Sustainable Development Goal

Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Zero Hunger

Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to achieve universal equality, protect the environment and move towards leaving no one behind. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has 17 goals, which have been accepted and signed by 193 countries. These countries have committed to take the necessary actions to achieve these goals. In this article we will talk about the sustainable development goal 2: zero hunger

The need to achieve “Zero Hunger”

One of these 17 goals is to eradicate hunger in the world through food security, improved nutrition and the promotion of sustainable agriculture. According to the 2020 United Nations’ (UN) Global Report on Food Crises, around 690 million people suffer from hunger; of these, about 135 million suffer from severe hunger.

Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Extreme hunger and malnutrition are two of the main obstacles to achieving sustainable development and SDG 2: Zero Hunger aims to remove these barriers. What are the consequences of hunger? Hunger negatively affects people’s living conditions by causing people to be less productive and to suffer from more diseases. How can we achieve “zero hunger”? We can provide equal access to adequate, healthy and nutritious food.

What does “Zero Hunger” aim to achieve?

Some of the goals of this plan of action for 2030 are:

  • End hunger and ensure access to adequate food for all people.
  • End malnutrition, especially in children under 5 years of age.
  • Increase agricultural productivity and sustainable food production.
  • Ensure the sustainability of production systems through resilient agricultural practices.
  • Increase investment in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and technological development.

Achieving these goals will ensure that there is enough safe and nutritious food for everyone.

AgroAmerica and Zero Hunger

At AgroAmerica we contribute to the achievement of this goal through 2 pillars of our sustainability strategy:

  • Our operations: We have a Natural Ingredients Processing Plant and a Research and Development Laboratory focused on developing new food ingredients with high nutritional value.
  • Our communities: We implemented the “Bana-Nutrition” program to fight child malnutrition by helping nearby communities produce banana flour to use as a dietary supplement in food preparation. In addition, in alliance with the Association of Independent Banana Producers, we participated in the founding of the Food Bank of Guatemala, which provides donated food resources.

Everyone can support the fight against hunger through either modest or significant actions in their own surroundings. Increasing agricultural productivity and sustainable food production will help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Decent Work and Economic Growthl

Toward Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Toward Decent Work and Economic Growth

The International Labour Organization‘s (ILO) 8th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG8): “Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all” aims to promote full and decent employment while achieving inclusive economic development. “This drives progress to improve the living standards of all people. The eradication of poverty depends, to a certain extent, on stable work with living wages.”

What is decent work?

According to the (ILO), decent work is work that dignifies and allows the development of one’s capabilities. In other words, it is work that provides personal, economic and professional development opportunities for employees by respecting labor rights and principles, providing a fair income according to the work performed, promoting inclusion, protecting people socially and encouraging dialogue. Decent work is characterized by four elements:

  1. Rights at work
  2. Employment opportunities
  3. Social protection
  4. Social dialogue

What are the SDG8 targets?

Some of the goals that are expected to be achieved by 2030 are:

  1. Sustain economic growth according to the local context and increase Gross Domestic Product.
  2. Achieve higher levels of productivity of economies through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation.
  3. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
  4. Eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and end all forms of child labour.
  5. Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers.
We are doing business the right way

At AgroAmerica, we respect the rights of all our employees and we work with suppliers that are also committed to following the principles and practices of decent work. This minimizes operational risks while optimizing costs and allows transparent and responsible access to new markets. To ensure this, our Human Rights Policy was updated in 2021 to reaffirm our commitment to the people who work with us.

Human rights training for employees

Additionally, we provide training for our staff, our suppliers and other companies involved in our operating plants so workers are aware of their rights and the importance of respecting them. Throughout 2021, we succeeded in training more than 3,800 employees on our internal policies.

Promoting decent work contributes to democracy and social integration. It also enables men and women to have access to the same opportunities

World Banana Forum

The World Banana Forum: A Venue For Improvement

The World Banana Forum AgroAmerica

The World Banana Forum: A Venue For Improvement

The World Banana Forum has become an assembly dedicated to the improvement of the industry and the promotion of better sustainable production practices. Different stakeholders (retailers, importers, producers, exporters, associations and governments, among others) of the global banana supply chain work together based on the idea that collaboration is the key to achieving advancement.

