Ensuring the continuity of the business, capitalizing opportunities and managing the risks which are not directly controlled by the Company by incorporating economic, social and environmental variables in the management of the supply chain.
The responsible sourcing model allows Grupo Nutresa to manage the risks and opportunities related to animal well-being, the migration of farmers to the cities, generational replacement, commodities price volatility and level-two critical suppliers, apart from promoting the adoption of sustainable practices among agricultural suppliers.
In 2018, the Company reinforced its methodology of collaborative work with the farmer communities by implementing initiatives that are attractive for new generations and that improve the agricultural practices for increasing productivity and business management in the countryside. In addition, Grupo Nutresa carried out actions in the categories of purchases for the treatment of the multiple risks the Organization may be exposed to, with both direct suppliers and level-two (and above) suppliers. That is why the Company decided to work jointly with allies that are experts in the field, in order to ensure that the main ten commodities are produced under sustainable practices.
The Company decided to work jointly with expert allies to ensure that its main ten commodities are produced under sustainable practices.
Finally, the production of commodities requires systemic, technology-based and advanced practices to improve productivity. These practices become new opportunities that should be addressed with the aim of having qualified and committed workforce available, ensuring they understand the dynamics of the territories, the technicalities of farming and the corresponding mode of production.
Grupo Nutresa will continue incorporating the best digital purchasing practices in the negotiation/procurement and sourcing processes. The Organization will consolidate the incorporation of tools focused on facilitating the internal management of the negotiation, contracting and invoicing procedures to improve the commodities demand management process, optimize the working capital, and ensure the harnessing of value across the entire chain.
For 2020, Grupo Nutresa will consolidate the implementation of the Social Accompaniment Methodology (abbreviated MAS in Spanish) through its Foundation in order to develop technical, environmental, social and business capabilities among more than 60 organizations in Colombia. In addition, the Company will expand the methodology focused on the implementation of inclusive businesses within its strategic region, first in Chile with small durum wheat producers and then in Costa Rica with honey producers.
The Organization will also continue developing capabilities and implementing the responsible sourcing model across the multiple operations and geographies where it has presence with the purpose of bridging any existing gaps. Additionally, Grupo Nutresa will continue working with the support of allies to respond to the sustainability challenges and take on the emerging risks, apart from contributing to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Chocolates Business was acknowledged as the first company in Colombia to be awarded the Inclusion-Oriented Company seal in the category of Inclusion-Oriented Linkages. This was based on the implementation of practices focused on the inclusion of vulnerable population in their value chain. This acknowledgment was awarded by an alliance formed by the Andi Foundation and USAID Colombia, with support by Deloitte.
It is worth highlighting the opening of the Chocolates Business’s Cocoa Tree Nursery for Peace, in alliance with Agrosavia, the Canadian Cooperation Agency Socodevi and Repsol. This project is focused on strengthening the cocoa production initiatives and the reconstruction of the social fabric in Colombia. The purpose of this initiative is to spread and distribute plant material for small and medium producers, with a productive capacity of 1.200.000 seedlings. It is located in the Colombian state of Cesar.
This model is aligned with the Organization’s material topics.
The alignment of practices and the development of skills and capabilities to achieve the fulfillment of requirements and standards among suppliers is one of the key management approaches for the attainment of Grupo Nutresa’s goals.
In 2018, 432 suppliers of goods and services received training focused on their development and on ensuring the compliance with operations-related standards and requirements. As part of the training processes, the Organization addressed subjects such as product quality and safety, workplace health and safety, Human Rights, sustainability, corruption prevention, and safety-related legal updates, among other. 1.706 people attended the training sessions, in which approximately 149 hours were invested.
Additionally, Grupo Nutresa updated the methodology used to address the analysis and scaling of new requirements with the incorporation of two stages related to the analysis and preliminary rating of risks, apart from the assessment of residual risks associated with said requirements once the measures have been implemented.
Finally, to ensure the quality and safety of Grupo Nutresa’s products, in 2018 the Organization asked its suppliers of commodities to submit a statement of compliance with the regulations in force in terms of contaminants in food. Based on this process, the Company achieved more than 74% of compliance with this requirement.
