goal 8,5 y 8,6

Generating opportunities for internal mobility and between Group companies for at least 10% of its employees


Maintain key talent retention above average and Reach a 40% success rate in succession planning


Maintain at least 96% coverage of the Performance Management assessment throughout the cycle


Increase the proportion of women in leadership positions from 29% to 35%


50% of executive and managerial level employees will be of non-Colombian origin

[A-TM1] % of employees that have opportunities of internal mobility across the companies of the Argos Business Groups

 

[A-TM5] Succession success rate

Coverage of the Performance Management evaluation

[A-TM2] % of women in leadership positions

[A-TM-3] % of executives and managerial level fromcountries outside of Colombia.

SDG 8
Goal 8,5 y 8,6

Goal

KPI

Generating opportunities for internal mobility and between Group companies for at least 10% of its employees

[A-TM1] % of employees that have opportunities of internal mobility across the companies of the Argos Business Groups.

Maintain key talent retention above average and Reach a 40% success rate in succession planning

[A-TM5] Succession success rate

Maintain at least 96% coverage of the Performance Management assessment throughout the cycle

Coverage of the Performance Management evaluation

Increase the proportion of women in leadership positions from 29% to 35%

[A-TM2] % of women in leadership positions

50% of executive and managerial level employees will be of non-Colombian origin

[A-TM-3] % of executives and managerial level from countries outside of Colombia.

SDG 13
Goal 13,2

523 kg CO2/ton of cementing material.

[A-EC1] Specific emissions of CO2

SDG 13
Goal 13,2

Goal

KPI

523 kg CO2/ton of cementing material.

[A-EC1] Specific emissions of CO2

SDG 11
Goal 11,4

85% of the quarries located in areas of high biodiversity value will have Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP)


Rehabilitate 90% of areas released in active and in inactive quarries

[A-BI1] % quarries located in HCVA with BMP.

[A-BI2] % active and inactive quarries rehabilitated

SDG 8
Goal 8,4

Reduce the specific water consumption in cement.

 

Reduce the specific water consumption in concrete.

 

Reduce the specific water consumption in aggregates.

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in cement

 

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in concrete

 

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in aggregates

SDG 11
Goal 11,4

Meta

Indicador

85% of the quarries located in areas of high biodiversity value will have Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP)

[A-BI1] % quarries located in HCVA with BMP

Rehabilitate 90% of areas released in active and in inactive quarries

[A-BI2] % active and inactive quarries rehabilitated

SDG 8
Goal 8,4

Reduce the specific water consumption in cement.

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in cement

Reduce the specific water consumption in concrete.

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in concrete

Reduce the specific water consumption in aggregates.

[A-A1] Specific water consumption in aggregates

SDG 8
Goal 8,8

Reduce total injuries by 10% compared to 2019

90% of our employees who carry out high-risk tasks (HRT) will develop the necessary skills to execute them safely.

Reduce the frequency index

Number of injuries per million man hours worked


% Employees who execute HRT with developed competencies




[A-SI1] Frequency index

SDG 8
Goal 8,8

Goal

KPI

Reduce total injuries by 10% compared to 2019.

Number of injuries per million man hours worked

90% of our employees who carry out high-risk tasks (HRT) will develop the necessary skills to execute them safely.

% Employees who execute HRT with developed competencies

Reduce the frequency index

[A-SI1] Frequency index

SDG 13
Goal 13,2

523 kg CO2/ton of cementing material.

[A-EC1] Specific emissions of CO2

SDG 13
Goal 13,2

Goal

KPI

523 kg CO2/ton of cementing material.

[A-EC1] Specific emissions of CO2

SDG 8
Goal 8,3

Migrate from local hiring manuals to a corporate manual.

Implement a technology platform for managing the hiring, negotiation and performance evaluation processes for
the USA Region

Achieve savings of over $12 million dollars in negotiation processes

To publish a specific web page for suppliers

Obtain import substitution for a value of USD 1 million.

Carry out performance evaluations at 85% from our critical suppliers.

