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We manage our business responsibly, efficiently and productively, taking care of our environment

REDUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

Piedra Larga Windfarm

The Piedra Larga wind farm in Mexico supplies 70% of the electric power used throughout the country, averting the emission of 180,000 tons of CO2e per year.

Santa Rita East Windfarm

Began operations in July 2020. Enables us to cover 100% of the electric energy consumed by our facilities in the USA, which is equivalent to reducing CO2e emissions by 260,000 tons per year.

Sustainable Fleet

We are firmly committed to investing in innovation and technology. Today, we have a fleet of more than 657 electric vehicles developed by our subsidiary Moldex.

Ecological Sales Centers

We have four sales centers in Mexico that integrate features such as: rainwater collection, treated water for car washing, electric vehicles, Aeolian electricity, green walls, and natural lighting, among others. That together accounts for an annual decrease of 1,177.79 tons of CO2e.

Water Use and Treatment Alternatives

Through initiatives at our work sites, we have reduced our water consumption, achieving a reduction in our water footprint of 10% in our operation throughout Mexico, Spain, Central and South America compared to the 2016 baseline

The initiatives we have implemented include:

- 89 facilities have their own water-treatment plants

- 93 facilities have steam cleaning systems

- 297 vehicle wash stations in sales centers

- 113 water recyclers for washing our vehicles

- 108 facilities have rainwater-collection systems

Waste Management

We’ve implemented recycling programs in our operations, that have lead to 90% of the total waste being recycled. Such results have been accomplished in our operations in the United States, Mexico, South America and Iberia.

Some successful cases with zero waste to landfill:

- UK was recognized in 2015 with the Zero Waste Award and the Prize for Excellence “Let's Recycle Platinum” for efforts to reduce waste to a minimum.

- In Mexico, 3 plants were awarded with the Zero Waste to landfill recognition.

- In the US, 15 plants use the Waste to Energy process.

Package Management

In 2008 we incorporated degradable packages, beginning with bread and buns categories. We later included the metallic packages, becoming pioneers in this area. Also, we’ve continuously improved the characteristics of our packages, while maintaining product quality and reducing the caliber.

Through research and development in the use of packaging, we have removed more than 446,000 kg of plastic from our packaging, totaling 3.3 million kg in the past 10 years.

Only in 2016 we achieved a reduction of 55,068 tons of plastic, and since 2010 we have avoided the use of more than 2 million kilograms of packaging plastic.

Biodiversity

We collaborated in the creation of the Mexican Alliance for Biodiversity and Business (AMEBIN). Its creation provides a space for dialog and action between the private sector and civil society organizations in order to contribute to the conservation, sustainable use and restoration of biodiversity in Mexico.

In 2019 Reforestamos México, A.C., with support from Grupo Bimbo, worked with 17,680 volunteers and 90 companies that provided resources to reforest 133.95 hectares in 12 states throughout the country.

The Paris Pledge for Action

In 2015 we were part of the signatories that joined the Paris Pledge for Action, with the objective to reduce   the emission of greenhouse gases and maintain global temperature’s increase under 2 degrees Celsius.

DEVELOPMENT OF VALUE CHAIN

DESEO Program

485 SMEs participate in 2019

Global G.A.P

We’ve trained and validated agricultural suppliers in best practices, based in the guidelines of the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), specialized in the agri-food industry.

Relationship with Customers

To further grow and improve their retail businesses, we pro­vide various programs and tools such as training and specialized sales, merchandising and management advisory services.

Also, we provide credit facilities through “Pesito”, “Quetzalito” to more than 300,000 customers with financing of up to 223 million pesos in the year 2015.

With “Mi Tiendita” program, we helped retailers to improve their store layout and thus boost sales. In 2015, we transformed more than 14,300 establishments.

Together with our partners Blue Label Mexico, we launched the Qiubo network, which provides with technology small businesses in Mexico so they can accept credit and debit cards, and has enabled to grow their sales by 20% on average. The network offers micro-businesses access to various electronic products and services, like acceptance of bank cards and vouchers, receipt of utility payments like telephone, light and cable TV bills, prepay­ment for toll roads, airtime reloads and access to credit.

Good Neighbor

The objective of the Good Neighbor Program is to improve the quality of life of people living or working near our plants.

The program includes various initiatives that contribute to communities, such as:

- The promotion of well-being, physical activity, education, safety and the environment.

Since 2012, the program has completed 953 projects around the world to benefit of our communities, 191 in 2019 alone.

Donations

In 2019, donations amounted to 99.7 million Mexican pesos. More than 290 NGOs in 23 countries benefited from these grants.