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NUESTRA
CULTURA

NUESTRA
CULTURA

Es la luz que nos motiva a dar vida a lo que somos

En Argos entendemos la cultura como la forma particular de hacer las cosas, una forma que nos diferencia y nos fortalece. Una forma que define lo que somos, en lo que creemos y cómo seguir evolucionando HACIA EL FUTURO QUE SOÑAMOS.

 

A nuestra cultura la que hemos denominado «Somos Luz Verde», la cual nos impulsa para ser la luz que guía, moviliza y construye nuestro propósito, guiándonos en todo lo que hacemos desde la forma en que trabajamos juntos, hasta la manera en que interactuamos con nuestros clientes, comunidades y públicos de interés.

 

Es la luz que irradiamos desde nuestro interior para impactar en el mundo que nos rodea. 

nuestro propósito superior es lo que inspira nuestra cultura

Nuestra cultura hace parte de uno de los aspectos más relevantes en la compañía; si nuestro Propósito Superior es hacia dónde nos dirigimos, la cultura es la forma de “cómo se hacen las cosas” para alcanzar la estrategia.

Definir y apropiarnos de nuestra cultura nos ha permitido avanzar hacia el propósito y alcanzar grandes metas.

En Argos nos mueve un propósito, que nos inspira: 

Hacemos posible la construcción de sueños de vivienda e infraestructura que habilitan una sociedad más sostenible, próspera e inclusiva.

NUESTROS PILARES DE CULTURA

Somos Luz Verde que se refleja a través de cuatro pilares de cultura. Estos pilares facilitan la comprensión de los comportamientos, creencias y valores que determinan el cómo hacemos las cosas.

Enciende la luz haciendo clic sobre cada pilar:

NOS COMPORTAMOS COMO DUEÑOS

Nos hacemos cargo de los resultados y los intereses de la organización, lo hacemos respetando, reconociendo, valorando y cuidando las personas y el entorno.

Nos hacemos cargo:

Tenemos el sentido de pertenencia que nos responsabiliza de lograr metas desafiantes y ser ejemplo para los demás.

Lo que no es

No me responsabilizo de los resultados ni de su impacto, y busco excusas o culpables para justificarlo.

Hacemos lo correcto:
Tenemos la convicción de proteger los intereses de nuestra compañía, sus accionistas y la sociedad, actuando con austeridad, respeto, rigurosidad, integridad y transparencia.

Lo que no es

No considero las consecuencias de mis actos y decisiones por lograr el resultado a como dé lugar, no manejo los recursos de la empresa con diligencia y doy prioridad al beneficio personal.

Cuidamos de nosotros, de los demás y de nuestro entorno:
Promovemos un ambiente de trabajo seguro y sanador, cuidando la salud física y emocional de todas las personas.

Lo que no es

Arriesgo mi integridad, la de mi equipo y descuido el impacto de mis acciones en el entorno por lograr los objetivos.

SOMOS SOLUCIONADORES

Construimos relaciones de confianza con los clientes, maximizando el valor para todos y ofreciendo soluciones que se adaptan a sus necesidades.

Construimos relaciones sólidas
Creamos relaciones auténticas basadas en la confianza tanto al interior como al exterior de la organización.

Lo que no es

Mis actuaciones, conversaciones y decisiones se rigen por la jerarquía o la burocracia ya sea en la interacción con el cliente o con otras áreas.

Maximizamos el valor compartido
Ponemos las necesidades del cliente en el centro de las decisiones, desarrollando capacidades diferenciadoras que generan valor para todos.

Lo que no es

Realizo mi labor sin considerar el impacto que esta tiene en el cliente o generando ineficiencias para el negocio.

Entregamos soluciones entendiendo la realidad del cliente

Comprendemos y anticipamos las necesidades de nuestros clientes para ofrecer soluciones extraordinarias desde el lugar que ocupamos en la organización.

Lo que no es

Me enfoco en atender las solicitudes del cliente sin escuchar o entender su real necesidad, ni buscar soluciones que lo satisfagan. Asumo que agregar valor al cliente es responsabilidad única de las áreas comerciales.

SOMOS UN EQUIPO GANADOR

Tenemos la convicción de que sumando nuestros talentos podemos alcanzar grandes metas, fomentamos conversaciones directas y reconocemos la diversidad para lograr resultados extraordinarios.

Fomentamos conversaciones directas

Construimos confianza para hablar con valentía, empatía y sinceridad consolidando equipos de alto desempeño que maximizan el crecimiento.

Lo que no es

Perjudico el desempeño del equipo evitando dar retroalimentación o expresar mis opiniones si generan controversia. Emito juicios a la ligera con mala intención que generan desconfianza.

Salimos a ganar y a ganar como equipo

Hacemos equipo entre áreas con la convicción de alcanzar un resultado superior como Compañía.

Lo que no es

Enfoco mi contribución en el objetivo de mi área aislándome de las demás, limitándome a perseguir resultados mediocres. 

Promovemos la diversidad como fuente de generación de valor

Nos aseguramos de incluir diferentes perspectivas y criterios para incrementar el impacto de todo lo que hacemos.

Lo que no es

Escojo trabajar con aquellas personas que comparten mi perspectiva y opinión. Excluyo personas o equipos que piensan diferente para evitar la controversia, creyendo que así avanzo más rápido.

SOMOS IMPULSORES DE CRECIMIENTO RENTABLE

Adoptamos una mentalidad de crecimiento rentable con agilidad y flexibilidad. Innovamos para ser competitivos y avanzar hacia nuestro propósito.

Somos ágiles, flexibles y pragmáticos

Actuamos con una mentalidad ágil y flexible que nos permite adaptarnos a los cambios y entregar resultados de valor.

Lo que no es

Me mantengo en mi zona conocida, dándole prioridad a la burocracia y generando resistencia a los cambios.

Tenemos mentalidad de crecimiento rentable

Trabajamos en oportunidades de crecimiento del negocio, haciendo y pensando en grande. 

Lo que no es

Encuentro restricciones y limitaciones en lugar de oportunidades de crecimiento e innovación.

Fomentamos la innovación como motor de crecimiento y diferenciación

Nos atrevemos a experimentar nuevas ideas y soluciones, entendiendo el error como fuente de aprendizaje y la mejora continua.

Lo que no es

Evito experimentar o hacer las cosas diferente por el temor a equivocarme.

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.