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  1. Acceptance of Terms and Conditions of use

By accessing, navigating, or using this website (the “Site”), the user acknowledges having read and understood the present terms and conditions of use (the “Terms and Conditions of Use”) and agrees to subject to them and comply with all applicable laws and regulations as set forth by Colombian legislation. Furthermore, when the user makes use of any service rendered by this Site, including but not limited to chat rooms, suggestion boxes, and contests, they will be subject to the rules, guidelines, policies, and terms and conditions applicable to said service.

In case the user does not agree with these terms and conditions of use, we courteously ask them to immediately abstain from using this Site.

 

This Site is controlled and operated by CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A., from its offices located in Colombia. CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. is not responsible for the material on this Site being appropriate or available for use in other places, access to it being forbidden in territories where its contents are illegal. Those who decide to access this Site from other places do it on their own initiative and it is their responsibility to subject to local laws that are applicable. Any claim regarding this Site and the material of its content is regulated by Colombian laws. These terms and conditions are subject to changes without previous notice at any moment, at the sole discretion of CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A., and as of the date of publication of the modification of these Terms and Conditions of Use on this Site, all the operations that take place between CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. and the user are governed by the modified document.

 

  1. Headings 

The headings of the clauses of these Terms and Conditions are only meant to make it easier to consult them and are not part of them. From them, no meaning or interpretation can be inferred or derived.

 

  1. Independence of provisions

In case any or more of the dispositions contained in these Terms and Conditions be considered invalid, illegal, or inefficient in any aspect, the validity, legality, enforceability, or efficiency of the rest of the dispositions herein contained will bot be affected or annulled by said circumstance.

 

  1. www.argos.com.co

www.argos.com.co is a website that is dedicated to the use of diverse services and contents, such as the description of the company, the products, the services, financial information, news, and press releases. www.argos.com.co is a domain name owned by the society CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A., a commercial organization registered under Colombian law, whose main activity is the commercialization and sale of products and services such as cement, concrete, and land transport.

 

  1. Copyrights 

All the informative, graphic, advertising, photographic, multimedia, audiovisual and design material, as well as all the contents, texts, and databases made available through this Site (from now on referred to as “the Contents”) are exclusive property of CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A., or in some cases, of third parties that have authorized CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. to use them. Likewise, the use on www.argos.com.co of some contents owned by third parties is explicitly authorized by the law or by said third parties. All the Contents on www.argos.com.co are protected by the norms on Copyrights and all national and international laws that apply to them.

Except for that which is explicitly stipulated in these Terms and Conditions, it is forbidden to copy, reproduce, modify, create derivative works of, sell, distribute, or exhibit the contents of this Site, in any way or by any means, including but not limited to electronic, mechanic, photocopiable, recordable or any other media, without the previous written permission of CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. or the owner of the copyrights.

In no case, these Terms and Conditions grant rights, licenses, or authorizations to undertake any of the actions previously prohibited. Any non-authorized use of the Contents will be considered a violation of the present Terms and Conditions, the norms in effect about copyrights, and any other regulations that apply to them. CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. grants the user a personal license and right, which is non-transferrable and non-exclusive, to open www.argos.com.co on the screen of a computer or PDA device under their control and to use the object code (not the source code) of the software of www.argos.com.co. 

The previously mentioned license does not extend to the Industrial Property of CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. or of third parties, and end automatically with the incompliance on behalf of the user of any of the provisions contained in these Terms and Conditions. The license granted by CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. is given taking into account that the user cannot modify, create, distribute, reproduce, or exhibit a work derived from it, even if they invert the process, invert the set-up or in any way try to discover any access code, sell, transfer, sublicense, provide insurance for, or transfer any right of the software of www.argos.com.co. The user promises through the present Terms and Conditions not to modify the software of the Site in any way.

 

  1. Industrial property

All the brands, banners, logos, names, and any other distinctive signs, as well as the utility models or industrial designs and other elements of industrial or intellectual property that are inserted, used, or displayed on the Site are exclusive Property of CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. and in some cases of third parties that have explicitly authorized CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. to use them. Likewise, in some cases the use of industrial property of third parties has been authorized by the law in a general fashion, and consequently doesn’t require any previous or explicit authorization of its owner. Nothing on www.argos.com.co can be interpreted as a concession or the granting of any type of authorization, license, or any other right to use or dispose of any form of Industrial Property, without the previous written permission of CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. or the owner of the rights to it. Any non-authorized use will be considered a violation of the present Terms and Conditions and the national and international norms in effect on Industrial Property, leading to the consequences and sanctions imposed by CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. or the Law.

