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Unas 5,000 llantas de desecho se recolectarán mensualmente en Choluteca para ser eliminadas responsablemente en la planta de Cementos Argos

  • Las llantas de desecho serán recolectadas en Choluteca y trasladadas a Comayagua para ser eliminadas en la planta de Piedras Azules.
  • Argos ha eliminado responsablemente más de un millón de llantas en los últimos años a través del coprocesamiento.
  • Las tres organizaciones esperan eliminar más de 60,000 llantas en el primer año de duración del programa.

 

Cementos Argos, en alianza con Fundesur y Fundación HERCO, lanzaron el programa Gestión responsable de llantas de desecho en Choluteca. Este programa cuenta con el respaldo de MiAmbiente, la Secretaría de Salud y la Alcaldía Municipal de Choluteca. Para inaugurar oficialmente el programa, llevaron a cabo una primera jornada de recolección de llantas, en la cual participaron varias empresas reconocidas de la ciudad.

 

A través de este programa se pretende ofrecer una solución ambientalmente viable y responsable para la acumulación de llanta de desecho que existe en ciudades como Choluteca. Las llantas de desecho son residuos molestos cuya vida útil ya terminó y que deben ser eliminados de una forma responsable porque, de lo contrario, representan un problema para la salud de los habitantes y para el medioambiente.

 

Además, se ha establecido un vehículo rotulado con la insignia del programa para realizar la recolección periódica de las llantas desecho entre los diferentes negocios que participen de forma voluntaria. Se estima que mediante las acciones del programa se recolecten 5,000 llantas de desecho al mes.

 

Las llantas recolectadas durante la ejecución del programa se almacenarán de forma temporal en la oficina regional del MiAmbiente en el barrio Piedras Azules, en Comayagua. Adicionalmente, los ciudadanos que, de manera independiente y voluntaria quieran sumarse a la iniciativa, podrán entregar llantas de desecho en este mismo centro, el cual estará abierto de lunes a viernes en horario de 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

 

Desde este sitio de acopio se trasladarán las llantas de desecho recopiladas hasta la planta Piedras Azules de Cementos Argos, donde se eliminarán mediante el coprocesamiento en el horno de cemento.

 

El coprocesamiento es el proceso mediante el cual se aprovecha el valor calórico de residuos como llantas de desecho, plásticos, productos farmacéuticos y otros, para utilizarlos como un combustible alternativo en el proceso de fabricación de cemento, sin alterar la calidad del producto final. A través del coprocesamiento la compañía cementera reduce su uso de combustibles fósiles, volviendo cada vez más verde y limpio su proceso productivo. En los últimos años, Argos ha coprocesado más de un millón de llantas, las cuales ha recolectado a nivel nacional gracias a alianzas con otras instituciones.

 

Argos, Fundesur y Fundación HERCO hacen un llamado a la ciudadanía a sumarse a la iniciativa, y tomando conciencia de la importancia de deshacerse de estas llantas que potencialmente pueden convertirse en criaderos de zancudos transmisores de enfermedades como el dengue, Zika y Chikunguña.

 

Sobre Argos en Honduras


Argos es una empresa productora de cemento, respaldada por una trayectoria de 40 años en el rubro del cemento en Honduras, que es fuente de trabajo para más de 2,500 hondureños de manera directa e indirecta. La compañía ha dejado su sello en el desarrollo de Honduras al participar en proyectos relevantes de infraestructura como la construcción de la Carretera CA-5, el Segundo Anillo Periférico de San Pedro Sula, el nuevo edificio del Banco Central de Honduras, la Carretera del Sur, la Represa Hidroeléctrica El Cajón, el Aeropuerto Internacional de Palmerola, entre otros.

 

La empresa destaca por su apuesta a la innovación y la sostenibilidad, siendo la primera y única cementera en Honduras en contar con una granja solar que provee energía limpia para su producción en la planta Piedras Azules. Con la fuente energética de esta granja, contribuyen a reducir hasta un 20% sus emisiones de CO2 y ofrecen al consumidor final un producto más amigable con el medio ambiente, como el Cemento Eco Multipropósito.

 

En los últimos años, la compañía ha invertido más de L. 55 millones de lempiras en programas de inversión social como Pisos Saludables, Ambientes Saludables, Agua Segura y otros proyectos de infraestructura comunitaria. Por su responsabilidad empresarial, sus iniciativas sociales y su gestión ambiental, la compañía es acreedora de la distinción de Empresa Socialmente Responsable de FUNDAHRSE.

 

Para más información puedes contactar a:
Sofía Pereira, Coordinadora de Comunicaciones Corporativas | sofia.pereira@argos.co | www.honduras.argos.co     

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PIEDAD MONSALVE

Gerente de Comunicaciones
pmonsalve@argos.com.co
(57 4) 3198700

DANIELA VALLE

Directora de Comunicaciones
dvalle@argos.com.co

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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