Photo of some of the Viakable volunteers that gathered in October to plant trees in Durango.
A leading producer and seller of electrical conductors, Mexico’s Viakable, a Xignux company, employs more than 4,000 people in Mexico and the U.S. Below, Maritza Almanza, communications and social responsibility manager, outlines one focus from the company’s range of charitable and social responsibility efforts.
During October, more than 120 Viakable employees and their families joined forces with local authorities and Mar y Sierra Salvaje—an organization dedicated to conservation of ecosystems and their species—to plant 188 trees in the Mexican states of Nuevo Leon and Durango.
The first of the reforestations took place on Oct. 22 in a local park located in the municipality of San Nicolas de los Garza in the state of Nuevo Leon. There, Viakable’s volunteers planted 38 trees native to the region, and 100 Texas sages in a park close to the company headquarters in the city. On Oct. 29th, Viakable’s employees also planted 50 red oaks in a park located near the Multipak facility in the state of Durango. Multipak is a Viakable company that produces wood reels and packaging solutions.
More than 4,000 Viakable employees actively take part each year in multiple social responsibility activities, which are based on Xignux’s Social Responsible and Sustainable Development Model. These generate high impact in three areas: economic, social, and environmental, transforming its stakeholder’s quality of life and improving society.
In 2021, Viakable volunteers dedicated 6,532 hours to social responsible activities, benefiting more than 7,340 people, including students, senior citizens, people with disabilities, people in vulnerable conditions of living, and neighbors of the local communities where it has operations.
This year, Viakable was granted the Socially Responsible Company Certificate, which is given by the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía, A.C. (CEMEFI), and recognizes companies that integrate Corporate Social Responsibility guidelines as part of its culture.
With these permanent actions, Viakable reaffirms its commitment to the environmental care and development of the communities where it has operations with strategically focused initiatives for the construction of a sustainable future.
Manufacturers GIVING BACK
This is part 2 of Wire Journal International's first-ever feature presenting 16 manufacturers that have given back to their communities: hundreds others could just as easily have been here. Each entry has a unique story, yet the common thread is the people—of all ranks—who care about their companies as well as their communities. Big volunteer efforts deserve applause, but so do smaller ones as they all head in the same direction. In a time when there is seldom a lack of daunting news, one can take pride in the industry spirit.
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