The COVID-19 health contingency gave us great challenges, left us great experiences and learning, opened opportunities for us, and motivated us to reassess our objectives and priorities.
Without a doubt, the human factor, tireless willpower and commitment of all members of the Grupo Herdez family were key to advance through these challenges and capitalize on opportunities; with innovation in our processes, safety for our personnel and strengthening our commitment with the development of Mexico.
It is clear for us that union makes strength. This year, our customers played a fundamental role in complying with out commitment to take food of the highest quality to Mexican homes and to the world. We work together to offer safe products and spaces, closeness, adaptation and empathy, through solutions that strengthened the trust of our customers and looked out for the wellbeing of our people.
Juan Rodríguez del Collado, Food Service Director
As a result of the stay-at-home call, supermarket visits decreased. However, safe distancing became an opportunity to enjoy moments with family and carry out activities that promoted creativity, including cooking and preparing new recipes, having as a main ally our broad and varied product portfolio.
Charlotte Oudin, Chief Executive Officer of Barilla México
2020 challenged our spirit of innovation, but aligned with our strategic pillars, we underpined our ability to hear, to serve the needs of the market and the industry. Together, we exceeded the distance barriers and adapted our product development strategy to present innovations to consumers and customers.
José Luis Ortega Hernández,
Deputy Director of Marketing Services
Our core strategies:
Additionally, we also take our transformation capacity to our work and communication dynamics, adapting to the new normal and accelerating the digital transition that we have been promoting since 2019. 2020 represented for us the ideal time to establish the bases and generate important alliances, which will be pillars for our digital culture development onwards.
With an investment of 15 million dollars in the next 5 years, we established our first technological alliance with Google, which will allow us to accelerate the digital transformation of Grupo Herdez by using the tools of Google Cloud Platform such as BigQuery ML and Looker, among others.
We modernized our infrastructure with the implementation of tools, such as BigQuery ML, and developed capacities, such as digital listening and growth hacking, as well as to foresee needs in the production chain and demand of the market. Thus be able to continue to take the best of flavors of Mexico and the world to the homes of our customers in a more efficient way.
This year, we also strengthened the specialized listening department, through which we may know about new trends and tastes of our customers, which allows us to plan suplply, innovation, inventory and communication strategies.
Miguel Ángel López Pérez, Digital Transformation Leader
We advance with what we learned in 2020 towards a new reality, with the opportunity to be more efficient, innovate in products and processes, look for new channels that bring us closer to consumers, where we continue developing these capacities to maintain our presence in the homes of mexican families and throughout the world.
Our Barilla®, Nutrisa® and Cielito Querido Café® brands positioned themselves inside the ranking of 500 digital brands of Merca 2.0.
We also promoted the positioning of 100% of the Blasón brand portfolio, through the e-commerce platforms of some of our customers. Thanks to this initiative, the sales of Blasón grew more than 200% compared to the previous year.
GRI: 103-1, 416-1, 417-1
The Research and Development is in charge of ensuring that our products adapt to the different tastes and lifestyles of our consumers.
100% of our product portfolio is certified under the FSC22K standard, thanks to the Quality and Inocuity Management System that we have developed to comply with the laws and standards of national government agencies (COFEPRIS, Comisión Federal de Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios), and international, such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States.
Our labeling complies with the applicable regulation of the final destination country. Likewise, our labels clearly communicate to our customers the nutritional information of each product, the origin of its components, its content, the safety instructions and the best way to dispose of or recycle packages.
In the case of Mexico, the labeling is designed according to:
GRI: 103-1, 102-8, 102-41, 401-1
We are focused on promoting a work environment that promotes wellbeing, safety and development of personal and professional capacities of each of the 9,867 collaborators that form part of the Grupo Herdez family.
We offer all the members of this great team training plans, performance evaluations and continuous feedback. We recognize their achievements and support the development of competencies and values that foster a culture of ethical and collaborative work.
100% of our staff is hired full-time and 58% of whom are affililiated to a collective labor contract.
In 2020, 2,930 collaborators joined our team, representing an equal share of 50% men and 50% women.
We also had 2,690 people that left us, which leaves our turnover ratio at 28%, 10 percentage points more than in 2019. 51% were men and 49% women.
GRI: 401-3, 405-1
For more than 100 years, at Grupo Herdez, we have been working for the wellbeing of our teams, inside and outside the Company.
