Continued support for our neighbors in 2022

Colombia, July 5, 2022 – As we reach 10 years of operating in Colombia and to leave a legacy of prosperity in the territories we operate in, during the first half of the year we have worked hard in closing gaps by implementing high-impact socioenvironmental programs that transform lives in our neighboring communities.

Improving our neighbors’ quality of life  

  • We provided 761 medical appointments in the first Medical Brigade we held in Puerto Asis with the Colombian Civil Air Patrol.
  • We continued 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 providing furniture, teaching materials, audiovisual equipment, appliances, clothing, and kitchen and cleaning equipment to 39 Child Development Centers (CDI) in Putumayo.
  • We gave more than 3,900 study kits to children and adolescents in Casanare and Putumayo for the school year.
  • We donated 33 computers to the Santa Helena de Upía school in Casanare to support students’ learning.
  • We completed a leadership skills, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship and productivity training program for more than 170 social leaders in Casanare and Putumayo.

 

Driving local economic growth

  • We are committed to local procurement throughout our value chain. Currently 89% of our contractors’ workers are local.
  • We created more than 1,400 jobs in our value chain during the first half of the year.
  • We launched partnerships to promote territorial economic recovery with Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (FUPAD) in Casanare and with the Putumayo Chamber of Commerce in Putumayo.

 

Environmental programs and partnerships

  • Our ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategy is on course. By 2025 we expect to reduce our emissions by 35–40% and 40–60% by 2030, and our goal is to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • We joined the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development’s Colombia Carbon Neutral Program.
  • We supported the Global Big Day in Casanare and Putumayo, helping record more than 900 bird species in the two departments.
  • We started an agreement with the Von Humboldt Institute to train the business sector in contributing to the country’s biodiversity registries.
  • We trained more than 250 residents in Puerto Asis (Putumayo) in environmental issues to strengthen their knowledge and practices regards the protection of natural resources.
  • We launched the ‘Weaving Knowledge’ initiative with the Becarios de Colombia Association to train our neighboring communities in Casanare in areas of environmental importance such as biodiversity, climate change, ecosystem services, and environmental investment.

We will continue to honor our commitment to work hand in hand with neighboring communities and institutions to continue building a legacy of prosperity and sustainable development in the areas we operate in.

For more information on our management in the Llanos click here, and in Putumayo click here.