SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY POLICY
Our Corporate Social Responsibility policy is part of the Development Objectives Sustainable (UN) of inequality reduction, gender equality, water care, production and consumption responsible, waste, alliances to achieve the objectives, quality education, non-discrimination, chain of value, sustainable cities and communities, health and wellness, caring for the environment, climate action and volunteering.
At Cresud we are convinced that we must be an integral part of the communities in which our business units are settled. The agricultural activity that we develop allows us to relate to communities throughout the national territory since we have fields from Salta to Santa Cruz province.
We live daily with nature and the social challenges of each region. We listen to the communities and give particular answers to each one in order to accompany them in their development. We contribute to rural schools near our establishments in various ways. We organize workshops with extracurricular activities such as theater, puppet factory and educational visits for students. We also collaborate with hospitals in the area by conducting first aid courses, donating filters water purifiers, creating a primary assistance room for the rural communities, among other proposals.
The activities are managed through the Institutional Relations department and from here we involve the corresponding business areas in each case, attending to the interests in all our influence zones.
In Brazil, the group deploys its CSR policy through the BrasilAgro Institute, whose mission is to promote and implement social actions that make possible opportunities for responsible development in communities with low income or in a vulnerable social situation. After a year of operations, the Institute supported initiatives in education, socioeconomic development and health. Among the actions, projects in partnership with Associação Precavi, the NGO Amigos do Bem and Fundação Banco do Brasil, together with the launch of their own programs, such as the Agents of Transformation Program and the BrasilAgro Literacy Program Educate. Campaigns were also carried out to collect food (more than 15 tons were donated) and clothing (more than 1,000 items allocated).
OUR CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION, HEALTH AND ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY IN THE FIELDS
“BUILDING TOGETHER” PROGRAM
Since 2006, we have been working accompanying and developing comprehensive projects in Communities Rural Educational Institutions in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Chaco, La Pampa, Salta and San Luis through the “Building Together” program.
In rural areas, school institutions play a fundamental role in strengthening of the social front. The School, as an educational space, configures spaces for the encounter, exchange and shared construction of knowledge.
SCHOOLS WE WORK WITH THROUGHOUT ARGENTINA
School No. 4061 Santa Teresa-Anta
School No. 4062 Santa Rita-Anta
School No. 4264 Lola Mora-Anta
School No. 4287 La Floresta-Anta
School No. 4302 Argentina - Anta
School No. 4682 Belisario Carranza - Anta
School No. 4766 Dr. Mario Julio Elsztain – Rivadavia South Band
Agrotechnical School - Las Lajitas
School 75 Jacob Bretscher – Villa Angela
Villa Angela Higher Education Institute – Villa Angela
SAN LUIS PROVINCE
Santa Rosa High School–Santa Rosa de Conlara
Merlo Special Education Center - Merlo
National University of Los Comechingones – Merlo
LA PAMPA PROVINCE
School No. 120 - Trenel
School No. 54 - Trenel
BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE
Primary School N° 9 Conrado Villegas – Tres Lomas PBA
OUR OWN SCHOOL: DR MARIO ELSZTAIN
The school was inaugurated on August 11, 2005 with the name of School No. 4766 “Dr. Mario Julio Elsztain. The land, construction and equipment of the school was donated by Cresud and IRSA Foundation. Our school is located in Paraje Rural Los Pozos of the Rivadavia Banda Sur Department of the Province of Salta. Initially, the school had 2 teachers and 2 classrooms for 15 students. Currently, we have 3 classrooms, 2 grade teachers, a Director, art and language teachers and a Coordinator of the High School mediated by ICTs.
With the expansion of the educational offer through the High School, we managed to retain students in their place of origin and avoid being uprooted, reaching an approximate enrollment of 35 students in its best moment.
The pandemic brought school desertion and together with the institution we redouble our efforts so that students continue to access a quality education and sustained over time. Since it was implemented high school, more than 10 students that did not have access to high school education in their area of residence have been graduated.
ANNUAL CSR ACTION IN SCHOOLS
For more than 10 years we have carried out different workshop’s interdisciplinary courses of art, culture, music, trades and education to rural schools in Salta and Chaco. For a week and coordinated with the directors of the seven schools in Chaco and Salta, there are different activities carried out for more than 150 students.
