AgroAmerica finalist in the 2023 Reuters Awards

AgroAmerica Finalist in the 2023 Reuters Awards

AgroAmerica stands out as a finalist in the 2023 Reuters Awards

AgroAmerica was a finalist at the Reuters Events Responsible Business Awards 2023 in London

LONDON, November 1, 2023 – AgroAmerica was a finalist in the Social Impact category at the 14th Responsible Business Awards hosted by Reuters Events. The awards ceremony was held at an in-person gala in London to celebrate sustainable business excellence.

AgroAmerica’s Bana-Nutrition project was one of the finalists in the Social Impact category due to its achievements in the fight against acute childhood malnutrition in Guatemala. Through this program, the beneficiary communities have learned to produce their own banana flour in an artisanal way and to cook nutritious foods for children. In addition, the program also helps to reduce food waste by taking advantage of surplus banana production to transform it into flour.

As a leading food corporation, we developed the Bana-Nutrition program aligned with our mission to provide the world with high-quality, sustainable, and nutritious food. We are working to help build communities where people become empowered to take food security and nutrition into their own hands” explained Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica.

With more than 700 applications from 51 countries, the Reuters Events Responsible Business Awards are highly competitive recognitions among companies from different sectors worldwide. These are a world-renowned celebration of strategies and organizations that are truly challenging the status quo of business and transforming the world around them for a more sustainable future for all.

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Iniciativa Anticorrupción y Transparencia para América Central

Transparency International & Partnership for Central America Join Forces to Tackle Corruption

Transparency International & Partnership for Central America Join Forces to Tackle Corruption

Anti-Corruption and Transparency Initiative for Central America (ACT Project)

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 – Today, the Partnership for Central America (PCA) and Transparency International (TI) launched the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Initiative for Central America Project (ACT Project). The ACT Project will encourage companies to volunteer to be held accountable for operating responsibly. The founding members are AgroAmerica, Banco Ficohsa, Corporación AG, Grupo Mariposa, and Pantaleón. This project will be undertaken in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (“Region”) and will use the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct as the reference framework to strengthen corporate integrity and investment conditions in the Region.

Alongside the financial contributions from our founding member companies, the ACT Project includes a strategic alliance with the Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (COHEP). COHEP will play a crucial role in expanding participation in the project.

The ACT Project builds upon the February 2023 launch of Vice President Harris’s Central American Forward (CAF) initiative, which included the Good Governance Declaration outlining the U.S. government’s and PCA’s joint commitments to combat corruption and protect labor rights in the region. The ACT Project also builds on efforts of PCA member companies who committed to the PCA Corporate Pledge on the Rule of Law in June of 2023. The ACT Project’s purpose is to expand the number of companies who are voluntarily committing to be held accountable for engaging in business responsibly.

“Rule of Law and anti corruption ef orts will continue to be a cornerstone of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Root Causes Strategy in the region. I applaud the ef orts of these PCA member companies and others to carry out private sector-led solutions to society-wide challenges to further the objectives of Central America Forward, launched in February 2023 by Vice President Harris,” said Philip Gordon, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.

“Our joint declaration with PCA on “Good Governance Good Jobs” outlines a framework and values for working with the private sector. The Department upholds the rule of law and anti-corruption as a cornerstone of U.S. policy in Central America. The private sector’s role is vital. We are excited to see PCA take key steps to operationalize these principles,” said Brian A. Nichols, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

“Transparency is a regional challenge that requires regional solutions. I am pleased to be working with business leaders across the region to support this ef ort to hold us all to high standards for doing business,” said Luis Miguel Castillo, Chairman of Grupo Mariposa.

“The ACT Project is a testament to what can be achieved when the rule of law is not just respected but championed. COHEP is honored to contribute to this initiative to foster higher standards for corporate governance in Central America,” said Mateo Yibrin, President of COHEP.

“The engine behind this commitment is the member companies, and we are thrilled to work with Transparency International to bring together one of the most credible anti corruption organizations together with companies who are committed to progress for the societies in which they live, work and do business,” said Mark Lopes, President and COO, Partnership for Central America (PCA).

“We are committed to working with the private sector to bring practical solutions to the challenges in this region. We look forward to scaling and systematizing this work across companies in the region,” said Luciana Torchiaro, Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean at Transparency International Secretariat.

