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At Argos we believe that sustainability means creating value for both society and for the Company itself, which is why we uphold a Sustainability Strategy, which sets out our framework for action as well as the 3 pillars that define the action plans for achieving our objective.

The following
is our work plan

At Argos, we manage sustainability based on an overarching strategic framework that includes our sustainability strategy, materiality analysis, integrated risk management system, work plans and goals. For more information, please click here →

All our actions are aimed at creating added value for both society and for the Company as a whole, making it possible to turn dreams into reality, thereby driving development and transforming lives through:

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Argos Aggregates for transforming our future,

We are convinced that in order to build a sustainable future we must transform the present through our individual actions. That is why we empower each of our stakeholders in their role as agents of change.

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Our decisions are are geared to 
striving towards achieving excellence with what we do and directing our projects to providing innovative solutions, all of this in order to build sustainable urbanizations and infrastructure.

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The bonds forged with our STAKEHOLDERS,

We believe in the importance of building relationships with our stakeholders, where dialogue, transparency and the collective construction of common goals and achievements shall lead us towards a brighter future.








We use our natural resources responsibly,

We know that sustainability is based on good resource management practices, which is why we work to close cycles and reduce our environmental impact.

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The bonds forged with our STAKEHOLDERS,

We believe in the importance of building relationships with our stakeholders, where dialogue, transparency and the collective construction of common goals and achievements shall lead us towards a brighter future.

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We use our natural resources responsibly,

We know that sustainability is based on good resource management practices, which is why we work to close cycles and reduce our environmental impact.

Our decisions are are geared to 
striving towards achieving excellence with what we do and directing our projects to providing innovative solutions, all of this in order to build sustainable urbanizations and infrastructure.
Argos Aggregates for transforming our future,

We are convinced that in order to build a sustainable future we must transform the present through our individual actions. That is why we empower each of our stakeholders in their role as agents of change.

Strategic

Level

We report the risks and threats to the Board of Directors through its Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, for the definition of action plans and timely decision making through the Company's management.

Tactical Level

We carry out risk analysis and evaluation in operations, projects, processes, and different Company issues, quantifying

Operational Level

We apply the SGIR methodology in the risk analysis of processes and facilities, facilitating the formulation, implementation and monitoring of action plans.

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Risk management

We identify, analyze, assess and manage the risks that may impact the fulfillment of our strategy, projects, processes and operations. We have evaluation, monitoring and scaling mechanisms adopted in the methodology of our Comprehensive Risk Management System (SGIR, in Spanish), which defines different scales of impact (economic, reputational, information and Occupational Health and Safety), as well as scales of probability of occurrence, that make up their overall risk profile; seeking an efficient transfer through the Corporate Insurance Program, to reach all levels and geographies in which we operate.

We were once again recognized for our best Risk Management Practices, earning the highest possible rating of 100% on the

Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

We create sustainable value through conscious, responsible production and the continuous improvement of our processes.

We are aware of the importance of our activity for the economic growth and social well-being of the geographies where we operate, while recognizing the impacts that this activity generates on the natural capital.

Therefore, through the implementation of our Environmental Management System, we seek continuous improvement that generates sustainable value for the Company, our value chain and other Stakeholders, by offering products and services with high standards that contribute to the solution of environmental problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the coming years, we will be the actors of a profound transformation of the construction industry, which will allow us to offer our clients a portfolio of innovative products and solutions with sustainability characteristics. To achieve this goal, we will be the best partners to our clients in the construction of sustainable housing and infrastructure.
Our goal is to obtain revenues equal to USD 800 million from products that have sustainability features.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We approach climate change in an innovative manner as a challenge and an opportunity to our direct operations and their value chain.

Our goal is to reduce our net specific emissions to 523 kg CO2 /t of cementitious material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are committed to reducing emissions through actions that achieve the efficiency of our processes, thereby contributing to good air quality in the places where we operate. For this reason, we focus on the measurement, control and reduction of point sources and disperses of particulate matter emissions (dust), as well as emissions of sulfur oxides (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Our goal is to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions to 205 g/t clinker, reduce particulate matter emissions to 45 g/t clinker, reduce nitrogen oxide emissions to 1205 g/t clinker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are committed to responsibly using vital services, such as water and biodiversity, which are necessary to society, ecosystems, our operations and the value chain. This, by identifying and managing risks and significant impacts and taking advantage of opportunities in the territories where we are present.
Our goal is to: Rehabilitate 90% of the released areas intervened Have management plans for 85% of the quarries located in areas with high biodiversity value Reduce water consumption in cement to 245 L/t cement Reduce water consumption in concrete to 216 L/m3 concrete Reduce water consumption in aggregates to 94 L/t aggregates

 

 

 

 

 

 

We contribute to the closing of life cycles of resources by harnessing waste or by-products from other industries, such as raw materials or alternative-fuels, providing a sustainable solution to the problem of their disposal. Likewise, we focus on the prevention, reduction, reuse, and recycling of our waste. To this end, we establish collaborative links with authorities, companies, and communities.
Our goal is to replace 33% of conventional fuels for alternative fuels; replace 15% of raw materials for alternative materials in cement; use 18% supplemental cementitious material in concrete

 

 

 

En los próximos años seremos los actores de una profunda transformación de la industria de la construcción la cual nos permitirá ofrecerle a nuestros clientes un portafolio de productos y soluciones innovadoras y con características de sostenibilidad. Para lograr este objetivo, seremos los mejores aliados de nuestros clientes en la construcción de vivienda e infraestructura sostenible.

