At Reforestamos Mexico we recognize our allies in favor of our country's forests.
9 noviembre, 2018
Last Wednesday, November 7, we held our 2018 Annual Meeting “Mejores Alianzas, Mejores Bosques”, where we awarded the more than 70 allied institutions that participated during this year in actions to ensure more and better forests in our country.
Ernesto Herrera, our CEO, mentioned that we are carrying out activities to promote transparency in the forestry sector, as well as to generate alliances with various institutions to promote entrepreneurship, sustainability and forest conservation, and thus achieve the sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda. In addition, he shared with us that through the “Mejores Alianza, Mejores Bosques” program this year more than 17 thousand volunteers, from 77 companies, have been involved in restoration and conservation work. “We want there to be more and better companies that with their actions help us to secure the forests of the future,” he said.
Ernesto also highlighted the organization’s alliance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) to promote the consumption of certified products obtained from forests. He also spoke of the alliance with Santander Mexico for the reconstruction of nine houses and eight temporary classrooms in areas damaged by the earthquake of September 19, 2017.
Our hosts, Luis Guimaraes, Director of Strategy and Sustainability for HSBC Mexico and Latin America, and José Iragorri, Deputy General Manager of Global Banking, shared with us that during our eight years of partnership, HSBC and Reforestamos Mexico have planted more than 740,000 trees in the Nevado de Toluca, adopted six urban forests in the CDMX and have involved almost 15,000 volunteers. “Forest conservation starts in the communities, from the people who live in the ejidos, they make Reforestamos’ work possible,” said Guimaraes.
Daniel Servitje, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Grupo Bimbo, acknowledged that in our 16 years of existence, Reforestamos Mexico has become “a full organization in every sense, with very clear results in advocacy”. He shared with us that “Mexico is a country that is forming and has great challenges in all senses, in terms of forests, we have to work in networks with other institutions and organizations, with the good will of all to make a better Mexico”.
At our event we presented the “Better Partnerships, Better Forests2018” awards to the more than 70 companies that during this year carried out restoration actions in more than 138 hectares in various parts of the country.
This year, for the first time, we presented eight special awards to partners who have provided outstanding support to achieve our goals: halting deforestation, increasing sustainable forest management, restoring degraded lands and planting trees in cities.
Cargill Mexico won the award for Combating Deforestation thanks to its Responsible Investment Policy in the Forestry Sector, since investment plays a fundamental role in encouraging best practices in the territory and has the potential to align stakeholders with the best social and environmental standards.
Santander Mexico won the award for the Promotion of Sustainable Forest Management, for the project of reconstruction with wood in Ecatzingo, as well as for the construction of regional governance in the East of the Valley of Mexico, which will help reactivate the local economy through forest management.
Citibanamex received the Contribution to Restoration Award for its work in more than 1,600 hectares in the Nevado de Toluca, where through reforestation and productive schemes in the communities that live there, it has had a positive impact on this Protected Natural Area.
The award in the Urban Arborization category was given to the Association de Colonos ZEDEC Santa Fe, for its great work in promoting and coordinating stakeholders in the Santa Fe area to plant trees in medians, as well as for the creation of the “Parque La Mexicana”.
BBVA Bancomer was awarded for the Promotion of Forestry Entrepreneurship thanks to the Aceleración de Empresas Forestales project through BBVA Momentum, with which they have increased the positive impact on forests.
HSBC was recognized in the category of Strengthening Collaborative Platforms, for its “Urban Forests” initiative, which has enabled the collaboration of more than 125 companies in favor of the restoration of protected natural areas in more than five Mexican states.
Gaston Mauvezin, was recognized in the category Promoter of the Cause for his accompaniment of forestry entrepreneurs, and for putting his time and energy into sharing entrepreneurial ideas with high potential with young forestry students.
FSC® Mexico received the highest award of the night, we recognized it as our Ally of the Year, since, thanks to the alliance with Reforestamos, more than 400 thousand hectares have been certified under good forest management, in addition to promoting the creation of three value chains.
Thanks to all our allies for their help, in alliance with you we continue working for more and better forests!