SUSTAINABLE TROPICAL OIL
IS A REALITY
AGRO-INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF TROPICAL OIL
We strive to combine competitiveness and profitability with environmental conservation by delivering a product of the highest quality while promoting dignified employment and ethical conduct with employees and communities in our area of impact.
We are committed to protecting indigenous wildlife and the environment. We conserve water and energy and use eco-friendly materials.
Integrated Pest Management:
We also have an Integrated Pest Management Plan to guarantee healthy plantations. We do not use agro-chemicals, such as Paraquat, Class 1A and 1B Pesticides. Nor do we use the chemicals listed in the Stockholm Convention and the Rotterdam Convention. During 2018 we use agrochemical products in a responsible manner to guarantee optimal production at our production plants.
On oil palm plantations, nutrients are constantly applied to the soil by reincorporating organic matter from the same crop, such as rachis, sludge, kernel, fibre and ash. This practice improves the nutritional content of the soil, to obtain an adequate and sustainable yield.
Responsible use of water:
We use state-of-the-art agroindustrial irrigation technology to optimize the use of water in our operations. We also promote the collaborative participation of the business sector, government and civil society for its conservation and rational and efficient use. (see our sustainability report).
We are committed to reducing the use of water by 30-35% by 2021, through the various technologies used. We also have the commitment to create “buffer” zones on river banks.
All our oil mills have waste water treatment systems which include the collection methane gas from the ponds for renewable energy generation. This has allowed us to reduce BOD and COD in effluent outlets.
Commitment to improving water quality (BOD and COD): By 2019, we have technical studies of wastewater from each of our operations based on national legislation; Annual monitoring is performed to verify compliance.
Additionally, at the end of the effluent treatment process, water meets legal requirements of the country for use in agricultural irrigation through spraying. This returns part of the minerals to the crop.
Our commitment based on intensity is to maintain the use of water by 0.51 m3 – 1.13 m3 per tonne of product by 2019; We currently maintain the use of water by 0.99 m3 per tonne of product. See water use intensity report here
Our wastewater system in Palm Oil Mill is a closed circuit, the water is treated through lagoons and biodigesters in an anaerobic process to reduce the organic load and COD and BOD parameters to acceptable levels according to the laws where we operate.
100% of the wastewater from the Tropical Oil Mills is treated and reused for FERTIGATION in our plantations, a process permitted by law. See wastewater procedure here .
Responsible use of Agrochemicals:
We are part of the CampoLimpio project promoted by the private, non-profit Guatemalan organization Agrequima, which advocates for the proper use of fertilizers and other agrochemicals used in fields.
-AgroAmerica is committed to not using agrochemicals such as Paraquat, or World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides. These commitments also apply to all suppliers
- We do not use chemicals listed in the Stockholm Convention and the Rotterdam Convention either. These commitments also apply to all suppliers, as stated in our supplier's management procedure.
As of 2020 we responsibly use agrochemicals to guarantee optimum production and crop health in our plantations.
We also have an Integrated Pest Management Plan to ensure plant health.
A SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENT
A sustainable production of oil allows us to deliver High-quality food and products that meets internationally certified production standards, helping promote environmental, social and economic development.
Worldwide, the fruits of the oil palm are used, as well as the pulp and kernel. Once processed, palm products are used for the agro-food industry (80% worldwide), cosmetic and chemical industries, animal feeding products and, recently, for biodiesel production.
In Guatemala, our sustainable production of tropical oil is aimed entirely at human consumption, thereby promoting food safety. Currently the country does not produce biodiesel for industrial use.
Guatemala ranks first in the world in terms of productivity per hectare, surpassing Malaysia and Indonesia. The shortage of land for sustainable tropical oil cultivation means that we must be very efficient per hectare in order to minimize the social and environmental impact.
Conservation of the mangrove ecosystem
One of our subsidiaries is actively involved in the conservation of the mangrove ecosystem. We are members of Salvemos el Manchón, a civil, private, and public initiative that promotes the preservation and restoration of the Manchón Guamuchal, one of the largest wetlands in the Guatemalan Pacific, a RAMSAR site of vital importance for migratory birds.
Learn more about the initiative and its members here
We are committed to sustainable production and environmental conservation, which is why we carry out constant environmental monitoring that allow us to measure the impact of our operations in our area of influence.
Constant monitoring allows us to be aware of the status of natural phenomena that occur around us and the conditions of the surrounding environment.
We have a commitment to “no/zero conversion” that includes all natural ecosystems. See our No deforestation policy.
At AgroAmerica we aim to promote the strengthening of national and international alliances by contributing to number 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which encourages partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society.
These strategic partnerships are built on principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals, which place people and the planet at the center of all productive activities.
Learn about the aspects of our corporate sustainability strategy, the integral management process we use to achieve responsible production through our 5 pillars on which we seek to contribute to the common good:
Ethics and Compliance
A COMMITMET TO OUR PEOPLE
We commit to respecting the International Labor Organization -ILO- Declaration on Fundamental Principals and rights work, contributing to social development improving quality of life through inclusion, health, education, and decent work.
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