It is for this reason that, our six objectives of the Sustainability Strategy include the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 05 Gender Equality, which we have adopted at Grupo Herdez as part of the pillar of Diversity and Inclusion.
Its incorporation into our strategy responds to what we value, diversity as a factor that enriches the way that we operate and promote our growth. It also honors the commitment that we have to contribute to a more inclusive Mexico, with a culture that spreads throughout the entire company, achieving shared prosperity.
We are motivated to create an inclusive environment where human differences are valued and there are equal opportunities for all, regardless of the gender, race, age, religion, nationality or socieconomic status. For this reason, we have had a Gender Equality Policy since 2012, where we reflect our commitment to promote an inclusive and diverse environment, in which all employees fell included, respected and empowered to make decisions.
Our workforce is composed of 45% women and 55% men. The wage for each vacant category or position is established without distinction of gender.
Inclusion by gender is also reflected in the Board of Directors, where, of the 9 members, 2 are women (22% of the total)
For the purpose of having an impact throughout our value chain, in 2020 we launched the first edition of Semillero Nutrisa, to promote Mexican entrepreneurs.
Jointly with Nutrisa and the business academy for women Victoria147, we summoned female entrepreneurs to participate in a training program that will improve business management in the food, beverage, personal care and wellbeing sectors, which had the potential to form part of our supplier chain.
In numbers, this initiative represented:
The 12 winning entrepreneurs received 54 hours of training on critical issues for the management and development of their businesses, such as an analysis of customer experience, finance, innovation, human resources, financial projections, supply chain, as well as legal and tax compliance.
Additionally, Grupo Herdez employees were involved in the training sessions through mentoring.
It feels us with pride to share that 2 of the 12 entrepreneurs already form part of the supply chain of Nutrisa. Congratulations to everyone!
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The impact and scope of this campaign translated into:
GRI: 401-2, 401-3, 403-3, 403-4, IP-5
Our policy and commitment with the wellbeing of our family of collaborators is reflected, among other things, in the social benefits package that we offer, which is above what the Mexican Federal Labor Law (LFT, Ley Federal del Trabajo) provides.
This package includes health insurance, public health services, coverage for disability, maternity or paternity leave, provisions for retirement and stock options plan.
There are other benefits, such as:
In the same way, we have a Healthy Eating Program which provides nutritional advice to our employees through balanced meal plans and with monthly consultation follow-ups.
In 2020 we provided 1,217 nutritional consultations, which resulted in the loss of 291 kg among the employees.
This consultations promoted a change in the eating habits of employees of Mexico City, State of México, San Luis Potosí and Sinaloa. The consultations were carried out in person for the first quarter of the year, and later they were retaken remotely.
José Alberto Rodríguez Cuadras,
Manager of Cash Department | Environmental, Control, Safety and Hygiene
GRI: 403-3, IP-5
At Grupo Hérdez we are concerned about the integrity and wellbeing of all our collaborators, it is for this reason that we have a solid risk and accident prevention strategy, which has allowed us to obtain positive results.
In our operational departments, we have tours led by medical service personnel, where we seek to identify any unsafe condition and prevent all types of accidents.
Additionally, we carry out general and special tests for our collaborators, such as spirometry, audiometry, vibrations, among others. Medical files are strictly confidential and used solely for doctor-patient knowledge.
Thanks to this continous efforts, during 2020, we managed to reduce the number of accidents by 12%. The rate of workdays lost increased 68%, mainly due to disabilities related to the pandemic.
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In 2012, the Environmental Control, Safety and Hygiene (CASH) department became a vital piece for the operations of Grupo Herdez, issuing the guidelines for the care of our collaborators, following up on incidents and establishing the guidelines for accident prevention. This department is in charge of continually strengthening the strategies and process to protect, prevent and mitigate incidents that may represent a risk for the continuity of our operations.
During the COVID-19 contingency, our CASH team had an outstanding performance, since it kept the wellbeing of all of our collaborators, giving them information and preparing health and sanitation protocols.
In numbers, this initiative represented:
During the health contingency, we developed specific programs to address the different needs:
GRI: 404-1, 404-2, 404-3
As a result of the digital training platforms as well as the the efforts for our collaborators to have all information and tools required to care for their health and face the contingency, we increased the number of training hours by 50% with respect to 2019.
