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SPOTT’s ESG ranking

AgroAmerica, for the third consecutive year, ranks in the top ten of SPOTT’s ESG ranking

SPOTT’s ESG ranking

AgroAmerica, for the third consecutive year, ranks in the top ten of SPOTT’s ESG ranking

Guatemala City. A new assessment led by ZSL has placed AgroAmerica 8th out of over 100 palm oil producers, processors, and traders on the public disclosure of their policies, operations, and commitments to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) best practices. The results were published by the renowned Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit – SPOTT- www.spott.org   making it known that AgroAmerica was among the top ten in the SPOTT´s ESG ranking.  

AgroAmerica among the 10 most transparent companies

This is the third consecutive year that AgroAmerica was among the world’s top 10 most transparent companies, receiving a rating of 88.9% in the latest SPOTT Assessment released by the UK-based Zoological Society of London (ZSL).  

AgroAmerica continues to improve

Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica, said that the company has participated in this initiative for five consecutive years and has improved its practices to take on new and progressively more demanding challenges. 

Best scores in the ESG Ranking

Among the most notable results, AgroAmerica obtained a 100% score in “Sustainability policy and Leadership” and 97.1% in “Community, Land and Labor Rights” categories for its strong commitment to sustainable business and respecting the rights of all employees, nearby communities, and stakeholders.

committed to continue working

“Through the SPOTT assessment, we demonstrate our commitment to purpose-driven and effective ESG management for the benefit of our stakeholders and the planet. The diligence and dedication of our employees have allowed us to achieve great results. We will continue to work to improve sustainability in our operations and to distinguish ourselves in the market by providing high-quality, sustainable natural foods and ingredients to the world, ” states Mr. Bolaños

SPOTT evaluation categories

The SPOTT platform promotes the transparency of companies by reporting their policies and practices and their commitments to environmental, social, and governance issues. It assesses 180 indicators grouped into ten categories:

  • Sustainability policy and leadership
  • Landbank, maps, and traceability
  • Certification standards
  • Deforestation and biodiversity
  • HCV, HCS, and impact assessments
  • Peat, fire, and GHG emissions
  • Water, chemical, and pest management
  • Community, land, and labor rights
  • Smallholders and suppliers
  • Governance and grievances

SPOTT encourages more transparent practices

The evaluation measured and benchmarked companies’ progress toward sustainable production and marketing of sustainable palm oil over time. SPOTT incentivizes the implementation of corporate best practices by tracking transparency. Investors, buyers and other key influencers use SPOTT assessments to manage ESG risk, to inform interested parties and to increase transparency across multiple industries

RSPO Standard AgroAmérica

Public Announcement of initial audit in accordance with the RSPO Standard of Principles and Criteria (P&C)

Public Announcement of initial audit in accordance with the RSPO Standard of Principles and Criteria (P&C)

As part of AgroAmerica Tropical Oil Holding Corp, Agropalma de Inversiones S.A. in Panama has applied to Control Union Malaysia Sdn Bhd to carry out Initial audit activities in accordance with the RSPO Standard Principles and Criteria (P&C) for Production of Sustainable Palm Oil (2018). The Initial Audit is scheduled to begin on September 12, 2022, and will be completed on September 15, 2022.

Standards that will be used for this assessment are Principles & Criteria for the Production of Sustainable Palm Oil (November 2018 version).

You can download the document in English here: Public Announcement of Initial Audit.

 
Announcement of public consultation

Announcement of public consultation regarding the initial certification of audit of AgroAmerica according to the requirements of the RSPO Principles and Criteria

Announcement of public consultation regarding the initial certification of audit of AgroAmerica according to the requirements of the RSPO Principles and Criteria

IBD Certificações informs that the company AgroAmerica Tropical Oil Holding Corp. (1-0374-22-000-00) is now in the application process for RSPO Principles & Criteria Certification related to the production of sustainable palm oil. The audit is scheduled to take place between July 18th, 2022, and July 22nd, 2022

Standards that will be used for this assessment are Principles & Criteria for the Production of Sustainable Palm Oil (November 2018 version)

