ILC Consolidates Its Historical Commitment To El Salvador In Its Report On Sustained Development (Translation)
2 September 2009
August 31, 2009 - San Salvador. La Constancia Industries (LCI) has presented its Sustainable Development Report, which outlines the development in each of the 10 priorities put forward by the company. These priorities include the country's social, economic and environmental areas and aim to improve living conditions for the future generations.
Martin van Dam, President of LCI said: "We are celebrating 103 years of history and commitment to El Salvador. We do so with a renewed spirit of contribution to the country, which is sustained by an ample and integral vision such as is our Sustainable Development vision.
Sustainable Development is equal to the satisfaction of the needs of the current population without compromising the future of the coming generations. With this is mind, LCI is convinced that, in every entrepreneurial endeavor, the visions and actions of social, economical and environmental development must be aligned with what is called "triple balance." One of the roles of the private enterprise is to promote while carrying out businesses.
"As a company, we know that the only way we can be sustainable is by supporting the development of the communities where we operate and contributing through our actions to making a better El Salvador", stated LCI's President.
At an economical level, LCI currently employs 2,800 direct employees and more than 100,000 indirect employees. Moreover, it contributes annually with more than 80 million dollars in taxes, 145 million dollars in purchases of national goods and services and 25 million dollars in investments of capital goods.
At a social level, the company supports the communities where they operate through entrepreneurial development programs. In doing so the company seeks to promote the generation of better sources income and employment opportunities. The company also promotes sports with the objective of generating values and a healthy social development.
At an environmental level, LCI's job is two fold. Internally, it constantly seeks more efficient ways of producing so that less natural resources are used each time and emissions and waste matter are reduced. Externally, it contributes in the environmental education of youth and children and the promoting of a reuse and recycle culture among its customers. The company also contributes to the conservation of water resources through several projects that include reforestation and community development programs.
The centenary commitment of LCI to the development of El Salvador is strengthened by the global vision of Sustainable Development of its parent company, SABMiller, which is present in 75 countries in the world. SABMiller contributes to accomplishing global goals in the areas of environment, social development and employment creation such as the Millennium Objectives, Global Pact and reduction of greenhouse effect gases, outlined in the Kyoto Protocol.
LCI's contribution to the country and SABMiller's corporate responsibility equal to the implementation of its Sustainable Development Policy in El Salvador, which is based upon 10 priorities:
- 1. Promote a culture of responsible consumption
- 2. Optimize water usage
- 3. Reduce our energy and carbon mark
- 4. Have a strong reuse and recycle economy
- 5. Work to achieve operations with cero waste
- 6. Have respect for human rights
- 7. Be of benefit to the communities that we serve
- 8. Contribute to the reduction of HIV/AIDS within our circle of influence
- 9. Have supply chains that reflect our values and commitment to Sustainable Development
- 10. Be transparent as we report on our progress in these environmental and social priorities
As part of the work done in each of these priorities, we have accomplished a 62% water consumption reduction, 50% energy consumption reduction, 67% post-industrial recycle growth, 58% solid waste reduction as well as the support to community business development and a deep awareness in the responsible consumption of alcohol.
While sharing its report, LCI promoted a dialogue of experts in the field who analyzed the role of the private sector in the Sustainable Development. The group of experts included Rafael Barraza, Rafael Castellanos, Luis López Lindo and William Pleitez, who emphasized on the need to establish alliances between the public and private sectors in order to achieve national and global goals in terms of sustainable development.
La Constancia Industries reaffirmed its commitment to continue being part of the research and implementation of solutions that contribute to the country's development. Van Dam emphasized: "As of this year, we will report the progress of our Sustainable Development Policy annually. We invite you to help us accomplish our goals and to work together creating alliances that will allow us to make a strong impact in everything we set ourselves to do for the future of El Salvador."
This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on http://www.sabmiller.com We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on 31-08-09.