These hours represented a total investment of $23,343,839.35 MXN.
The average number of training hours in 2020 was 24 for men and 34 for women.
As every year, we continue with our training programs to improve the skills of our collaborators to achieve organic and continuous growth, by developing skills:
* For these development programs, we only contemplated full-time personnel for 8 hours per day shifts.
**At Grupo Herdez we do not have assistance programs during the transition period towards work inactivity.
We evaluate the performance of our collaborators on an annual basis, encouraging their professional development. Toward this effct we apply various methodologies, such as:
4,090 collaborators from our total workforce are non-unionized personnel. 41% were evaluated in reference to their job performance, for a total of 1,674 evaluations, 6% higher than the previous year.
GRI: IP-2, IP-4
Throughout 106 years, we have lived through several situations that have tested us as a company and as a society. The health contingency has been one of the greatest challenges that we have faced as human beings, but at Grupo Herdez we are driven by the commitment to the development of Mexico, the wellbeing of its families and of our communities.
During the year, we participated in different initiatives to encourage and give strength to those that have been most affected by the situation derived from COVID-19, including communities, hospitals, restaurants and mom-and-pop stores, with the confidence that together #MexicoWillOvercomeThis
In 2020 we invested 2.77% of Consolidated Net Income in social projects and initiatives.
In 2011 we created our social responsibility program Saber Nutrir®, to formalize our commitment to nutrition in Mexico. With this program, we contributed to improving the quality of life of Mexican families that are in a food vulnerability situation, by developing capacities in the community that result in the wellbeing of its children.
To be able to expand our scope and reach more families, since 2009, we added efforts with two civil society organizations: Fundación Pro Mazahua, in the State of Mexico, and ChildFund México, in Tapachula, Chiapas.
(19 with Pro Mazahua and 11 with ChildFund)
(607 with Pro Mazahua and 233 with ChildFund)
productive community development projects (1,083 with Pro Mazahua and 735 with ChildFund)
At the end of 2020, 573 families from 30 communities participated in 1,149 productive projects that actively operate.
Eugenia Ortiz Rubio Valdes, Social Responsibility Manager
This year, the families of the Saber Nutrir program demonstrated their great resilience and commitment with the productive projects of each community since, in spite of the hardships due to the health contingency, they obtained products for self-consumption and for marketing.
With Pro Mazahua we were able to install 156 chicken coops and 179 greenhouses throughout 11 years. In 2020, no new projects were installed due to the contingency, but with the existing projects, the beneficiaries obtained an average monthly income of MXN $4,596, an addittional 45% to their monthly average income of $4,000 MXN.
With ChildFund, in 2020 we installed in Tapachula, Chiapas, 14 orchards and 15 farms, adding up to a total of 125 active farms and 95 active orchards. Additionally, we installed 6 ecological stoves, that allows them to reduce wood consumption and reduce cases of respiratory diseases.
Thanks to the production generated in their orchards, farms and water systems, the families in this community had average monthly savings of MXN$1,375, in comparison to the average income of the region, which is $3,080 per month.
In 2020, we carried out nutritional survey* to the children of the participating Mazahua families in the State of Mexico and the findings were as follows:
*Note: Evaluation carried out with 66 children belonging to 39 families supported since the beginning of the program, 3 chldren less than in 2019.
Reduce malnutrition by 10% as well as overweight and obesity by 2% in the children evaluated.
Keeping the wellbeing of our communities and the health of their members as a priority, during 2020 we suspended face-to-face follow-ups, timely attention and nutritional guidance activities due to the health contingency.
However, we implemented the following actions:
Due to the mobility restrictions resulting from the health contingency, in 2020 we prioritized the continuity of the already active productive projects in the State of Mexico.
Installation of productive infrastructure
We continued with the “Generación de ingresos para familias Mazahuas” Project in 13 communities of the municipality of San José del Rincón, State of Mexico.
We installed 30 projects, 5 more than in 2019, to market tomato, strawberry, sheep, and turkey with the participation of 43 families.
The result of the sum of such efforts, jointly with the commitment and perseverance of the involved communities is reflected in the income obtained for the 55 marketing projects implemented in the area since 2019, which added up to 2.6 million MXN and generate a direct benefit for the 118 participating families.
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In Alliance with ChildFund, we worked in 28 projects to market egg, birds, sheep and tilapia in Tapachula, Chiapas, obtaining MXN$449,773 in income for 54 families.