The objective is that the group of children and young people of these communities know new languages of artistic expression, and achieve, through their own exploration and experimentation, develop creativity, integrating the body, the voice, the music and the emotions. These activities strengthen the work as a team, group integration, trust and communication. The activities that are chosen, upon request of the Directors of the institutions, complement the educational curriculum.
FIELD DAY – OPEN GATEWAYS
Our fields are scenarios where different institutions visit the facilities together with professionals who share their experience on the different production processes. The areas involved agriculture, livestock, legal, environment, institutional relationships, commercial and logistics.
More than 200 students and teachers of different educational levels: primary, secondary, tertiary and university visited our fields.
ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY
We join the challenge of “Seeds of Empowerment” from Stanford University -USA, together with Red Rural communities. At this stage, devices (small computers) donated by Stanford University were used in 5 Rural Primary Schools in the province of Salta.
From the use of the Teachermate, the opportunity begins to re-signify the pedagogical management, the processes of decision-making, reflect on the processes of teaching-didactic communication-learning. It is possible to incorporate the new Technologies of the Information and Communication (NTIC), from an educational and cultural prospect that stimulates the development of cognitive skills, creativity, communication and the integration of people, assuming that uncertainty and difficulties are part of the transformation and evolution. Each activity was an original event that renewed the commitment to continue working together so that Education is a right of all.
This was a preface to what was to come later, where since 2013 and together with Unicef and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Salta we accompany the process of the “Rural Secondary School Mediated by ICTs No. 5212”.
This new project made that students from 4 rural schools of Salta could continue their high school without the need to migrate elsewhere. Until that year, students finished primary school and went to the nearest town to continue studying, others directly stopped studying. Avoiding the uprooting, we achieve a greater sense of belonging and that the students can continue living together with their families.
To accompany this new educational project, Cresud donated different supplies so that activities could be carried out in the best way such as projectors, cell phones, computers. Internet was provided with continuous access throughout the year and various school supplies.
ABOUT THE ICT-MEDIATED RURAL SECONDARY SCHOOL
The Rural Secondary Schools Mediated by Technologies is an innovative educational model that was promoted by the Ministry of Education of the Province of Salta together with UNICEF since 2013. It arises with the aim of responding to the need to guarantee the right of all adolescents who live in scattered rural areas, to access the secondary level and develop new and more ICT skills.
The modality of the school is hybrid, combining the virtual with the face-to-face. It is organized from a central office in the capital of the province and thirteen offices in very remote areas with difficult access. Students connect through netbooks and internet with teachers who are distant - in Salta Capital - and participate in activities organized by this team on an online platform. Teachers design and carry out the activities and the academic trajectory of the students in the central headquarters from where they serve different classrooms within the program.
Students attend classes from Monday to Friday, which differentiates it from other models of long distance education. Each venue has a coordinator who is responsible for tutorial monitoring of students. It is a pedagogical mediator between the process of teaching and learning that occurs in the interaction between the teacher at the headquarters and the students of each campus. It works with different technological supports: a moodle platform that has a versatility of online pedagogical resources and this allows a constant interaction between teachers, students and tutors at each venue. Also, and considering the power of the ubiquity of technologies, use other communication devices: WhatsApp, Skype, Meet, Emails, Social Networks and Internet and Air Radio. They work by projects between areas and by subjects. In both they have online activities and at the venues: in their folders, in the orchards or with the community. This double versatility allows access to academic content from different perspectives and in different circumstances in case of lack of connectivity or low power in the solar panels.
From 2015 to the present, more than 170 students graduated throughout the province, and each year enrollment increases due to the benefits of this new educational model in the places furthest from the province.
ACCESS TO HEALTH
LOS POZOS SANITARY POST
For more than 10 years we have carried out medical tours in schools and rural areas in the Anta-Salta area. Every year more than 400 people have access to health checks, vaccinations and medications. These activities are carried out together with Ministry of Health of the province of Salta.
Given the growing demand of the community, in 2016 the land and building of a Sanitary Post in Los Pozos were donated by Cresud to give access to health service to the entire population of the community without the need to go to the most distant towns. At present, first aid services, clinical, dental and general care are provided. In the context of the pandemic it was epicenter of care and prevention for all the people who were unable to go to the health center of the closest cities: J.V.Gonzalez and Las Lajitas, both 140 km away from the place.
