Being profitable, sustainable and having a long-term projection for our operations is part of our contribution to Corporate Strategy and to society.
GRI (3-3) Understanding trends in accordance with the political, social, economic, regulatory and environmental context strengthens our Social-Management Process with a view to business sustainability, ensuring every day that in the development of our operations and new projects, we continue to go that extra mile that characterizes us, for being responsible, respectful and inclusive.
Thanks to the participation of specific and highly qualified teams, we develop strategies for our Stakeholder called “Communities” and each of the social actors that make it up to:
Our Social-Management Model is framed in openness, innovation and learning from constant dialogue and transparency to know the contexts of the populations and their particularities.
GRI (3-3) Social Management manages to positively impact Stakeholders, given its contribution to the permanence and sustainability of the Business. With the group of Communities, this management is relevant and timely by guaranteeing:
As development partners we act and materialize our commitment to the Communities and the territory from the Socio-Environmental Management Team and that of the Celsia Foundation. We have Corporate Guidelines based on procedures, guides and instructions that establish the principles of relationship and action that are based on three pillars: respect, transparency and trust building; based on these, we positively impact and articulate the Communities of the area of influence of our assets and new projects, intervening in four strategic lines:
In 2022, we updated our Social Policy as the principal Management Guideline, which is implemented by the Socio-Environmental Management Teams of the different businesses of the Organization and of the Celsia Foundation, with scope including all our contractors. Since last year, we have had a Corporate Socio-Environmental Team that supports and consolidates all the construction and standardization of guidelines and strategies of the Company’s Social Management, as well as monitoring compliance with the objectives.
Altogether, 100% of our assets and projects in Colombia and Central America carry out participatory processes with the Communities and assess and manage the impacts and risks associated with the Company’s presence in their territories.
Our goal and commitment is that all the actions we undertake within the framework of our Social Management continue to have 100% coverage of our operation centers and new projects.
GRI (3-3) (2-23) (2-24) (2-25) Within the framework of social management, actions are arranged, implemented and monitored to address the impacts and risks derived from our operations and the development of new projects, for which information, participation and consultation spaces are created with the social actors present in the territories, in such a way that these actions reflect their points of view, their knowledge and their interests. Likewise, Social Management based on dialogue with our Communities and knowledge of their contexts allows us to identify initiatives of collective benefit that contribute to the integral development of the territories, in such a way that we continue to grow and remain as a Company over time, while we create social value in our environments.
In the creation of social value, we have managed to build alliances and mutual support. not only with the Communities, through their social organizations, but also with the articulation of other private and public actors with common interests in the territories, which has made it possible to join efforts, resources and expand the impact of our investments.
Below, we present the detail of our social investments:
Number of Prior Consultations in Communities – Generation
Number of Prior Consultations in Communities – T&D
Note: This figure is part of our Social Investment.
These 185 communities that maintain prior-consultation processes are 157 Indigenous reservations (resguardos), town halls (cabildos), and groups (partialidades) and 28 community councils of Black Communities, distributed in 14 municipalities in the Departments of Valle del Cauca, Tolima, Cauca, Bolívar, Sucre, Córdoba, Cesar, Atlántico and La Guajira, in Colombia.
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Occupational Health and Safety (SST, in Spanish) in the Communities
At Celsia, safety is a value of life and it is our commitment to promote the health and safety of the Communities in the areas of influence of the projects and assets.
We have not identified direct impacts on health, derived from our operations. In the specific case of projects under construction, we develop – through experts – epidemiological monitoring that allows monitoring of health issues that could arise from the arrival of a floating population during the construction stage of the projects.
Indirectly, with other actions of our voluntary social management, we are also contributing positively to the health of the populations, such is the case of the delivery of clay filters and the intervention of community-aqueduct systems that contribute to the improvement of water conditions for human consumption, reducing the number of gastrointestinal diseases. Likewise, the development of productive projects that improve economic conditions contribute to food security and, therefore, to people’s health.
Within our Social-Management Framework, and in alliance with local institutions responsible for and competent in health issues, we develop actions to prevent disease and promote health through care brigades that are taken to the Communities, with emphasis in women and children. We are also involved in some strategic-infrastructure projects for health care, either with the construction, improvement or provision of equipment and supplies.
Principal Results in 2022
Despite the difference in language (Wayuunaiki), the experience of prior consultations with the Wayúu Indigenous Communities in La Guajira is the best example of how Celsia adapts to the particularities of the Communities to establish a direct, permanent relationship, based on respect, transparency and good faith.
This experience was turned into a 33-minute documentary called “The Value of the Word,” in which the traditional authorities of the communities are some of the protagonists, who narrate their experience during the prior consultations carried out in our wind projects in La Guajira, Colombia, where the power of dialogue and respect for words are highlighted.
On the other hand, and in order to monitor, control and document the social-management actions that we develop in the Company, we have various tools to maintain traceability and management support, among which we highlight: