Six innovative and responsible practices were the big winners of the CentraRSE award: a unique recognition given to good practices on Business Social Responsibility (BSR) in Guatemala. Companies were awarded on November 11th., in seven different categories: Corporate Governance, Labor, Environment, Suppliers, Marketing, Communities and Public Policy.
Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges from academia, business associations, society institutions, international organizations and government, who added credibility to the evaluation process. “We are honored that these esteemed judges have joined us to select the Best BSR Practices in Guatemala”, said Carmelo Torrebiarte, President of the CentraRSE Award Committee.
- The Best 2009 BSR Practices in Guatemala are:
- Corporate Governance: “Strategy for dissemination and implementation of COVEC (Code of Conduct, Ethics and Values)” of Cementos Progreso.
- Labor: “Cutting sugar cane with a human face” of Ingenio Pantaleon
- Environment: “Responsible management of refrigerant charge” by Fogel C.A.
- Suppliers: “Multiplying the commitment: a Code of Ethics for Vendors” of Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala
- Communities: “Effective community cooperation model” of ESSO
- Public Policy: “The flood control as a shared responsibility between Government, Municipalities, Communities and Private Companies” by Ingenio La Union.
José Antonio Corrales, President of CentraRSE commented, “BSR is not an abstract concept, is a way of doing business many companies have adopted. Tonight more than 45 participants, the 17 finalists and the 6 winners prove it”, adding:” Each of these award-winning practices are clear evidence of the benefits that BSR adds to companies, contributing to the country’s sustainable development”.
The 2009 CentraRSE Awards were supported by USAID, BCIE, Estrategia & Negocios Magazine, the Canadian embassy in Guatemala and The Guatemalan National Coffee Association (ANACAFE).
During the past three years more than 100 BSR case studies have been presented. This year’s finalists and winners will have their case studies documented and published in special publication which will be distributed throughout Central America.