Banana Forum Mission

The Forum’s main mission is to foster collaboration among all stakeholders for industry improvement and to build a consensus on the implementation of good practices in labor, equity, environmental impact, sustainable production and economics.

Banana Forum Commissions

The Forum consists of 3 commissions:

  • Sustainable Production Systems with Environmental Impact (CT01): This commission addresses the main challenges of banana production in order to develop a path to improvement in the environmental sustainability of production systems. The four specific issues on which this commission works are tropical Fusarium Race 4, agroecological practices and water management, the carbon footprint, and sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Work Commission on Value Distribution (CT02): This group works to achieve a fair value distribution in the supply chain through the development of a basic study, based on the Anker model, of the methodologies available to implement living wages. 
  • Labor Rights (CT03): This advisory body focuses on the rights of employees and works together with the FAO and the International Labor Organization. Its work concentrates on three main areas: freedom of association and collective bargaining, health and safety, and gender equality.
Commitment to employees

AgroAmerica is committed to the fair treatment of our employees and contributing to their well-being and thus are part of the Working Commission on Value Distribution of the World Banana Forum. The Living Wages for Life initiative seeks to provide economic sustainability by establishing benchmarks for living wages in the industry.


The importance of traceability in food production

Traceability AgroAmérica

The importance of traceability in food production

We have incorporated traceability as an essential element in the business and commercial environment. It makes it possible to identify, trace and locate the origin of products or components within the production chain. Traceability has become the key to food safety in the food industry since it monitors food throughout the production, transportation and distribution chains.

The advantages of traceability

Traceability links the flow of goods and their associated information. This continuous exchange of knowledge provides an advantage for three critical participants in the food industry:

  • The producing company: A traceability system helps to identify areas of opportunity and improvement in the supply chain. It increases productivity and product quality.
  • Consumers: An effective traceability system increases confidence in a given brand because consumers can be sure that we produce products in a proper, reliable and safe way.
  • Health authorities: Traceability systems help the public sector address any health risks a given product may pose to consumers.

At its core, traceability consists of keeping a detailed record of the actions, processes and places a food product passes through from its origin to its final destination.

Types of traceability according to traceability direction

  1. Traceability or tracing: This method helps to identify a product’s origin and the stages it has passed through from its production to final delivery. It includes raw materials and any subsequent applied processes.
  2. Tracking: This carefully follows the course of travel the product will take, helps predict and foresee any potential difficulties and provides the customer with the path his order will follow.

Benefits of traceability

Implementing a traceability system is a simple process but it will bring many benefits, among them:

  • Ensure quality and efficiency: We can use the data obtained from traceability as indicators to help improve processes and products.
  • Reduce costs: By having specific data and information about each process we can reduce risk, correct errors immediately and avoid wasting resources.
  • Optimize time: Traceability allows for the quick retrieval of information about the product and the continuous improvement of processes.
  • Locate the source of a problem: Issues can be traced back to the component and source provider and also reflects the transparency of processes.
  • Improve communication: Traceability enables clear communication channels and promotes transparency among all involved parties.
We guarantee the quality of the products

AgroAmerica guarantees the quality of its food products with a traceability system that ensures food safety from the soil to the store shelves where consumers buy their food. The vertically integrated supply chain is designed to control the entire process in accordance with international standards.

developing high-performance teams

Developing high-performance teams is more than just a fad

Human Rights AgroAmerica

Developing high-performance teams is more than just a fad

Today, due to the numerous demands of the market, many organizations take on increasingly complex challenges, which allow them to acquire competitive advantages. Assuming these new challenges requires not only optimizing internal organizational processes and guidelines, but also forming and developing high-performance teams. In this scenario, leaders become facilitators for the simultaneous transformation of the organization and the members of the teams.

Organizational transformation through leadership

It was previously believed that the main objective of leaders was to achieve organizational goals by maintaining order, stability and balance through standardized processes. However, over time this process has become a complex theme. Leaders now take on a more dynamic role, in which they help their teams achieve a level of excellence and integrated development by strengthening their multidisciplinary skills.

