Grupo Rivera

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Project Number: 
Expected Consideration Date by the Board: 
Date Posted: 
Inversiones Papeleras, S.A (“INPASA”), Insumos y Suministros Gráficos, S.A. (“INSUGRAFIXSA”), Impresiones a Colores, S.A. (“Print Colors”), and Agropecuaria San Alejandro, S.A. (“Agropecuaria San Alejandro”)
Sponsoring Entity: 
Not Applicable
Financing Requested: 
Up to US$2.7 million
Environmental and Social Category: 
Scope Objective: 

The Rivera Group is a de facto holding company consisting of four medium-sized companies, INPASA, INSUGRAFIXSA, Print Colors, and Agropecuaria San Alejandro, which are engaged in various commercial activities and whose main line of business is manufacturing notebooks and printing. They are the only national-level companies that produce notebooks locally, manufacturing them according to the buyer’s needs and offering personalized products at low prices. These companies are jointly seeking long-term financing secured by a mortgage and pledge, for the purpose of: (i) purchasing machinery to increase their productive capacity, as well as to improve quality and efficiency; (ii) working capital so that the company can incorporate new raw materials with which to expand the product portfolio; and (iii) refinancing the debt to achieve a better match between their liabilities and assets.

The total cost of the project is US$6 million and the loan will be up to US$2.7 million with an eight-year term and a grace period of two years. With the participation of the IIC, these companies will be able to access better financing conditions that do not limit their normal operations, increase their productive capacity, and improve flow. At the same time, the IIC will be supporting a sector that is an importance driver of Nicaragua’s economy.

Environmental Review: 

1. General information on the scope of the ICC Environmental and Social Review 

During the project’s environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) process, the environmental and social information made available by the borrower was reviewed and telephone interviews were conducted with the Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager, and those responsible for the HR and Operations areas

2. Environmental and social classification and rationale

It is expected that the investment will produce low magnitude and reversible environmental and social impacts, so that the operation has been classified as a category “C” project in accordance with the IIC Sustainability Policy. The main environmental and labor aspects related to the project are the handling of chemicals and workplace health and safety.

3. Environmental and social context

The Rivera Group has implemented and certified a Quality Management System certified under ISO Standard 9001:2008 with effect until August 2018. This certification covers all design, printing, and fabrication processes for stapled, stitched, and university notebooks. The company produces notebooks on a seasonal basis starting on May 15 and ending on March 15 of the following year. The permanent staff includes 54 employees, which increases to a maximum of 136 in the period of high production (10 months). It has its own facilities located in an industrial area in the city of Managua, Nicaragua. The company has a system for managing recyclable solid waste resulting from the process of transforming the main raw materials (paper and cardboard) into notebooks. It complies with the requirements of local environmental and social regulations.

4. Environmental risks and impacts and proposed mitigation and compensation measures

The following performance standards applicable to the borrower’s operation were analyzed: i) Performance Standard 1: Social and Environmental Management Assessment and System; ii)  Performance Standard 2: Labor and Working Conditions; and iii) Performance Standard 3: Pollution Prevention and Abatement. The environmental risks and impacts evidenced under each of these standards as well as the proposed mitigation measures are summarized in point 5. Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP).

5. Environmental and social action plan


Observation (gaps related to Performance Standards  - IFC)

Actions Proposed



PS1 –Social and Environmental Management Assessment and System


No Environmental and Social Management System for appropriate management of the operation’s risks.

The company will develop and implement an Environmental Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) Management System based on ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. The system must include the following components: (i) policy; (ii) identification of risks and impacts; (iii) management programs; (iv) organizational capacity and competence; (V) emergency preparation and response; (Vi) stakeholder participation; (vii) monitoring and evaluation.

Internal approval of the ESOH Management System


6 months after disbursement


Lack of mechanisms for handling and recording internal and external communications

Development of a communications procedure that includes a complaints mechanism for interested parties, both internal (workers) and external (suppliers, clients, etc.) and dissemination of the mechanism inside and outside the company.

Internal procedure and evidence of dissemination 

Before disbursement


Lack of written procedures for emergency preparation and response

Develop an emergency preparation and response plan, assigning those in charge, functions, and actions to address the main risk scenarios (fire, natural disasters, medical emergencies, etc.).

Dissemination plan and records, training and simulations.

3 months after closing


Lack of training on environmental and social issues for  relevant employees and contractors.






The client will train the employees and contractors directly responsible for activities related to the social and environmental performance of the project so that they have the knowledge and skills needed to perform their work, including updated knowledge on the country’s regulatory requirements and the applicable requirements of the IFC Performance Standards. The training will also address the specific measures and actions required according to the management program, including the Action Plan and the methods required to execute all the components of the actions competently and efficiently.


Evidence of training sessions.

Before disbursement

PS2 –Labor and Working Conditions








Handling and storage of chemicals used in the production process is not adequate  to the degree of toxicity and flammability indicated in the products’ Safety Sheets (MSDS).

a.                   Implementing the use of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff performing tasks in direct contact with the products is a priority.


a.        Records on provision of PPE to workers appropriate to the job position.


Before closing



b.                   Implement measures for transportation, storage, handling, discarding, and final disposal of the containers for chemicals used in the production process.

c.                    Development of specific procedures, training, and provision of PPE.

d.                   Assessment of risks by job position.

e.                   Specific occupational medical examinations including specific BTX exams for the population of workers exposed to this risk.

f.                    Installation and maintenance of eyewash showers.

g.                   Installation of area for proper storage to minimize fire risks.

h.                   Improvement in terms of order and cleaning and delimitation of areas of risk.

b.       Risk assessment and impact mitigation matrix.

c.        Specific procedures.

d.       Records on training and instruction.

e.       Implementation of specific occupational medical examinations

f.         Evidence of installation of specific area appropriate for storing chemicals.

1 month after disbursement

 PS3 – Pollution Prevention and Abatement


Deficiency in emergency generator facilities.

Adapt facilities with a containment tray with a minimum capacity equal to 110% of the volume of the fuel used to operate the generator.

Evidence of adaptation.

3 months after closing