You can download the document in English here: Announcement of public consultation (PDF)

AgroAmerica ranks among world’s top 5 most transparent companies and reaches 92% of PRI expectations score

AgroAmerica, one of the most transparent companies in the world

AgroAmerica ranks among world’s top 5 most transparent companies and reaches 92% of PRI expectations score

AgroAmerica ranked in the top 5 out of 100 tropical oil producers, processors, and traders on the public disclosure of their policies, operations, and commitments to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) best practice, in the results published by the renowned Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit – SPOTT- www.spott.org  

At the same time, AgroAmerica also achieved 92% of the last PRI expectations score, generated by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) from a subset of SPOTT indicators to assess companies against the PRI “Investor Expectations on Sustainable Tropical Oil”. 

As part of the PRI-coordinated engagement on Sustainable Tropical Oil, more than 62 investment organizations with approximately US$8 trillion in assets under management endorsed a statement laying out their expectations of companies operating across the tropical oil value chain and highlighting their continued support for a sustainable tropical oil industry. Investors can use this to assess companies against the expectations set out in the Investor Expectation Statement on Sustainable tropical Oil. 

Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica, said: “This is the fourth year that AgroAmerica participates in this initiative, the result is only a reflection of the great effort made by our employees to guarantee good practices, transparency, and sustainability. AgroAmerica is and will continue to be an agent of change through sustainable production for the regeneration and restoration of our planet and the well-being of its people”.

About AgroAmerica

AgroAmérica is a family-owned company, headed by the second generation of leaders in the business. It is a competitively positioned, diversified and vertically integrated organization in the sector of agricultural production, agro-industrial processing, commercialization and distribution of sustainable tropical oils, bananas and food ingredients of the highest quality.

About SPOTT

SPOTT – Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit – is a free, online platform supporting sustainable commodity production and trade. By tracking transparency, SPOTT incentivises the implementation of corporate best practice. SPOTT assesses commodity producers, processors and traders on their public disclosure regarding their organisation, policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Under its “regenerate the earth and its resources” strategy, AgroAmerica creates a Macro Sanctuary to restore pollinator habitats

Regenerate the Earth and its resources

Under its “regenerate the earth and its resources” strategy, AgroAmerica creates a Macro Sanctuary to restore pollinator habitats

In alliance with BeeHub, AgroAmerica created a new concept of Macro Bee Sanctuary, as part of a regenerative project to promote the conservation of the pollinators and increase biodiversity.

April 22, 2022.  On Earth Day, business leadership and actions toward environment care take more relevance. However, conventional sustainability strategies are being surpassed by efforts that are moving forward to regenerative business models. In this line, AgroAmerica and BeeHub – an organization specializing in the protection and conservation of bees through rescues, creation of native bee sanctuaries and environmental education – began a pilot project at the Natural Ingredients Processing Plant located in the coastal lowland region of Guatemala, to protect pollinators and increase biodiversity.  

The protection of bees – in all their diversity – and other pollinators, is an environmental priority on the global agenda due to their important role in the ecosystem survival. In response to the dangers and threats faced by these insects, the project consists of the creation of macro-sanctuaries for the protection and conservation of all the region’s native bee species and other pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds, among others, that will be linked through biological pathways and will promote environmental education and community participation.  

The sanctuaries are places of special protection that promote the regeneration and conservation of bees. They are built in areas surrounded by gardens with flowering plants, prioritizing the biodiversity of native flora, landscape improvement, protection of water sources and the installation of special structures that favor the nesting of native species, to help the healthy development of these essential pollinators.