In 2018, Grupo Nutresa organized the course titled “Migration of packaging materials intended to come into contact with food and beverage products” for all its suppliers of packaging materials. Its objective consisted in enhancing the capability for applying the fundamentals required for packaging materials and containers intended for the food industry and complying with the regulations in force and with Grupo Nutresa’s requirements.
The training session was executed by the Institute of Science and Technology in Colombia and it comprised three modules: sanitary suitability, regulatory framework and good manufacturing practices. A total of 30 companies participated in the course.
Moreover, through “Grupo Pares”, an initiative led by Isagen, Grupo Nutresa participated in the suppliers development and strengthening process, which consisted in providing training to 259 companies and 303 people in the field of the regulations related to workplace health and safety. This program allowed making progress in the identification of multiple initiatives and joint-work opportunities related to sustainability, ethics and compliance for the development of common suppliers with training environments that foster their improvement.
96% of the suppliers that have undergone on-site assessments have favorable or higher ratings. Additionally in 2018, the Organization conducted 542 audits to suppliers of goods and services based on the programs for sustainability audits and integrated management systems. Finally, the sustainability audits program was expanded to Costa Rica.
Supplier Assessment and Audit 2018
Ensure the evaluation for the Pareto in the expenditure of critical suppliers based on the ten principles of the Global Compact and/or by means of other evaluation mechanisms.
Note: The evaluation mechanisms may include self-evaluations, on-site audits or audits performed by a third party. Target: Achieve the critical supplier assessment that covers at least 80% of the expenditure of such suppliers with a duration of three years or shorter.
Progress achieved in 2018: 84%
Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental and social criteria. GRI 308-1 GRI 414-1
- Environmental: impact on the flora and fauna, use of hazardous substances, increase in waste generation and in the consumption of natural resources, climate variability, negative reaction of stakeholders due to the use of genetically modified organisms, increase in the atmospheric emissions and animal abuse.
- Social: unfair salaries and inadequate work environment, child labor, violation of the freedom of association right and of the collective bargaining right, damage to end-consumers’ health and damage to the neighboring community.
Negative environmental and social impacts in the supply chain and actions taken
GRI 308-2 GRI 414-2
Critical suppliers represent 80% of the main suppliers in terms of purchase amounts. From the total amount purchased from them, 69% corresponds to direct suppliers of goods that comply with the Company’s purchase policy. G4-FP1
In 2018, the Organization implemented the online business services for the Chocolates Business in Mexico and the Retail Food Business in Costa Rica. As part of this process, Grupo Nutresa provided training to 139 people from 77 suppliers of goods in logistics, financial and quality-related services. Additionally, in Mexico, the Organization performed activities focused on ensuring the alignment of its suppliers with the responsible sourcing model, the Code of Conduct for Suppliers and the implementation of the self-assessment based on the ten principles of the Global Compact for the analysis of risks in the sourcing chain.
The Company improved its the purchase orders service on its web portal www.gruponutresaenlinea.com with the aim of allowing suppliers to approve or decline a purchase order and confirm the shipments, thus enabling Grupo Nutresa’s business allies to have a better control, traceability and self-management of the process.
In 2018, Grupo Nutresa analyzed the Cold Cuts Business’ meat sourcing chain in Colombia jointly with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and risks and opportunities were identified, as well as tools to manage and deal with them. As a result of this evaluation, the Company created a guide of good livestock practices for the production of beef. This guide will be shared with the suppliers from this category in 2019.
In 2018, the Company partnered with the non-governmental organization called “Transparencia por Colombia” (Transparency for Colombia) in order to invite a group of suppliers to a talk and discuss event with the purpose of getting to know their views and difficulties related to the corruption issue in the country. More specifically, the event focused on how corruption is having a negative impact on small and medium-size companies in terms of their initiatives, business environment and engagement with the public domain.
Additionally, over 2018, a virtual Human Rights course was designed with the aim of sharing it free of charge among suppliers and third-party personnel in 2019. One of the purposes of this course is to disclose the concepts associated with Human Rights, diversity and inclusion through the application of practical cases and exercises, demonstrating thus the respect for the self and others.
