In this edition we focus on Altri’s commitment to building a brighter future. A good example of this is the Group’s successful implementation of the Kaizen method at its industrial units, and the Growth Program for Altri High Potentials, designed to prepare the organisation’s future leaders to face upcoming challenges. Our commitment to improving the proactive and professional management of the forest is set out in the article about the Clear and Fertilize programme. But this alone is not enough. We go beyond that, by guaranteeing the sustainability, biodiversity and preservation of habitats. This is in our DNA. The partnership agreement signed by Altri to appreciate and enhance the Mata Nacional and Serra do Bussaco forests is another example of how determined we are to make progress in this area.
As well as these initiatives which are already underway, we decided to create the “Altri Diversity” programme, which translates into fi ve main goals:
• To double the conservation area in ten years. Reaching 16 thousand hectares in conservation areas managed by Altri Florestal.
• To produce and plant 1 million native plants per year, in areas owned by the company and by third parties.
• To extend the network of biodiversity stations and ‘biospots’. Increasing to 10 the number of microreserves owned by the company, enabling these places to be shared with the community, and thereby generating actions to preserve and monitor natural values.
• To restore ecosystems of great conservation value. Preserving the habitat of species which are under threat, by improving threatened riparian galleries, strengthening native vegetation and removing invasive species.
• To incorporate economically, socially and environmentally valuable activities into forest management. Developing honey, mushroom and medronho (arbutus fruit) production projects and nature tourism, amongst other things, together with local partners.
This commitment ensures that the productive forest, which is crucial to preserving the countryside, is compatible with safeguarding the diversity of our environmental heritage.