FEMSA reaffirms its commitment to sustainability by investing MX$2.58 billion through its three Sustainability Axles - FEMSA
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FEMSA reaffirms its commitment to sustainability by investing MX$2.58 billion through its three Sustainability Axles

Monterrey, Mexico. May 6, 2015.- Since 125 years ago, FEMSA and its Business Units have kept their commitment to generating financial, social, and environmental value in the communities where it is present. As part of this commitment, the company – through its sustainability program – generated an investment of MX$2.58 billion during 2014.

“We are convinced that our actions in sustainability strengthen our business strategy and help the permanence of the company into the future. Therefore, throughout our Business Units, we work on programs that focus on three pillars: Our People, Our Planet, and Our Community which combine with the company’s goals.”

“We wish to share with you some of our main results in this report, as well as some examples of the different programs to which FEMSA’s Business Units have committed. We invested MX$762.1 million in environmental actions, over a billion pesos in our people, and 355 million pesos in actions that contribute to the improvement of the communities where we operate,” said Ms. Carolina Alvear Sevilla, Director of Sustainability at FEMSA.

Main initiatives, investments, and results 

FEMSA and its Business Units are committed to the promotion of a work culture based on values. Its Sustainability Strategic Framework has three axles: Our People, Our Planet, and Our Community.


•    MX$1.08 billion invested in Culture, Values, Training and Development, and Comprehensive Development programs for employees and their families.
•    MX$384.2 million invested in the Safety and Occupational Health Management System (SASSO, for its acronym in Spanish,) looking to promote a safe working environment.


•    MX$762.1 million invested in environmental programs and technologies, as well as in a great amount of operational efficiencies, which translate into better resource management.


•    MX$355 million invested in programs benefitting the communities in areas such as Healthy Lifestyles, Community Development, and Sustainable Procurement.

You can access the full version of FEMSA’s Sustainability Report here:  www.informesostenibilidad.femsa.com

Coca-Cola FEMSA

Coca-Cola FEMSA is the world’s largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world. It serves over 350 million people in 10 countries and manages 112 leading brands in 10 categories of beverages. 

•    It has been part of the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Index of the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores for the past four years.
•    For the second consecutive year, it has been one of the first global companies in the beverage sector to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index.
•    It is the first Mexican company to receive the distinction Industry Mover and to be included in RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2015.
•    Its Sustainability Report 2014, aligned to the GRI G4 guideline and externally verified by Deloitte, stands out for including the new Sustainability Goals 2020.
•    It invested US$12 million in training for its employees.
•    Over 110 thousand employees and their families participated in Social Development initiatives.
•    The company has the lightest bottles on the Coca-Cola System, thus saving over 31 thousand tons of plastic since 2010, recycling over 19 thousand tons of PET for its packaging in 2014. 
•    In Mexico, the company physically activated over 6 million people through alliances and donations. In addition, institutional programs offered in its operations in Latin America and The Philippines benefitted over 515,000 people.
•    It achieved an improvement in water use of 9% in comparison to 2010 and it recycles 100% of the wastewater from production in all its operations through water treatment plants. 

You can access Coca-Cola FEMSA’s full report here: 

FEMSA Comercio

FEMSA Comercio Sustainability actions focus on four issues that help it become an agent of change, generate greater value for stakeholders, and develop competitive advantages:  

1.    Culture and Values
2.    Community Development
3.    Energy 
4.    Waste and Recycling. 

It also reports the actions it takes in regards to training and developing its employees, and developing a sustainable supply chain.

•    18,272 volunteers participated in 206 community activities in Mexico.
•    MX$100.2 million donated by FEMSA Comercio’s clients to support 224 Mexican institutions through PRO Round Up program.
•    78% of OXXO Stores have the Smart Energy Automation and Control System, which enables savings of 12% in energy use.

You can access FEMSA Comercio’s full report here: http://www.oxxo.com/assets/008/24443.pdf

Strategic Businesses 

FEMSA Logística works on minimizing the environmental impact of its operations because they are aware that we can only achieve sustainable growth in safe and healthy environments. Therefore, they choose to make their best effort every day to generate the optimal conditions for managing and mitigating environmental risks.

