Sustainability

Surviving, growing and perpetuate in a sustainable way is our socio-environmental responsibility. Learn more about the projects related to this matter, mantained by Polimix.

Human being

Confidence in the potential of the Human Being and in his/her will to grow is the foundation of our Business Philosophy.

Believing in a better future, Polimix focuses its social investment on young people in situations of social vulnerability, opening doors for them to discover and develop their capacities as transforming agents of society.

In 2011, Polimix was the first company in the civil construction sector to implement, in partnership with the Iochpe Foundation, the Programa Formare, a professional education program that mobilizes dozens of volunteers to train young people. Polimix offers its facilities and the talent of its integrants to prepare young people for the workforce.

FORMARE POLIMIX – São Paulo

Administrative Assistant and Production Assistant Courses. Since 2011:

  • 825 instruction-hours a year
  • 77 volunteer educators a year
  • 167 young people trained
  • 83% joined the labor market
  • 54% work for the Organization

FORMARE MIZU – Rio Grande do Norte

Industrial Maintenance and Control Operations Assistant Course. Since 2013:

  • 814 instruction-hours a year
  • 33 volunteer educators a year
  • 79 young people trained
  • 64,5% joined the labor market
  • 29% work for the Organization

Agrisa, a company of the Polimix Organization that produces ethanol in Rio de Janeiro, promotes, through the Young Apprentice Project, the development of knowledge and skills in young people between 17 and 24 years of age in a situation of socioeconomic disadvantage. The classes are taught at Agrisa in partnership with SENAR (National Service for Rural Apprenticeship).

Since 2009:

  • 800 instruction-hours a year
  • 94 young people trained
  • 13% work for the Organization

Health and Culture

Health is the main gear of the Human Being who, nourished by culture and knowledge, is capable of developing and transforming society.

Physical Activities

Periodic campaigns are carried out, motivating the integrants to practice regular physical activities. In the Organization more than 200 members practice Workplace Fitness under the guidance of professionals of the area.

Healthy Diet

In addition to the periodic campaigns, there will be a 20-integrant experimental group that will receive 10 sessions of nutritional guidelines aiming at dietary re-education to improve health.

Vaccination

Each year, the Organization conducts immunization campaigns for hundreds of integrants who are immunized against the flu, yellow fever and measles.

Awareness Campaign

The Pink October and Blue November are part of the Organization’s calendar and integrants are invited to wear the colors of the campaigns and attend lectures with experts to reinforce the importance of prevention.

Access to Culture

In São Paulo, where the Support and Education structure of the Organization’s companies is located, the following are offered to more than 450 integrants:

– a Recreation Center with games and living spaces;

– a Library with 628 books donated by the integrants themselves, in addition to Boxes of Culture with 80 rotating titles, in partnership with Sesi (the Brazilian Industrial Social Services).

 

Spreading Knowledge

Through the Bill for Cultural Development (Lei Rouanet), the Organization, aiming at disseminating the history related to the sector of ​​civil construction, has published the following books:

– No Prumo (2018) – A guide to good practices for solid and durable construction based on the history of concrete.

– A Curva e a Linha: Obras de Niemeyer no Brasil (2014) – A record of Oscar Niemeyer and his works, a world reference in architecture, engineering, urbanism and art.

Environment

In order to grow with quality of life, the Human Being needs to be inserted in an environment that has been preserved.

Out of concern for environmental issues, Polimix Organization has, since 2007, invested in activities aimed at preserving the environment.

Bioenergy

Polimix Energia produces ethanol, a biodegradable fuel that has lower emission of polluting gases. The process of producing ethanol also generates bioenergy from biomass. Plants in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais produce 168 million liters / year and 28 MW per year.

Small Hydroelectric Power Plants (SHOPs)

Polimix Energia has a stake in 3 projects and 3 SHOPs that generate renewable energy from water power in the state of Mato Grosso, with installed capacity of 71.5 MW.

