We continue reinforcing policies and procedures aimed at diminishing the impact that our Company may have over biodiversity, both during the construction phase of our units and the use of natural resources in products and materials for our operation.

1. Protecting biodiversity during the construction of units. Policies, procedures and contractual clauses cover the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources, from the acquisition of the property, to the construction of units by third parties and the design of units. Said policies include:

  • Environmental analysis of properties prior to purchase, with the purpose of verifying the existence of any protected flora or fauna, soil contamination, bodies of water as pertains the viability of the project, and the necessary means of mitigation and compensation required.
  • Proper project design as per environmental regulations covering green areas, permeable areas, the use of renewable energy, and plant management.
  • Environmental measures and compensations during the construction phase, including proper waste management, flora and fauna recovery, atmospheric emissions, noise pollution, and measures set forth by environmental authorities.
  • Joint responsibility of third parties, including contractual clauses and bidding stipulations for construction companies and suppliers to provide material from authorized banks, manage waste in keeping with current legislation, wastewater management, and compliance with their responsibilities in these matters.

2. Preventing water pollution and soil degradation during farming and fishery-related activities, and in overexploitation of forestry resources.

  • We use wood products, such as pallets, that come from authorized domestic or foreign sources; pulp products that use recycled, post-consumption fiber; and internal paper supplies having Forest Stewardship Council certification.
  • We defined a policy for the use of certified palm oil in the products we sell under our private label, so as to avoid deforestation of tropical forests. Moreover, we are working with other suppliers so that all may have proper certification in 2015.
  • We restated the sustainable fishery strategy upon renewing work plans and policies so that in 2015 all aquaculture products, either domestic or imported, are Best Aquaculture Products certified.