Sustainable banana grower-marketer continues commitment to health and safety during Covid-19

One year after the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic in the world, AgroAmerica maintains all the health and safety protocols established to continue delivering healthy food, preserving the health of its customers, business partners and its more than 10,000 workers.

Furthermore, AgroAmerica joined with governments, companies and civil society to bring a little relief to the most impacted communities, through the donation of bananas, food, cleaning and hygiene supplies and monetary donations.

"During 2020, we were operating tirelessly to contribute to food security around the world, supplying markets with fruits, because we are aware that they are an important source of nutrients to boost the body's defenses against Coronavirus," said Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica.

Taking care of workers
As part of its Occupational Health and Safety Policy, AgroAmerica has provided its workers with all the prevention measures required by the governments of the countries in which it operates, and has followed all the recommended protocols for operating during the pandemic. It also trained 100 percent of workers on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, identify the symptoms and the measures to be taken in response to COVID-19.

Business brigades have been carried out for four months to reinforce this training, both in field operations and at the central offices. The activity consists of training in the workplace on safety and preventive measures for COVID-19, given by an epidemiologist from the Social Security Institute of Guatemala, thus preventing contagion in the workplace.

Support to hospitals
In alliance with other agro-industrial companies, AgroAmerica made a donation of $297,000 to the Government of Guatemala for the purchase of medical equipment for the care of affected people requiring hospital attention, mainly in the rural areas of Guatemala.

Collaboration with public servants, civil society and vulnerable population
In recognition of the work of public servants and the importance of ensuring their well-being, AgroAmerica donated food for the agents of the National Civil Police and their families.

In support of civil society and vulnerable population, during 2020, the company donated more than 13 million bananas to families in the communities, front-line health staff and governmental institutions in action against the pandemic in the countries where it operates. This donation was made to contribute to food security and prevent malnutrition from increasing, thus strengthening the immune system of the 62,445 benefited families. These efforts were carried out in coordination with municipalities, community development councils, governmental and non-governmental institutions, in order to ensure the food safety of many families and strengthen their immune systems.

The food company has also contributed with the donation of supplies -more than 4,000 gallons of bleach, 13,000 masks, alcohol gel and liquid soap- to the surrounding communities to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19.

The resources have been donated through 167 alliances, who delivered the supplies and bananas to communities, health stations and centers, firefighters, National Civil Police, municipalities, Red Cross and Non-Governmental Organizations.

"The health and safety of our workers, communities and customers are a priority for us at AgroAmerica," Bolaños stressed.

For more information:
Ingrid Contreras
Tel: +1 (502) 2420-9600 ext. 122

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