Grupo Agroponiente has made an important commitment to the implementation of an ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) policy in the entity. The goal is to give the company a personality of its own in the short and medium term and to achieve a series of environmental, social and good governance objectives in decision making at all levels.
A manual has been prepared that includes goals, deadlines and ways to achieve them in the three branches of the ESG. The company's primary objective is to provide value in each of these areas. "We are talking about achievable and progressive objectives which seek to improve a starting situation in the ESG field which has previously been evaluated and defined," says Andrea Alonso, director of Marketing and ESG Champion (head of ESG) of Grupo Agroponiente.
Thus, Grupo Agroponiente has already implemented strategies and actions, such as the inspection of cold stores, certifying that no toxic gases are used; the implementation of the waste management protocol and the update of the registration book which records the destination of the waste for its correct recycling; the adjustment of the environmental and waste management policy; the installation of containers for the recycling of the staff's own plastic in the dining rooms; the development of an internal code of conduct and the establishment of a complaints channel that is fully protected and anonymous aimed at informing the company of any anomaly of any kind.
Regarding environmental aspects, a water and electricity consumption control system has been put in place to ensure a better use of these resources, with the reuse of water from the machinery that allows it. There is also a system controlling the supply of resources for the crops; and special emphasis is being placed on the management of organic waste within the framework of the working relationship with Frutilado, transforming waste into livestock feed.
In the social field, a strategy has been developed in the Department of Occupational Risk Prevention, with a plan to prevent accidents and workers' health problems.
In addition, Grupo Agroponiente has adhered to the United Nations Pact in its objectives for sustainable development, promoting internal awareness of the company's impact on the planet.