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OUR
CULTURE

OUR
CULTURE

It is the light that motivates us to give life to what we are.

In Argos, we understand culture as the particular way of doing things, a way that sets us apart and strengthens us. It’s a way that defines who we are, what we believe in, and how we continue to evolve TOWARDS THE FUTURE WE DREAM OF.

Our culture, which we have named “We Are Green Light,” drives us to be the light that guides, mobilizes, and builds our purpose, guiding us in everything we do from how we work together to how we interact with our clients, communities, and stakeholders.

It is the light we radiate from within to impact the world around us.

Our higher purpose is what inspires our culture

Our culture is part of one of the most relevant aspects of the company; If our Higher Purpose is where we are headed, culture is the way “how things are done” to achieve the strategy.

Defining and appropriating our culture has allowed us to move towards purpose and achieve great goals.

At Argos we are moved by a purpose, which inspires us:

We make possible the construction of housing and infrastructure dreams that enable a more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive society.

OUR CULTURE PILLARS

We are Green Light, is reflected through four culture pillars. These pillars facilitate the understanding of the behaviors, beliefs, and values that determine how we do things.

Turn on the light by clicking on each pillar:

WE TAKE OWNERSHIP

We are accountable for the outcomes and interest of the organization, while also respecting, acknowledging, appreciating, and caring for both individuals and the environment.

We take responsability

We have a sense of ownership that holds us accountable for achieving challenging goals and serving as a role model for others.

What it is not

I disclaim any responsibility for the outcomes or their consequences, seeking excuses or placing blame to justify myself.

We do the right thing
We are committed to performing in the best interests of our company, its shareholders, and society, following our principles of respect, integrity, and transparency.

What it is not

I do not consider the consequences of my actions and decisions to achieve the result at any cost. I do not manage the company’s resources with diligence, and I give priority to personal benefit.

We take care of ourselves, others and our environment
We promote a safe and healing work environment, caring for the physical and emotional health of everyone.

What it is not

I sacrifice my integrity, and that of my team, disregarding the impact of my actions on the environment to achieve objectives.

WE ARE SOLUTION ORIENTED

We build trusted relationships with clients, maximizing value for everyone and offering solutions that fit their needs.

We build strong relationships
We foster authentic relationships based on trust, extending both within and beyond the organization.

What it is not

My actions, conversations, and decisions often conform to hierarchy or bureaucracy, impacting interactions with customers and other departments.

We maximize shared value
We put the customer´s needs at the center of decisions and develop differentiating capabilities that add significant value for all involved.

What it is not

I carry out my work without considering the impact on the customers or the potential inefficiencies for the business.

We deliver solutions understanding the client’s reality

We understand and anticipate the needs of our clients to offer extraordinary solutions from our place in the organization.

What it is not

I only take the customer’s order without fully comprehending their actual needs or exploring alternative solutions that could truly satisfy them. I wrongly assume that creating value for the customer solely falls under the responsibility of the sales or commercial teams.

WE ARE A WINNING TEAM

We are confident that by synergizing our proficiencies, we can reach remarkable goals. We promote open and direct dialogues, acknowledging diversity as a catalyst for achieving exceptional outcomes.

We encourage direct conversations

We speak out with confidence, courage, empathy, and sincerity, enabling high-performance teams that maximize growth.

What it is not

I harm the team’s performance by avoiding giving feedback or expressing my opinions if they generate controversy. I make light-hearted judgments with bad intentions that generate mistrust.

We go out to win and win as a team

We collaborate as a team between areas with the conviction of achieving a superior result.

What it is not

I concentrate solely on my area’s objectives, isolating myself from collaboration and settling for mediocre outcomes.

We promote diversity as a source of value generation

We make sure to include different perspectives and criteria to increase the impact of everything we do.

What it is not

I choose to work with people who align with my perspective and opinions.

I exclude people or teams who think differently to avoid disagreement, believing that this way I move forward faster.

WE ARE DRIVERS OF PROFITABLE GROWTH

We embrace a mindset of profitable growth with agility and flexibility. We innovate to be competitive and move towards our purpose.

We are agile, flexible and pragmatic

We embrace an agile and flexible mindset, enabling us to navigate change effectively and deliver meaningful outcomes.

What it is not

I tend to stick to what I know best, prioritizing bureaucracy and process control.

We have a profitable growth mentality

We seize business growth opportunities by embracing ambitious actions and by thinking big.

What it is not

I impose restrictions and limitations instead of recognizing opportunities for growth and innovation.

We promote innovation as an engine of growth and differentiation

We dare to experiment with fresh ideas and solutions, embracing learning from mistakes and fostering continuous improvement.

What it is not

I avoid experimenting or doing things differently due to a fear of being wrong.

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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