Reforestamos México Recognizes the Best Business Initiatives for Forests
1 diciembre, 2022
- Reforestamos México presented “Los Bóscares” to the best business projects supporting Mexico’s forests.
- In this edition, a public call was made, receiving 32 applications from companies that shared their actions in favor of forest sustainability in Mexico.
- Out of the received applications, 5 winning initiatives were recognized in each category, along with a special mention.
Mexico City, November 30, 2022 – The civil association Reforestamos México held the 5th edition of “Los Bóscares” to recognize the best business initiatives in favor of the forests. A face-to-face event was sponsored by the French Development Agency, taking place at “Casa de Francia”, attended by nominated companies, invited French companies, and allied organizations.
“Los Bóscares” have been recognizing outstanding private sector projects with positive impacts on the country’s forest ecosystems for 5 years. Over these 5 years, information on more than 900 companies in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Peru has been researched.
For this edition of “Los Bóscares”, a public call was made, receiving 32 business initiatives in favor of forest sustainability in Mexico. As a result of the received applications, 16 initiatives were selected, nominated across 5 categories and a special mention. These initiatives stood out for their positive impact on environmental and social aspects, innovation, governance, as well as business involvement in the projects. The evaluation methodology for The Boscars includes 23 indicators grouped into 5 impact categories.
In “Los Bóscares” Mexico 2022, an independent judging panel was formed, including representatives from the Biodiversity Finance Initiative of the United Nations Development Program (BIOFIN-Mexico) and the Faculty of Social Responsibility at Anáhuac University. The goal was to bring transparency to the award presentation.
The nominated and winning companies in each category are:
Category: Forest Conservation
Nominated Companies: Fundación Coca Cola, Heineken México, Nestlé, and Red Bio Terra.
Winner: Red Bio Terra for the “Charco Bendito” initiative; an alliance of 10 companies committed to protecting natural resources, rehabilitating hydrological basins, and recovering water volumes.
Category: Promotion of Sustainable Forest Management
Nominated Companies: The Earth Lab, Association of Silviculturists of the Pachuca-Tulancingo Forest Region, and Ejido San Crisanto.
Category: Contribution to Forest Restoration
Nominated Companies: Ejido Verde, Association of Producers and Exporters of Avocado of Mexico (APEAM), Farmacias Similares, and Grupo México.
Winner: Ejido Verde, for establishing 4,577 hectares of commercial pine resin plantations in private and communal properties in 2021. Many of these are in degraded lands, aiming to generate prosperity in ejidos and communities in the state of Michoacán.
Category: Forest Heroines
Nominated Companies: Mujeres Unidas de las Milpas y Anexos de Tamazula (MUMAT) and Resilient Women Forests of the Sepultura Biosphere Reserve.
Winner: Mujeres Unidas de las Milpas y Anexos de Tamazula (MUMAT), for generating employment opportunities for vulnerable groups of women (widows, single mothers, and young women) in the Northern Region of Tamazula, Durango. This is achieved through sustainable use of forest residues to transform them into wood suitable for pallets, construction flooring, broom and mop handles, and popsicle sticks.
Category: Urban Forests
Nominated Companies: Fibra Uno and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Winner: Boehringer Ingelheim, for the “Reforestar para Respirar” initiative; a reforestation event where, with the help of employees, their families, and allies, they have planted over 56,000 trees in different urban areas of the country. This aims to contribute to greenhouse gas capture and mitigate climate change.
Special Mention: Development of Sustainable Forest Communities
Recognized Company: American Express, for promoting and strengthening the supply chain for Christmas trees and wood products in Villa del Carbón, State of Mexico. They also obtained forest management and chain of custody certification under the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) standard, creating job alternatives for community members.
During the event, two French companies, Forvia and Axa Foundation, shared the forest projects they develop in Mexico, demonstrating the contributions of the French community to forest sustainability in the country. The agenda included speakers such as Alfonso
Argüelles from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Mauricio Gámez from the United Nations Development Program’s Biodiversity Initiative (PNUD), Lorena Herrera from the Faculty of Social Responsibility at Anáhuac University, Erica Valencia from Ectágono, and Juliette Grundman from the French Development Agency.
At the close of the event, Ernesto Herrera, General Director of Reforestamos México, congratulated all nominated and winning companies for their work. He highlighted part of the work that Reforestamos carries out hand in hand with the private sector to seek more and better forests for sustainable development.
For more information about “Los Bóscares”, visit www.losboscares.com Reforestamos México is a non-profit civil association that seeks to ensure more and better forests to drive sustainable development. For more information, visit www.reforestamosmexico.org, or contact Maira Pamela Monroy at firstname.lastname@example.org