“Our footprint” is a joint effort between the International Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD), the Imaginary Foundation and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America to create some space where companies, public entities, scientific and academic organizations and NGOs, sharing the common interest and willingness to reduce their environmental footprint and operational costs, improve the quality of life of people and make a sustainable use of the natural resources and ecosystems they depend on, could interact.
This Platform offers the opportunity to channel the increasing concern of companies, organizations and citizens about global climate change and environmental deterioration and turn it into concrete actions to reduce and offset the environmental footprint. Its purpose is to coordinate efforts and resources to develop projects with a high regional and ‘glocal’ (global + local) impact so that, in addition of generating environmental benefits, it could also bring about social and economic benefits to the communities where this is implemented, thus contributing to our countries’ sustainable development.
The Platform is governed by a Board of Directors made up by outstanding personalities in their respective fields of competence, whose responsibility is to ensure the achievement of established goals by means of effective and transparent management.
The Platform consists of different interrelated components, including a Portfolio of Participating Companies, a Portfolio of Projects, Technological Tools and a Public-Private Forum.
The executing agencies make up the basis of the Platform and their role is to maintain and supervise all the processes that may derive from it.
It is made up by all those organizations that have ratified their interest in being part of that space to reduce, mitigate and offset their environmental footprint, with the purpose of contributing to the sustainable development of our resources and planet Earth, thus improving their competitiveness.
It is the set of projects that have been approved by the Board of Directors prior to their inclusion in the Platform. They are classified into three different categories:
Ongoing mitigation and carbon sequestration projects.
Ongoing sustainable development projects.
A dynamic space to discuss and exchange ideas, knowledge and projects that contribute solutions for the sustainable use of resources and ecosystems based on the reduction of the environmental footprint, which facilitates the optimization of profits.
They provide technological support for the management, control and improvement of the processes that are part of the Platform
This international body was created to promote comprehensive management of knowledge for sustainable development. It was founded on April 11, 2005 at the initiative of the ‘Fundación Ciudad del Saber’, which was launched by the Government of Panama at the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in September of 2002 in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. The Executive Board of ICSD has its venue at ‘Ciudad del Saber’, in the Republic of Panamá. ICSD operates through an international strategic alliance made up by
academic, scientific, governmental, non-governmental, business and international organizations which work in a coordinated way through the entire system of production, dissemination and use of knowledge, and becomes a reference for decision-makers when it comes to designing and implementing sustainable programs and projects. It accumulates abundant knowledge about technical assistance and research projects; management capability and methodological contribution.
This is a non-profit organization based in the City of Panama which is made up by experienced professionals in several disciplines, namely humanities, technology, trade and economy. It also includes environmental specialists who have developed a commercial expertise in their own companies, which has allowed them to have a better understanding of the needs of companies and their difficulties in order to understand and learn how sustainability can improve their businesses, thus facilitating the dissemination of its message.
Based on that accumulated experience, the Foundation can work as an ‘interface’ between technical proposals and companies that discover or are interested in models of environmental sustainability, thus facilitating their understanding and adoption. It can also work as a ‘catalyzer’ that accelerates projects to mitigate and offset the environmental footprint, thus contributing to sustainable transformation of production.
This Development Bank was founded in 1970 and is made up by 19 countries (17 from Latin America and the Caribbean, plus Spain and Portugal) and 13 private banks of the region. It promotes a model of sustainable development through credit operations, non-reimbursable resources as well as support for the technical and financial structure of projects in the private and public sectors of Latin America. CAF is one of the main sources of multilateral financing as well as an important generator of knowledge for the region. CAF considers the environment to be one of the key factors of its business strategy. The main goals identified by the company in its “Strategic Energy Efficiency Program” are the promotion of renewable energies, the reduction of the energy consumption
generated by its activities and the implementation of environmental policies within the company as well as in all the railway networks where it operates and cooperates. CAF facilities have incorporated systems to make the best use of natural resources and the advantages of renewable energies, which is a clean and ecological technology. With the use of solar panels to generate electricity, CAF implements measures to reduce the consumption of energy in their facilities during the production processes. To achieve those goals, periodic evaluations are carried out to analyze the implementation of the company’s energy efficiency policy.