Thanks to an alliance with Rotoplas, a leading company in solutions for water storage, conduction and treatment, since 2017 we have installed projects that give access to quality water for communities. During 2020 we installed 15 safe water systems (well, water tank, water purifier, and biodigester) in the state of Chiapas, with which we reached a total of 171 active installed drinking water systems.
With this project, we improve the life quality of families, while we grant sanitary and health conditions for their development.
Through the Padrino Saber Nutrir® Program, the collaborators of Grupo Herdez may become godfathers of a child suffering from malnutrition in the Mazahua area, contributing $120 pesos per month, which is used to buy the necessary food supplements for their recovery.
Through this program, we have dedicated ourselves to creating a bond with the families, knowing the needs of the children of the communities, and thus promoting their development and quality of life beyond just nutrition.
Thanks to the participation of 53 godfathers, 92 children from the State of Mexico participated in the program and 12 infants were able to recover from malnutrition and improve their life quality.
Through the Herdez Foundation, we protect the origins of our cuisine and we incentivize the revaluation of endemic Mexican products with an anthropological, social, historical, nutritional, industrial and biodiversity approach.
For this reason, we carry out promotion, dissemination, research and education activities focused on subjects aimed at food development in our country, which include:
This Project is part of the actions of Museo Galería Nuestra Cocina Duque de Herdez, which we have developed in coordination with Papalote Museo del Niño, Museo Nacional de Antropología and Museo Franz Mayer. Since its inauguration, the exposition has received 179,000 visitors.
In the first quarter of 2020, we received 495 visitors, adding up to a total of 57,709 since its opening in 2000.
Starting in April, our facilities remained closed due to the social distance protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to note than in 2020 we received a total of 26,593 visits to our virtual library.
Héctor Hernández-Pons Torres, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Hérdez.
Committed to the wellbeing and development of our country, at Grupo Herdez, we joined as a great family through Fundación Herdez and our brands Barilla®, Búfalo®, Cielito Querido Café®, Del Fuerte®, Doña María®, Helados Nestlé®, Herdez®, McCormick®, and Nutrisa® to send a strong message of support to our collaborators of the restaurant industry, members of the medical community and populations affected by the health contingency in 13 states of the country.
We joined forces with different companies, organizations and institutions, amplifying our reach and delivering more than 200 tons of products in food baskets.
GRI: 102-9, 103-1, 204-1
To ensure the supply of our products this year, the collaboration of all those that form part of our value chain was key, ensuring the wellbeing of our collaborators, suppliers, and partners, through prompt reinforcement and communication of the health and safety protocols.
This collaboration reinforced our commitment to the development of Mexican farmers by strengthening long-term relationships based on trust and creating mutual value. Their experience, combined with our best practices, guarantee unique products for our customers in the market of the highest quality.
To guarantee the quality and safety of all products that we sell, the source of which are farmers, we have the Agricultural Supplies Department that makes an analysis and traceability of each product. Their activities are focused on three fundamental action axes to build an efficient and responsible value chain:
The process that the department follows to fulfill its purpose, consists of six stages:
This year we worked hand in hand with 173 suppliers of agricultural raw materials that were a key piece to obtain the products that we took to the tables of Mexican families.
The investment that we used in 2020 to purchase agricultural inputs was $892,121,573 MXN.
All our agricultural suppliers are domestic and are spread around 20 states of the country:
In addition to agricultural suppliers, we have strategic suppliers, which provide us raw materials, packaging materials, maquila services and other indirect services that, likewise, add to the mission of taking high quality products to Mexican families.
All actions implemented in the area are aligned with our Supply Strategy, through which we ensure the necessary resources and quality to give continuity to our present and future operations.
The strategy is focused on 4 basic pillars: risk management, innovation, productivity and usefulness.
This year, from the total non-perishable raw materials that we acquired 89.49% was carried out with Mexican suppliers*, which is equivalent to MXN$5,165,677,630 and the remaining 10.51%, corresponding to MXN$606,939,646 MXN, was used for overseas purchases.
The total investment in non-perishable raw materials was $5,772,617,276 MXN, which resulted in a 22% increase with respect to 2019.
From the total packaging materials that we purchased:
(*) Local or Mexican suppliers are defined as those that have their manufacturing and transformation facilities in Mexican territory.