Resources for building high performance teams

High-performance teams are formed through commitment to the mission, positive and respectful interactions, a “shared trust” in mutual success, assigned objectives and the promotion of individual and group growth. Every member of the team must understand the shared responsibility for themselves and for their teammates.

Consequences of High Performance Teams

Creating high-performance teams requires leaders to look strategically at the individual, group and organizational components of their company.

Beyond a fad

As Walt Disney said, “Many hands and hearts and minds generally contribute to anyone’s notable achievements.” We must understand that we do not manage high-performance teams because it is fashionable, but because we are aware that, through people, we can achieve the full scope of our business objectives. Our responsible commitment is to generate and promote quality of life in the workplace for our employees. What are the attributes that determine if our teams can be high-performing?

  • An optimistic outlook: they demonstrate positive attitudes in the face of adversity.
  • Self-confidence: they maintain realistic expectations, even when their own interests are not realized, and they maintain a constructive perspective that brings them closer to the goal.
  • Calmness in the face of uncertainty: they share their fears and doubts and maintain their composure at all times.
  • Courage: they are aware that there are things that are worth a risk.
  • A willingness to work as part of a team: they have the will to cooperate and, above all, they significantly add to the collaborative intelligence of the team.
We build comprehensive and collaborative work teams

AgroAmérica cares about building high-performance teams and creating productive and efficient collaborative spaces. We form teams that are passionate about their work and that have the desire to forge agreements and move in unison to reach the proposed goals.

Beginning with a focus on inclusion, we take advantage of the diversity of our human talent to form a comprehensive and collaborative work team. Leveraging individual skills and competencies leads to the sustainability of our operations. More than a company, we are a family working for the common good, because we know that we must “do well by doing good”.

Human Rights

Human Rights and Labor

Human Rights AgroAmerica

Human Rights and Labor

Human rights have gained worldwide relevance because they help satisfy the basic needs of people and communities. Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the right to work and the right to just and favorable labor conditions. People have the right to work in order to have a dignified human existence, without this work being limited to simply having a source of employment. Employers must provide working conditions that offer fair financial compensation, equal treatment for all and a safe working environment.

AgroAmerica and human rights

AgroAmerica knows that by providing fair working conditions we are contributing to the respect and development of human rights and helping to eradicate poverty. Our policies and actions are guided by our commitment to human rights issues, provide good working conditions and promote workplace inclusion and equality for all our workers.

Pillar “Our People”

When making our materiality map, and based on our commitment to human rights, we identified 5 relevant issues related to human rights and work. Working conditions, training and culture, fair salary, gender and inclusion, and occupational health and safety constitute the “Our People” pillar.

Decent conditions for collaborators

Our purpose is to offer dignified conditions to our employees so that they can develop personally and professionally. We provide our workforce with training to acquire knowledge in different areas. We value their efforts and dedication and we help them meet their needs and those of their families. This value is reflected in the living wage ​​established through the living wage methodology we offer our employees. We ensure labor inclusion and equality by offering the same opportunities to men and women, regardless of their condition, and we guarantee occupational health and safety by providing doctors and clinics in our operating plants. 

These are some of the actions that we have implemented that allow us to provide a good work environment focused on the well-being of our employees. In this way, we make a difference.

Rainforest Alliance certification

What does the Rainforest Alliance certification mean?

Rainforest Alliance Certification AgroAmerica

What does the Rainforest Alliance certification mean?

The Rainforest Alliance certification, through its Sustainable Agriculture standard, allows companies to validate that their production is sustainable and with better crops.

Bananas and natural ingredients certified

The bananas and natural ingredients that AgroAmerica produces have the Rainforest Alliance certification, which guarantees their sustainability. AgroAmerica prioritizes the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity and the well-being of people, employees, and nearby communities. On the other hand, the Rainforest Alliance Identity Preserved Certification guarantees that all the fruit processed in AgroAmerica’s natural ingredients plant has the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.

How does the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal help people and nature?

