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Sodimac has more than 107 thousand different products and services. Many of which have a linear life-cycle, that is, they are produced, used and finally discarded. The company however, is well aware of this issue and since 2006 it has promoted a policy of sustainability as well as different initiatives to contribute to the protection of the environment. Today sustainability is one of the company’s strategic pillars, seeking balanced economic, social, and environmental development.

This is how the company seeks to generate actions to create awareness and encourage environmental care through its value chain. This, by different initiatives both internally with their packaging, product lines, and information they provide to their consumers; as well as externally, urging their customers to recycle and have the necessary tools to do so. Its goal is to make efficient use of resources, also trying to measure, reduce, and mitigate operational impacts.

 

Initiatives

As from 2017, Sodimac carries out a material inventory and right sizing program. This has resulted in the development of a materials and packaging study of over 3 thousand private label items. This study indicates in detail the different materials and quantities that make up the products as well as a proposal to improve packaging that require it, modifying size, weight or materiality as needed. This has resulted, for example, in working with suppliers of some product lines, such as lighting, implementing changes in packaging that has reduced the use of plastic.

As for actions associated with the consumer, the company has developed the “Haciendo Eco” (Echoing) campaigns, where it seeks to provide customers with clear information about products, so their purchase decisions are made with full knowledge of the impact it has on the environment and their after use responsibilities.

In addition, they invite their customers to learn about their over 4,300 products, within their 5 categories of environmental and social attributes. “Circularity and Recycling”, products with 50% recycled content; “Efficient Consumption”, products that are efficient with water and energy use; “Healthy Home”, products that prove to be free of VOCs, harmful chemical particles for health; “Sustainable Production”, products that have been manufactured while taking care of natural resources, and finally “Inclusive Trade”, where products generate a positive impact on society by contributing to social causes.

On the other hand, Sodimac has also promoted the recovery, recycling, and reuse of waste, both its own as well as the waste generated by the community. Since 2010 it has worked to install community recycling centers throughout the country, and nowadays there are 19 between Arica and Chiloé.

As a result of these efforts, over 18,000 tons of material has been recycled and over 3.4 million visits have been made to the various recycling centers. This is how Sodimac seeks to motivate and encourage their consumers in making responsible purchases, encouraging the sale of products following circular economy criteria and promoting recycling and reuse.

Initiative Commitment
100%

100% of the plastic packaging must be designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable.

1/3

1/3 of the household and non-domiciliary plastic packaging must be effectively recycled, reused or composted.

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