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We are development partners

We contribute to Society by being partners in development, respecting Human Rights, generating projects and contributing to the improvement of the quality of life in the regions where we are present.

Integrated Report 2020 / Celsia Culture

This chapter covers the topics:

Contribution
to society

Human
Rights

Value Added
to Society (VAS)

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At Celsia, we are convinced that – in order to grow and remain over time – we must be profitable and have respectful, responsible behavior towards our society.  We understand that the relationship with the different Stakeholders is a key axis to create shared value, to achieve our purpose and to fulfill our MEGA.  For this reason, we maintain clear, transparent, timely and constructive two-way communication.

We are agile and reliable; we recognize, respect and value each Stakeholders and their particularities.  For this reason, we characterize, prioritize and approved them, and – for each one – we establish different physical and virtual mechanisms to deal with their requests in a clear, transparent and agile manner.

We highlight that 100% of our assets and projects have impact evaluations and promote and value the participation of communities.

We prioritize social-investment initiatives that contribute to the well-being and quality of life of the communities in the areas of influence of our operation and new projects, and which also represent a benefit for the Company.  We promote alliances with other organizations to develop projects with a positive impact:

During 2020, we positively

impacted more than

271,509

people

With an investment of COP

29.336

billion

A total of

1,088

volunteer hours
from our
employees

(203-1) Our contribution to development was frames in five main strategic lines:

Community
development

Where we strengthened community-based organizations, implemented spaces for dialogue and participation with the community, and promoted and carried out productive processes or projects based on the agricultural and livestock vocation of the territories.

Improving the
quality of life

We developed community infrastructure, such as the improvement of roads and highways: we developed 39 actions and projects for the construction and improvement of community infrastructure, thereby benefitting more than 19,000 people.  We highlight 20 projects and actions focused on improving roads and highways.

Promoting
education

We delivered more than 15,500 school kits and supported the education sector in programs and projects aimed at teacher qualification and school strengthening: we supported schools with digital material to strengthen environmental education, the good use of resources and clean energy.

Access to
energy

We benefitted more than 610 people through the improvement of internal networks and rural electrification: this is how we contribute to the electrical safety of homes and the optimization of energy consumption.

Works for
taxes

We managed and executed road infrastructure and education projects for the benefit of more than 21,000 in the people in the Departments of Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Tolima, Colombia.

How did we respond to COVID-19?

The year 2020 was a period of great change. The health emergency led us to do things differently, to change face-to-face encounters for virtuality, to reinvent ourselves, to ratify our commitment to creating shared value with all our Stakeholders, and to remain connected.

Committed to development, we gave priority to attending the needs of the communities generated by the pandemic in all the areas surrounding our operation: we delivered more than 17,266 nutritional kits that benefitted more than 32,900 people; we donated more than 3,200,000 liters of water, 1,565,704 bio-protection supplies, 517 medical equipment; and we provided support on health issues through donations, through the Grupo Argos Foundation, for the adaptation of beds in intensive care units.

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  • Enciende Program
    A Celsia Colombia Foundation program that aims to contribute to the creation of more conducive, healthy and safe teaching environments for learning by making improvements or adjustments in the schools located in its areas of influence, in aspects such as electrical networks, kitchens , bathrooms, dining rooms, roofs, green areas, the installation of drinking-water filters and the beautification of walls or façades with paint.
  • Geographic-Information System (GIS)
    A set of specific components that allows end users to efficiently create queries, integrate, analyze and represent any type of referenced geographic information associated with a territory.
  • Human Rights (HR)
    They are norms that recognize and protect the dignity of all human beings without distinction.
  • Prior consultation
    A fundamental right specified through a procedure by which the State guarantees the representative authorities of the ethnic community’s participation in and access to information on the projects, works or activities that are intended to be carried out in its territory, as long as they may affect them directly and specifically.
  • ReverdeC
    Celsia's voluntary program that seeks to contribute to the restoration of the hydrological basins in the Departments of Valle del Cauca, Antioquia and Tolima, Colombia, through the planting of 1,000,000 native trees annually for 10 years.
  • Socio-Environmental Management (SEM)
    A process aimed at solving, mitigating or preventing environmental problems, in order to achieve sustainable development.
  • Stakeholders
    Groups of people – among whom we highlight employees, suppliers and clients – who are part of the Organization and others with whom we maintain diverse relationships. Receiving and managing their suggestions, comments and expectations is essential to fulfill the Organization's strategy.
  • Transparency Line
    Our line to personally or anonymously report incorrect acts or violations of the policies established in the Code of Business Conduct.
  • Vulnerable groups
    Groups or communities of people who are in a situation of risk or disadvantage; for example, children, migrants, ethnic communities, women, religious groups, people with functional diversity, LGBTI, among others.
  • Works for taxes
    A mechanism of the Colombian Government in which companies can pay up to 50% of their income tax through the execution of projects that contribute to the development of communities.

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