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AgroAmerica implements a comprehensive development program for adolescents

AgroAmerica implements a comprehensive development program for adolescents

The Human Development Center of AgroAmerica, in southwestern Guatemala, is implementing a Comprehensive Development Program for Adolescents, under the guidance of the University of Colorado. “The main objective of this program is to provide teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 with the opportunity to have a comprehensive development, which allows them to excel in both personal and professional areas, while becoming drivers of change in their families and communities,” said Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica. The program has three main components: trainings, scholarships and medical care.

Training
Training is provided to young students at the middle and high school levels in local schools in the influence area. Topics covered include: sex education, with the aim of ensuring that adolescents are informed and can make free, informed and responsible decisions; human values, self-esteem; life projects that allow them to set personal goals; leadership, changes during adolescence and how to manage them; personal hygiene and preventive health. The goal of these trainings is to allow young people to develop in a comprehensive and successful way, both in their academics and in their personal lives. In 2019, 1,194 adolescents from 12 middle and high schools participated.

Scholarships
Scholarships for middle and high school are awarded to young people between 16 and 18 years old who participate in the program, to help them complete their studies. The adolescents who participate in the scholarship program are part of a leadership project offered at the Human Development Center, in which they must commit themselves to generate actions of change aimed at promoting community development, with the purpose of developing future leaders who will generate positive impacts in their influence areas.

Medical Care
A medical clinic was inaugurated at AgroAmerica’s Human Development Center for the exclusive use of the Comprehensive Development Program for Teenagers, which provides medical services to young people to help them with their health and wellness. During 2019, surveys and general medical evaluations were conducted for more than 1,100 adolescents to learn about their physical and psychological health status in order to know their
profile and be able to provide them with the necessary medical care.

In 2020, staff from AgroAmerica’s “Young Leaders and Great Decisions” Leadership program provided support to communities and clinic patients in COVID 19 Prevention Measures.

AgroAmerica joins in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

AgroAmerica joins in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables to raise awareness of the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables, which are essential for human nutrition, food security and health, and for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), bananas are the most widely sold fruit in supermarkets and the fourth most important food crop in the world.

AgroAmerica is an international food company, dedicated to the production and distribution of fruits, mainly conventional and organic Cavendish bananas.

AgroAmerica has played a key role in food security during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Aware of the nutritional value of bananas in food security, we supported the Government of Guatemala, together with the Association of Independent Banana Producers, by donating $297,000 to the communities most affected by Covid-19 in Guatemala. Furthermore, we donated 1,248,900 bananas to 62,445 families in the communities surrounding our operations in the countries where we operate,” said Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica.

AgroAmerica is characterized for being a competitive company in the market for its high-quality products, excellence and its efforts in sustainability, from farm to fork.

Agroindustrial Sustainability

AgroAmerica uses sustainable crop methods, in compliance with the most demanding international quality, labor, social and environmental standards in the market.

Certified Production

In addition to being a competitive company, AgroAmerica demonstrates its commitment to the well-being of its workers, the communities and the environment. This is demonstrated by more than ten certifications and our social and environmental programs, which are aligned with the SDGs. The company is also a member of the Better Banana Project, which addresses environmental and social issues on plantations while increasing farms’ efficiency and maintaining high production levels. The ultimate goal of the project is sustainability. It is a win-win solution, because the working conditions are improved and the plantations are more productive.

Organic Seal

AgroAmerica complies with the strict guidelines offered by the United States Department of Agriculture and with European and international standards that guarantee the sustainable production and marketing of its organic products.

Traceability

AgroAmerica guarantees the traceability of its production and distribution chain by complementing its sustainable, world-class banana crops with logistics and transportation services and BASC (Business Alliance for Secure Commerce) certification.

“We congratulate the United Nations for raising awareness of healthy eating and join in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables by offering food products of high nutritional value, produced in a responsible and sustainable manner,” added Bolaños.

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AgroAmerica operates hand in hand with the ten universal principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

AgroAmerica operates hand in hand with the ten universal principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

For several years now, AgroAmerica has aligned its sustainability strategy with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Ten Universal Principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

On September 25, 2015, the 17 sustainable development goals were adopted by the leaders of 193 countries. The United Nations Global Compact was launched in 2000 for companies to align their strategies and operations with ten universal principles on human rights, labor standards, the environment, anti-corruption and to take action to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are proud to mention the following achievements of our sustainability program. In the area of Social Development, we focus on our workers first, to improve their quality of life, through a dignified salary; and to their families and communities, with the implementation of health and education programs.

We have technologies and programs implemented that contribute to environmental sustainability:

In ethical integrity, we have labor, socio-environmental and anti-corruption policies, as well as a code of ethics and an ethical line for complaints.

“Our commitment this year is to continue contributing to local development through our social programs with responsible and sustainable practices, while contributing to the principles of the Global Compact and the SDGs,” stated Fernando Bolaños, AgroAmerica CEO.

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AgroAmerica ranks among the top 10 of the most transparent companies in sustainable palm oil practices in the world

AgroAmerica ranks among the top 10 of the most transparent companies in sustainable palm oil practices in the world

GUATEMALA CITY — AgroAmerica ranked as the 7th sustainable company out of 100 oil palm companies in the world. This year the company received a rating of 84.95% in the latest Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit (SPOTT) Assessment recently released by the UK-based Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

The SPOTT platform promotes the transparency of companies by disclosing their policies, practices, and commitments related to environmental, social, and governance issues.

Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica, said that this is the third consecutive year that AgroAmerica participates in this sustainability evaluation, intending to improve, year after year, its practices and commitments, and continue to offer food products sustainably produced and distributed.

SPOTT evaluates 180 indicators grouped into 10 categories: Sustainability 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.     

The evaluation aims to measure the progress of companies towards sustainable production and marketing of palm oil. Among the most notable results, AgroAmerica obtained the complete qualification in HCV, HCS and impact assessments, for its commitment to the conservation of ecosystems, especially in areas of High Conservation Value.

Additionally, its commitment to zero deforestation and the use of technological tools for the optimization of natural resources, as well as the implementation of programs and projects for compliance with labor and land rights and the verifiable establishment of good relations with communities, allowed AgroAmerica to be among the top 10 of the companies evaluated in the transparency ranking.

The SPOTT evaluation team, comprised of professionals from prestigious London universities, belongs to ZSL, and is part of the Palm Oil Roundtable (RSPO).

“Participating in this evaluation is part of our policy of being transparent in our sustainable production practices and reaffirming our commitment to comply with international standards, which leads us to differentiate ourselves and have a competitive advantage in the oil palm sector, as well as promote a sustainable production and trade, ”stated Bolaños.

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