 

  1. Linking, Deeplinking, and Framing

CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. prohibits the use of names, logotypes, brands, or any other distinctive sign of its property as hyperlinks (“links”) directed to websites whose URL is not https://argos.com.co, unless the establishing of such a link is previously approved by CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. in writing, in which case the criteria and design and publicity manuals established by CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. must be respected. CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. reserves the right to request the withdrawal of links that have been established on websites without its explicit previous permission. The establishing of links to subdirectories within the URL (Deeplinking) on pages that are not controlled by CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. is prohibited. Displaying, using, exhibiting, copying, or any other form of reproducing the Site http://www.www.argos.com.co or any of its subdirectories and pages on sites that are not controlled by CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. (“Framing”) are explicitly prohibited. The non-observance of these prohibitions will be considered a violation of the rights concerning intellectual property of the Contents and the rights regarding Industrial Property.

 

  1. Queries

Any questions related with the use of brands, banners, logos, distinctive signs, and in general any element of Industrial Property of the Site, as well as those related with the use of the Contents or with the establishment of Links to the URL https://argos.com.co can be directed to CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. in Colombia on (0057) (4) 3198700 or directly through the website, www.argos.com.co. Any use that is in violation with the regulations herein contained will result in corresponding civil action and prosecution.

 

  1. Exoneration and guarantees

In compliance with the Law of the Republic of Colombia, the material contained in this Site, including but not limited to texts, graphs and links, is provided on an as is basis, without there being any type of guarantees, be it explicit or implicit, including but not limited to guarantees of marketability or salability, of adaptation for specific purposes, or of non-contravention or other violation of rights. CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. does not guarantee the use, validity, precision, reliability, or results of the use of this Site, or any other situation regarding this Site or any site linked to it. CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. warns its clients that the information of this site can contain errors or inaccuracies, or might not be complete or updated. Therefore, CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. reserves the right to correct any mistakes, omissions, or inaccuracies, and change or update the information at any time and without previous notice.

 

  1. Limited responsibility

Without prejudice of what is determined in the imperative norms of applicable Colombian legislation, CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. does not take any responsibility, even for damage or loss, including but not limited to the loss of information or utilities, the existence of viruses, the results of the use or the inability to use the material on this Site, missed business opportunities, or any other kind of damage, even when the user has warned us of the existence of such damages, or for any claim of third parties, except for that which is explicitly stipulated herein.

Under the terms herein pointed out, CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. does not take any responsibility for the information that is provided on the site, including but not limited to information referring to products and services, notes of interest, opinions, practical advice, and answers to questions. Furthermore, CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. is not nor will it be responsible of the impossibility or problems to use the Site or any pages that make it up, including but not limited to events such as problems with the server or the connection, interruptions in communication, or technical problems. In case the use of the material of this Site results in the need to do maintenance to, fix, or correct information equipment, the user will bear any costs stemming from those situations.

 

  1. Visiting the Site

The rendering of the Site’s service is free for the users, except the use of some Services, which can only be accessed through a subscription or registry process by the user or by paying a price, as explicitly indicated in the corresponding sections.

Any visits paid to a websites through the links of this Site will be at the own risk of the user, without resulting in any responsibility for CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A.

The user vows to use the contents diligently, correctly, licitly, and especially, they agree not to do any of the following:

(a) Use the contents with purposes or effects that do not comply with the law, morals, generally accepted behavior, or public order.

(b) Totally or partially reproduce, copy, represent, use, distribute, transform, or modify the contents of the Site in any way or by any means, or allow public access through any means of public communication, other than those that, depending on each case, have been made available for this purpose or have been indicated on the webpages where the contents can be found, or, in general, are usually used on Internet for this purpose, as long as they do not entail any risk of damaging or disabling the Site, the Services, or the Contents.

(c) Suppress, elude, or manipulate the copyrights and other identification data of the rights of CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. or its title holders, incorporated into the contents, as well as technical protective devices, digital fingerprints, or any other information mechanism the Contents might contain.

(d) Use the contents and, particularly, any class of information obtained through the Site or the Services to distribute, transmit, forward, modify, refuse, or report the publicity or the contents of the Site with the intention of direct sales or any other type of commercial purpose, unrequested messages addressed at a plurality of people regardless of their intention, as well as abstain from commercializing or spreading said information by any means. In other words, the user can download the material that is published here, in its physical or digital format, but only for personal purposes and with a reference to the source.

(e) Use the Site and the Services with illicit purposes or effects, which are not in compliance with what is established in these Terms and Conditions, and which are detrimental to the rights and interests of third parties, or which in any other way can damage, disable, overload, or deteriorate the Site and the Services or impede the normal use or enjoyment of the Site and the Services by the users.

 

  1. Review of the terms

CEMENTOS ARGOS S.A. can review the Terms and Conditions of Use herein contained at any time, by updating this announcement. By using www.argos.com.co, the user agrees to any of these revisions, which will take effect the moment they are accessible for the users, who are in their turn obliged to periodically visit this page to determine the terms and conditions that are in effect at that moment and to which all users must adhere if they decide to use this Site.

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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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