IN 2017, ENAEX SET THE SOCIAL OBJECTIVE OF BEING AN AGENT OF POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITIES WHERE IT OPERATES. ENAEX MAKES CONCRETE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT GENERATE SOCIAL CAPITAL AND EARN RECOGNITION FOR THE COMPANY AS A ROLE MODEL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, SAFETY AND TRANSPARENCY.
THIS IS HOW ENAEX WORKS TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS.
The Prillex plant has operated in Mejillones, 65 km north of the city of Antofagasta, since 1982. The Company is careful to protect and continuously build up relationships with the community and its authorities.
The Río Loa plant is located 15 km from downtown Calama, a city in the Antofagasta region. The Company has been nurturing community relationships since its founding in 1920.
The town of Punta Teatinos is located 10 km north of La Serena in the Coquimbo region. The plant began operating in 2016. Since then, the Company has sought to maintain a proactive, diligent attitude in its dialog and response to neighbors concerns.
THE COMPANY HAS MADE COMMITMENTS TO PROVIDE ONGOING SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND TO ESTABLISH A REPUTATION FOR DILIGENCE WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
1. BUILD BONDS OF TRUST
Over the years the Company has concerned itself with getting to know the stakeholders in each community and maintaining transparent, open and proactive dialog with each of them.
- OPEN DOOR PROGRAM
This program seeks to meet the community’s need for information on how the Company works and the safety standards applied at production plants. In 2017, more than 300 people including relatives and community members, visited the Prillex, Rio Loa and Punta Teatinos plants. The initiative was positively evaluated for its professionalism and transparency in response to questions about employees and safety as well as care of its facilities.
- SMALL-SCALE FISHING WORK GROUP IN MEJILLONES
The Company established the first working group with the Mejillones fishermen’s union in order to share mutual concerns and needs as they relate to working together and creating shared value. Consequently, the group was assigned tasks specific to loading/unloading ammonium. In the process of transforming this important productive sector for the community, they created training courses that will enable access to better sources of income and received new employability tools, technical training and aid.
2. MANAGE IMPACT
The Company recognizes its social and environmental impacts and manages them in a timely manner. Upholding environmental commitments is a Prillex plant priority. Consequently, it is constantly working to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions, control the temperature of the sea water used to cool its processes and ensure that waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
- HAZMAT TRAINING COURSES FOR THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM AND LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS
As part of impact management, the Company offers scholarships for HAZMAT training courses in the United States (Texas) to one emergency response team member and one firefighter representing the Mejillones, Calama and Antofagasta fire brigades. The objective is to professionalize the fire brigades that serve the communities and, at the same time, ensure trained responders are available in the event of an emergency.
3. SHARE BENEFITS
It is important to the Company that the surrounding communities feel supported in their development and see Enaex as a neighbor who wants the area to prosper. The Company is constantly supporting local activities and promoting employability of local suppliers as well as quality education and sports.
- DUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
One of the Company’s community focuses is quality technical-professional education as a means of promoting the development of families and society as a whole.
To that end, the Prillex and Rio Loa plants offer an annual co-op program through which 11th and 12th grade students from surrounding technical high schools spend three days at school and two in the plants. They complement and integrate their studies in a real working environment and gain early contact with the working world.
The program’s main objective is for students to apply the basics of their technical specialty, develop work and relationship skills that are useful in the workplace and experience an organizational culture.
- CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING
The first corporate volunteer program was one of the major initiatives that arose from the 2017 organizational climate survey. Volunteers from the Santiago office organized weekly visits to homeless children and young people at Fundación Abrazame. The foundation has 12 years of experience serving and reinserting young people who have been separated from their families.
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