Colombia. July 5, 2022 – On our tenth anniversary of working in Colombia and to leave a legacy of prosperity in the territories where we operate, in the first semester of the year we have worked hard on narrowing gaps through implementing high-impact socio-environmental programs that transform lives in our neighboring communities.
Promoting our neighbors’ quality of life
· We provided 761 medical attentions in the first Medical Brigade that we carried out in Puerto Asis working with the Colombian Civil Air Patrol.
· We funded new scholarships in our University Scholarship program for women in Science and Engineering, through which four young women from Casanare and Putumayo will have access to quality higher education.
· We started supplying 39 Child Development Centers (CDI) in Putumayo with furniture, pedagogical materials, audiovisual equipment, appliances, kitchen tools, toiletries and underwear.
· We gave study kits to over 3,900 children and adolescents in Casanare and Putumayo to help them in their education.
· We donated 33 computers to the Educational Institution of Santa Helena de Upia in Casanare to enhance students’ learning.
· We completed the process of training over 170 social leaders in Casanare and Putumayo in leadership skills, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship and productivity.
Driving local economic growth
We remain committed to local contracting through our value chain. Currently 89% of our contractors’ workers are local.
· We created more than 1,400 jobs throughout our value chain during the first half of the year.
· We launched partnerships to promote territorial economic recovery in Casanare with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and in Putumayo with the Putumayo Chamber of Commerce.
Preserving the environment through programs and partnerships
· We are advancing in the implementation of our ambitious strategy to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. We expect to reduce our emissions by 35-40% by 2025, by 40-60% by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
· We joined the Colombia Carbon Neutral Program promoted by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
· We supported the Global Big Day in Casanare and Putumayo, contributing to the registration of more than 900 bird species in the two departments.
· We started an agreement with the Von Humboldt Institute to train the business sector on contributing to the country’s biodiversity registries.
· We trained over 250 neighbors in Puerto Asis, Putumayo, on environmental issues, to strengthen their knowledge and practices in the protection of natural resources.
· We launched the ‘Tejiendo Saberes’ initiative with the Asociación de Becarios de Colombia scholars’ association to train our neighbors in Casanare in environmentally-important issues including biodiversity, climate change, ecosystem services, and Colombia’s 1% environmental investment requirement.
We will continue to honor our commitment to work closely with institutions and neighboring communities to continue building a legacy of prosperity and sustainable development in the areas where we operate.