Biodiversity

Value Chain Boundaries

Impacts of this topic reach Argos’ procurement processes and the supply chain.Suppliers
Impacts of this topic are evaluated throughout all Argos operations.Argos
Clients
Impacts of this topic reach our communities, authorities and other individuals of the society.Society

Our management approach

Added value to the company

By properly mitigating the impacts that our operations generate on ecosystems and biodiversity, we ensure the supply of goods and services required for our production processes, while being a good neighbor to communities and other stakeholders around us.

Added value to society

Through our biodiversity management strategy, we contribute to maintaining the supply of the ecosystem goods and services needed for the wellbeing of our communities and other stakeholders. The cost to society for 2016 derived from impacts on biodiversity decreased 1.7% compared to 2015 according to our Value Added Statement – VAS.

103-2 Initiatives, commitments, and policies


Cement Sustainability Initiative

Wildlife Conservation Society

World Heritage Centre

Audubon Society

Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

Sustainability Policy

Environmental Policy

103-2 Governance

Sustainability and Corporate Governance Committee
Sustainability
VP
Environmental Corp Director and Managers
Regional
VP
Environmental Regional Directors and Managers/plant Director

2016 performance

  • We implemented IBAT (Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool) to assess biodiversity-related risks in our facilities.
  • We developed guidelines for the development of Biodiversity Management Plans (BMPs).
  • In our Central America and Caribbean Region the percentage of quarries with closure plans in place remains the same as 2015 as technical information required for the closure plans is being developed.
  • In our USA Region, there was a slight increase in rehabilitated areas in comparison with 2015 due to efforts undertaken at the Newberry quarry.
  • In Colombia Region we invested USD 731,310 in biodiversity offset and rehabilitation projects.
  • We strengthened our strategic alliances in the three regions:
    • USA: We funded conservation projects led by the Audubon Society and the Lubee Bat Conservancy with USD 13,000.
    • CCA: With the support of the Smithsonian Institute, we developed a BMP for the preservation of a high biodiversity area in Panama.
    • Colombia: We engaged in a public-private partnership with Parques Nacionales Naturales (PNN) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) with the aim of protecting the Saldaña River Basin; we also engaged in the initiative to protect the Andean bear in alliance with Grupo Argos, PNN, WCS, and Corporación Autonóma del Valle del Cauca (CVC) and we funded the construction of infrastructure to ensure the protection of biodiversity in Isla Salamanca National Natural Park.
  • We maintained Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certification for 10 more plants in the USA Region.
  • We are industry leaders in biodiversity management, as the DJSI has recognized three years in a row.

Upcoming challenges

  • To define the methodology to measure Net Positive Impact (NPI) in biodiversity for our operations and move forward with its implementation.

Forest Reserve, Panama, Caribbean and Central America Region

A-BI1 Number and percentage of active quarries with closure plans in place

Active quarries
Closure plan
%
Colombia
29
24
83%
USA
3
3
100%
CCA
8
4
50%
ARGOS TOTAL
8
4
50%

A-BI2 Number and percentage of disturbed areas
rehabilitated at active quarries

Disturbed area (ha)
Rehabilitated area (ha)
%
Colombia
180.74
156.53
86.6%
USA
82.2
33.5
40.8%
CCA
19.96
19.39
97.1%
ARGOS TOTAL
282.90
209.42
74%

304-1 Number of facilities with high biodiversity value

2015
2016
Total Argos*
Active
335
328
34
31
%
10.1
9.5

304-4 IUCN red list species and national conservation lists species with habitats in areas affected by operations

In critical danger5
In danger9
Vulnerable24
Nearly threatened5
Minor concern19
2016 Goal tracking
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· We defined and applied the Argos Guidelines for the Formulation of Biodiversity Management Plans in all three regions.
· We began the second phase of the soil rehabilitation project with the UdeA University in Colombia..
· We continued to participate in the CSI Biodiversity Working Group.
· We continued with the implementation of rehabilitation plans in Colombia.
· We developed a Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) for the preservation of a high biodiversity area in Panama based on the results of the Smithsonian Institute study.
2017 Goals
  • We will develop a rehabilitation plan for the Haiti quarry.
  • We will continue with the soil rehabilitation project with the UdeA University in Colombia.
  • We will prioritize our facilities to develop BMPs based on IBAT results.
  • We will develop a BMP for the preservation of a high biodiversity area in the Magdalena Medio region in Colombia.

2025:

  • We will have closure plans in place for 100% of active quarries.
  • We will have 70% of disturbed areas in active quarries rehabilitated.