Close gaps for 50% of critical suppliers evaluated in the 2019 Sustainability Index

Manuals implementation Status


Platform implementation Status





Savings achieved




Status of the supplier website



Import substitution value


Critical providers evaluated


# critical suppliers that have closed their gaps.

SDG 8
Goal 8,3

Goal

KPI

Migrate from local hiring manuals to a corporate manual

Manuals implementation Status

Implement a technology platform for managing the hiring, negotiation and performance evaluation processes for
the USA Region

Platform implementation Status

Achieve savings of over $12 million dollars in negotiation processes

Savings achieved

To publish a specific web page for suppliers

Status of the supplier website

Obtain import substitution for a value of USD 1 million.

Import substitution value

Carry out performance evaluations at 85% from our critical suppliers.

Critical providers evaluated

Close gaps for 50% of critical suppliers evaluated in the 2019 Sustainability Index

# critical suppliers that have closed their gaps.

SDG 9 y 11
Goals 9,1 y 11,2

Have 100% of Argos prioritized operations with Local Engagement Plans (LEP).

Achieve 100% risk management and community interactions in prioritized operations.

Develop solutions that consolidates a business opportunity and/or responds to a society need.

Increase the development of corporate volunteering activities by 10% in relation to the initiatives carried out in 2019.

Apply the Socioeconomic Footprint Index
to at least six operations

[A-COM4] % of prioritized operations with LEP


[A-COM5] % of prioritized operations with risk management and community interactions


[A-COM6] Nº of innovative solutions

 

 


# of corporate volunteering activities

 

 



# of sites where the Socioeconomic Footprint Index is applied

SDG 9 y 11
Goals 9,1 y 11,2

Meta

Indicador

Have 100% of Argos prioritized operations with Local Engagement Plans (LEP).

[A-COM4] % of prioritized operations with LEP

Achieve 100% risk management and community interactions in prioritized operations.

[A-COM5] % of prioritized operations with risk management and community interactions

Develop solutions that consolidates a business opportunity and/or responds to a society need.

[A-COM6] Nº of innovative solutions

Increase the development of corporate volunteering activities by 10% in relation to the initiatives carried out in 2019.

# of corporate volunteering activities

Apply the Socioeconomic Footprint Index
to at least six operations

# of sites where the Socioeconomic Footprint Index is applied

Implement a new supplier-focused human rights risk management tool.

Status of the tool implementation

Goal

KPI

Implement a new supplier-focused human rights risk management tool

Status of the tool implementation.

Reconocimientos

Cambio climático

En Argos somos conscientes de la evolución en la criticidad de los efectos del cambio climático en el tiempo, de las medidas impulsadas tanto a nivel global como local, por el sector público y privado para hacerle frente a este desafío de la humanidad, y del papel crucial que tiene nuestra compañía en el sector de los materiales de la construcción en tomar acciones innovadoras, contundentes y sostenidas que favorezcan tanto la mitigación como la adaptación al cambio climático. Asimismo, reconocemos que el cambio climático es una oportunidad para promover e impulsar la construcción sostenible y con ello contribuir a la creación de valor social en las geografías donde operamos.

 

Por eso, a través de nuestra Estrategia de Cambio Climático, nos hemos comprometido a actuar en toda nuestra cadena de valor, mitigando las emisiones directas e indirectas de CO2, generando las capacidades necesarias para la adaptación a sus impactos, e investigando y desarrollando iniciativas para avanzar en soluciones orientadas hacia la captura, almacenamiento y uso de carbono; buscando de esta manera contribuir a la competitividad y al crecimiento resiliente tanto de la compañía como de sus grupos de interés. 

 

Nos hemos adherido junto con las compañías más relevantes del sector de la producción de cemento y concreto del mundo, al Plan de Ambición Climática promovido por la Asociación Global de Cemento y Concreto (GCCA, por sus siglas en inglés) para ofrecer concreto carbono neutro a la sociedad al 2050. 

  • Para la compañía: Mitigar los riesgos relacionados con el cambio climático, generar las capacidades necesarias para la adaptación frente a los impactos de este fenómeno y potenciar las oportunidades derivadas de dicha problemática, a través de la gestión eficiente de nuestras operaciones y la investigación y desarrollo de mejores procesos, productos y soluciones, asegurando la competitividad y la permanencia de la compañía en el tiempo.