At AgroAmerica, we believe that it is necessary to regenerate the Earth and natural resources to save the planet. This is why we have made efforts to adopt business models that aim to guarantee the availability of resources in the future, placing nature and people at the center of our operations to become a regenerative company through innovative practices. Consistent with this belief, we are very excited that, in the region, AgroAmerica is the first company from the food and agro-industrial sector to implement actions to protect bees and other pollinators, in order to promote their conservation and, at the same time, promote the natural regeneration of biological pathways” – Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica

Different studies indicate that bees, in all their diversity of species, are the most important animals on the planet due to their relevance for the regeneration of plants and entire ecosystems. “To protect them is to protect the entire planet,” emphasizes Fernando Bolaños.  More than 70% of the world’s agricultural production depends on their work as pollinators, which is equivalent to 35%-40% of the world’s food production. However, a general fear of bees, lack of knowledge of biodiversity and its importance for life, pollution, and habitat loss, among other factors, are threatening the survival of these animals.

To address these problems, the project includes different phases that began with a diagnosis and data collection to determine the diversity of bee species and other pollinators in the area, and then moved on to the creation of the Macro Sanctuary and the implementation of training and awareness programs for company employees, students, and communities in the area.

Bee conservation is a matter concerning all of us.  From BeeHub we want to set the course for more ambitious programs for the conservation of bees and other pollinators, involving all sectors. We are excited to see agroindustry concerned and acting for bee conservation. Congratulations to AgroAmerica for being pioneers in the region in leading their efforts for a better world.” Ahmid Daccarett, founder of BeeHub

The pilot project is expected to be replicated in more than 980 hectares of conserved forest within AgroAmerica production sites, planning to have a positive impact on the biodiversity of at least 100 protected hectares in different locations. With this initiative, hope is given for the development and conservation of the most important living beings on planet Earth.

When we think about bees, we usually think about honey; but these animals do something much more significant: they maintain the life and diversity of flora through pollination” – Javier Aguirre, Corporate Director of AgroAmérica.

On this day dedicated to the Earth and its protection, it is worth highlighting actions that promote regeneration, sustainability, and conservation of nature.

“New grant-winning teams were announced in the 100K Innovation fund competition”

"New grant-winning teams were announced in the 100K Innovation fund competition"

Higher education programs in sustainability, environment and social sciences are awarded the 100K Strong Grant, sponsored by the US Department of State and Agroamerica

March 2, 2022.  The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Embassies, and Partners of the Americas announce twelve new grant-winning teams between universities and colleges in the United States with higher education institutions in Central America and the Dominican Republic in the 100,000 Strong in the Americas (100K) Innovation Fund competition sponsored by AgroAmerica and the U.S. Department of State.  

The 100K Innovation Fund is the signature public-private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, U.S. embassies, and Partners of the Americas working with companies, foundations, and regional academic networks to champion the power of education and create access to innovative training programs between the United States with Latin America and the Caribbean.  The 100K Innovation Fund inspires U.S. universities and colleges to partner with regional higher education institutions to design and implement new models of academic exchange programs for underserved students throughout the Americas.

AgroAmerica, based in Guatemala with a regional presence, joined the Department of State to stimulate and support partnerships to create innovative, inclusive training programs for underserved students in public health, environment, climate, engineering, entrepreneurship, and other timely areas. The 100K winning teams announced today will engage 25 higher education institutions in six countries – Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic – in partnerships with a diversity of U.S. colleges and universities to create 12 new exchange programs that will impact hundreds of students in the United States, Central America, and the Dominican Republic during 2022-2023.  

At AgroAmerica, we know that the challenges we face as a region must be addressed jointly, with strategic alliances that are focused on generating prosperity for the United States, Central America, and the Dominican Republic. For this reason, we are proud to be part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, to ensure that diverse students have the opportunity to make a positive impact on our societies. To the students who are part of the winning teams, I want to encourage you to continue working to successfully implement these academic development exchange programs throughout the region.” – AgroAmerica CEO Fernando Bolaños.

“Together, with contributions of the U.S. Department of State and Partners of the Americas, the generous support from AgroAmerica is providing opportunities for Central American and Dominican universities to build sustainable partnerships with their U.S. counterparts.  The partnerships we are creating will innovate, educate, and empower.  The winning programs we announce today are dynamic and ambitious. From public health to conservation, to entrepreneurship; these 100K programs are a starting point for addressing some of the most significant challenges and exciting opportunities facing our communities.” – U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala William W. Popp.