Specifically, the ACT Project will offer three components: 1) Support the compliance of the pledges by signatory companies, 2) Enhance the capabilities of signing companies and companies within their value chains to adopt, implement, and monitor transparent and legal business practices, and 3) Foster a vibrant and expanding network of corporate integrity in the Region.

The ACT Project will service three groups of companies: a) PCA members who have signed the PCA Rule of Law Pledge, b) COHEP members who have signed a Rule of Law Pledge to COHEP, c) Additional companies that have signed a Rule of Law Pledge to the ACT Project. TI and the PCA invite other companies to join this innovative effort to advance concrete and credible anti corruption efforts in the region.

The Partnership for Central America (PCA) is a non governmental, non-partisan, and non-profit organization that collaborates with a multinational coalition of private organizations to promote economic opportunities among disadvantaged populations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. PCA serves as the coordinating body for Vice President Kamala Harris’s Central America Forward initiative.

Transparency International (TI): TI is a global movement working in over 100 countries to end the injustice of corruption. TI focuses on issues with the greatest impact on people’s lives and holds the powerful to account for the common good. TI’s mission is to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society.

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Estándar RSPO

Public Announcement of Recertification of AgroCaribe S.A. Extractora La Francia

Public Announcement of Recertification of AgroCaribe S.A. Extractora La Francia

As part of AgroAmerica Tropical Oil Holding Corp, the company AgroCaribe S.A. Extractora La Francia, has applied to Control Union Malaysia Sdn Bhd to carry out recertification audit activities in accordance with the National Interpretation for Guatemala of the RSPO 2018 Principles and Criteria (P&C) Standard for Sustainable Palm Oil Production. 

The Recertification Audit is planned to commence on November 6, 2023 and will be completed on November 10, 2023. 

You can download the document in English here: Anuncio Público por Auditoría de Recertificación



The Value Chain as a Reflection of CSR


The Value Chain as a Reflection of CSR

Commitment to Our Employees

At AgroAmérica, we consider Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a crucial component in conducting our operations sustainably and ethically. Our value chain is a testament to our commitment to CSR, starting with fair and respectful treatment of our employees. In this way, we provide a safe and healthy working environment, promote skill development, and foster equity in the workplace.

Sustainable Production Practices

Furthermore, in our value chain, we focus on our production practices. We are committed to maintaining sustainable agriculture practices, which minimize our environmental impact and promote soil health. In addition, we adopt innovative technologies for the efficient use of resources, producing more sustainably.

Investment in Community Development

We are firmly committed to developing the communities in which we operate. We offer decent jobs that provide stable incomes to families, seeking people’s academic, professional, and personal development. In addition, we implement community development projects that focus on education, comprehensive health, medical services, nutrition, and entrepreneurship, among other topics. In this way, we contribute to the well-being and development of people in their communities.

Responsible Relationships with Suppliers

Finally, our commitment to CSR extends to our relationships with suppliers. We work with suppliers who share our values and commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.
Value Chain Reflecting CSR
AgroAmerica is committed to a value chain that reflects social responsibility at every step. To ensure responsible business relationships, we maintain corporate policies related to human rights, environment, and governance issues that extend to our suppliers. Let’s take a journey together through our value chain to better understand how our corporate social responsibility is reflected in each step. Follow our LinkedIn profile to stay updated on our activities and achievements.

Preserving Biodiversity for a Sustainable Planet

Preserving Biodiversity

Preserving Biodiversity for a Sustainable Planet 

Biodiversity is the richness and variety of life on our planet. From majestic Bengal tigers to tiny pollinating bees, each life form plays a vital role in the functioning of ecosystems and the survival of humankind. Today, however, biodiversity is increasingly threatened by human activities and events such as climate change, deforestation, pollution and urbanization. Preserving biodiversity has become essential to achieve a sustainable planet where nature and future generations can thrive.

Why is biodiversity important?

It provides a wide range of benefits to the planet and humanity. Healthy and diverse ecosystems contribute to climate regulation, water purification, flood protection, and soil fertility. In addition, it is a vast source of natural resources, including food, medicines, building materials, and renewable energy. The genetic diversity present in species is also crucial for adaptation and resilience in the face of environmental change.

What is the importance of the interconnectedness of life on Earth?