•    In 2014, FEMSA Logística received a distinction from the National Association of Private Transportation (ANTP, for its acronym in Spanish) for promoting best practices of risk prevention and for promoting road safety.
•    The company invested MX$594.00 million in fleet renovation, energy, water, and waste management, which represents 50% more than 2013.

You can access FEMSA Logística’s full report here: http://www.fl.com.mx/esa/images/Informe%20Sostenibilidad%20FL%202014.PDF

Imbera is a global leader in commercial refrigeration. It operates under a Value Chain in Sustainability and Culture of Lawfulness issues.

•    85% reduction of energy use by Imbera’s coolers during the past 10 years.

PTM is a leading manufacturer of plastic boxes for beverages in Latin America, and plastic furniture (chairs, tables, iceboxes) for the institutional market in Mexico.

•    The company reports over 14,000 tons of plastic recovered and recycled every year, which they transform into useful products.

FEMSA Foundation

FEMSA Foundation operates since 2008 as FEMSA’s social investment instrument through projects that focus on the sustainable use and conservation of water, and on the improvement of nutrition.

In 2014, FEMSA Foundation continued with its projects that focus on researching, conserving, and accessing water in Latin America, and for the first time, it promoted in Asia best practices of hygiene and sanitation. Likewise, it boosted nutritional education initiatives in communities with vulnerable conditions, where it promoted informed nutritional decision making together with the Banco de Alimentos de México. 

•    We benefitted over 214,000 people from 110 communities through the concerted work of allies and partners.
•    17 Water Funds in operation 
•    Over 34,000 people accessed improved water sources.
•    Over 44,000 people received training on hygiene and sanitation.
•    Over 3,400 nutritional education workshops imparted.

You can access FEMSA Foundation’s full report here: www.fundacionfemsa.org/informe2014 


About FEMSA 

FEMSA is a leading company that participates in the beverage industry with Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest franchise bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world; and in the beer industry, through its ownership of the second largest equity stake in Heineken, one of the worlds leading brewers with operations in over 70 countries. FEMSA participates in the retail sector with FEMSA Comercio, which operates various small-format chain stores including OXXO, the largest and fastest growing in Latin America. Through FEMSA Negocios Estratégicos, it also offers logistical services, point of sales cooling solutions, and plastic solutions for FEMSA’s companies and external customers.

About Coca-Cola FEMSA

Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. manufactures and distributes Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Del Valle, and other products of The Coca-Cola Company brands in Mexico (Major portions of Central Mexico, including Mexico City, and South and Northeast Mexico,) Guatemala (Greater Guatemala City,) Nicaragua (the entire country,) Costa Rica (the entire country,) Panama (the entire country,) Colombia (most of the country,) Venezuela (the entire country,) Brazil (Sao Paulo, Campinas, Santos, the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the state of Parana, part of the state of Goias, part of the state of Rio de Janeiro, and part of the state of Minas Gerais,) Argentina (Greater Buenos Aires,) and The Philippines (the entire country,) in addition to bottled water, juice, tea, isotonic beverages, beer, and other beverages in some of these territories.  The Company has 64 bottling plants and serves more than 346 million consumers through 2,900,000 retailers with over 120,000 employees throughout the world.

About FEMSA Comercio  

FEMSA Comercio has operated OXXO, the largest chain of convenient stores in Mexico and Latin America, for the past 30 years with 12,000+ stores throughout Mexico and Colombia.

About FEMSA Logística

FEMSA Logística is an international corporation offering comprehensive solutions of smart logistics; it is present in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.

About Imbera

Imbera is a leader in the commercial cooling industry; since 1941, it has designed, developed, and manufactured commercial cooling equipment. The company exports to 45 countries, has three manufacturing plants located in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, sales offices in eight countries, and offers maintenance services in nine countries. Imbera is the only company throughout The Americas that sells and provides the comprehensive maintenance of commercial coolers.

About ptm®

PTM was founded in 1976, it focuses on providing plastic transformation solutions and projects tailored to the client’s needs, it serves industries such as food and beverages, automotive, retail, and others. PTM has two manufacturing plants in Mexico; one is located in the city of San Juan Del Río and the other one in the city of Monterrey. PTM is one of the largest plastic recycling companies in Mexico; it recovers and recycles over 14 thousand tons of plastic every year.

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