For the fourth consecutive year, Grupo Nutresa acknowledged the work of its allies by means of its “Exemplary Supplier” program. In this edition, the work of the regional suppliers network was acknowledged, including Chile. With this initiative, the Company seeks to develop the capabilities of the suppliers and promote the best practices in the fields of sustainability, innovation and productivity. Twenty-three accolades were awarded this year.
As part of the acknowledgment program, Grupo Nutresa also held the first edition of The Open Space Technology, a talk with the aim of sharing knowledge and enabling a collaborative learning ecosystem for inspiring both people and organizations. This event was thought as an opportunity for the companies that have been awarded an acknowledgment or that have contended for the acknowledgment to share their practices, which can be useful for other companies in improving their internal processes in such context. This activity had the participation of 89 executives from 51 companies, including both suppliers and Grupo Nutresa’s companies.
In 2018, the Chocolates Business contributed in a sustainable way to the cocoa production sector by investing COP 2,30 billion for the comprehensive support to the sector, presence in 22 Colombian states and for the benefit of 14.768 families with 26.615 hectares of cocoa tree plantations, which were sponsored by means of 239 training sessions and technical tours of the productive units. The results include connections established with 9.177 chain agents by means of 505.028 text messages, images and URLs. The Business’ inclusive purchases amounted to 29.446 tons from 798 suppliers over the year. From these purchases, 35,49% was acquired from cooperative organizations and associations with the purpose of improving the income and quality of life of their members.
The Coffee Business continued generating benefits for the coffee-growing communities certified under the Fair Trade seal, a program based on the cooperation among producers and marketers. Through alliances and negotiations with international customers, the Company has transferred resources amounting to more than COP 63 billion since the start of the program.
The social premium transferred is mainly used in initiatives focused on plantation productivity and quality, environmental projects, social services, education and other projects covered by this certification.
Over the past five years, not only the amount of the transferred premiums has been increased, the number of benefited communities across the multiple coffee-growing regions in the Country has also grown.
The chart below shows the behavior of the premiums transferred over the past years.
In 2018, the Public-Private Collaboration Agreement for the development of small durum wheat suppliers was renewed with the Agricultural and Livestock Development Institute (Indap), the National Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (Inia) and the Tresmontes Lucchetti Business in Chile. Twenty-four small farmers were incorporated into the matrix and received training in the durum wheat growing process, as well as crop development support with the purpose of improving product quality and productivity. Additionally in 2018, the Organization achieved the goal of ensuring that 100% of the suppliers that work under the contract farming system with Lucchetti Chile S. A. have implemented Grupo Nutresa’s Code of Conduct into their operation.
The Organization is committed to animal well-being and such commitment is evident in its animal well-being policy1 , which has the aim of ensuring an adequate environment for the animals that will be the source of raw materials throughout their development process, guaranteeing productive practices based on sustainability criteria. This includes the work with direct egg suppliers and internally within the Cold Cuts Business. Particularly, in 2018, said Business approved the selection of the technology that will be used for intervening the pig farms, as well as the engineering details for the adaptation of the first farm. The estimated investment for this initial intervention is close to COP 1,2 billion.
Grupo Nutresa will continue developing capabilities and implementing the responsible sourcing model across the multiple operations and geographies where it operates.
Animals raised and processed, and type of housing G4-FP9 G4-FP11
Reproduction and genetics practices used G4-FP10
- Crossbreeding program.
- Purchase of imported and local
- Distribution of semen and/or livestock
for the reproduction farms.
Other initiatives impacting animal well-being
- Practice of euthanasia procedures when required to end suffering.
- Immunocastration in males.
- Constant supervision of births.
- Homogenization of litters based on the number of nipples.
- Biosecurity practices.
Policies and practices related to physical alterations and the use of anesthetic
- Notches in the ears of the piglets: at birth (as part of their individual identification), at the core level of the population (that is 6% of the total births in the population).
- Piglet tail dock (cut) at birth: at birth to 100% of the population with tail dock, cauterization and, finally, disinfection.
- Ear tagging: with “swine fever” tags 100% of the population in their third week after birth.
- Number identification at birth: a tattoo machine is used to mark both ears with the litter number.