(**) Soybean is bought nationally, since, although its main source is the United States, the refining process is carried out in Mexico.
Arturo Guzmán Chimeo, Environmental Sustainability Manager
As part of our agricultural sustainability efforts, we have two programs focused on minimizing the negative impacts of agricultural production on the environment and Mexican farmers:
The most important achievement of this category was the launching of 40 products under a cobranding scheme with Sam’s Club. This was an unprecedented launch in our relationship with WalMart.
2020 was a challenging year for many sectors, including retail, since the beginning, with the closure of stores and restrictions on mobility, we lived times of uncertainty. Regardless, we kept our staff with 100% of their salary and made different training options available to our collaborators through online platforms.
All establishments of our Cielito Querido Café, Lavazza, Moyo, and Nutrisa brands were converted into 100% safe spaces, aligned with the directives issued by the government in each state of the country to ensure conditions for their correct operation.
Something that we highlight with pride is that the contingency situation boosted our digital transformation. We accelerated the development of digital tools to be closer to our customers, offering delivery services through platforms such as Rappi.
Thanks to these efforts, Nutrisa and Cielito Querido Café were recognized in the ranking of The 500 Best Digital Brands of Merca 2.0, demonstrating our ability to generate relevant content and not being unnoticed in the midst of the situation.
Andrea Del Rizzo,
One of the challenges we faced during the contingency was understanding, jointly with our customers, the impacts and needs of each sales channel. Demand in supermarkets increased considerably in the months of March and April 2020. Given this, we generated a joint plan to prioritize the key products and comply with procurement at all times, since in some specific cases we assisted in direct delivery to stores.
Traditional (DSD) channel was one of the most affected, with a decrease in sales close to 20%, however, we supported store owners by making promotions to boost their sales. Also, we joined forces with Coca-Cola Mexico, Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg’s, Mondelēz México and Pepsico in the campaign “Separados somos pequeños, juntos somos gigantes”, to recognize the effort that people in charge of stores and small business in Mexico do, in addition to encouraging consumprion in local or neighborhood busineeses to incentivize the economic reactivation of Mexican families, in the face of the new reality.
Additionally, to assist our convenience store, pharmacy, and institutional channel stores, we developed payment plans to help the cash flow of the customers in these channels.
Cooking sauces: Addressing the trends and needs of our customers for ingredients to prepare home-made dishes, with authentic Mexican recipes, we launched the Cooking Sauces Doña María (Pastor, Pibil and Tinga), taking the flavor of Mexico to their tables.
Rodrigo Mondragón Campero,
Deputy Director of Marketing for Herdez Del Fuerte
With the launch of the Balance line, we give our customers a new variety of options with low caloric content, prepared with sesame seed, soy and avocado oil.
This year we added teas to the Balance family, composed of Anti-Flu Tea and Good Night Tea, the new Antistress tea, offering a moment of relaxation for our customers.
In this regard, we did the #sabeabalance campaign on social media to promote the adoption of balanced lifestyles.
We looked for ways in which consumers may enjoy the same flavor of their favorite jam, but with 50% less sugar, presentations include: strawberry, blackberry, mango and pineapple without preservatives or artificial flavors.
With the launch of Mayosabor BBQ we offered the public the perfect combination of sweet and smoky. Given the wide acceptance that it had among our customers, in a short time, this new product reached the same market share as Mayosabor Habanero (2019), representing 5% of the flavored mayonnaisse segment and positioning itself in the Top 5 of the portfolio.
To service and pamper our clients in the northern part of the country, we launched a limited edition in three different presentations 190g, 390g and 725g of mayonnaise jars with images of the two most important teams in the Northern region: Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) and Rayados de Monterrey. The sale was carried out exclusively in the retail channel and wholesale stores, with which we gained 2.2 market share points in the city of Monterrey.
Thus, we entered into an alliance with these two teams to launch two campaigns to assist with the contingency. With the Tigres team, we donated one million facemasks in economically active zones with high affluency and in low-income communities in Monterrey. With the Rayados team, we donated laptops in different communities in Monterrey, helping more than 700 children so that they could continue with their studies remotely.
We launched three new flavors for our customers: raspberry chipotle, orange pequin and apple with ancho pepper; highlighting the flavors of Mexican food, and adding to a total of 6 varieties to the jams with chili pepper category.