CSR ACTIONS DURING FY 2021
DONATION OF CLEANING AND BIOSAFETY SUPPLIES TO LAS LAJITAS HOSPITAL
During the peaks of the pandemic, donations were made to improve care for the Las Lajitas community. Cleaning, disinfection and biosafety supplies were donated for health personnel.
DONATION OF A NEW CLASSROOM AT SANTA TERESA SCHOOL, IN SALTA
Materials and money were donated to build a new classroom. The objective is that the students of “Colegio 5212 Mediado por TIC´s” have their own space prepared for their virtual course.
DONATION OF FIRST AID KITS IN RURAL SCHOOLS
“First Aid” kits were donated to rural schools near Cresud fields. More than 200 students and teachers from Salta, Chaco and San Luis have the necessary equipment to attend to health emergencies.
DELIVERY OF SCHOOL KITS IN RURAL SCHOOLS
More than 200 students access new school supplies each year. From the company, collaborators distributed school kits for children from rural schools in Salta, Chaco and San Luis.
DONATION OF MATERIALS FOR CLUB PICAHUESOS IN MERLO, IN SAN LUIS
Materials were donated for the construction of a basketball court. The objective of this club is to generate a space for participation and support for the young residents of the Merlo community.
COOPERATIVE EL PASE – RURAL SCHOOLS
El Pase is a group from Trenque Lauquen that manufactures balls to train and employ people deprived of their liberty. It provides work for inmates in conditions of semi-freedom, ex-convicts and adolescents in vulnerable situations. From Cresud balls were bought to be distributed in neighboring schools to the fields of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, San Luis, Chaco, Córdoba and Salta.
MEDICAL TOURS IN SCHOOLS AND RURAL AREAS
More than 400 people have access to clinical check-ups, vaccinations and controls in the medical tours organized by the company together with the Las Lajitas Hospital. These visits allow the residents of Anta and Los Pozos to carry out medical check-ups and are essential to prevent illness and improve their quality of life. During various meetings throughout the year, educational institutions and rural areas are visited, bringing health options to its inhabitants.
More than 10 years ago we brought different interdisciplinary workshops on art, culture, music and education to rural schools in Salta and Chaco. During a week and coordinated with the directors of the seven schools of Chaco and Salta, different activities are carried out for more than 150 students. The objective is that the group of children and young people from these communities learn new languages of artistic expression, and achieve, through their own exploration and experimentation, develop creativity, integrating the body, voice, music and emotions. These activities strengthen teamwork, group integration, trust and communication. The activities that are chosen complement the educational curriculum.
DONATION OF A SOLAR HOT WATER TANK AND SOLAR PANELS TO THE DR MARIO JULIO ELSZTAIN SCHOOL, IN SALTA
Different works and infrastructure arrangements were carried out in the institution, solar panels were strengthened and a solar hot water tank was installed with the aim of having a sustainable school over time.
COLLABORATION WITH THE “EL DURAZNITO” SCHOOL DINING ROOM AND SANITIZING SUPPLIES FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION. MERLO – SAN LUIS
We reinforce pandemic prevention measures and collaborate so that the 20 students who attend can access a nutritious and healthy breakfast.
8 DE JULIO – PUERTO DESEADO
SEMINAR AT TRES LOMAS SCHOOL – LEASED FARMS
Day at School to celebrate Student Day and the return to presential classes. Collaborators from the West Zone rental team brought games and educational materials to share the day. In this way we continue articulating actions with the “Leased” community.
VOLUNTEER DAY AT THE DR MARIO JULIO ELSZTAIN BRASILAGRO SCHOOL WITH THE LOS POZOS TEAM
We shared a day with the Los Pozos team. We donated supplies to build new soccer and volleyball courts. We set up a new vegetable garden with underground irrigation equipment so that the school can be self-sufficient in organic products for its dining room.
FIELD DAY AND PRE-PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN LA SUIZA
Together with the Secretary of the Environment of Chaco and the Institute of Higher Education of Villa Ángela, we carried out different sessions where we worked on forest care and protection of biodiversity.
