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WHAT IS RSE

It is a commitment made by ILG, generally dedicated to pursue economic or commercial objectives. This commitment strives for the socioeconomic and environmental improvement of society.

It is the way to make business in a responsible way before all stakeholders: stockholders, collaborators, clients and consumers, suppliers, government, and the community, being ethical and law-abiding and contributing to the preservation of the environment, for the sustainable development of the organization and the country.

Social Responsibility must be part of the company´s DNA. Every decision made must consider all economic, social, and environmental implications, as well as all positive or negative impacts.

The RSE policy of Industrias Licoreras is based on the following pillars:

GOVERNANCE (VALUES AND TRANSPARENCY)

INTERNAL AUDIENCE (WORK LIFE QUALITY)

SUPPLIERS

MARKETING (CONSUMERS / CLIENTS)

ENVIRONMENT

COMMUNITY

PUBLIC POLICY (RELATIONS WITH THE STATE)

The meaning and the implications of RSE were disclosed to collaborators in 2008 through workshops. They are also made known to new collaborators during the induction process.

INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT

At Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, the optimal and suitable conditions workwise are sought after to achieve higher productivity and personal development. Educational, formative, sport, and recreational activities are organized for collaborators, promoting a safe, healthy, and harmonious work environment, where there is dialogue between bosses and collaborators. The work environment is appraised every year and improvement plans are implemented.
The program “LICORERA LOOKS AFTER YOU” is aimed at maintaining the good health of the collaborators and their families. A Health Fair is organized, where collaborators and their families can find medical services and vaccination drives in a festive environment. There are also programs for Safety and Workplace Health, Emergency Brigades, and Defensive Driving.

ENVIRONMENT

At Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala we respect and take care of the natural surroundings, from the way that we make business, we achieve a sustainable usage of input materials, reducing emissions and waste, generating greater efficiency, and producing more with less.
We have several programs that promote our commitment to society, such as:
 
At the Nahualate Productive Center we have the following environmental activities:

Responsible use of water
Calculation of the water footprint
Treatment plant for the disposal of waste water into the Nahualate River
Temperature and pH control of the Nahualate River to take care of the riverside biodiversity.
Compliance with environmental norms.
Responsible use of energy
Responsible use of oil products
Control of gas emissions into the atmosphere
Recycling of plastic containers, glass, boxes, cans, caps, paper, and wood planks
Calculation of CO2 emissions, energy consumption, and use of oil products.
Donation of water to the school Rural Mixta Aldea Nahualate
Donation of water by means of a community spout.

At the Mixco Productive Center:

Responsible use of water
Responsible use of power
Calculation of CO2 emissions
Reuse and recycling of packaging materials with suppliers (wood planks, Core’s, corrugated materials, aluminums caps, corner mounts, glass)
Responsible use of oil products
Compliance with environmental norms
Calculation of the water footprint
Control of gas emissions into the atmosphere
Donation of wood planks to municipalities and charities
Donation of barrels to schools for waste classification
Reforestation of controled areas
Temperature and pH control of the Pansalic River for discharges of waste water

SUPPLIERS

The RSE is a strategic decision for companies that leads to a positive impact, internally as well as in the surrounding areas where they operate. These actions should be encouraged in Guatemala since they generate a change of attitude in the companies and contribute to the competitiveness and sustainable development of the country.
Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala is an active member of CentraRSE, having participated in the categories of Internal Actors and relations with the Community since April, 2007.
Some of the projects that have been jointly carried out are: Chain Reaction with suppliers, Train the Trainers on RSE, awareness raising to suppliers, and field visits to the plant.
In 2009, Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala received the Award CentraRSE for the ethics code to suppliers.

Forestadora S.A. (FORESA)

Forestadora S.A. was founded in 1988 by the Grupo Licorero to be dedicated to production and commercialization of solid wood products from cultivated forests.
Having areas that cover the departments of Izabal, Alta and Baja Verapaz, Zacapa, Quetzaltenango, and Huehuetenango, FORESA has cultivated an area of more than 4,000 hectares of forest since the 80’s and employs more than 400 families from 8 rural communities of Guatemala.
FORESA manages the forests so thoroughly, that they preserve their biological diversity, levels of production, and regeneration capacity, as well as ecology, economic, and social duties.
Among the offered products:
Pinus Caribaea pine Wood, especially recommended for:
• Pine rosin oil
• Cellulose slivers
• Broomsticks
• Sawn wood
• Firewood
• Pallets
FORESA operates in compliance with the forest labor legislation of the country and it is inspected periodically by agencies such as the National Institute of Forests (Instituto Nacional de Bosques –INAB-) and the National Council of Protected Areas (Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas –CONAP-).
• Its forests are the subject of ecology-forest and fauna studies.
• It has a renewable energy production project from biomass.
• It generates sources of income through environmental services such as ecotourism, handling of clean water, and environmental counseling.
• It carries forward permanent education and environmental research programs

LICORERA FOUNDATION

Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala Foundation was founded in 1986 under the name of “Foundation for life”, with the intention of promoting the integral development of Guatemalan society. In 2012 it took its current name Fundacion Licorera.
Being the social arm of ILG we have reached important achievements for the childhood and communities where we operate.
We direct our commitment for a better Guatemala, through an initiative to address social causes, focused on three main lines of action: Preventive Health, School Education and Productive Programs.