Diana Cortina Toledo, Deputy Director of Marketing McCormick
In 2020, we leveraged the positioning of brands with high recognition in Mexico, such as Bailey’s, Chocolate Abuelita, Kit Kat and La Lechera. This way, we innovated to offer new moments of satisfaction to our customers in our Frozen platform, being able to obtain a 20% market share.
We did these launches in different sizes and formats to be able to offer options to our retail customers, price clubs and mom-and-pop stores.
Claudia Reyes Cuevas,
Deputy Director of Marketing for Frozen and Retail
With the intention of sharing the energy provided by Yemina pasta, we carried out two activities in 2020, which had a reach of 4 million users:
Since 2016, we form part of the “Éntrale” alliance, promoted by the Consejo Mexicano de Negocios, which their main purpose is to create a culture of inclusion, which enables the integration of people with disabilities in the labor market.
At the end of 2020, we had 10 persons with disabilities in our staff, 6 men and 4 women.
As a family we want our collaborators to be able to exercise their maternity and paternity leaves in accordance with the guidelines of the Federal Labor Law in terms of parental leaves. In 2020, 145 female collaborators and 50 male collaborators took their days of leave. 100% of them returned to work after this important period.
We worked on the installation of 3 new breastfeeding rooms in our locations, reaching a total of 8 sites, which correspond to 67% of our plants and corporate offices. This way, we benefit 310 collaborators so that they may exercise their right to breastfeed upon returning to their work centers.
We make sure that these spaces comply with the specifications of the Mexican Social Security Institute (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, IMSS) and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), these being hygienic, private spaces, easy to access and equipped to be used by one person at a time.
More than 12,150 calls to 1,446 collaborators that were reported to CASH and Medical Service due to testing positive for COVID.
We integrated 211 collaborators who had previously helped verify compliance with the measures derived from the COVID-19 contingency, to:
Let´s talk Covid-19: training and recommendations
This year we held 20 sessions where more than 650 collaborators heard the recommendations and solved their specific questions with respect to the COVID-19 contingency. We thank our four expert speakers from the medical department.
Union makes us stronger and this year we demonstrated that more than ever. For the first time, two of the most important mexican food companies in Mexico, Grupo Herdez and La Costeña®, jointly with Sanfer®, one of the leading companies in the mexican pharmaceutical market, we assembled more than 35 thousand baskets (equivalent to 770 tons) with food, medication, cleaning and health products, which benefitted more than 175 thousand Mexicans in a vulnerable situation with respect to COVID-19.
The boxes were distributed in 13 states of Mexico, with the support of 11 civil society organizations, including: Asociación Mexicana de APAC I.A.P., Asociación Gilberto, Banco de Alimento de México, Cáritas Mexicana, Consejo Nacional Agropecuario, Corporativa de Fundaciones para el Programa Jalisco Sin Hambre, Échale, Fraterna Hoy, Fundación CMR, Fundación Kaluz, Fundación Origen, Fundación Unidos por una Sonrisa, Misioneros del Espíritu Santo, Teletón, Un Mañana and 360 Grados.
La unión hace la fuerza y este año lo demostramos más que nunca. Por primera vez, dos de las compañías mexicanas de alimentos más importantes en México, Grupo Herdez y La Costeña®, de la mano de Sanfer®, una de las compañías líderes en el mercado farmacéutico mexicano, nos aliamos y armamos más de 35 mil canastas (equivalentes a 770 toneladas) con alimentos, medicamentos y productos de limpieza e higiene, que beneficiaron a más de 175 mil mexicanos en situación vulnerable frente al COVID-19.
Las canastas fueron distribuidas en 13 estados de la República Mexicana por medio de 11 organizaciones de la sociedad civil, entre ellas: Asociación Mexicana de APAC I.A.P., Asociación Gilberto, Banco de Alimento de México, Cáritas Mexicana, Consejo Nacional Agropecuario, Corporativa de Fundaciones para el Programa Jalisco Sin Hambre, Échale, Fraterna Hoy, Fundación CMR, Fundación Kaluz, Fundación Origen, Fundación Unidos por una Sonrisa, Misioneros del Espíritu Santo, Teletón, Un Mañana y 360 Grados.
We developed an internal support program for collaborators who lost an immediate family member due to COVID-19, for each peso donated by one of their colleagues, Grupo Herdez donated another one.