The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal allows consumers to recognize and choose products that contribute to a better future for people and the planet. The little green frog on the seal means that the certified product or ingredient was made using methods that support the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. This responds to the market demands, which is looking for better products and the guarantee that they are produced sustainably and responsibly, contributing to a healthier planet.

Rainforest Alliance Certification Standards

The Rainforest Alliance certification standards focus on the following topics:

  • Forests: Rainforest Alliance training and certification programs promote best practices for protecting standing forests, fostering the health of trees, soils, and waterways, and protecting native forests.
  • Climate: Standing forests are a powerful natural climate solution. Rainforest certification promotes responsible land management methods that increase carbon storage while avoiding deforestation.
  • Human Rights: the certification advances the rights of rural people through standards and assurance systems that provide robust strategies for assessing and addressing labor issues related to human rights. Independent studies demonstrate that workers on certified farms are more likely to have better working conditions, personal protective gear, and labor protections.
  • Livelihoods: Rainforest’s approach is based on the understanding that ecosystem health and the economic stability of rural communities are mutually dependent. Certification has been proven to generate measurable economic benefits for farmers and forest communities around the world.

The green frog and its meaning

The certification seal is the “green frog,” which has become an international symbol of sustainability. According to Rainforest, frogs are what scientists call bioindicators—meaning that a healthy population of frogs indicates a healthy environment. This is why the Rainforest Alliance chose the red-eyed tree frog as its mascot more than thirty years ago, as this bright-eyed amphibian is commonly found in the neotropics, where our founders first started working to protect tropical rainforests.

food waste

How to reduce food waste and loss?

Food waste AgroAmerica

How to reduce food waste and loss?

According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about 14% of the total food produced is lost in the supply chain. When it reaches consumers’ homes, there is also significant food waste. Sometimes people buy excessive quantities that spoil over time or serve more significant portions than they will consume. These practices directly impact natural resources.

Food waste increases GHG emissions

Factors such as work, effort, resources used during production, and transportation are wasted when wasting food. This increases greenhouse gas emissions, which affects the environment. Food lost during the supply chain is known as ‘food loss’, while food lost at the consumer level is called ‘food waste’. Reducing both is critical to eradicating famine globally and promoting food security.

Practices to avoid food waste

Implementing practices to avoid food waste and loss contributes to achieving 3 Sustainable Development Goals: zero hunger, responsible production and consumption, and climate action. But what measures can be taken from homes? Here are some tips that the FAO proposes:

  1. Adopt a healthier and more sustainable diet: Prioritize consuming fresh foods produced sustainably.
  2. Do not discard fruits and vegetables because of their appearance: Sometimes fruits and vegetables are wasted due to cosmetic defects in their appearance. However, their taste is the same. The ripe fruit can be used to prepare smoothies, desserts, and cakes.
  3. Store food wisely: Place the oldest foods in the front to consume them sooner and the new ones in the back of your cupboard or refrigerator.
  4. Sharing is caring: Donating food that would otherwise go to waste helps prevent it from ending up in the trash.
  5. Make the most of waste: Instead of throwing food waste in the trash, you can make compost with it, to take advantage of it and return nutrients to the soil.
AgroAmérica works for Zero Waste

AgroAmerica has innovated in terms of sustainability under the commitment of “zero waste” in the production of its bananas. The bananas that are not exported are used to transform them into high-quality natural ingredients, or to make banana flour that serves as a nutritional supplement for children in the areas where we operate. With these actions, the company seeks to reduce food loss, support food security and contribute to the fight against climate change.

Corporate Policies

The «WHY» of Corporate Policies

Corporate Policies

The "WHY" of Corporate Policies

Corporate policies are a reflection of the values and principles that guide the actions of organizations and their employees; they are a public commitment to practice responsible corporate management. These policies are based on the objectives, mission and vision of the company. At the same time, they establish the rules, procedures and structured behavior that guide the decisions and actions at different levels of a company.

