ALFA is deeply aware of its shared responsibility to contribute to the development and well-being of the communities where it operates, by maintaining a harmonious, respectful and collaborative relationship in pursuit of mutual benefit. This translates into specific initiatives and programs aimed at improving quality of life in disadvantaged neighborhoods, addressing health problems and providing aid in emergency situations. ALFA has defined three key areas to make a positive impact, to which it devotes most of its human and financial support: education, health and the environment. The educational aspect is the specific area addressed by ALFA Foundation Educational Project, the flagship program of the company’s community support.

In addition to the institutional initiatives operated by ALFA Foundation, companies have social and educational assistance programs, depending on the needs of their communities.

AXTEL FOUNDATION

In 2016, this foundation gave support to seven charitable institutions, benefiting nearly 5,000 people in its communities. Also, through its two main volunteering programs “Purpose of life” and “Mentor Friend,” Axtel supports youth in finding and achieving their life purpose and helps elementary schoolchildren in their academic regularization.

RED SumaRSE

ALFA assumed this association’s Presidency in Nuevo Leon for the 2015-2016 period. Through the efforts of 34 institutions of various sectors – corporate, academy, government, civil society and the active involvement of 2,739 volunteer citizens-, they worked towards the development of six communities.

UNIVERDE

Univex has a group of volunteers called Univerde, who supported the environmental education of 1,400 students in three schools of its community, in Guanajuato, Mexico.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Through the Extracurricular Center and the ALFA Foundation High school, the company seeks to generate a more far-reaching change in the community, promoting education as a springboard for development and social mobility. This Project provides free extracurricular support to intellectually gifted students through an educational model that stimulates their development, encouraging them to continue their studies through college.

This Project started in 2013, with one campus, 100 students and 13 teachers. In 2015 it opened an officially recognized high school.

These students have been outstanding participants in various academic events and competitions organized by various institutions, including the College Board, a widely recognized international organization for assessing students’ performance in key subjects such as mathematics.

2016 2015
EXTRACURRICULAR CENTERS 3 3
HIGH SCHOOL (FULLTIME) 1 1
STUDENTS 1,250 988
TEACHERS 81 65

EDUCATION

In addition to sponsoring the Educational Project, ALFA supports schools at all levels, from preschool through college. Our support goes mainly to campuses operating in disadvantaged communities, through funding and in-kind donations, including computer equipment, physical improvement of classrooms and sports facilities, lectures on environmental values and topics, to practical schools and research agreements with universities.

SCHOOL FOR PARENTS

This initiative is aimed to parents of students enrolled in the ALFA Foundation’s Educational Project and seeks to enhance the understanding of parents regarding the challenges that teens face today. The school operates since 2015 and its profesors are ALFA’s volunteers, trained by Tecnológico de Monterrey.

ALFA PLANETARIUM

In 2017 this space celebrated its 38th year of fostering appreciation for science, technology, culture and nature, particularly among children and youth. The planetarium has an ImaxDome projection room (the first IMAX in Latin America), as well as five floors of learning exhibits and interactive games. It also has an aviary, a pre-Hispanic garden and the most complete astronomical observatory in northeastern Mexico.

During the year, the Planetarium hosted numerous activities, such as exhibitions, workshops, courses and conferences, receiving 369,302 visitors, including 120,391 schoolchildren, mainly from elementary schools. This represents an increase of 17% and 15% in visitors compared to 2015.

2016* 2015
EVENTS 32 48
WORKSHOPS 19 14
CONFERENCES 7 9
EXPOSITIONS 6 6
ATENDEES 369,302 308,007
SCHOOLCHILDREN 120,391 99,247

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

ALFA offers several types of support, especially to disadvantaged groups, either directly or through associations that serve people suffering from extreme poverty, health problems or emergency situations. This includes The United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Food Drive initiatives, among others. In 2016, Alpek benefitted more than 4,500 people through donations in kind and support activities in more than 20 charitable institutions.

VOLUNTEER WORK

The volunteer programs promoted by the company allow employees to become agents of social change by participating directly and often with their families in actions that benefit their communities. In 2016, 1,562 ALFA employee volunteers contributed 19,033 work-hours on 36 community projects, ranging from reforestation to disaster relief and school restoration activities, among others.