With the intention of showing our recognition and sending a message of solidarity to doctors, nurses, laboratory, administrative and cleaning personnel in healthcare institutions that assisted COVID-19 patients, we wore our facemasks, face shields and gloves to take 40 thousand snacks, ice cream, sandwiches, cookies and bread to first-line workers at the following healthcare institutions in Mexico City and Morelos:
In Alliance with the restaurant sector, Directores de Cadenas Restauranteras (DICARES), Asociación Mexicana de Restaurantes (AMR), Comida para Ayudar and Vatel Club, we collected more than 60 tons of food that enabled us to benefit 24 thousand collaborators from 146 restaurants in the capital of our country, who saw their income affected due to the partial or total closure of their food establishments.
Additionally, jointly with Vatel Club, our Food Service division donated 850 food baskets to employees of 36 restaurants in Mexico City belonging to this food and tourism civil association.
En alianza con proveedores del sector restaurantero, los Directores de Cadenas Restauranteras (DICARES), la Asociación Mexicana de Restaurantes (AMR), Comida para Ayudar y Vatel Club recolectamos más de 60 toneladas de alimentos que permitieron beneficiar a 24 mil colaboradores de 146 restaurantes en la capital del país, quienes vieron afectados sus ingresos debido al cierre parcial o total de los establecimientos de comida.
Adicionalmente, en conjunto con Vatel Club, nuestra división de Food Service donó 850 despensas a empleados de 36 restaurantes de la Ciudad de México pertenecientes a esta asociación civil de gastronomía y turismo.
Another action that fills us with pride and that marks a chapter in the history of the Mexican food and beverage sector is the alliance that we formed with Industria Mexicana de Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg’s, Mondelēz Mexico and PepsiCo, through which we launched the national campaign called #MiTiendaSegura from June 22 to August 21, 2020. During the campaign we invited consumers to recognize the great work of the persons that own small stores and businesses to incentivize consumption in local businesses and help Mexican families in this new reality. This included specific digital communication actions and others at the point of sale, such as:
In collaboration with México Indígena and ProMaya we carried out actions in immediate response to the floods caused by the tropical storms “Amanda and Cristóbal” in 3 municipalities and 73 indigenous Mayan communities in the State of Campeche.
Additionally, from June 17 to July 2, we donated food from the basic food basket to form 3,498 packages with 9 products each, which were delivered in the municipalities of Hopelchén, Champotón, and Calakmul.
In future actions, we will also collaborate to rehabilitate productive projects and means of sustenance for the families of these communities.
In addition to the actions that we usually carry out with this program, in support of healthcare institutions and, as a token of our gratefulness for the great work that they carried out during the pandemic, we delivered 50 kits (equivalent to 177Kg of Grupo Herdez products) with products for the medical, nursing and cleaning personnel at Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad of ISSSTE Tultitlán, State of Mexico.
We also provided support to Mazahua communities from the municipality of San José del Rincón, State of Mexico, by delivering 7,163 cereal bars and 5,200 mayonnaises bottles of 105g. Additionally, in December, we donated 2 24-inch screens and 300 headphones to promote the continuity of studies of children and young people that currently engage in online studies.
Through this program, we offer tools to our agricultural suppliers, such as the Good Practices Manual, training sessions and environmental audits, so that they adopt good labor and environmental practices.
Once of these practices consists on reducing the use of agrochemicals through integrated crop management, which consists of using biological products such as:
Currently, 90% of our agricultural suppliers comply with the internal standards of Grupo Herdez corresponding to Good Use of Agrochemical Management (BUMA) in line compared to the previous year.
In 2020, 58 of our suppliers (corresponding to 100% of our fresh raw materials suppliers) were evaluated based on Good Agricultural Practices criteria and on the guidelines of the Sustainable Agriculture Program. The foregoing represents an increase of 29% compared to 2019.
The first aspects that we consider in order to monitor the progress in the implementation of the programs described above include:
In order to promote the conservation and improvement of the environment, tha Sustainable Agriculture Program aims to guide, train, supervise, and follow-up on the production practices carried out by our agricultural suppliers of fresh raw materials, especially related to protected areas or zones, efficient use of water, soil conservation and clean air, to obtain raw materials without chemical waste.
This generates two important benefits for the suppliers: cost reduction and high quality products. Withinin the program, we have a Decalogue of compliance that includes specific actions, such as: