403-7, 403-8

We join efforts to mitigate our operations’ environmental footprint.


Costa Rica

Our commitment serves as the main motivation for our constant efforts to reduce environmental risks

We strengthen risk mitigation by complying with a series of regulations to help protect and preserve the environment. In addition, our IMS is aligned with national and international environmental protection standards to be aligned with applicable norms.

In the case of Paper business unit, all of our products are sustainable.

We also work under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards, which we comply with through annual audits of our Vallejo and Cancun warehouses. By complying with this standard we are able to sell paper from sustainable forests.

In 2018, we introduced a new, FDA certified, high performance multilayer board. We sold 1,577 tons, up from 1,229 tons in 2017, achieving 28.3% growth with a more environmentally friendly product.

2En FOLDING BOX BOARD SALES (tons) 2017 2018 1,577 1,229



GRI 301: 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

301-1, 301-2, 301-3

As a material reuse preventive measure, we play an important role in recycling containers and pallets. We integrate these recycling processes through two channels: in house and externally, through specialized suppliers, reusing the same container as many as five times.

In our facilities
  • Through quality control that assures environmental stewardship.
  • Water treatment plants for our own washing needs.
Specialized suppliers
  • Audited to assure they have the required authorizations.

We recycle pallets by sending them to external vendors to recondition them for continuing use. During the year, we acquired 105,017 pallets and 5,806 units were recycled; through our recovery processes we were able to keep close to 100,000 in use.

In 2018, 167,087 drums were acquired



GRI 302: 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

302-1, 302-4, 302-5

For the first time we integrated our electric energy information company wide, including that of Brazil. We expect to install solar panels in 2019 as we continue to strive to bolter our sustainability progress.

During the year, we consumed 4,372,890 kWh of power

  • We improved utility vehicle use efficiency by 7%.
  • The entire 265 vehicle fleet consumed 527,580 liters.
  • Forklifts consumed 204,758 liters.



GRI 303: 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

303-1, 303-2, 303-3, 303-5

In 2018, we began to consolidate the electric energy information from Brazil.

None of our installations has a water harvesting facility of its own. All of our installations in Mexico rely on municipal waterlines or purchases of tanker truckloads. The Cancun facility has its own well that is used primarily for sanitization needs and we never surpass the consumption levels specified in our concession title by Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA).

At the San Juan plant we have begun to evaluate the viability of a water supply and recovery optimization program. Based on its results, we will determine whether to extend the program to other installations as part of a clear plan

Our water consumption during 2018 totaled 17,402,352 m3

Costa Rica

Mexico - Leon



We are interested in having our operating centers located in industrial parks authorized for conducting our commercial activities while seeking to avoid generating any biodiversity footprint. Therefore, we have established a series of controls to monitor any possible effect and monitor them.

When incoporating new products, we conduct envionmental risk assesments (ERA).

We conduct envionmental impact studies for new projects and/or decisons to relocate our warehouses and plants.

We provide our brigades with periodic emergency response training.

We identify leak, spill, and resource-waste risks during our Environment, Health and Safety  (EHS)  rounds.

We maintain 10 million dollars in public liability insurance coverage.



GRI 305: 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

305-2, 305-5, 305-6

The CO2 emissions generated by our operations are derived exclusively from our consumption of electricity, gasoline and diesel, as well as mobile sources in the form of transport vehicles.

Atmospheric emissions generated by our operations totaled 2,162.61 tons. TLYDSA's result was 0.137 tons. We determined these readings of our emissions using the Emissions Calculator of the National Emissions Registry (RENE).

The hazardous waste derived from handling the materials we sell can arise from certain incidents such as leaks and spills or damage to packaging and containers. However, our installations are registered as “Small Quantity Generators” of hazardous waste.

There was an increase in the amount hazardous waste generated by the Leon plant in 2018 as a result of increased productivity in solvent recovery. In turn, that process has also lowered the amount of hazardous waste sent to controlled confinement by 2,046 tons.

We generated 2,130 tons of hazardous waste in 2018



GRI 306: 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

306-1, 306-2, 306-3, 306-4

Our operations responsibly dispose of waste comply with the resolution of Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).

It´s formulation cames from:

Maintenance Processes

Machinery and Equipment Assistance

Non-compliant Product

Packing and Packaging Materials

General Services

5En 2016 2017 2018 SOLVENT RECOVERED (millions of liters) 5.921 3.504 4.467

We adopted the following processes for the sale of non hazardous waste:

8En SALES OF SCRAP CONTAINERS 20 18 20 16 20 17 Drum C ontainer B uc k e t 4 14 729 643 1,5 17 1,179 29,574 45,360 42,650 7 ,5 5 1 9,7 10 9,629 Jug

We collect paper waste from offices and both plastic and wood from containers and packaging, and sell such products to recycling firms.


Our operations generate two types of wastewater:

  • Sanitization and services, which is discharged through the municipal network.
  • Container washing, for which we use water treatment plants. Periodically, we analyze samples of such water to verify whether the discharge meets SEMARNAT standards.

During 2018 we sold 600 tons of paper and cardboard waste

Mexio - Vallejo

Costa Rica



GRI 307: 103-1, 103-2, 103-3

102-11, 307-1

At Grupo Pochteca, we have a norms coordinating office whose main job is to guarantee compliance with applicable regulations at all of our sites. The process consists of:

1. Identifying legislative changes by reviewing official sources, and participating in associations, committees and groups related to our industry.

2. Identifying the norms applicable to each new product that enters our portfolio.

3. Coordinating with those involved in the production of documentation, controls, reports and registries within our Integrated Management System to assure compliance with regulatory requirements.

4. Regulatory monitoring of each facility.

5. Reporting compliance, inspection and fine indicators.

6. Reporting any event resulting from regulatory compliance or non compliance.

In order to take necessary actions, we monitor our regulatory compliance by means of:
  • Internal corporate audits.
  • Internal management system audits.
  • External audits by clients, suppliers and certified companies.

• Pochteca Leon: we achieved cleanup and release of these installations we acquired in 2012, and that contained 493 m3 of contaminated soil.

• Pochteca San Luis Potosi: under SEMARNAT supervision, we concluded our soil remediation plan for the 1,881 m3 of contaminated soil during a 2016 accident.

• Pochteca Monterrey: we had a hydrogen peroxide spill in December 2018 owing to a failure in the charging valve of a tanker truck belonging to one of our clients. The event was dealt with under the response and practice protocol, which helped to determine and prevent possible consequences.

We constantly monitor for the prevention of spills and leaks, and we review results each month in management meetings where preventative measures are adopted to reduce such events. All applicable cases (spills greater than 1 m3) have been reported to environmental authorities along with the analysis and corresponding actions for avoiding their recurrence, and active interaction with the authority to assure compliance with all legal requirements.

9En 2016 2017 2018 % OF KIOS SPILLED AND KILOS SOLD .0223% .0084% 2015 .000857% .043%