 

  • Para la sociedad: Contribuir a afrontar los desafíos derivados del cambio climático mediante el desarrollo de iniciativas de mitigación de emisiones de CO2, enfocadas en el uso de combustibles alternativos, la optimización del factor clínker cemento y la eficiencia energética, además de fortalecer los esfuerzos por generar productos y soluciones innovadoras con características de sostenibilidad que apalanquen las capacidades de adaptación al cambio climático y que contribuyan a una construcción sostenible.

Durante el 2021 construimos la Hoja de Ruta Técnica y Financiera para reducir las emisiones de CO2 y alcanzar la meta planteada al 2030, el resultado de esta hoja de ruta fue la sumatoria de esfuerzos de múltiples departamentos de la compañía que se alinearon con el OKR (Objetive Key Result, por sus siglas en inglés) establecido desde la presidencia y que hizo un llamado a la acción para: “Convertirnos en líderes en la industria en mitigación y adaptación de Cambio Climático en los próximos 3 años”.  

 

Igualmente, se estableció el mandato de hacer seguimiento constante al cumplimiento de las metas de reducción, hacer una revisión cíclica de la vigencia u optimización de los proyectos, y evaluar la inclusión de nuevos proyectos al interior del Comité de Sostenibilidad y Gobierno Corporativo de la Junta Directiva, la Célula de Cambio Climático y los comités de las tres Regionales, todo en pro del cumplimiento de los compromisos adquiridos con nuestros grupos de interés.  

 

A la fecha hemos aprobado las premisas y consideraciones técnicas que movilizan las palancas de reducción de emisiones de CO2 (1), los recursos de corto plazo dentro del CapEx de compañía, así como la reserva interna de los recursos para el mediano plazo (2) (que garanticen la destinación anual de recursos para el cumplimiento de la hoja de ruta).  

 

  1. Dentro de las iniciativas y proyectos que contiene la hoja de ruta técnica y financiera para la reducción de las emisiones de CO2 a 2030 se encuentran considerados:   
    • La continuidad operativa de instalaciones con bajo desempeño en términos de emisiones de CO2, debido a la naturaleza de su tecnología.  
    • La optimización del consumo calórico que depende en las adecuaciones operativas y de infraestructura que le permita de manera homogénea a las instalaciones de Argos ampliar y diversificar su mix de combustibles. 
    • La inclusión de tecnologías de enriquecimiento con oxígeno e inyección de hidrógeno. 
    • La optimización del factor clínker cemento bajo la premisa de diversificación y enriquecimiento del portafolio de la compañía con productos bajos en carbono. 
  2. Las inversiones aprobadas en esta hoja de ruta para reducir nuestras emisiones directas (alcance 1) ascienden a los 52.9 millones de dólares y serán distribuidas así:
    • El 44% del total será invertido en proyectos e iniciativas que optimicen el consumo calórico. 
    • El 40% en proyectos de coprocesamiento. 
    • El 9% en proyectos que viabilicen, dinamicen y mejoren el mix de combustibles para lograr la reducción de emisiones. 
    • El 7% será invertido en iniciativas para apalancar la reducción del factor clínker cemento.

La Estrategia de Cambio Climático guía nuestras acciones en mitigación, adaptación a los impactos del cambio climático e investigación y desarrollo de tecnologías para la captura, uso y almacenamiento de carbono (CCUS, por sus siglas en inglés) permitiéndonos minimizar los riesgos y potenciar las oportunidades asociadas a este fenómeno. Esta estrategia permea toda la cadena de valor y se construyó con escenarios de mitigación de emisiones de CO2, con las posibilidades de optimización de los procesos, y con los análisis de identificación y valoración de riesgos (físicos y de transición) y oportunidades de innovación y crecimiento sostenible que nos trae el sector de los materiales de la construcción.

 

El marco de acción de la estrategia de cambio climático considera: 

 

  • La Gestión de riesgos y oportunidades: La reducción de los riesgos y la potenciación de las oportunidades asociadas al cambio climático. 

 

  • La Innovación: La búsqueda de la innovación permanente. 

 

  • La Financiación verde: El uso de mecanismos de financiación que incluyan criterios de sostenibilidad.

 

  • El Gobierno: Conservando la transparencia en las decisiones y las buenas prácticas de gobierno corporativo.