Polaris Energy Nicaragua was mentioned, with its water and sanitation project in the San Jacinto community, in the municipality of Telica, Leon, allowed today families have service between 18 and 22 hours a day. Previously, they only had two hours of water every two days.
Data from the Central American Integration agency for Corporate Social Responsibility (Integrarse) indicated that annually six hundred companies invest about four billion dollars in Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in the region.
“In Nicaragua, the estimated companies contribution is six hundred million dollars,” said Jose Adan Aguerri, president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP).
In the country are hundred companies, including large, medium and small, that drive CSR programs; at least they belong to the Nicaraguan Union for Social Responsibility (UniRSE).
Carlos Lacayo Reynaldo, President of UniRSE, said the XI National CSR Forum has the theme of Human Rights in companies. Besides, ten large and five small companies and a organization will share their experience with CSR programs.
The example of Polaris Energy Nicaragua was mentioned, that with its water and sanitation project in the San Jacinto community, in the municipality of Telica, Leon, allowed today families have service between 18 and 22 hours a day. Previously, they only had two hours of water every two days.
Aguerri said that the Polaris project is an investment of 1.2 million dollars from the company, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Development Bank of Austria and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
“There is a belief in companies that CSR today is a model that has an integrative dimension, which was born with a social perspective, today has an economic, social and environmental dimension,” said the president of COSEP.
Emmanuelle Benavidez, program director of the Dutch agency Icco Cooperation, said that support for UniRSE programs focuses on promoting the guiding principles of the United Nations human development. It believes that the private sector should be trained so that these principles are integrated into business plans. “Incorporating human rights, with a good working environment for workers will be much more productivity and that creates a positive impact on jobs,” she said.
Matthias Dietrich, executive director of UniRSE , said that the activities of the V National Week of CSR, will be the XI National Forum, the Award for Socially Responsible Journalism, the National Award for CSR aimed at companies and the 2015 National Fair CSR.
There will be departmental forums in Leon, Jinotega, Masaya, Juigalpa, Bluefields, Ocotal, Ometepe and San Juan del Sur, between July and October.