PROTECTING OUR PLANET
Value Chain Boundaries
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
Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia
- 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.
- To define the methodology to measure Net Positive Impact (NPI) in biodiversity for our operations and move forward with its implementation.
- 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.
- We will have closure plans in place for 100% of active quarries.
- We will have 70% of disturbed areas in active quarries rehabilitated.