AMHSA Altos Hornos de México

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Throughout more than 7 decades, AHMSA has focused the emphasis of investment on the change in industrial processes and the improvement of working and family living conditions of workers.

That program also included the acquisition of sweeping machines and the establishment of a regional landfill for the confinement of the residues generated by more than 350 thousand inhabitants of the center of Coahuila.

The acquisition of mechanized equipment was extended to other municipalities like Nava and Palaú, also in Coahuila, and to the projects already on development in order to provide with landfills the Coal and North regions of Coahuila.

Throughout more than 7 decades, AHMSA has focused the emphasis of investment on the change in industrial processes and the improvement of working and family living conditions of workers.

Since its foundation in 1942, Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA) has focused its investment to industrial growth, to a constant innovation on industrial processes and the achievement of an adequate quality of working and family life for its workers.

From the time the company was acquired by Grupo Acerero del Norte in 1991, that philosophy of social responsibility has been extended to direct or joint action with authorities and civil organizations in order to benefit the communities of influence, through a series of social programs and actions for the improvement of the quality of life of the population.

One of the first working programs with authorities of the three levels of government was focused on attracting new companies for the Central Region of Coahuila – mainly steel users- looking to diversify and strength the economy and its ability for employment generation.

As an example, with the arrival of companies from different sectors like the automotive, metal-mechanic, energy, textile, machinery, etc, the reliance of the regional economy in relation to AHMSA went from 80% in the 90's to 38% at present.

A relevant factor in this context has been the commitment assumed by the company, granting preference to companies from former employees and regional companies in the acquisition of goods and services, under equal conditions of competitiveness and market prices. In the meantime, AHMSA maintains a suppliers development department at all levels of input and benefit requirements.

In community programs, one of the first projects was focused on the rationalization of urban cleaning in the Central Region of Coahuila, nearby the steel facilities.

With that purpose, and with collaboration with authorities, an efficient urban garbage disposal service was designed and developed. This service was equipped with automated trucks and thousands of containers in five municipalities, as well as the establishment of a central sanitary landfill for the suitable confinement of waste.

The Cleaning Commision Board of the Central Region of Coahuila is in charge of the operation, with financial support of both Altos Hornos de México and the municipalities of Monclova, Frontera, Castaños, San Buenaventura and Nadadores.

This model was subsequently extended to the North, Carbonífera and Cinco Manantiales regions, where AHMSA and its mines has influence with their operations.

Added to the urban cleaning systems are joint working programs along with support in public safety, health, education, social development, cultural activities, as well as emergency support, which has led to a constant and relevant integration of the company with the population, beyond their workers and families.

Stand out, for example, investment in modernization and expansion of the Monclova-Frontera International Airport, the installation of a large-capacity water treatment plant in the Central Region of Coahuila, the internal and community reforestation programs, the majority use of recycled water in industrial processes and the commitment to maintain an environmentally sustainable operation.

The strengthening of the communications infrastructure, basic and educational services joint in an effort aimed primarily at workers, has represented a better quality life for the population as a whole and at the same time an additional factor for the attraction of new companies.

Closing the actions on this matter is the implementation of the ISO 26000 Standard as a guide for the permanent integration of social responsibility in its practices and values, along with the certification of its Management System in the area of business ethics as well as human and workers rights.

As a result, that philosophy of commitment with workers, their families and the population in general, has placed and sustained AHMSA and its subsidiaries as examples of high social responsibility companies.