Buenos Aires, May 6th 2015 – Molinos Río de la Plata, leading company within food industry, launched its 4th Sustainability Report correspondent to year 2014, which outlines the goals achieved according to each of its strategy bases.
The company´s Sustainability Report migrated to G4 Guidelines of the Global Report Initiative (GRI) and relied again on the opinion of and independent external auditor, Pistrelli Henry Martin & Asoc. SRL (EY Argentina). It was presented, for the third consecutive year, together with the Annual Report and the Financial Statements of the company.
Part of Molinos´ work during 2014 involved the development of a materiality analysis counting on the cooperation of internal and external interests groups. In said analysis, the company consulted them about their most important Sustainability issues. Consequently, Molinos´ strategy was regrouped in three main pillars: Health and Welfare, Community and Human Development, and Environmental Care.
During last year, in matters of Health and Welfare, the company worked after trying to diminish the consumption of packaging materials. In that sense, we managed to reduce paper usage by 19, 6 annual tons thanks to a modification in the packs of Nobleza Gaucha and Cruz de Maltayerba mate. Additionally, Molinos was awarded with Estrella Del Sur prize for the ECO bottle of its Minerva lemon juice.
Regarding Environmental Care, the organization was able to increase production by 7% by the time it reduced water consumption by 3%, energy consumption by 1, 5%, and CO2 emissions by 4%. Besides, in Santa Clara plant, located in Rosario, Molinos could relieve the hydraulic crisis of that region by replacing tap water for well water, which was extracted to depress groundwater. It was able to save tap water by 46%, equal to the annual consumption of 3200 inhabitants.
As regards Community and People Development during 2014, workshops were held for Work Environment collaborators with aims to make the company a better place to work. Besides, the company put into practice monitoring action for suppliers, distributors, toll manufacturers and external stores promoting responsible work practices with the value chain.
Under the same pillar strategy, the main program of the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) “Eat Tasty, Eat Healthy” reached 70 nearby schools, plants and stockpile centers promoting healthy eating habits. Molinos is still the main benefactor of the Food Bank Foundation, with more than 600 soup-kitchens. It was also launched the second edition of Molinos Social Initiative Call, where collaborators involved in social promotion organizations present specific projects in order to be financed.
These actions, together with the ones described in the document found in the following link www.molinos.com.ar/sustentabilidad, reinforce Molino’s commitment about “carrying out things properly, improving day by day, and taking long term decisions”. It also contributes to continue building a more sustainable company.