Ingresos por productos con características de sostenibilidad

 

 

 

Estamos comprometidos con la reducción de las emisiones a través de acciones que logren la eficiencia de nuestros procesos, contribuyendo a una buena calidad del aire en los lugares donde operamos. Por eso nos enfocamos en la medición, control y reducción de las emisiones de material particulado (polvo) puntuales y dispersas, así como las emisiones de óxidos de azufre (SO2) y óxidos de nitrógeno (NOx).

 

 

 

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.

Reducción de emisiones especificas netas de CO2 

 

 

 

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 valor. Mediante la identificación y manejo de riesgos e impactos significativos y el aprovechamiento de oportunidades, en los territorios donde tenemos presencia.

Aportamos al cierre del ciclo del uso de los recursos mediante el aprovechamiento de los residuos o subproductos de otras industrias como materias primas o combustible alternativos, brindando una solución sostenible a la problemática de su disposición. Así mismo nos enfocamos en la prevención, reducción, reutilización y el reciclaje de nuestros residuos. Para ello establecemos vínculos colaborativos con autoridades, empresas y comunidades.

We create value by contributing to the development of society through:

SDG 9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

 

SDG 1.4.1 Contribute to the increase in the proportion of the population living in households with access to basic services.

Community engagement strategy

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Building trust-based relationships through fluid and transparent dialog

satisfaction in priority communities by  2030

reiterative complaints by 2030

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Acting responsibly with regard to our operations, respecting and promoting human rights. risk to the community by  2030 % operations carrying high and critical risks of impacting communities by 2030

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Generating development opportunities for driving growth in all those parts of the world where we are present. resource leveraging by  2030 630.000  people benefited by our social investment programs by 2030

Construir relaciones de confianza a través un diálogo fluido y transparente

de satisfacción en comunidades priorizadas para el 2030

quejas reiterativas para el 2030

Generar oportunidades de desarrollo para impulsar el crecimiento de los territorios

de recursos apalancados para el 2030

630.000  personas impactadas por programas de inversión social para el 2030

Actuar con responsabilidad en nuestra operación respetando y promoviendo los derechos humanos.

materializaciones de riesgos hacia la comunidad para el 2030

operaciones con riesgos altos y críticos de afectación a comunidades para el 2030

Leadership and accountability

We share our vision regarding occupational health and safety by ensuring that we all understand, all take responsibility for and are all empowered to achieve and sustain our “Zero” goal.

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We choose!

We inspire our work teams to choose to work in a safe and healthy manner, applying, understanding and being aware of the consequences of complying or failing to comply with the proper performance of their functions.

Our goal is to:

- Introduce one successful impact project per region per year*.

*The impact of which relates to improvements obtained with our IFLT (Total Injury Frequency Rates), absenteeism due to GI (General Illness), high-risk situations and occupational illness.

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We know how and we can do!

We strive to ensure that everyone is made aware of the risks posed and apply control measures to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.

Our goal is to:
- Reduce total injuries by  50%*
*Baseline for 2019

- Reduce occupational illnesses by 30%.

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We share our vision on health and safety and make sure we all understand, take responsibility and empower ourselves to achieve and sustain Zero.
Our goal is to eliminate serious injuries to our employees and contractrors by 2025.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know how and we can do!

We strive to ensure that everyone is made aware of the risks posed and apply control measures to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.

Our goal is to:
Reduce total injuries by n 50%*
*Baseline for 2019

- Reduce occupational illnesses by 30%.

¡Queremos!

Compartimos nuestra visión en seguridad y salud asegurando que todos comprendamos, asumamos nuestra responsabilidad y nos empoderemos para lograr y sostener el cero.

Nuestra meta es:
- Eliminar las lesiones graves en nuestros colaboradores y contratistas al 2025*
*Según alcance y definición establecida.

¡Sabemos y podemos!

Trabajamos para que todos conozcamos los riegos y apliquemos las medidas de control que eviten lesiones y enfermedades laborales.

Nuestra meta es:
- Reducir las lesiones totales en un 50%*
*Línea base 2019

- Disminuir en 30% las enfermedades laborales.

¡Sabemos y podemos!

Trabajamos para que todos conozcamos los riegos y apliquemos las medidas de control que eviten lesiones y enfermedades laborales.

Nuestra meta es:
- Reducir las lesiones totales en un 50%*
*Línea base 2019

- Disminuir en 30% las enfermedades laborales.

¡Elegimos!

Inspiramos a los equipos de trabajo para que elijan trabajar seguros y saludables, aplicando, entendiendo y siendo conscientes de las consecuencias del cumplimiento o no de una adecuada gestión.

Nuestra meta es:
- Un proyecto de impacto exitoso por regional cada año*

*Cuyo impacto esté relacionado con la mejora de los indicadores de IFLT (Índice de Frecuencia de Lesiones Totales), ausentismo por EG (enfermedad general), situaciones de riesgo alto y enfermedad laboral.

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.

Creamos valor construyendo relaciones sólidas que transforman el futuro de la sociedad

Creamos valor a través de nuestro compromiso con el desarrollo responsable y transparente de nuestras actividades.