EXPOENTE PROJECT (PRECAVI ASSOCIATION)
In Maranhão, we encourage the practice of futsal as a means of developing social activities and cognitive creativity, directly benefiting 100 children and adolescents.
AGRICULTURAL TECHNICAL PROJECT (AMIGOS DO BEM)
In Pernambuco, we subsidized the technical support for the training of 27 rural workers in the planting of cashews and vegetables, contributing to the generation of local income.
HUMANITARIAN AID PROGRAM (FUNDAÇÃO BANCO DO BRASIL)
In Goiás, we bought baskets produced by family farmers and donated them to families in situations of social vulnerability. With this action we had a positive impact on the local community with the generation of income and the supply of food directly from the field. In total, we donated more than 9 tons of food that will benefit more than 2,000 people.
BRASILAGRO EDUCA LITERACY PROGRAM
Aimed at field employees who did not complete their regular studies, the program began with a pilot group in 2020 in the Preferência field. The students participated in classes three times a week and are expected to finish their training in early 2022. The initiative had a good internal impact and increased the interest of employees from other units. For this reason, a new group has already started in the Chaparral field.
GREEN BASKET (MG)
Installation of agroecological garden, without continuous use of agrochemicals. Part of the production is destined to complement the nutrition of people in situations of social vulnerability and the rest is marketed within the scope of the National School Food Program (PNAE), providing a healthy diet for students and generating income for producers.
AGENTS OF TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM
The BrasilAgro institute launched its 1st Call for Projects aimed at education, socioeconomic development and health, with the aim of supporting initiatives with potential for development and strengthening of communities. Five projects were selected to benefit the population of the municipalities included in the call.
CUTLIVAR PROJECT (MA)
Training and education in horticulture for children and young people in situations of social vulnerability.
PROJECT HANDS THAT FABRICATE DREAMS (BA)
Promotion of domestic crafts in local fairs and training workshops with artisans in order to market their products. Such activities are carried out in conjunction with the Secretary of Assistance and Culture of Correntina.
HEALTH AND LIFE PROJECT WITH THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE CERRADO (MA)
Education and training of farmers for the execution of sustainable extractive activities of native medicinal plants to develop natural products (elements of personal hygiene, depuratives, creams, etc.) generating knowledge and a source of income for those involved.
AGUA BOA COMMUNITY APIARY PROJECT (BA)
Creation of an apiary, education and training of the participants for the production and commercialization of organic beekeeping products (honey, jelly, propolis, etc.) providing local income generation.
IRSA Foundation was created in 1996 with the purpose of generating programs and accompanying initiatives that promote the integral development of people with a special focus on education, human well-being and social inclusion. Likewise, it supports organizations in society with the conviction that only through joint work and networking can be achieved the true changes necessary to achieve full citizenship and an equitable and inclusive society.
Since 2014 IRSA Foundation has invested in improving hospital equipment and providing state-of-the-art devices and health supplies to hospitals and health centers in our country. Also for 6 years it has been promoting the training and education of young professionals who make up the Argentine health care system, with a special focus on early childhood nutrition and nursing.
Within the framework of the health and economic impact of COVID-19, IRSA Foundation strengthened the social support actions that it had been implementing since 2016. With the aim of helping the most vulnerable populations have a healthy diet, it allocated significant economic resources to more than 20 community kitchens to supplement the monthly feeding of children and young people with fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products and to provide themselves with cleaning and personal hygiene items.
The MultipliDAR program continued, through which all employees of the IRSA Group companies are offered the possibility of multiplying their personal donations to civil society organizations in their referential world to strengthen their solidarity initiative. Through the Multiplidar program, the amount that the collaborator has previously donated to the entity is equalized, doubled and tripled.
The Foundation continues to support initiatives that promote Education and Culture for the growth of society. Seeks educational innovation through comprehensive access to technology with new ways of learning and more active teaching strategies, so that children and young people can study and work - maintaining the protocols - without losing interaction with their peers. Together with other social organizations, it works for the recognition of the value that exists in identity and respect for diversity.