Wind Energy

Wind energy helps reduce the greenhouse effect by replacing energy sources from fossil fuel. Polimix Energia participates in projects in Rio Grande do Norte and Bahia, with a capacity to generate 481 MW of clean energy.

Certifications

In 2019, Mizu Cimentos (Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais) and Polimix Agregados (São Paulo) plants received the Certificado Comerc – Sinerconsult de Energia Renovável (Certificate in Renewable Energy) for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, achieved through the use of energy from renewable sources during the year 2018. The total reduction was 433,16 tCO2e.

Additions

At Mizu Cimentos, of the 2.5 million tons of cement produced in 2018, more than 1.2 million were of type CP III and CP IV with addition of slag, which drastically reduces emissions of polluting gases.

Co-processing

Mizu Cimentos’ clinker furnaces are prepared to replace petcoke with liquid and solid waste. Co-processing also reduces CO2 emissions, as well as harnesses the calorific value of industrial waste, considered environmental liabilities.The plant located in Baraúna, Rio Grande do Norte, co-processed 2,000 tons of end-of-life tires in 2018, using an advanced tire grinding and furnace feed system. This volume is expected to quadruple in 2019. The plant also has a state-of-the-art system to co-process oil sludge generated by the oil industry.

 

At the plant in Pacatuba, in the state of Sergipe, an efficient system was installed to co-process solid and liquid wastes such as gravel, catalysts, abrasive blasting waste, paint, diapers, oil contaminated soil and footwear scraps. In 2018, the new system allowed for the replacement of 0.8% of petcoke and, in 2019, with the installation of new equipment, a greater rate of petcoke replacement is expected.

Reduction in waste concrete

Starting in 2012, Polimix Concreto has stipulated the collection of fees in its commercial proposals for the return of excess concrete, encouraging the clients to calculate precisely the volume for each work, reducing the volume of waste.

Recycling of waste concrete

Polimix uses a Concrete Reutilization Procedure, that transforms surplus concrete that returns from job sites in material that can be used again. This process is done in its own plants.

 

There is also a Polimix plant in Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo, which receives concrete waste from job sites and, through the crushing process, turns it into raw building material. The facility has the capacity to produce 240,000 t / y.

Recycling of tires and rubber waste

Utilizing state-of-the-art circular economy technology, Polimix Ambiental transforms end-of-life tires and rubber waste into carbon black, steel, fuel oil and gas, reducing environmental impact. In 2018, more than 712,000 tires were prevented from being disposed of in the environment.

Selective Garbage Collection  

Since 2007, the Vila Industrial in Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo has had selective garbage collection through Avemare, a cooperative formed by ex-garbage scavengers. Materials that would go to landfills are instead collected, separated and processed to be used as raw material for new products. The program benefits the environment and 83 families that belong to the Co-op.

                               

Since 2008, we have also collected used disposable and rechargeable batteries. The aim is to discard these materials, which are toxic to the environment, in an appropriate place. More than 5,800 disposable and rechargeable batteries have already been collected.

 

At Vila Industrial and at the facilities of Polimix Concreto we carry out a campaign to collect pull tabs from cans. A 100 kg of aluminum rings may be exchanged for a wheelchair, which is donated to the elderly or people with special needs. To date, over 52 kg of tabs have been collected.

Knowing the importance of the preservation of the environment for people’s quality of life, all of the Organization’s businesses have plans to cultivate green spaces.

Hedgerow

When planting takes place along the edges of a plant, it is called Cerca Viva (hedgerow). In addition to improving air quality and increasing thermal comfort, it creates a more beautiful and pleasant environment, provides protection against winds, prevents the dispersion of dust and reduces noise. All those contribute to a higher quality of life for the surrounding community.

Plant Nursery

Every facility of the Organization that has enough space in its grounds for planting has a nursery or a vegetable garden. The Organization’s main nursery is located at Vila Industrial, in São Paulo. It is used to complement areas of protection, for the distribution of fruits and vegetables for the integrants as well as for environmental education classes to the community. In 2018, 11,000 eucalypti, 9,000 ornamental plants, 360 fruit trees and 390 native trees were planted.