ILC’s Second Report on Sustainable Development (Translation)
10 February 2011
Advancement on a model for progress between the business and the rest of the country
Wednesday February 9, 2011. As a demonstration of transparency, confirming its commitment to the development of El Salvador by way of its actions and operations in the country, Industrias La Constancia (ILC) presented the Second Report on Sustainable Development, where advancement and achievements made in that direction were made known.
Some of the main accomplishments reached were: over 3,000 people attended workshops on responsible drinking; 200 families benefited from productive projects in different communities; sixty-seven small businesspeople were trained in business development; 800 people graduated from computer and bakery courses; and 4,000 blocks were reforested.
This second report is proof of the advances in the Sustainable Development Policy that ILC presented in 2009, whose philosophy rests on the idea that its own sustainability can only occur if development also exists in the country. The second report is the ratification of the belief in and commitment to El Salvador.
The advancements and achievements are found within the ten priorities contained in ILC's Sustainable Development Policy, grouped in four commitment areas: moderate consumption; progress and employment; developing communities; and the environment. Highlighted among these are:
- Over 3,000 people participated in a workshop on preventing alcohol consumption in minors, called TIP (Training for Intervention Procedures), and promoting moderate consumption in businesses. The workshop was developed in conjunction with Glasswing International, an NGO specialist on the subject of public health and prevention.
- The creation of four inter-sectorial committees (two in San Salvador, one in San Salvador and one in Santa Tecla) in communities which were actively involved in making sure that alcohol consumption was only for adults in their neighborhoods.
- One-hundred percent of its employees were trained on the internal policy on alcohol, in reference to the responsibility of moderate alcohol consumption.
- Moreover, we continue to guide our commercial communication by way of the Code of Self-Regulated Publicity and the constant participation of our Commercial Communications Committee, which approves all communication about our brands with the intention that it be oriented toward and appeal to adults, under the concept of responsible and moderate alcohol consumption.
Progress and Employment
The ILC operation in El Salvador generates over 102,800 jobs (2,800 directly and 100,000 indirectly), of which 65,000 are among micro, small and medium businesses, distributors or detailers who invest up to $145,000,000 in purchases of products and services. With their projects, the contribution to progress and employment is far-reaching. Within a year, they have:
- benefited over two-hundred families with programs in entrepreneurialism and agricultural diversification in the communities of Nejapa.
- trained approximately eight-hundred people in the neighboring communities of our beer plant on Independence Avenue, with entrepreneurial programs in baking and computer courses oriented toward providing the knowledge needed for acquiring employment.
- benefited sixty-seven micro, small and medium enterprises, including stores and family-style restaurants, with programs in Entrepreneurial Development, managed together with FUNDES El Salvador. This has generated a two percent employment increase and boosted their income in general.
At ILC, we are aware that we are an important presence within the different communities in which we operate and that we can make contributions to improve the quality of life of the people around us.
That is why, in 2010, our development activities in communities were focused on encouraging peaceful living, art and recreation, for which we developed different programs such as:
- "Soccer for All," sponsored by Pilsener, benefiting 53,000 people with the construction of two soccer fields delivered in San Salvador (in the Las Palmas community) and Soyapango (in the community of San José).
- The third interscholastic soccer cup, sponsored by Coca Cola.
- The reconstruction of the Apulo Turicentro in the municipality of Ilopango, supporting the Ministry of Tourism.
- The "Photo Art" photography contest, supporting Salvadorian art and culture, sponsored by our brand, Suprema.
In addition, our collaborators do various kinds of volunteer work, benefiting the population within our sphere of influence.
We are pioneers in the sense of being a business that contributes to the reduction of HIV transmission and AIDS, developing different programs directed at our employees and their families through the diffusion of programs for sensitization, information and education; the promotion of voluntary, confidential testing; the teaching of preventative measures for practical use and community safety, among others. This has allowed ILC to be an exemplary business all over Central America on the subject of prevention of and education about HIV transmission.
Among the internal actions taken to assure that our operations are in accord with natural resources and external actions, the main achievements of 2010 in projects of reforestation, cleanup and environmental education in neighboring communities were:
- Treatment of residual water in the production plants of San Salvador and Nejapa, with international quality standards, audited by national environmentalist entities.
- Reduction of approximately ten percent in water consumption in all of our plants, compared to 2009.
- Six days of river-bank cleaning along the San Antonio River in Nejapa, including water insect control and fumigation in neighboring communities, favoring over 2,000 families.
- On the banks of the San Antonio River, 4,500 linear meters were reforested with local species.
- Two thousand trees were planted in the protected natural zone of El Playón in Nejapa.
- The total energy use in our plants was reduced ten to thirteen percent.
This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on 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 [09/02/2011].