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Posicionamiento de la industria

Nos posicionamos como aliados estratégicos del desarrollo de los territorios donde tenemos presencia, de manera directa y por medio del empoderamiento de nuestra cadena de valor. Lo hacemos a través de la construcción de vivienda e infraestructura sostenible que habilite el cierre de brechas socioeconómicas, la generación de empleo, la mejora de la calidad de vida y la disminución de los impactos generados.

  • Para la compañía: Ser aliados estratégicos de los actores de nuestra cadena de valor con el fin de mantener el liderazgo de la compañía en el mercado, asegurar su competitividad en el tiempo y aumentar la generación de valor sostenible.

 

  • Para la sociedad: Responder de forma sostenible a la creciente demanda habitacional y de infraestructura de la población mundial con el objetivo de mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas, interconectar las regiones y desarrollar soluciones innovadoras.

Concesión vial Vías del Nus - Antioquia, Colombia 

 

En línea con nuestro propósito superior, la participación en este proyecto tiene un gran impacto para las comunidades del norte del departamento de Antioquia. Se proyecta que generará un importante aporte socioeconómico en más de 400 mil habitantes de Maceo, Santo Domingo, Cisneros, Girardota, Copacabana.  

 

En este proyecto participamos como proveedores de cemento, entregando cerca de 160 mil toneladas. A su vez, este proyecto consumió 400 mil metros cúbicos de concreto en obra. 

 

Participamos en la construcción de la mayor autopista de Virginia, en Estados Unidos 

 

Junto con otros contratistas de Virginia, participamos en la construcción de la ampliación del túnel del puente de Hampton Road (HRBT) suministrando cemento y material cementante suplementario (escoria Supercem Grado 100). Este proyecto, que tiene una duración de cinco años y supone una inversión cercana a los 3.800 millones de dólares, pretende ampliar los actuales tramos de cuatro carriles a lo largo de casi diez millas del corredor de la I-64 en Nortfolk y Hampton con la construcción de dos túneles gemelos bajo la bahía. En total, para esta obra, entregaremos 93.932 toneladas de cemento y 91.814 toneladas de escoria.

 

Inaugurada Ariane 6, plataforma de lanzamiento espacial construida con nuestro cemento en la Guayana Francesa

 

El 27 de septiembre se realizó el vuelo inaugural de Ariane 6, una maravilla de la modernidad en medio de la selva de la Guayana Francesa. Para este proyecto, construido por la empresa francesa Eiffage, despachamos en total cerca de 54.500 toneladas de tres tipos diferentes de cemento con altos niveles de resistencia y requerimientos técnicos avanzados, entre los que se destacan el suelo cemento o road binder, una solución estabilizadora de terrenos que es usada por primera vez en una obra de este tipo, y algunos cementos resistentes a sulfatos.

 

Nuestro cemento fue utilizado en la construcción de todas las obras necesarias para la plataforma de despegue del cohete, así como para una base móvil de 90 metros de altura (el cohete tendrá 70 metros de altura), el edificio de ensamblaje del cohete y vías, numerosas estructuras para las redes eléctricas, tuberías, etc.

Estamos comprometidos con el rol que tenemos como empresa en la consecución de las metas de la Agenda 2030, la consolidación de los planes de desarrollo de los territorios donde operamos y la reactivación económica de los países afectados por la pandemia. Por eso enfocamos nuestros esfuerzos en el desarrollo de proyectos de vivienda e infraestructura que aporten al cierre de brechas, la generación de empleo en condiciones seguras, la protección del medio ambiente y la inversión en la mejora de los sistemas de salud y la calidad de vida de las personas. 

 

Nuestro trabajo se desarrolla en tres grandes líneas: 

 

Ciudades para todos  

 

ODS 1, 3, 6, 8, Y 15. 

 

Con cerca del 54% de la población viviendo en zonas urbanas, la pandemia dejó manifiesta la desigualdad que se vive en las ciudades del mundo. Cerca del 90% de los casos de COVID-19 se concentran en los centros urbanos los cuales tienen, entre otros, retos asociados al acceso a servicios básicos y condiciones de vivienda digna. Por esta razón, trabajamos, junto con nuestra cadena de valor en el desarrollo de proyectos que beneficien a la población menos favorecida, faciliten el acceso a vivienda e impulsen el desarrollo en las áreas de influencia. 

 

Ciudades interconectadas 

 

ODS 9, 12  

 

Como respuesta a la pandemia los procesos de digitalización surtieron una aceleración que aumentaron la demanda de infraestructura tecnológica, adicional a la latente necesidad de interconectar la áreas urbanas y rurales con el fin de ampliar la cobertura de servicios básicos como el de la salud. Por eso en Argos,continuamos trabajando en la creación de soluciones innovadoras que nos permitan estar presentes en las grandes obras de los países y territorios donde tenemos presencia. 

 

Ciudades inteligentes 

 

ODS 13, 17 

 

La agudeza de los efectos del cambio climático se convirtió en el riesgo de mayor impacto para el mundo, por eso en el escenario global ha crecido la necesidad de hacer una transición a una economía baja en carbono. Oportunidad que cobra mayor relevancia en medio de los escenarios de recuperación post pandemia y el esfuerzo que estamos haciendo como compañía, para la generación de nuevos modelos de negocio que respondan a los retos ambientales y sociales. Por esta razón, nuestra estrategia de cambio climático además de contemplar las inversiones en la mejora de nuestros procesos productivos y la ampliación de la oferta de productos y soluciones a nuestros clientes trabaja en el empoderamiento de la cadena de valor y el fortalecimiento de alianzas con los sectores financieros, con el fin de promover la construcción de vivienda e infraestructura con estas características.

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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