- Number identification on the litter foot: with tattoos made with tattooing hammers (individual within the farm) on the skin on 100% of the animals/(reinstatement) year of the breeding animals.
- Number identification for the slaughter process: with tattoos made with tattooing hammers (farm of origin ID and lot number) on the skin of 100% of the animal population intended for slaughter.
Policies and practices on antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, hormone, and/or growth promotion treatments G4-FP12
- Antibiotics: penicillins, tetracyclines, sulfonamides, enrofloxacin, amoxicillin, streptomycin, florfenicol, and tulathromycin.
- Anti-inflammatories: ketoprofen and meloxicam.
- Hormones: oxytocin, prostaglandin and chorionic gonadotropin.
- Growth promotion treatments: ractopamine. Although it is not technically a growth promotion drug, it is included because it helps in building a greater amount of muscle with regard to the amount of fat.
- Practices used in the application: basically the intramuscular route is used for treatments and hormone use. The intraperitoneal and oral routes are used for hydration processes.
As an internal practice, the Organization has custom livestock transport trucks, with bodyworks that ensure the comfort of the animals when loading and unloading, adequate ventilation, drinking water supply, anti-slip floors and dividers. In addition, all operators, drivers and transport assistants receive animal well-being training.
In 2018, Grupo Nutresa assisted the communities that produce cashew nuts, sesame seeds, blackberries, milk, honey, cocoa beans, coffee beans and durum wheat in both Colombia and the strategic region.
Through its Foundation, the Company worked with 57 farmer organizations in Colombia with the purpose of promoting entrepreneurship, productivity and sustainability in low-income populations in the value chain. With this intervention, more than 2.065 small farmers from the Colombian states of Sucre, Bolívar, Córdoba, Antioquia, Chocó, Quindío, Boyacá, Cundinamarca and Tolima were benefited with 547 hours of training in subjects such as associativity, value chain, project formulation, leadership and teamwork, among other. In addition, the Organization performed a diagnostic among small durum wheat producers in Chile and formulated a support plan for the development of technical and business capabilities.
Furthermore, more than COP 727 millones were invested, allowing to develop new capabilities and to generate a greater impact on the territory with the support from other agents such as the Andi Foundation, Bucaramanga’s Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Commerce’s Productive Transformation Program, Bancoldex, Sena, Finagro and several universities.
Finally, Grupo Nutresa implemented the pilot of its Social Intervention Methodology, whose methodological approach is based on the participative construction of sustainable practices and skills while allowing the benefited groups to develop competences of being, mitigate the generational replacement loss risk and improve product quality and productivity. The methodology was successfully implemented over the year in the communities and territories stated above.
By means of the strategic sourcing, Grupo Nutresa seeks to structure and execute actions that contribute to improving competitiveness in the processes focused on the negotiation and sourcing of goods and services required by the Organization. In 2018, the Company achieved savings that amounted to COP 86,5 billion based on 422 negotiation initiatives.
In this regard, the Organization worked on categories such as vehicle renting and market intelligence, in addition to the categories of direct and indirect supplies in Colombia, Chile, Central America, United States, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
Moreover, three ideation workshops were organized and held with the participation of multiple suppliers in both Colombia and Costa Rica with the aim of improving the productivity in the sourcing process based on innovation and product redesign. The workshops produced 67 possible initiatives.
Grupo Nutresa’s purchases (COP million) GRI 204-1
In 2018, Grupo Nutresa engaged 18,514 suppliers.
Total purchases in 2018 by Business (COP billion)
Annual purchases by each Business. The marketing companies, the fixed assets, the Organization’s own finished and marketable products are not included.
Local purchases share percentage in Grupo Nutresa’s 2018 total purchases GRI 204-1
*Includes commodities, raw materials, packaging materials, indirect purchases and services. The marketing companies, the Organization’s own finished and marketable products and the fixed assets are not included. Note: local suppliers are those located in each country where the Organization runs significant operations (transformation operations).
Grupo Nutresa’s 2018 total purchases by categories (COP millions)
In 2018, Grupo Nutresa addressed 27.490 communications, from which 25.231 were associated with the support of logistical, financial and quality-related services. Finally, 2.257 communications were scaled up.
Contact communication type percentages