Life on Earth is an interconnected system, with each organism playing a unique role. Plants produce oxygen and are the basis of food chains, pollinating animals allow plants to reproduce, and predators maintain population balance. Each species is a link in an intricate web of relationships, and losing one species can have cascading negative consequences. Biodiversity conservation protects individual species and the interactions and ecosystem services that sustain life on the planet.

What kind of actions can help preserve it?

Preserving biodiversity requires coordinated efforts at global, national, and local levels. Some key actions include:

Habitat conservation

Protecting natural areas, such as national parks and reserves, is critical to safeguard ecosystems and the species they harbor.

Education and awareness

It is essential to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and promote a harmonious relationship with nature from an early age.

Sustainability in agriculture and food production systems

Promoting sustainable agricultural practices and responsible production helps to reduce pressure on ecosystems and minimize negative impacts on biodiversity.

Combating climate change

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to renewable energy sources is vital to protecting vulnerable ecosystems and species.

International cooperation

Preserving biodiversity is a global challenge that requires collaboration between countries, organizations, and communities.

At AgroAmerica, we contribute to biodiversity conservation by applying a regenerative agriculture approach, sustainable landscapes, and a No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation policy. In addition, we seek to restore forest areas to create positive impacts on the flora and fauna where we operate, as well as other high-value habitats. A fundamental part of our strategy is consolidating strategic alliances that enable the implementation of conservation initiatives and projects.

Social Projects

Benefits of Partnerships to Promote Social Projects

Social Projects

Benefits of Partnerships to Promote Social Projects

One of how companies can contribute to improving society is by collaborating with authorities, institutions and organizations to promote social projects. In alliances with civil society organizations, there are specific benefits that can help achieve better impacts to benefit people.

Three benefits of partnerships with civil society organizations

In-depth knowledge of needs

Organizations often have a deep understanding of the needs of communities and can help companies identify the most pressing problems in a given region or locality. By partnering with these organizations, companies can work together to design and implement projects that address the most critical community needs. 

knowledge sharing

Many organizations provide experience and expertise in social topics that, in some cases, companies still need to possess. For example, if a company wants to implement an education program, it can partner with an organization specializing in designing and implementing successful education programs. It ensures that the program will be effective and significantly impact the community.

Strong relationships with communities

In addition, they can help companies build strong relationships with local communities. Companies can demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility by working with civil society organizations, enhancing their reputation and relationship with the community.

AgroAmerica Alliances

One example of the partnerships that AgroAmerica has established to support education is the support of “The 100,000 Strong in the Americas (100K) Innovation Fund“. It is a public-private collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies, Partners of the Americas, companies, foundations, and academic networks in the region. This collaboration seeks to contribute to developing knowledge in new generations through research and innovative solutions.

Social projects of AgroAmérica

In addition, for more than ten years, AgroAmerica has developed different health programs at the Human Development Center in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver. It also supports infrastructure, health, and environmental projects and conducts social impact studies to identify the results and areas for improvement to prepare the company’s Annual Operating Plan. AgroAmerica is committed to working with civil society organizations to promote social projects and contribute to the sustainable development of the regions in which it operates. 

Strategic Alliances

Together we are stronger: Strategic Alliances

Strategic Alliances

Together we are stronger: Strategic Alliances

In an increasingly competitive business world, it is crucial to establish strategic alliances with different organizations and stakeholders. It is even more critical in sectors such as agro-industry, where the supply chain is complex and a collaborative approach is needed to achieve sustainable growth.

What have we achieved with strategic alliances?

At AgroAmerica, alliances have enabled us to maximize the value we generate for our customers and consumers while expanding our operations and strengthening our market position. These alliances include certifying entities, suppliers, environmental organizations, authorities, and academic and governmental institutions.
exchange with actors
Each actor plays a fundamental role in our supply chain, sustainability strategy and business ecosystem. Working together has enabled us to share knowledge, experiences, resources, and networks, which has improved our ability to face challenges and take advantage of growth opportunities.
Improvement of our processes
Our partnerships with certifying entities enable us to improve our production processes, achieve greater sustainability and improve the quality of our products. Working hand in hand with environmental organizations helps us implement projects focused on mitigating our footprint, regenerating resources, protecting biodiversity, and restoring ecosystems.
Increase supply chain efficiency
Maintaining strong relationships with our suppliers allows us to guarantee the quality and availability of the inputs we need to operate and produce. We can negotiate fair prices and jointly develop solutions to improve supply chain efficiencies by working closely with them.
Identify opportunities and provide solutions
Working with authorities and academic institutions has allowed us to access valuable knowledge and resources for innovation and sustainable development. On the other hand, thanks to this, we have identified opportunities for improvement and implemented long-term solutions that benefit our company and society. For this reason, alliances with strategic audiences are essential for business success. At AgroAmerica, we recognize their importance and constantly work to strengthen and expand them. We understand that by collaborating with different market players, we can more effectively and sustainably create value for everyone. You can learn more about the alliances we have forged at this link:
Employer branding

