Sustainability refers to the ability of a species to be in balance with the resources in its environment. Therefore, on a broader level, it may be considered the exploitation of a resource below its limit of renewability.
The term sustainable or enduring development is defined as:
Satisfying the needs of present generations without compromising the possibility of future generations attending to their own needs.
In practice, that definition means establishing projects and companies that can benefit from a long-term stable economic growth, that generate social progress among the different stakeholders taking into account the environmental balance of the ecosystem. The definition applies to socioeconomic development and it was formalized in the 1987 Brundtland Report (a socioeconomic report prepared for the UN). It was later included in the Third Principle in the Rio Declaration (1992).
Sustainable development consists of three components, namely, the economic, environmental, and social components (the triple bottom line). Economic progress, justice and social development, and environment preservation are the three "interdependent pillars of sustainable development, which reinforce one another".
Since its very beginnings, Poligrow has clearly understood that its projects must be developed based on the concept of sustainable development. The challenge that it has assumed is to be able to contribute, by taking advantage of the impact of its activity, to the creation of a world in which living in a dignified manner is possible.
Poligrow bases its activity on the guidelines of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSB); for all of its activities it establishes sustainable practices that can make the business more competitive, streamlined, and safe, orienting it towards long-term objectives.
Poligrow is aware of the impact that the activity of producing vegetable oil has; therefore, it incorporates social, labor, and environmental concerns into its strategy, adopting criteria for sustainability, attending the 3Ps (People, Planet, Profit), and carrying out concrete initiatives.
With Poligrow, sustainability is no longer an idea; it becomes a reality.
Since we initiated activities in Colombia with the Mapiripán Project, we have been faithful to our purpose of adopting the best farming practices. We have made significant investments aimed at environmental, social, infrastructure, and research initiatives to enable our projects to become sustainable with time and, thereby, bring real benefits to the communities involved.
We have created departments with highly trained personnel devoted to bettering the environmental situation in the area, the life quality, and the working conditions of our employees and of the general community.
The positive impact that our oil palm planting project is generating on the community is truly satisfactory.
That is why we will continue working for those benefits to endure with time and replicate through new projects that will contribute to the economic reactivation of these marginal areas.