The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals lay out the changes necessary to transform our world
AgroAmerica, a leading sustainable agriculture business in Central and South America, has aligned their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals were published by the United Nations in September 2015 and cover the areas of change the UN feels need to be addressed to transform our world. The purpose of the goals is to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
The AgroAmerica CSR program has been in place for many years. It’s based on these four pillars:
- Community Development
Each of these pillars covers a wide array of programs that align well with the UN vision of ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for everyone.
The Living Wage: AgroAmerica is the first company in Guatemala to conduct a study on what constitutes a living wage, as opposed to a basic wage, and ensure that all workers who put in the amount of time required by law earn a wage that allows them and their families to live a dignified life.
Gender Equality: Women are employed at all levels – field workers, packing plant staff, administration and executives. There ae also programs that address the healthcare needs of women and provide education for girls.
Strong Communities: AgroAmerica invests in the communities around their operations. We seek to generate local self-management development capacity where the social actors (company, government and community) participate actively. Community management projects focus on infrastructure, health and education.
Sustainability: As a sustainable agriculture business AgroAmerica strives to reconcile competitiveness and profitability with stewardship of the environment and care for employees and their communities.
“Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. These conditions permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environment: The AgroAmerica programs respond to several of the Sustainable Development Goals for the environment– climate change, deforestation, and the protection of indigenous fauna and flora. Environmental studies have identified 40 forest and ornamental flower species and 35 water and land fauna species inside AgroAmerica plantations. Their deforestation policy pledges not to deforest high conservation value forests, not to burn plots of land, to forbid hunting and the collection, extraction and trafficking of wild animals.
See the Infographic for detailed correlations of the AgroAmerica programs with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Visit the website to see the full list of CSR programs.