Employer Branding and How to Take Advantage of It

Employer Branding

Employer Branding and How to Take Advantage of It

There is no doubt that employer branding has become very important in today’s business world. Simply put, employer branding corresponds to the internal actions and efforts that the employer makes to impact the “employee experience” – what the employee experiences within the organization. Through this, the company can build an image and reputation that favors attracting and retaining human talent.

What is employer branding used for?

Employer branding creates and maintains an image of the brand as an attractive workplace through specific company objectives. To achieve this, the company defines marketing actions, messages, and activities with the support of internal communication, Endomarketing, and human resource management. In this way, the company can communicate its good practices, highlight how it differs from other companies and create a positive image among its employees.

Importance of employer branding

It is significant because it increases emotional salary, promotes the organizational culture in an unforced way, and increases the workers’ commitment and connection (engagement) with the company.

Benefits of employer branding in AgroAmérica

At AgroAmerica, we have introduced actions to utilize employer branding as a tool that helps us position ourselves in the market, strengthen our business culture, and increase productivity. At the same time, it helps our employees to become ambassadors for the company by increasing their level of job satisfaction:
Defining our brand
What differentiates us from other companies in the same sector? What do our current collaborators value? How do we want job candidates to view us? Answering these questions has helped us define our brand and create a cohesive employer branding strategy.
Creating Relevant Content
In defining our brand, we have created relevant content that helps us share our vision and mission. We use videos, infographics, social media posts, employee testimonials, blogs, and other resources that showcase our organizational culture.
Using social networks
Today, social networks have become a tool for brand communication. We use them to share relevant content and increase the visibility of our brand.
Involving our employees
Our collaborators are our best ambassadors. Making them part of our actions and decisions reinforces our business culture, generates a sense of belonging and increases their commitment to our business.
Being transparent
Transparency and honesty are essential to create strong employee branding. These qualities attract potential employees and help engage current collaborators. It is important to highlight that employer branding is not only about creating a positive image of the organization but also about demonstrating and promoting business values and culture at all times. Employer branding is the management, construction, and life force of the company’s “brand”. It seeks to improve the perception, reputation, positioning, and added value of an enterprise in order to form a highly committed team that promotes a company’s success.

Innovation, Technology, and Productivity

AgroAmerica Innovation

Innovation, Technology, and Productivity


Investments in infrastructure and innovation build a more dynamic and competitive economy by creating jobs and providing people with needed income. Promoting new technologies stimulates international trade and enables the efficient use of resources.


Innovation and technology are essential for competitiveness

It consists of discovering new ways to undertake certain processes or practices to add value to products. Invention allows companies to be more competitive, to create a culture of continuous improvement and to offer a balanced portfolio. Correspondingly, trust and unity between employees and their leaders drives innovation through the exchange of ideas.

Importance of technology

The implementation of new technologies allows companies to discover and leverage new business opportunities and to expand into new markets. Technology is more than a mere opportunity. It has become a key element to survive globalization by eliminating barriers and solving problems.

How to integrate technology into a company

It is important to emphasize that innovation is not only acquiring new tools or recent technology; it is, instead, the use of these assets to improve processes. Effective innovation is done in an organized manner:

  1. Planning: Consider how the technology will influence production, what changes it implies and whether it will be necessary to increase the labor force.
  2. Strategy development: Once the planning elements have been identified, it is essential to establish objectives and a course of action to achieve them. Additionally, it is necessary to define a method to measure the impact of any changes.
  3. Follow-up and evaluation: This step consists of evaluating the obtained results and using appropriate metrics to monitor progress.
Innovation and technology in AgroAmérica

AgroAmerica is constantly innovating in order to maintain its world-class status. Innovation is fundamental to achieving sustainability and maximum productivity. We develop new products with high nutritional value through the responsible and efficient use of resources, while generating employment for the economic development of people and communities.

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.