Principles of public policies

To define and implement these policies, it is important to first identify and analyze the factors that could affect compliance so that they will be realistic and achievable. Following this, the general guidelines that will govern the company at all levels can be developed. These principles must be reflected in a written document that will function as the basic guideline for the company. Finally, they must be distributed to all employees so they can understand and implement them. In addition, they are shared with suppliers, clients and stakeholders so they will also have knowledge of the organization’s values and governance procedures.

Types of corporate policies

Depending on the focus, there are different types of corporate policies that can be developed. These might be:

Based on the scope of action:
  • General Policies: Involve the entire organization and identify and define the lines of action according to the company’s strategy. They serve as a reference for its differing business trajectories.
  • Departmental Policies: Guide the actions of some section or department within the business in order to direct their efforts, procedures and decisions.
  • Specific Policies: Focus on usually temporary and specified projects, processes or products.
Based on timeframe:
  • Long-term: Considers the growth and development of the company over a considerable period of time.
  • Short-term: Establishes policies addressing any current priorities and urgent matters. They have a defined period, although this does not prevent them from being extended and/or becoming long-term policies.
Based on the issue or aspect they seek to address:
  • Labor: Involves everything related to workers’ rights and workplace conditions. Some examples of this are: salary, training, benefits and occupational health and safety.
  • Environmental: Focuses on responsible management of the environment through practices such as recycling, natural resource conservation, reforestation, protection of forested areas and the implementation of projects that contribute to improving biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • Production: Focuses on operations, pricing, product quality, business objectives and the relationship with suppliers.
  • Market: Addresses the dissemination of the company image, the brand and its products.
  • Quality: Seeks to achieve consumer satisfaction with the final product through standards and norms.
Focus of corporate policies

AgroAmerica works with a clear focus on sustainability. We implement policies that align the management of each of our areas to our business commitments and to the needs of our customers, consumers and society. These policies focus on five major areas which are based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Our People, Our Communities, Our Planet, Our Governance and Our Operations.

Our corporate policies are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure compliance and proper focus. We consider any changes in management, the priorities of each business and variations in the expectations of our stakeholders. Through this, our standards are effective and have a greater impact on an organizational and social level.

"Clean Field" Initiative

AgroAmerica and the «Clean Field» initiative

The ""Clean Field" Initiative

AgroAmerica and the "Clean Field" initiative

All human activities are likely to generate waste. Agricultural food production generates different types of organic and inorganic waste. To protect the environment, this waste must be handled responsibly, according to its nature, and treated appropriately, as AgroAmerica does through the “Clean Field” initiative.

Sustainable processes of AgroAmérica

AgroAmerica implements specific processes, as part of a sustainable production model used in its operations, to correctly manage and recycle plastic containers that once contained products used in the protection and nutrition of crops. In Guatemala, AgroAmerica collaborates with the Association of the Agricultural Chemical Union, Agrequima, which focuses on promoting productive and responsible agriculture through training, communication, education, and recycling projects.

Recycling of plastic containers

At AgroAmerica’s operations in Peru, empty containers are collected for recycling by a qualified manager. In Ecuador, the containers are removed by suppliers who have a special permit to transport and manage this type of waste.

The “Campo Limpio” (Clean Field) initiative

AgroAmerica is part of the recycling program called “Campo Limpio” (Clean Field). Agrequima developed this initiative to recycle empty agrochemical containers, thereby contributing to the protection of the environment.

Program Recycling Process

This program follows a rigorous procedure that includes the following steps:

  1. Empty containers are triple washed so they can be handled and transported without risk. The water used in the triple washing process is applied to the crops for maximum yield.
  2. Used containers are perforated to prevent them from being reused for the storage of water or food.
  3. Washed and perforated containers are stored in a special infrastructure.
  4. Containers are classified and compacted.
Transformation of plastic waste

After being safeguarded by Agrequima, qualified recycling companies collect the material to transform it into plastic wood that is used to create moldings, planks, benches, garbage cans, and other objects.

Clean Field Award

AgroAmerica received the first edition of Agrequima’s Campo Limpio Award at a 2019 event to celebrate 20 years of this program. This recognition was granted because the company maintains strict control over the volume and delivery of these containers and has the appropriate infrastructure to secure them.