With an attentive look at current needs and recurring problems, Fundación IRSA has decided in 2020 to accompany “Red por la Infancia” in its process of creating the “Observatory on First Practices for Addressing Child Abuse” In its first stage, it intends to bring together evidence in order to contribute to the construction of a diagnosis of the situation and identify the degree of normative development, the pending challenges at the legislative level, the degree of progress in public policies and in the administration of justice regarding the protection of children against violence.
IRSA Propiedades Comerciales, under the integral coordination of the Foundation, continued its work as an investor in the First Argentina’s Social Impact Bond in which the State and the companies worked together aimed at generating employment conditions for extremely vulnerable youth through a new methodology of payment for results. In a complex context due to the pandemic, the program managed to train 880 young people in the city of Buenos Aires and 287 of them to enter the labor market. Next year ends this first experience in Argentina, key for the development of future Bonds focused on different social problems, providing relevant data and information that will open the way to develop a more efficient Public Policy based on the local evidence generated.
During the last fiscal year 2020-2021, IRSA Foundation worked with 78 civil society organizations, making a direct social investment of ARS 126,955,959.
“PUERTA 18” FOUNDATION
“Puerta 18” Foundation is a free space for artistic and technological creation for young people from 13 to 24 years old. Through a non-formal education proposal, it encourages the development of skills, vocations and talents in young people through the multiple resources offered by technology.
Throughout its 13 years, more than 5,000 young people were trained for free and today there are more than 200 who have been inserted into work in areas related to their training in the institution.
Our gaze is based on placing the young person at the center of the proposal, which revolves around his interests and needs, and where educators act as facilitators using technology as a tool. Some of the disciplines we work with are: Graphic Design, Photography, UX, Programming, Comprehensive Video Production, 3D Modeling and Animation, Videogames, Robotics, among others.
During 2020 we carried out activities at our headquarters on Zelaya Street and also in neighborhoods of the City such as Retiro, Bajo Flores, Zavaleta and Villa Lugano.
Through a methodology of accompaniment with homework, the participants had different proposals and according to their interests, they could choose which one to join and for how long. This allows each young person to build their journey in the institution, starting from when some of the disciplines generates curiosity, until their first job, and is one of the reasons why the vast majority develop a strong bond of belonging, both with space as with their peers. But like everyone else, the COVID -19 pandemic forced us to restructure immediately. In a few days, all the workshops went virtual and we reinforced our presence on social networks.
The bonding aspect is central to achieving this accompaniment, which is the first step to stimulate vocations and talents. From the institution we set out to create a work methodology that considers these new variables and that confronts them directly. This is how, since mid-2020, we have been carrying out a technological education project that is in accordance with the complex scenario that is presented to us, which allows us to combine the virtual with a regional scale and face-to-face meetings when the health context allows it.
“Puerta 18” Foundation is a free space for artistic and technological creation for young people from 13 to 24 years olds.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM FOUNDATION
Abasto Children’s Museum is an interactive museum that recreates the spaces of a city where children can play to be a doctor, cameraman, captain, sailor, banker, cook, broadcaster, journalist, nurse, actress, mom, dad and many more things.
The Museum proposes an enriching and alternative meeting space that integrates play, movement, perception, understanding and expression, encouraging curiosity, interest in knowing and imagination from a transforming point of view.
Based on the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, it has been designed to encourage each child to develop their own potentials: “learning by doing” and “playing and having fun learning” are fundamental concepts for us.
The Museum is dedicated to children up to 12 years of age, their families, educators and, through all of them, the community. And for the little ones, up to 3 years old, it has two soft rooms specially built to stimulate their activity.
In addition, it has an Exhibition Hall and an Auditorium where shows, film screenings, conferences, book presentations and various events are held.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM HAS BEEN DECLARED:
• OF EDUCATIONAL INTEREST
By the Argentina’s Ministry of Education Resolution No. 123
• OF CULTURAL INTEREST
By the Secretary of Culture and Communication of the Presidency of Argentina Resolution No. 1895
• OF CULTURAL INTEREST
By the Secretary of Culture of the Buenos Aires City Government
• OF CULTURAL INTEREST
By the INADI (National institute against discrimination, xenophobia and racism)
• OF TOURISTIC INTEREST
By the Secretary of Tourism of the Presidency of Argentina Resolution No. 281
Of the Secretary of Education of the Buenos Aires City Government Resolution No.